Monday, September 26, 2016
I truly am at my best when I deal with people one on one. I can ask that probing question, for my one goal, which is ever the same.
"Is it better this way?"
Change is inevitable and is always happening so when people make fairly big life changes I want to know, "Is it better this way?"
Now, when I get the "Oh, yes," spoken with a relief to the words like a breath that has been held for too long while a situation was handled but not really ideal, I get a moment of happiness for that person. I think the beautiful thing about being somewhere between the aged and the youthful is that I have come more fully into the belief that there should be enjoyment in life's journey.
Precisely a month ago I was trying to help someone find a fail- safe practice that could, hopefully, help avoid pitfalls as this person was trying new things. The term the discipline of verification came to mind and I thought, yes, that is what this person is missing. Oftentimes my intuition is bang on but the work of explaining it and having the other person understand it is complex.
When very precise terminology comes to my mind, I investigate it to look for its roots. The intellectual foundation of the discipline of verification, in journalism, rests on three core concepts- Transparency; Humility and Originality. Sometimes I create acronyms that I can use for emphasis. If speaking to someone young, I may say, "You know what's really HOT right now? Humility, Originality and Transparency."
If I were speaking to someone more aged, I might encourage them by changing the order of the acronym and say something like, "THO ye be old, ye be not done." See, that's encouragement and still using the same concepts of a solid foundation.
Language is the tool, understanding and trying to help someone remember the goal is the goal of any mentor.
What we learn, we teach. What we teach, we learn. This is the rhythm of life.
In conversation, there are many mentor-ship moments. Explore and enjoy them. They may just be foundational.
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Saturday, September 24, 2016
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Friday, September 23, 2016
It really is this purity of intent that settles into the soul as the project comes together. Whether making something quaint, eating well,
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Thursday, September 22, 2016
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
The good news is, when I get through one of these painful times, the swelling in the joint can go down just as quickly as it flares up.
In the meantime, I use a photo from a day I was feeling great and cycling over rough terrain for a beautiful day of picture taking, exercise and all around beautiful autumn warm weather.
As I listened to the reply I realized that even trying to get an education and pay for it just for the hope of gaining from the time, money, and effort of learning...
well, even that is a carefully considered risk these days. So, be you young or be you a bit older... the calculator of risk versus payoff is always computing.
Posted by El at 12:34 PM
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
``Well, there`s more than one way of looking at things.``
Now, the tone of voice was calming, like an invitation to consider. I wish I could do justice to the way that statement has helped me, many times, already.
That statement comes back to me time and time again because it is one of those statements that you can apply to so many situations.
Now, who we listen to and why is something each person would do well to know about themselves. This man was a stranger and I was running on instinct as I conversed with him. For some reason, he mentioned that he lived strongly on instinct. So, I immediately felt we were enough the same for me to grill him on any areas of life where he had made mistakes, if he`d made some. Ooh, I love to learn those things so I can avoid making mistakes and I have shared my own stories to offer others the same courtesy.
So, God uses random events that end up being a good thing for you and I.
For instance, yesterday, both the brakes on my bike had come apart and I had to walk for my exercise instead of being able to ride my bicycle. Even though I was not wearing the right footwear I thought I could walk close to an hour in my sandals. So, as I`m walking, I notice a rusted hook that was embedded in the gravel. If I`d been riding my bike, I probably would`t have noticed it. I could see it had broken off of something. It was a fairly substantial metal hook so it probably came off a piece of machinery. I looked at the thickness of the metal and thought... it would take a lot of torque for that to break off of something. It niggled at me and I had been putting off getting my vehicle looked at even though I thought things sounded wrong when I drove on the highway.
So, as I`m driving to the bicycle shop, I`m giving my vehicle a really good workout on the torn up roads... still lots of construction in the city. This little workout just helped me think there was something a little off in the undercarriage of my vehicle.
So, today, I got my vehicle into the garage, a courtesy vehicle was available, and everything was just so smooth in how things were working out, the convenient way the garage was providing made the inconvenience of taking my vehicle in seem... not inconvenient.
Well, sometimes it is the little things that your mechanic catches that will save you a bundle if you pay attention to the, seemingly, little things.
Follow your instinct.
So, the mechanic found a U joint almost completely disintegrated. You know, it is better to have them replaced before they fail. It is the perfect time of year to get your vehicle winterized and ship shape after our season of road construction and before we get into winter.
So, I could have been annoyed that the roads were so rough or in the ``there`s more than one way of looking at things`` dictum, I could just be glad the rough roads pushed the problem to the forefront of my thoughts and made me act on my niggling instinct.
Just do it. Get a vehicle check- up. You`ll be glad you did.
Posted by El at 7:36 PM
Monday, September 19, 2016
Some people write tomes of language to explain science to others. Before they write these things, they have taken in incalculable amounts of knowledge to try to bring it down to a simplified form for people like myself to enjoy reading. This is what Brian Greene, Pulitzer Prize Finalist, did in the book 'The Elegant Universe.'
The theory of everything seeks to explain this...
some may apply the T.O.E. to this...
I helped sell some expensive coffee or houses and created work for people because we all need work.
Have a great day and whether you buy something small or large...
just enjoy it!
Posted by El at 5:32 AM