Houston, We Have A Problem

Sitting in the Houston International airport, waiting to board a plane to Atlanta, then another to Walt Disney World (home), and reflecting on this visit. There are many “problems” in Houston. Big “problems”. Medical “problems”.

Cancer from A to Z. A cornucopia of life-threatening illnesses. Infants, toddlers, children, youth, young adults, middle-age, seniors. There is no discrimination here.

Everywhere you look, there are hospitals and medical centers catering to those in need. Houston, you may have a problem, but you have a ton of dedicated and committed people working 24/7 to solve it.

Houston, you figured it out before and you’ll do it again. Please keep doing “work that matters”.

To the rest of us, are we “problem” solvers or simply a problem?

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By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. Often times the problem lies in knowing which of life’s many problems are “we” here to solve. Knowing when it is beneficial to take action; or when it is best to sit back. For example, with children, if as parents we solve all their problems, then our children aren’t given opportunities to learn and grow.

    One of my finest memories from a recent trip is of my daughter calling me and telling me she had sorted out her high school schedule — all by herself. She didn’t need me to tell her what was best for her. She is growing up; and I couldn’t be prouder.

  2. Patty, congratulations on your daughter’s independence. Give ’em roots and give ’em wings.

    As for knowing when to act and when to wait, much more challenging. Not sure if it should be, but it often seems that way.

  3. Of course the bigger decisions made by drug companies on the production of orphan drugs that are not profitable to make, but are valid cures for rare diseases, is another story; and a sad one at that.

    Also — the roots are the easy part — it’s the wings that gives me gray hair. But each one is worth it.

  4. It would be great if some wealthy investors, with a giant heart, could move those drugs forward. it could happen. maybe it’s just a paradigm that hasn’t found sunlight yet.

    Gray hair is cool. Once you overcome those initial years of trying to fight it.

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