My Daily Observation: 10/6/17

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Yesterday I wrote about how I grew up a little bit in relation to my favorite sports teams.  The fact is that I needed to grow up a little, but I don’t want to grow up too much.  I do want to maintain some of that child-like enthusiasm for life.  I don’t know a lot of people who have kept their inner-child alive.

I noticed this week that it is incredibly important to do child-like things that remind us of simpler times; that remind us of what life is really about.  Adulting fogs the window of life.  Being an adult and growing up is not always something to wear like a badge of honor.  Don’t get me wrong I think it is important to act grown up sometimes and be responsible, but sometimes we need to be a little irresponsible.

It is good for the soul to roll around in the grass every once-in-a-while.  It is reinvigorating to walk in the rain.  It can be so peaceful watching the birds or clouds.  Or maybe color in a coloring book.  We need to actively seek to keep our inner-child alive.

What do you do to keep the kid inside of you alive?

 

The Truth Is I Haven’t Always Been So Positive

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DannyAbout once per week I’ll get an email asking me how I maintain such a positive attitude. And I get enough of these emails to make me believe people view me as being a positive person, although, I don’t view myself as a positive person.  The truth is I haven’t always been so positive.

In 2007 I began working for Dick’s Sporting Goods as a PGA Professional.  My job was to manage the golf shop staff, keep the shop stocked with the appropriate types of merchandise, inventory and maintain customer service levels.  For anyone who has worked retail, this short story should register with you.

I worked that job and dealt with customers throughout the store; there were good days and there were really bad days.  And as the years moved forward the really bad days began to outnumber the good days 10 to 1.  Customers in retail are vicious.  They complain constantly.  They drop trash on the floors.  They spill things and use merchandise to cover up the spill.  They leave used condoms in the fitting rooms.  They make messes in the bathrooms that you could never imagine (especially the women’s room!).  They scream, yell and blame the staff for ruining their child’s Christmas.

The list goes on and on.

Dealing with the public turned me into a person who didn’t want to be around people outside of work.  So I began to resent other humans.  I began to hate being around other people.  I saw the worst in humanity and expected people to be awful.  I became a negative person.

Then came 2013 and my retail career ended.  Unfortunately, my negative attitude did not.  It would take me another year or more to eventually purge myself of those negative tendencies and find “Danny’ again.  It was such hard work.  Every day I had to focus on finding the good in people and expecting good things to happen.  I had to go through a complete revolution of my mind to exorcise the negative demons.

It was a long fight, but it was worth it.  I no longer maintain that nasty, negative attitude and I am happy now that people email me asking how I stay so positive.  It’s a great reminder to me that people can change if they want to change.

Here Are 10 Things I Stopped Doing That Made Me Happier

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Danny's iphone 022A few years back I made some drastic changes.  In 2013 I decided enough-was-enough and I went through a revolution of my mind and habits.  Here are a few of the things that I stopped doing which made me a happier person:

  1. I stopped blaming others for my underachieving.
  2. I stopped complaining
  3. I stopped comparing myself to others
  4. I stopped trying to be right all the time
  5. I stopped talking to myself like I was a villain
  6. I stopped allowing myself to make excuses
  7. I stopped watching television
  8. I stopped allowing my mind to be limited
  9. I stopped wishing for change
  10. I stopped waiting on life to happen for me

My Daily Observation: 10/18/17

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There is a saying in business, “Be slow to hire, but quick to fire.”  Basically it means take your time in hiring the right people; don’t rush trying to fight the talent for the job.  But when you have someone who you realize is the wrong person for the job take swift action.  Don’t drag out the inevitable because it costs the business time, money and resources.

Such is life.  When you realize the plan you are using isn’t working, do not wait to make a change.  Often times we stick with an idea or a plan out of respect for routine even though we know the plan is not producing.  Be quick to kick the wrong plan of action to the curb because in the end it will end up costing you.

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Why Social Life Spending Is A Waste Of Money – Level Up Stud

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Do you ever wonder if your money is being wasted when you spend on other people?

Well here’s the short answer: Yes. And I will explain to you why.

For three months I performed my own personal experiment to see where I would get the most returns based on my spending towards other people and myself.

For one month I would spend my excess cash mainly on myself. Then the following month I would spend my surplus money on my relationship and family. And for the third month, I focused on spending socially with friends and going out.

For simplicity, I categorized these expenses as…

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My Daily Observation: 10/17/17

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On this day 45 years ago I was born.  I have spent more time reflecting on my life this birthday more than any other.  I guess it’s because I now feel exceptionally close to 50.  I’ve never thought much about birthdays nor have I put much emphasis on them.  This year has felt a little different.

I feel a little melancholy to be quite frank and I noticed my mood change yesterday on the golf course.  I guess I should be thankful that I’ve made it this far as many of my friends have passed over.  I understand age to be a matter of the mind, yet I can’t help but think about getting old.

With that all said, here’s to another year and hopefully many, many more!

Re-Spinning Posts: How You Can Self-Evaluate Your Blog

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OK so you know that post you wrote last year that only got 3 likes and 2 views? Come on, we’ve ALL been there.

If you are new to this blog (Welcome! Waves) you may notice that I re-spin a lot of my posts. I expect anywhere from 50-100 new followers each month, which means a lot of new faces have not seen older posts, especially those that have really proven to be valuable. I try to re-spin my poetry at least once every year for this reason. I also re-spin posts I’d like to get more exposure. New faces also mean new perspectives.

Re-spinning posts is basically when you re-post a previously posted post (feel like I’m over writing the word post here). When this happens, the post shows up at the top of the reader and it also reaches the inboxes of new  e-mail…

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Monday Musings

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“We need never shout across the spaces to an absent God. He is nearer than our own soul, closer than our most secret thoughts.” — A. W. Tozer

“I have held many things in my hands, and have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess.” — Martin Luther

“God will not look you over for medals, degrees, or diplomas, but for scars.” — Elbert Hubbard

“I know God won’t give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish He didn’t trust me so much.” — Mother Teresa

“Peace if possible, truth at all costs.” — Martin Luther

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Blog Networking: 10/17/17

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Blog networking is one of the most undervalued and underused strategies for most.  But I believe it is at the core for growing a blog.

You will find links in this post to help eliminate some of the work; all you have to do is LIKE, COMMENT and FOLLOW others. The more you network with other blogs, the more other blogs will network with you!

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Lucinda E. Clarke

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Maybe we should stop trying so hard to be happy.

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Originally posted on October 2, 2016

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We live in a society that demands we always be happy and smiling.    “Negative” emotions are generally unacceptable, and we are told over and over again via pop psychologists and the mass media that constant happiness is not only our birthright, but our responsibility!    People are encouraged to stuff their feelings and wear a smile, no matter how they are really feeling.

Some people are more naturally given to cheerfulness than others, regardless of their circumstances.  We are all different; and those of us who aren’t naturally inclined to be upbeat and perky all the time are made to feel like we are somehow defective and our darker emotions aren’t okay.

So we seek out therapists, read self-help books, recite affirmations, pin up positive-thinking posters, and beat ourselves up if we don’t or can’t conform to the pervasive “don’t worry, be…

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Was This A Trick Question?

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True Story—

While in tenth grade, my religion teacher, Sister Francine, asked the class to take out 5 sheets of paper and make a list of the 5 most important things in our lives. We were told that we could talk among ourselves and that we had 10 minutes. Some of my classmates were still in that “I hate my parents” stage. I guess I’d either passed through it or never experienced it because my mom was at the top of my list. Next on my list were my brothers, my friends, Gidgette, my poodle, and my grandmother.

When the time was up, Sister Francine walked to the front of the class and put a record on the turntable. I don’t remember what the song was, but I do remember it being something slow and pretty. Our instructions were simple: as we listened to the music we were to go…

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