What Have I Learned Lately?

It is a valid question. We each learn all kinds of new bits of information every day. We learn how to do something new. Or, we learn to recognize something in a new way. And, we may learn information on something that is happening that could help us.

The more we get out, around others, around nature, the city, or organizations, the more we collect information. It flows to us, and we cannot help but see, hear, feel and sometimes touch that information. The big question is, do we recognize the information and are we doing something about it?

Picking up new information is good. Yet, not recognizing the information, or how it can help us means it will do us little good. We have to attune ourselves to filter information and understand how the bits will best help us. This means we have to be aware.

If we go out to find something specific like what time the pool is open for lap swimming, we know what we want before we see it, and it is not tough to gain that information. Serendipitous information may come our way, such as when I pick up a schedule for lap swim, the attendant tells me that lap swim is free for people in my age group from 9 to 11 a.m. daily. Knowing this piece of information just saved me from spending some money.

There is other information that is just as valuable but may go unnoticed because I wasn’t looking for it. What if I left the aquatic center and was in a hurry to catch a bus to my next appointment? Would I be so wrapped up with free swimming and getting to where I need to be next? Would I miss the fact that there was a stiff breeze blowing? And, would I miss the fact that there was a $20 bill stuck on a branch of a Bush, just like the 15 people in front of me did? If you’re not looking for it, you may not see it no matter how good it is.

Maybe not everything you find when you go places will be worth the $20 bill. However, some things will be much more valuable. What may be valuable for you may be worthless to someone else. Even more, their valuables may be useless to you.

When you go out, you have to pay attention. You need to know what would help you and what would not. And, you need to take action on things which can definitely help. I hope all the great things you find are worthy of that $20 bill.

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

Mindfulness

We find ourselves as creatures of habit. We can go to our kitchen and without thinking go to the silverware drawer or make a cup of coffee when we are still half asleep. Change the layout, and five years later, unless you’re really thinking about it, you will occasionally go back to the original place the silverware was initially kept. I know, it’s been nine years since we’ve rearranged the kitchen and I still occasionally go to the wrong drawer.

Many of us use the computer. And many do quite well using laptops or tablets. Even someone who can write in HTML 5, design courses and write blogs and write books might have problems when asked to do something simple that they don’t usually do. Exactly how do you copy and repost on Facebook? Yep, that was me also.

It seems as though I have two paths in front of me. I could go back to bed and go back to sleep hoping to awaken and start today over again. Or, I can wake up and do something about the problems.

Although sleep always beckons like a good friend, soft pillows and warm blankets and rest for the weary, you know me, I have to wake up and do something about it. I need to work on my mindfulness. Mindfulness is making sure your mental acuity is there. You’re awake, you know what’s going on. Mindfulness is staying on top of your game and not running on preprogrammed memory.

I am just learning new ways mindfulness helps. Yet from what I see, this is really what I need. The Veterans Administration has an excellent app for the cell phone, and it is free. If you are of the mind, I highly suggest you try it out. There are also some excellent classes out there on mindfulness.

If you’re interested and cannot find the information you are looking for on mindfulness, please write me. I would be glad to help by sending you some materials. Also, write me if you’d like to talk about it. I can arrange to give you a 20-minute phone call to discuss mindfulness.  My email address is mikeb@reveille.rocks.

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