Posts Tagged ‘creativity’

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”  –Walt Disney

What is up next? After we finish here where are we going? What is phase two? What do you have for next week? These are questions asked by children under 12 and ambitious adults. Sometimes there are clear answers. Up next we will go to lunch, followed by dinner. Phase two is an expansion with our internet marketing. Next week I have three meetings and one deadline.  At other times the answers are not so clear because what happens next often depends on what is happening now.

If we do not understand, respect and appreciate now our vision for later will be very murky. Instead of opening doors we will face locks we don’t have the keys for. We will not be doing new things, but instead repeating history. Our curiosity has to be feed and this can only happen when we understand and learn about right now first and then tomorrow. “Without today there can be no tomorrow”  — John3c

We may not be super excited about what is going on in our lives right now. Things may be tough, God knows they can get that way, and on the flip side things may be wonderful and sublime, but this moment needs to be appreciated and respected and understood by you and me. Tomorrow will come and then it will be today and if we do not learn to appreciate today we will never truly experience or appreciate tomorrow.

The trick to looking forward is to never stop respecting and appreciating this moment right now






Choice, it is important. Choice empowers us and helps give us purpose. Choices define us and separate us from the animals. Instead of acting on pure instinct we can choose. We can decide today what to wear, when to wake up. What and when and where  to eat. We can pick were we live and how we live. Choice is something that we seem to be getting more and more of, everyday. Television viewing demonstrates the growing choices we have. You can pick between satellite, cable, internet and rabbit ears or for the brave all of the above. Food choices are as diverse as the people cooking and serving. It is not uncommon in one mall to see all kinds of food types. With all these choices some of us can get overwhelmed and forget the most important choice of them all. Every moment of everyday we choice to be happy.

Crazy when you think about it right? Some will argue that genes and outside influences make them unhappy and they cannot control these things and to a certain extent they are right, however they are also wrong to a certain extent. Last year in January I wrote about the time before soap was used in hospitals. Before soap a hospital stay was considered a death sentence, now after soap the hospital stay while uncomfortable is far from a death sentence. My reason for the digression and trip down memory lane is this. You can change what seems to be unchangeable, but not until you change your perspective.


We are ultimately the ones who choice our perspectives and happiness is not a place, or a moment it is a state of mind. I know it can seem like hope is gone. But here is another dirty secret. Your personal trainer, religious leader and school teacher will not tell you but the secret is you have to choice to be happy, and you also have to choice to find hope. 


“People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.”
Abraham Lincoln
peace and be happy

I did it!!!

Posted: November 29, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Last year this time I was lamenting over the need for thirty thousand words. Confused? Let me explain. November is the second to last month of the calendar year, the month in which we celebrate thanksgiving, and National Novel Writing month.  A novel is an average of fifty thousand words in length so the goal for anyone who dares volunteer is to write a novel of at least fifty thousand words in length in the span of one month, that month being November.

Last year I volunteered and failed to accomplish this momentous task. I had the enthusiasm and desire to do the average 1667 words a day for the 31 day month, but that was not enough I fell short. 20,00 words short to be exact. I was a little dejected but I didn’t lose any of my enthusiasm. I continued to write daily in my blog and thought about different book ideas up until this November than when November came around again I hit the word processor like a man obsessed. I was disciplined and stuck to the 1667 word a day minimum some days crushing the minimum but every day making at least that much, and I did it.

I know it seems like a small accomplishment, but what is life if not a bunch of small accomplishments and failures? So am I writing this to brag a little? yes but more than bragging I hope I can be your inspiration, maybe there is something you have yet to do a bucket list item to check off? Trust me if I can hammer out 50000 words in 28 days you can cross that item off your list believe in yourself and never let the failure define you





Simple enough question right? I like mottos. I love the joke from “The Rocky  and Bullwinkle Show” when Bullwinkle is asked. “What’s a motto?” He replies “Nothing, what’s a motto with you?” I know corny but I like it.

For our purposes a motto is: the guiding principle, of a person, organization or city.  So my favorite motto  is “Do only good”. Did I steal this motto from Google? Yes and no. Oh the dichotomy!! I liked Googles unofficial motto which is “Do no Evil” but I didn’t think a motto should be a what not to do for a person. For a corporation this is an ingenious idea. Because a corporations first goal is to provide a product and post a profit, so having that as the foundation a motto that states what not to do makes perfect sense and doing no evil is well good (lol).

A person is not a corporation a person is born and lives but lives are lived in so many different ways that I felt a better motto for me would be what to do instead of what not to do. Doing good is well good.

Is it simple? Yes, but most of the best things are simple.

Simplicity in character, in manners, in style; in all things the supreme excellence is simplicity.”

In January of this year I went to the eye doctor. I am nearsighted and I have to get my eyes checked every year. The optometrist has me sit in a chair turns down the light and then I look at an eye chart through a series of lenses. At the end of this eye test she gives me a prescription for the type of lenses my eyes need to  make my vision clear.


This morning on the radio I heard a story about a norweigan serial killer. The story of course was sad and chilling but the man on the radio said something that really got me thinking. He said that the serial killer had a vision of his world which was dark and twisted, and was doing his best to promote this vision.

I began to wonder and think about what I see the world as. Is it dark and twisted or bright and full of hope?  I also wondered if, like my lenses, was there something I could do to affect and influence my vision?


In answer to my first question I see a bright future for the world. I truly feel we are living in one of the most exciting times in the history of humans existence. A time were technology,  is on an upward turn (every morning I read the paper on an i pad, in the afternoon I watch programing sent to the television over the internet) and respect for human life is gathering much more traction than before (just seeing the outpouring of support for hurricane Katrina and the Japanese tsunami victims demonstrates this), the technology advancements come on the heels of a great education and despite what the old curmudgeon say the intelligence quota of the working force and the young adults entering the workforce is high. The blend of the 3 mentioned things make me optimistic about the future and give me great vision. I guess in a way you can say that with respect for life and education someones vision can be affected and maybe changed. I wonder can we through demonstrating respect and applying education how much of another persons vision can we change?





Monday morning comes with a weekly status meeting at work. I go over progress on projects. I give timelines to the completion of the projects and the list that is called weekly accomplishments grows as the list called tasks shrinks.. Well not really, despite accomplishments list lengthening the tasks list seems to continue to grow and in a strange twist sometimes the task list is refilled with a revisit from the accomplishments list a new old project. Does this describe your work week? Does it feel like no matter how hard you try you will never empty your inbox? Does this describe your life? Does it feel like your week and weekend are dominated by tasks that will never get done and when the are done they are replaced by the same tasks? (and no I am not selling some organizing app for the i phone)

I once read a book (yes only one and then my head started hurting), titled “Don’t sweat the small stuff and it’s all small stuff.” by Richard Carlson.  I have mentioned this book before in my blog ( I mean that makes sense right? being the only book I’ve ever read), and I said it before and will say it again. Read that book really good book!   One interesting part in the book speaks about the fact that are inbox will never be empty and he was right.

Often we approach the inbox or our task list as a knight slaying a dragon maybe this is not the best technique maybe the inbox or task list would be better approached as opportunities for learning new things and meeting new people.

When I was a kid, like many children my parents would read me stories about adventurers setting out to do something great. These intrepid men and women were not concerned with the Zero inbox theory (interesting blog by the way), or the passive inbox  theory (another interesting blog too).  Now that I think about it all the adventurers in my childhood stories were not users of e-mail or the web (the stories were written well before the internet was invented by Al Gore).  These men and women in their,  bravery and valor,  did not concern themselves with Monday meetings and tasks or to do lists they simply displayed valor by helping damsels in distress and towns sacked by ogres (sorry Shrek some of your kin were rough).

I know it seems foolish to compare our childhood heroes and their situations to ours but how much more foolish is it to assume that we will solve all the world problems and empty our in boxes by the end of the day week month or year?