We are living in a shadow of what we could become, and we need to have hope for our tomorrow in order to see a find a better life in our now.


There is very little from my perspective that separates sacred from secular and connecting the two is a philosophy that’s been very helpful for me.

You can read that statement in either of two possible ways — I’m either seeing everything as sacred, or everything as secular.  To clarify, I see everything as sacred and I see opportunity everywhere.  I’ve taken the advice of many sages that wisely suggested building a life that I don’t need to escape from.

The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion.  He hardly knows which is which.  He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing.  To him he’s always doing both. ”  ― James A. Michener

Enjoying your work makes so much sense to me that I comfortably take calls on vacation (when possible) and I even try to keep in touch with people from years ago, though those relationships have little to do with my present responsibilities. Why make that effort?  I love what I do.  Helping the food industry perform better and safer is an exciting way to make a difference and reduce pain and suffering in the world.

The shadowlands concepts are built on C. S. Lewis’ postulations and I too can sense a divine plan and see the fingerprints of a higher power all around me.  This understanding of purpose has pointed me toward excellence and helps me to press into my work ever deeper, and I hope you take yours’ seriously too.  In my opinion, the impossibility of work-life balance is nearly irrelevant because I see work and life as permanently connected, and as dependent upon one another as substance and shadow, so I think it’s essential to do work that you love and work that matters to you, that supports your life outside that world in harmony and peace.

DrDIY is a food-safety professional with an extensive sanitation background within the food & beverage manufacturing industry. He consults on food-safety - from hygienic-design to integrated pest-management through microbiology support, quality improvement audits, total-process management philosophy, CIP optimization, and lean-six-sigma project participation.

Overcoming an extended disability through a complete overhaul of diet and nutrition, DrDIY embraced traditional naturopathy and combined the wisdom of nature with the principles of modern sanitation to help build more sustainable systems within the food industry. He continues to study and practice holistic nutrition, food-safety, detoxification, and self-improvement and this site represents personal experience and opinion - and does not reflect the position of any employer past or present.

His posts have always been a 'stream of consciousness' montage with occasional ventures into Christology and pop culture, just to keep things interesting.

Please take note: Great conversation involves many ingredients - including disagreement or healthy-conflict. I may delete comments that are illegal, offensive or off-topic, obscene, fraudulent or misleading, deceptive or property of others. Respectfully articulated differing perspectives are always welcome.