After almost two months of being gone, I’m finally back home in Fort Smith. I started last month on a 96-hour bender across 4 cities, 2 coasts, and not enough coffee in the world to help me make it through. I spent the bulk of last month working with the incredible team of the Bentonville Film Festival. I’ll be posting some of my favorite moments on instagram and twitter if you’d like to take a look.

Today I want to share a few thoughts on obligation vs. opportunity.

An obligation is defined as an act or course of action to which a person is morally or legally bound. This could be a project for a client, a contract you have, or maybe something personal like family.

An opportunity is defined as a set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something.

I find myself being gone more and more from my home base of Fort Smith. I love this town, it runs deep in me. However, opportunity can be found in other places besides where you live. For some reason, this is a struggle for a lot of people. Realizing that obligation sometimes isn’t an opportunity, and opportunities don’t have to lead to obligations is a hard lesson I’m beginning to learn. With work opportunities on both coasts, at home, and other parts of the state, the obligation to make these things happen seems less attractive.

It’s in these moments I’ve got to ask, is it critical or is it extra? Is taking on a project 3000 miles from home adding value to what I’m doing, cash in my pocket, or is it just an opportunity that could fill my plate in the future with obligation?

I don’t have it figured out. Throwing out some thoughts on this beautiful Arkansas Wednesday.