A recent read, “Creativity Sucks” by Phil Hansen (https://www.philinthecircle.com/), educated me on the art technique of pointillism and created a ripple of thought for me (yes, again!). Continue reading “Pointillism (aka Stippling) Life”
(Written on 6/3/2021 for DOC Morning Watch 7/17/2021)
This entry is a transcribed version from a recent presentation. It has been modified to be “legible” for those who were not in the presentation, however it will be lacking the music, photos and videos used. Hopefully, the intent and point will come across anyway… Continue reading “EVERYDAY LESSONS: Learning from a Single Example”
Genuine smiles are sometimes hard to come by. Add to that the events in our recent history (election, riots, mobs, CoronaVirus, work despair, school closures, home life disruptions), and smiling almost becomes a past sport. So what is the purpose of writing about smiling? Continue reading “The Gift of a Smile in the Time of COVID”
From Wikipedia: “Confirmation bias is the tendency to search for, interpret, favor, and recall information in a way that confirms or supports one’s prior beliefs or values.”
We are all somewhat guilty of this especially during the 2020 chaos and divisiveness but our media streams and search engines (and streaming media) filter bubbles only set our preferences (aka biases) in virtual stone.
Wonder what would happen if I begin to continuously search for kindness, bubble guppies, compassion, caring, gratitude, paw patrol, love, hugs, peace, and other terms of endearment and unity? Could be an experiment with timely implications versus continuing to do searches regarding the election results et al…
Time to be like the storybook King Arthur and pull that sword out of the virtual stone.
(And if you do not believe me, do a search from multiple search engines or create a brand new streaming media profile on a service you subscribe to…your results may just amaze you.)
Once upon a time, two groups of people disagreed. Instead of working through their disagreement, some became so entrenched and emotionally attached to their opinions and views, they began building a wall. It was no ordinary wall because once the other group saw the wall going up, they too decided to add to the wall on their side. Those on the left believed they were always right, and only their ideas would ever work; those on the right thought they were always correct, and only their concepts would ever work. Continue reading “The Wall”
It appears I am always seeking a new start and sometimes those new starts curtail other activities mid-stride. In hindsight, jumping from activity to activity appears to provide a moment of excitement but long-term dissatisfaction with all endeavors as the end result. Continue reading “A New Start”
The ultimate adventure is of course being born. It is the start of a perilous journey for new parents both prior to and after birth. In so many ways it is truly “an undertaking usually involving danger and unknown risks” (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adventure) to relationships, health, careers, finances, and emotions. Continue reading “Upon the Advent of Your Day of Birth”
Sometimes disparate and distinct ideas, which weren’t initially meant to be tied together, can be used outside of their original context. It produces interesting results and most of the time I just note them and keep going. Today I am sharing one tidbit of insight…an “Ah-Ha” moment.
During a recent viewing of an episode from the “Brain Fitness” series, the following tenets were provided as critical in brain plasticity and change: Continue reading “Brain Fitness & Organizational Health”
I have always enjoyed music — almost any kind of music. Whether it’s country , bluegrass, rock and roll, gospel, classical, movie soundtracks, doo wop, crooners, new age, or other, for me music is a way of getting excited, calming down, feeling reflective, staying focused, becoming inspired, seeking wisdom, finding solace and escaping for a brief period of time. Continue reading “Musical Interludes”
I want you to visualize that you are standing side-by-side with a group of people. In each person’s hand is a rope tying you to your neighbors with the rope taunt between each individual. The rope is now connecting you to the person on your left and to the person on your right. At this point I want you to consider the following situation: “What would happen if you were to take a big step forward?”