I’m fortunate in that I get to rub shoulders with some tremendously interesting people—people who are outstanding in their field because they consistently (1) show up, (2) put their best foot forward, and (3) apply themselves fully to their craft:

Sandi White — Master Gardener
Terrill Welch — Impressionist Painter
Debbie Jacob — Psychic
Sam Juliano — Teacher and Film Critic
Heather Shumaker — Author
Jeff Stroud — Photographer
Sibyl English — Vocalist
Kathy Smith — Film Director

And while this photo is of Len Buchanan out standing in a field, he’s outstanding in his field as well—technology.

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Are you outstanding in your field, or out standing in your field?

Laurie Buchanan

Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing.” — Laurie Buchanan

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54 thoughts on “OUTSTANDING or OUT STANDING In Your Field

  1. Well how wonderful to see this amazing list of Outstanding in their field persons ! Imagine me on there! and many of the people I rub shoulders with too! Thank you!

    Of course Laurie, you yourself, are Outstanding!

  2. Some days I feel like I don’t even have a field to stand in. (Or, to be grammatically correct, “a field in which to stand.”


    However, my wife claims I’m the best husband she can imagine, which is more important to me than all external accomplishments or accolades I may have earned, combined.


  3. Such a great and inspiring post. It makes you reflect and think where you really stand. And it makes you want to be outstanding …in something. I think you get outstanding in those things that you do by your heart and with your passion. It can be as a friend, mother, caretaker ,neighbour etc. or at some hobby or anything. As long as you feel that your heart is in the things you do.Thank you so much for this post!

  4. Laurie, I am pleased and honored to have met your criteria for being outstanding in my field, reason being I am often to be found standing out in the field, gazing at my garden, wondering what to tackle next. That’s exactly why I have placed a lawn chair under the pear tree, I can take a load off while gazing and ruminating. Yes, I have been known to pick the fruits of my labor and enjoy a grazing while having a thought or two tumbling ’round in my head. Yes, you do indeed have an amazing group of friends and supporters, of which I am justly proud of being included. And how did you come to gather such an outstanding group of pals? By being so remarkably outstanding yourself!

  5. Great post, Laurie! Thanks. I will remember it and focus on being outstanding…not out standing! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. May you be blessed. Deb

  6. How amazing to know all those outstanding people but it takes one to know one . Over the past few months, that I have been visiting you blog, I can see you are a very sincere person Laurie and that ticks all the boxes making you an outstanding blogger .
    I would like to think I am an outstanding poet ( I know I’m not but I love to write it ) Next Wednesday I will be ‘out standing ‘ reading my poetry to my poetry group lol
    Cherry x

    • Cherry – Break a leg (I mean that in the kindest way, of course) next Wednesday as you are OUTSTANDING while standing in front of a group of people waiting to be blessed by your gift of poetry.

      Thank you, too, for your kind words 🙂

  7. I am out standing on a ferry ride to Sausalito ! Sunshine amazing sunshine!
    I am outstanding in my ability to integrate ideas and understand how to use them. I can see and understand the whole field in a matter of minutes.

    • Patricia – I’ve been to Sausalito and if you haven’t already, please let me be the first to tell you that you’re going to love it!

      And I knew it (just knew it!) all along that you’re a woman who knows how to wrangle thoughts, ideas, concepts and hog tie them with understanding in record-breaking time. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

  8. Laurie, you are truly the person who lives next door in my online neighbourhood! In fact, many of your outstanding salutes are what I would call close friends and acquaintances in my online community. However, as the connector that you are there are some new folks like Debbie, Heather and Sibyl who I look forward to getting to know. Thank you for the being outstanding in your own brilliance so that we discovered you and each other in this deep kind of connecting way. Big hugs and hi Sandi, Kathy, Jeff, Sam and can you see me waving Len….. Heeeeelllllooooooo!

    • Terrill – You’ll enjoy the bajeebers out of Debbie, Heather, and Sibyl — wonderful women, all three.

      Isn’t it fun that with today’s technology we’re “just a click away” and really in each other’s neighborhoods? I’ve been in your home, as you have mine, without ever stepping over each other’s thresholds.

  9. You are fortunate indeed to have so many friends with such gifts! I know some of these folks and think they’re first rate. Smiling to see Len out there being outstanding in his field, too. We’re surrounded by a rich bouquet of beings. Happy Thanksgiving to an outstanding you!

  10. With the eight brilliantly talented individuals you highlighted and Len batting in the clean up position? I’d say we could “field” a pretty formidable team. 😉
    Lovely post as always!

  11. Sometimes, I think ‘outstanding’ and ‘out standing’ are the same things. Occasionally, someone who stands outside the field is the one who truly revolutionizes it and raises the bar for everyone else within that circle. Something to ponder…

  12. Laurie, that is quite a compliment from you, having me with such esteemed company! I adore that pun, and acknowledge that depending on the situation I can be classified as one or the other. And I can also see what one reader claims they are the ‘same thing.’ But I can decipher the difference and can only say that we always strive to be ‘outstanding’ at what we do. You and Len have achieved this regularly! Thanks again my friend!

  13. To one very outstanding in your field, Laurie… and Len. I am honored to have recognition and am such a fan. I love all of the comments from all of your very outstanding friends here. Huge Hugs!!!

  14. I love this post. It is all about showing up, isn’t it? It took me a long time to learn to show up for myself, but now that I am, it feels so nurturing and warm. Showing up for myself has finally given me the space to show up for others. Oh! And I just love the photo. It made me laugh. Being Irish, with lots of fields, we always joke about outstanding in our field! Happy Thanksgiving Laurie and I really am grateful for your consistent support for my Mandalas.

  15. I think a writer married to a man who is outstanding in the field of technology has chosen very well indeed. A marriage made in heaven. Outstanding! Happy Thanksgiving to both of you!

  16. This is an interesting one Laurie.

    I am not outstanding in any field.
    My dad had a saying “Jack of all trades, master of none!”.
    That seems to be me.
    I am a competent:
    Computer programmer
    Fitters mate
    Radio operator
    Martial artist

    Yet I am not outstanding in any of those fields. Competent, yet not far above average.
    I am a generalist, a nexialist, an eclectic humanist.
    I weave the diverse strands together into a cloak of understanding.

    In respect of land, all of the land we own is planted in trees. We don’t have any fields, we have forests.
    I have no field to go out an stand in, I have forests and gardens.
    If I stand in the forest I am hard to see except by those standing closest to me.

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