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In the Garden of Your Mind

If you want to grow your garden, you need to water it and nourish it. You should pull out the weeds, so they don’t take over the beauty in sustenance that your flowers and vegetables give you. If you want your garden to be there for you, you need to pay attention to it. Give it what is required to grow.

If you want your ideas and thoughts to grow and your mind to do well, as well as your knowledge, the same is real for it. You must give your mind challenges and expertise. You must Engage those around you both in thought in conversation. If you fail to do so, your mind can atrophy and grow tired and lazy, just like plants that have gone to seed.

As you go through your day, take time to do some things manually rather than just running on automatic. Try to find new ways to do something and learn new facts and exciting ideas. It is not that you’re trying to be smarter than anyone else; you just want to keep your brain active so that the neurons have something to continue lighting up.

Some people lose their thought processes very early in life. Others keep a very sharp mind well into their later years. I wonder how many of these occurrences are because the brain is just not used enough? I believe that if you don’t use something, it whithers and goes away. It would be interesting to run a research report on such findings of memory and brain function.

I try to stay active. I may not be reading the encyclopedia, yet I find exciting things to do.  There are books to read and radio shows, and even radio plays where you get to imagine what the people are doing. I’m a frequent visitor to the library. I like to go to movies, plays, and I’m always interested in new songs.

What do you do for fun? Do you do puzzles? Put together models, go for long walks? Talk with friends or neighbors? All of these are good things to help keep the mind moving forward.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Friday Counts for Something Again

Today I’m working from my office downtown. I am excited to be here. It is the first time since March I’ve been able to work A Friday in my downtown office.  And, to make it even sweeter, this is a 3-day weekend for Memorial Day.

My joke has always been that Monday has always been the most important day of the week. No Mondays, no Fridays. It’s not just the name of the day. It is the idea that the Monday experience is getting up and going to work, leaving the weekend behind.  Friday does the same for the end of the week.  Leaving work at the end of the week and moving on to the weekend relaxation.

When our lives become stagnant and one day just runs into another, it disrupts our whole routine. We find ourselves adrift and susceptible to depression. The choice is to continue to drift or get up and fight back.

We can do many things to set up new routines and expectations in our quarantine, nothing though, is quite the same as getting out of the domicile even for a little while. It allows for a return to what we consider more normal times. And throughout our lives, we always seem to crave the way things used to be.

As we go forward, we need to remember the lessons of the last few months.  We want to go back to normal, and over time, we will.  In the meantime, we need to remember our new lessons learned and do whatever we can not to face another outbreak of this virus. 

We also need to stand guard against any new viruses that may threaten us. After all, we are the masters of our fate.  We know we are smart enough and talented enough to handle almost anything that comes our way and even prosper from the experience.

Thank you for being with me today.  I hope to be with you again soon.

A Time for Everything

There are times in our lives to do many things. There is a time to sit and hide; also, a time to run free in the fields. You will find time to rejoice with abandonment, and there is a time to work hard and quietly, rebuilding yourself from the inside out. Now is the time for the latter.

There are things that we can safely do and things that could put us at risk. We need to work from the point of safety out rather than working from risk inward. Working this way is easy to do. Start with yourself. Diet, exercise, and making your home more livable and friendly. These are good Starting points.

Now is the time to change the room, if that is what you need, or make your workspace better in a home environment. You do not have to spend much to make your living arrangements better. And what you do need, you do not have to go out to a store for, a trip to the Internet will have the store bring it to you.

As you start to work, you will find your mood improved. I know mine did as I worked on a recent project. I did end up putting the room together and pulling it back apart about three or four times until I got it the way that I wanted it. Once I had it there, everything worked out well. And there are still finishing touches and final cleanup to accomplish on it. I also need to clean all the other rooms I disturbed while working on that project.  Doing this gave me a real sense of positive work and accomplishment.

I do have many items I need to send to goodwill. The cost of redoing the room in a significant makeover turned out to be roughly $110. The price stayed low because I was able to make some DIY purchases and crafted everything myself. I believe this will be an excellent multimedia art studio, and I cannot wait to start my first projects in it.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Keeping Others Safe

The days are dragging on. I am lucky that my co-working center is open to the point that I can go and work in my office. I still have concerns about our pandemic and the virus. I mainly get nervous when I have to go to a store and shop. Too many people are coming back to stores with little or no self-protection and in more massive crowds.

I do not dislike people. I love humanity. It is the people without masks and gloves that I’m not sure I want to be around right now. Also, I never was a fan of crowds. I am sure that this will continue for a while, and as long as the numbers keep going down, I think we will be OK.

I just find it hard to have confidence in any defense against an enemy you cannot see, feel, taste, or touch. In America, everybody has the right to think and act differently as long as they don’t cross laws that we enact for the good of humanity. I do believe in life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

I believe that sometimes we need to look past our needs and focus on the greater good.  When we might have an infection that is known to present no symptoms, we need to take precautions. We need to prevent passing something harmful and deadly to those around us.

We do not want to sicken or kill someone because we think we are special and can ignore safety rules.  If you are just infecting yourself, that is one thing.  If you are hurting and killing others, that is something else.  With this virus, you do not know until after the damage happens.

Wearing a mask and gloves, plus staying 6 feet apart, is not going to put that big a crimp in your lifestyle.  Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) can be your new look.  You could even make it look good. 

Thank you for being with me today.  I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Staying in contact

We are fortunate to be living in this day and age. Today we have many marvels which allow us to stay in contact with each other.  We have numerous email accounts, social media accounts, FaceTime, and other video chats. We can use these apps, whether living next to each other or half-way around the world. Yet having them does not make us connected.

If we are to stay connected, we need to monitor our connecting accounts and know who is reaching out to us and when. Then, we must be sure to answer. How much time do we devote each day to monitoring our accounts? And how many times do we miss things that we fail to notice?

 I have had people in a working environment tell me that they do not read or answer most emails because they get over 800 in a 10-hour shift. If you are in business and you are monitoring communications and know who is writing to you and why then you are doing more than just missing out on many opportunities.  You are setting yourself up for your failure and your departments’ downfall. You will need to stay focused on your communications for it to be of any meaning to yourself or those who count on you. To do this, you will need to spend time in front of the computer managing your communications.

Things such as CRM can help. Cutting the joke teller’s and sellers out of your email listing may help somewhat. Try to keep your business communication just that, business. Keep social accounts separate. And try to remember, at the office, you do not have to read the latest gossip.

I have learned, recently, how easy it is to drown in information and knowledge. Pour in a little stress, add a little bit of angst, and the next thing you know, the river of knowledge becomes a quagmire of quicksand. Now is the time for you to take control of things so that you do not have to face fate. It is not a pleasant thing to face.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Life Takes Courage

Life is not easy, even in the best of times. It takes courage to get out there and do something. There will always be people who care for you, and there will always be people who just do not care about anything. Please just remember it’s your life, no one can tell you what is right and wrong because they are not you. And no one can tell you what you need to do or not do to succeed. Because 90% of the time, others are only seeing part of your picture.

What you need to do is sit down and take the time to understand yourself.  Where do you want to go? And even more important, at the end of your life, where do you want to end up? What is it that drives you? And what are the things about which you most care?

It’s hard for you to make sensible decisions until you have sat down and tried to understand yourself. Understanding yourself is not always easy. Many people spend a lifetime never figuring themselves out. If you take the time, though, you may find some great insights within the depths that you may have to travel. And then, with those insights, you will know yourself and be better able to understand what you need to do and what directions you need to go in.

You should set some time aside to find out more about yourself. Understand and write down your insights, your vision, and what you perceive to be your mission in life. If you are not sure about what you are interested in, then try to take an assessment or two. Or, try a long walk or two. The answers are there, and as you spend the time, those answers will make themselves known.  Do not give up.  You are worthy of doing this.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.