YesterdayI wroteabout 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?
About 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.
A 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:
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I NEVER post mid-week, but this week, I have to. Gord Downie is dead. I am gutted. I suppose it was silly to believe that he would survive the type of brain cancer that he had, but I’m at heart an optimist, despite my consistent obsession with worst case scenarios. I’ve spent a good portion of this evening singing snatches of his songs, and crying. I may be a little drunk right now. Here is what I wrote a few months ago, at the Canada-wide broadcast of the Hip’s final tour:
Saturday Night: The Tragically Hip
Last night was the final show of the Tragically Hip’s final concert tour. The lead singer, Gord Downie, has incurable brain cancer, and rather than fade away, he’s going out in fine Canadian style by bringing the country together. You might have seen the memes about Canada being closed for the night because our…
Originally posted on HorseAddict: “Who am I anyway? Am I my resume?” These are lyrics from the opening number of the musical A Chorus Line. Last Friday I had a consultation with a surgeon. I wanted him to know who…
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!
my second visit to the dreamy, beautiful city of Praha (as the locals call it) or Prague, as it is more famously known as consisted of a few cliches and must-dos.
the first one was in 2015, Christmas time, and most of my time in the city was a grand celebration with two friends from Brazil and another from India.
Starting with Praha’s reknownded Charles Bridge, a tour to the castle and winding up at the Franz Kafka Museum were the main things on the agenda. Franz Kafka, father of the absurd, explorer of the inner turmoil, has strong connections with his hometown and one can see his name and images and inspiration all across.
Mid-October finds me longing for trees decked out in Autumn splendor. Here in Northern California, as the nights get cooler and the day time temps hover in the upper 70s, the leaves have a couple more weeks to go before we see significant color changes.
For now, as I post for Sunday Trees hosted by Becca at “On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea,” I will have to settle for some photos of leisure and play time in the trees.
Last weekend, I had arranged for one of my recreation classes to participate in the campus Peak Adventures Ropes course. Facing their fears, they embraced their opportunity to climb up trees over 40 feet in the air to a platform, rope or pole from which to execute the challenge.
In spite of them being harnessed in and belayed by professional staff, students reported the lasting affects of the adrenaline rush of…
Today is my appointment with my neurologist who is going to give me a couple new alternatives for medication. I’m not thrilled at the idea of taking medicine again and I’m not looking forward to any injections. I have been on 2 injections in the past and both of the medications made me annoyed with taking a shot.
For those of you who are new to my page, I live with secondary progressive Multiple Sclerosis. SPMS means my symptoms are present daily and no longer come and go. My most bothersome symptom is fatigue and hand/hip/foot pain. I’ll let you guys know how my appointment goes.
Different people handle illness differently. If you are living with some type of illness I want to say “Keep you chin up.” I know it can be difficult sometimes, but it isn’t the end of the world and as long as you have breathe in your body, then keep on keepin’ on! Vent to friends and family when you need to vent. Scream when you need to scream. Cry when you need to cry. Don’t hold all that stuff in trying to be tough because it’s like poison and will build up inside you; let it out.
That’s my two cents for today. Hope everyone has a great Thursday!