Episode 2

Published on:

2nd Sep 2019

Plain Ordinary Conversations with Tim Jackson

Welcome Dragons!

Today we get to talk with Tim Jackson. He is a drummer, a veteran, & an accomplished paramedic. We discuss his journey from growing up in small town USA to his current role in hospital administration. Along the way we get to hear stories of challenges he experienced & had to overcome to get to where he wanted to go.

When Tim & I met many years ago, I feel like it was an instant bond that formed between us. We shared a strong love of music, and happened to go to the same church. Later in life, Tim & I were roommates. So, it's safe to say we have known each other well for a good long time. There was a period when we lost touch for a good 15 years or so. Eventually social media allowed us to reconnect.

When I decided to start this podcast I knew Tim's perspective would be one I wanted to share. While we have gone very different directions in our lives and have diametrically opposed views on many topics, I feel the friendship we have, to this day, is based on love & mutual respect for each other. I firmly believe this is something badly MISSING from the national political discussion here in the USA. This is one reason why this is such an important interview. We NEED to break down the barriers of hate & intolerance - from all sides. And we can't do that - we can't begin to heal our homes, lives, and country until we are ready to lay down the disgust & hate for one another's beliefs & embrace the human on the other side of the viewpoint (the story we tell ourselves) as valid & valuable. The more we draw lines in the sand - the more we say "You are not welcome in my house if you believe this way" - the more we try to assume our truth is "the truth" without acknowledging the real living breathing soul across from us - the more our society will break down & devolve into things like mass shootings, conversion therapy, hatred for our fellow humans, and ultimately war or even civil war.

My sincerest hope is this conversation can showcase how love for one another can overcome emotionally dug in dogma.

Show artwork for Plain Ordinary Dragon

About the Podcast

Plain Ordinary Dragon
The PODcast - A Philosophy Driven Life
Plain Ordinary Dragon was originally born as a concept back in 2006, while I was going through the Dale Carnegie class “How to Win Friends and Influence People”. During one of the exercises, I came to realize just how amazing each and every person in the class was, if, I took the time to really get to know & understand them. Not just the folks who have accomplished impressive feats, built businesses, hiked the Appalachian Trail, or participated in historic events, but the single mom who has overcome a deck of life stacked against her to successfully stand on her own terms or the woman who lost her family in 9/11 or, You.

While this may not be a radical idea, it was an enlightening one for me. To understand, everyone who we meet or pass by, has an amazing story – or truth – we can learn from, or can enrich our lives, is inspirational & empowering. Once we understand how special each one of us is, we begin to understand how amazing we ourselves truly are. We begin to understand the power we hold. We begin to be able to access it & use it to improve our lives & the lives of those we come into contact with each day.

No matter how plain, no matter how ordinary, we are Dragons. And dragons are beautiful. Dragons are powerful. These mystical creatures, we are, have talents & gifts we have yet to fully comprehend, let alone master.

I’m just a plain ordinary dragon, but I’m strong & powerful beyond measure.

You may be just a plain ordinary dragon, but you are beautiful & worthy in your own way.

We may be plain ordinary dragons but we are amazing creatures.

Our purpose at POD is to help you to discover, uncover & understand how amazing and special you really are, then apply it to your life with gratitude and work ever toward mastery of yourself so you can choose to create the life you envision. The life you are meant to live.

You are unique. You are the only one of you. No one else can be you. No one else can do the things you do, & that’s intrinsically valuable.

We need you. We need your voice. It’s the only one able to share your truth with a world desperate to hear it.

Dragons, we welcome you!

About your host

Profile picture for Elliott Clifton

Elliott Clifton