David, thank you for this thoughtful, thorough reflection. You are going to find what I will share next relevant and interesting. Here in Wisconsin, we have a famous "ranch for wayward" boys called Rawhide. My friend John Gillespie founded it. I asked him what accounts for its success; his answer was , "Respect, mutual respect between staff and students." You and he are "on the same page."
Yes, keep it simple to get it done (Simplexity). I like very much your ability to self-reflect and share your insights in clear, concise written formats. You have a gift for writing, and I encourage you to apply it to advance your career. You deserve it; your readers deserve it even more! I am proud to have students like you! Dr. Rux