Saturday, March 28, 2015

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Things that deserve the stink-eye:

Dear lady in the check-out line behind me,

Why do you need shoulder pads?

I know nothing about fashion but, um, as a guy, I wish I could actually verbalize these thoughts, and in the kindest way possible, suggest that unless you are linebacker, or you are time-traveling to the 1980s, there is absolutely no need to waste your money on these.

And another thing, who knew these actually still existed?

Friday, March 20, 2015

Remember Day

Do you recall
1.      When we all had VCRs?
2.      And the clock forever flashed?
3.      And “be kind rewind?”
4.      And remember fondue parties?
5.      And when phones were attached to the wall?
6.      Remember phone booths?
7.      And when we had a lock combination to memorize instead of twenty passwords?
8.      And we carried cash? And there were dollar bills?
9.      And we opened car windows with handles? And we opened car doors for women?
10.  And remember before air conditioning?
11.  Remember when cats weren’t famous on the Internet?
12.  Remember when it was A cloud and not THE cloud?
13.  Remember that noise fax machines made? Ditto dial-up internet?
14.  And lots of people wore shirts that said Bum Equipment or Just do it or Vote for Pedro?
15.  Remember Y2K?
16.  Remember when we didn't feel nervous being in an airport? And we didn't have to arrive three hours in advance? And bottled water wasn't an apparent weapon?
17.  Remember YOLO?
18.  Remember beanie-babies?
19.  And Polaroid cameras?
20.  Remember reading Harry Potter that first time?
21.  Remember playing outside?
22.  Remember climbing trees?
23.  Remember waiting for an hour in a car waiting for your parents to return?
24.  Remember buying cigarettes for your Dad?
25.  Remember when our parents were young? Our brothers? Our sisters? Our children? Remember when we were young?

Science say remembering one thing versus another is a by-product of reinforcement. One particularly effective memory reinforcer is emotion. In other words, if you felt it deeply, you’ll likely never forget it. These feelings may fade but they remain. Sometimes I think there should be a day just for remembering, a remembering day. Why not today? 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Thick-skinners

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It took Dr. Seuss twenty-seven tries to get his first children’s book published. Imagine a world without him...I don’t want to go there either. I say a world without Seuss is a world without wise. 

Remember this Seuss gem? “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” No doubt Dr. Seuss had some pretty thick skin.

Thick skin. It's pretty important. Test yourself: how thick is your skin?
  1. To what extent do you let life get to you?
  2. Is it better to underestimate or overestimate challenges?
  3. On a scale of one to courage, where do you stand (or fall)?
  4. Does it linger when someone disagrees with you?
  5. Is competence more important to you than risk-taking?
  6. What are you avoiding trying and why?
  7. How well do you take criticism?
  8. How would someone else describe your initiative?
  9. What’s keeping you up at night?
  10. How hard are you pushing yourself?

No matter your answers, three thoughts:
  1. Thick-skinned people don’t feel with any less depth than anyone else nor do they kid themselves that they are any less clueless about life than anyone else.
  2. But despite the pitfalls and downfalls and faceplants and naysayers and multiple attempts, thick-skinners move on and move forward every day. 
  3.  And so can I (and so can you.)


Thursday, March 12, 2015

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