Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013 at
Yesterday I posted about How to Have a Good Day. On the back of the note that inspired that post were some thoughts about how to have a bad day.
I’m not suggesting you purposefully go after these to intentionally have a bad day. The idea is to be aware of how negative actions or thoughts can affect us in less than helpful ways.
So, check this out and see of you have any bad habits negative self-talk or whatever going on with you on a regular basis. Perhaps you can find inspiration to make a change or two and feel better for it.
How to Have a Bad Day
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Monday, July 1st, 2013 at
The Internet is full of good and bad advice. Sometimes it’s simply amusing; other times it looks simplistic, but gets you thinking anyway. Today’s inspiration came from a little card found at the bottom of a forgotten pile of old stuff I was clearing out.
The How to Have a Good Day idea is not new, of course, but here’s a small list of suggestions that we are all too prone to overlook – and to our peril, I might add.
The charm comes from being straightforward and unpretentious.
See for yourself – here it is:
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Friday, February 8th, 2013 at
There is no book in the For Dummies series called Idiocy for Dummies. This is clearly a gap worth filling. There are idiots in this world and they need our help. The rest of us are trying to be all that we can be, get to the top of whatever pile shines the brightest and so on (an on and on).
Idiots don’t necessarily think that way so some of them are losing out on an opportunity to take part in the normal way of life on the thread mill, the ladder to the top, the bandwagon, the hamster wheel or the rat race. That’s a lot to chose from already and a lot of hidden opportunities to get it wrong.
Out of compassion and empathy we should find a way for them to find their place in the crowd, too. After all this is the 21st Century and we should be able to do better, don’t you think?
We need Idiocy for Dummies now! Because we need to make this simple (duh, we’re talking to idiots), we should keep it down to a few simple concepts summarized in a short list of action steps.
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Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 at
Zoe the Studio Art Dog
My wife started an art school last year teaching kids and adults painting and drawing out of her studio and gallery. The school is called Studio Art School and puts the old, renovated barn into good use.
We have a cat, Chloe, and a dog, Zoe, who both like to come visit when there are people around. Zoe is especially keen now even though she was a little afraid of the kids in the beginning, but no longer.
She is turning out to be quite the asset as a matter of fact. The younger kids are very involved with the dog and of course like to give her treats.
Zoe has her own Facebook page where you can see pictures of her in action with the kids in her new job as the Studio Dog.
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Monday, January 28th, 2013 at
As a no doubt cultured, refined and exalted person (reading this blog is the proof enough), I’m sure you’re not at all on of those Cybercrabbies.
But, I’m sure you know who I’m talking about. You know, people with nothing better to do than to voice harsh and unrelenting negative criticism and commentary on everything within blogging distance.
They do so whether they know anything or not. Being crabby for them is a natural condition (or so it would seem) – and I surmise, but cannot prove – in or out of Cyberspace. Since I only run across them in Cyberspace, I call them Cybercrabbies.
It used to be we could avoid crabbies by walking out or hanging up the phone or just plain avoid any interaction. Then we found Cyberspace and launched. Remarkably, THEY followed. Even if they seem to dislike just about everything about it. You’d think they’d just stay home.
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Thursday, January 10th, 2013 at
Calgary got a lot of snow this morning and walking between two meetings took me through the Plus15 walkways to avoid the worst of the weather. For no particular reason, I was struck by how many women actually walk around in extremely high heels. Some of them are positively tottering and don’t look very comfortable on their ‘stilts.’
This made me realize (and not for the first time) that we give up a lot for fashions, some more than others. I’m not particularly fashion oriented, at least not when it comes to clothes (or shoes). But, to be honest, I also realized that I have my own quirks. Could it be that ‘fashion’ to me just means something different than the urge driving some women to brave extreme heels?
Sadly, the answer is probably ‘yes.’ My vice is literature – more specifically books. I read a lot, both fiction and non-fiction. In some none-fiction subject areas, I think of myself as being fairly caught up with the latest thinking. So when I see something new out there I haven’t read my brain starts pinging me; it starts expressing the pull-out-the-wallet-gene.
I have to have the latest; I don’t want to be behind in my thinking. I want to be current, and with-it and all of the same outwardly appearing nonsensical, emotional, irrational urges that drive women up on spiked heels. I just drive my brain up on spiked ideas.
I (gasp) follow brain fashions!
There, I said it.
Maybe I should start a support group.
Tuesday, January 1st, 2013 at
I am not big on New Year’s resolutions because I am much more interested in continuous improvement than Big Bang, all-or-nothing type changes, which New Year’s resolutions often tend to be like.
Here’s the biggest problem though: A lot of New Year’s resolutions are formulated around the word “should.” as in “In the New Year, I should do more of this or that.”
See, the true meaning of “should” all too often simply means “won’t.”
A better way to formulate resolutions is around words like “want to” or “will.”
Furthermore, the resolution by itself is weak. It is not much more than an empty promise unless you attach concrete action steps to it tied to a concrete timeline and a statement about what success looks like.
Seems like a lot of work to plan a whole year on New Year’s day, though. Spread it out.