It’s A Process is written by David Harkins, who endeavors to make sense of the chaos around him through the thoughtful telling of life stories in what he hopes to be an engaging and sometimes humorous manner.
Dave was born in capital city of West Virginia the year John F. Kennedy was assassinated. He cheered Neil Armstrong‘s walk on the moon, watched solar eclipses through a color-film negative, and listened to music on 8-Track tapes. He watched President Nixon resign his office, owned a first edition Sony® Walkman, and remembers his physical location when both Harry Chapin and John Lennon died.
Growing up he spent more than his fair share of time grounded to his bedroom, where he used this time engineer and flight test from his window the most amazing paper airplanes decorated with, perhaps unwisely upon reflection, the phrase, “Help!!! I’m being held captive by a wicked witch!”, from his window into the back yard where his mother often found them. When not held in captivity, he survived walks through protesters during the Kanawha County Textbook Controversy, was interested enough to learn New Math, rose many mornings at 5:00 AM to deliver newspapers, and learned how to march and play the trombone at the same time.
He set off for college to become a dentist, but organic chemistry got the better of him and a wise Chemistry professor encouraged the pursuit of a different career. A wiser English professor suggested he consider becoming a writer. Unfortunately, his parents had no room in the basement for him to make a home, so he chose life in marketing and advertising—the closest fields he could find to writing that actually paid enough to allow him to get his own place.
As a young man, he perfected the art of chasing shiny things and once on his own, he fell into a successful career leading marketing and organizational change for companies both small and large. He has worked in many industries and been fortunate enough to have held senior positions with or advised many well-known organizations including: Alzheimer’s Association (National), American Bar Association (National), Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, Cargill Ag Horizons, Disabled American Veterans (National), Domino’s Pizza, Geneer, Microsoft, PinPoint Marketing, and Subway to name just a few. If you are interested in this side of his life, check out his website at www.davidharkins.com.
These days he’s either trying to figure out what he wants to be when he grows up, or looking for the person he lost somewhere between the 8-year-old who spent an hour hanging only by his watch band and the man he now looks at in the mirror every morning. Whatever the outcome, it’s a process.
This is a personal blog. The opinions and views expressed here are solely those of David Harkins and do not represent any organization with which he is affiliated or support, nor any company for which he may be employed or with which he may consult.