My Daily Observation: 12/14/17

Danny

The world is changing rapidly.  Just when you think you have the latest television technology something new is released.  Mobile phone technology is advancing so quickly that soon we will not actually have to have the device on us to call others.  We get news at the moment it happens.  We are connected more than ever before; and yet humans have never been more depressed.

Change is not always a good thing, but it is the only thing that remains the same.  We can fight it, resist it, deny it, doubt it, but change is happening regardless.

Mindelate Is 1 of The Top Anxiety Blogs of 2017!! – Mind Elate

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I feel honoured and humbled to have been included in the top 26 anxiety blogs to follow by Home Remedies For Life. This post is a shout out to them as a massive thank you! But also a chance to thank all my followers and readers. My content is…

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I wouldn’t want to jinx myself…

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But…

For some reason, my tablet’s tantrum seems to be over. I say seems because I know how very dearly Murphy’s Laws hold on to me. I might wake up tomorrow morning to the same “let me kick you out every couple of minutes” glitch, but since I got home from work, everything’s been just fine.

I don’t know if it is because of the menacing threats to throw it out of the window (you kick me out, I kick you out… Sounded fair to me!) or if it was my absolute inaction that persuaded my Lenovo buddy to cut me some slack… But it did!

I would like to thank all of you, who have given smart advices, and the others who have provided me with moral support through a great deal of humor (I needed it… Badly!)

Again, I just might write again tomorrow, cursing and all… But…

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My Daily Observation: 12/13/17

Danny

Staying “busy” is one of the biggest distraction on the planet, but it doesn’t always mean one is doing their best or being productive.  And many wear “busy” like a badge of honor all the while failing to realize they are stuck in the same spot; like a car spinning its wheels stuck in mud.

I get a lot done in a week, but am cautious not to fall into the trap of running around doing extra stuff just to feel busy.   I also avoid using phrases like “I’ve just got so much to do” or “I’d love to but I don’t have time”.  I’m not a fan of the “no time” excuse.  When I sense I am struggling with time, I take a moment and conduct a process check; basically take a time out.  Then I look at how I’m using my time and most often I find that I am not working or scheduling my time effectively.

At any rate, if you struggle with being “busy” I encourage you to conduct a process check on your use of your time.

Learn to protect it like gold.

Be a better scheduler.

Get a touch more organized.

 

 

 

My Daily Observation: 12/12/17

Danny

Getting criticized isn’t easy, but if it is constructive it can help you be better; that is, if you are open enough to hear.  There are times when Evelina will challenge me with constructive criticism and my first reaction is to defend.  Isn’t that normal?  Don’t we all react defensively when faced with criticism?

I think the key is to take some time and consider the merits of any criticism to judge it objectively.  If you put your ego to the side you might learn something about yourself.  After all, others might not see you in the same light that you see yourself; and that’s not always a bad thing.

 

PS this post is intentionally disfigured in honor of Break the Internet.

 

 

Meet and Greet Link

The Meet and Greet continues today Monday evening so be sure to jump in and have some fun!

And don’t forget, you can leave your link multiple times!!

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kindness, spread it now!

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Happy December!  Kindness is the light of happiness and of life!

There are many ways to spread kindness,  and I like many of the Kindness Calendars on the internet. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Friday, December 1, Do something good for the earth, go plastic free, go for a walk and smile at the people you meet.

Saturday, December 2, How can you help someone who needs help? Give rides to the grocery store, babysit, bring someone a dinner.

Sunday, December 3, List three things you are thankful for.

Monday, December 4, National Sock Day: Donate socks to a homeless shelter.

Tuesday, December 5, Call someone you haven’t talked to in a while, an aunt or uncle, cousin or friend.

Wednesday, December 6, Listen to people with eye contact.

Thursday, December 7, Be thankful for grandfathers and fathers who fought in WWII, and donate…

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My Daily Observation: 12/11/17

Danny

I like helping others although I will admit I don’t always like people.  For the most part I don’t like crowds and it seems that our society is becoming more self-absorbed and selfish.  I know there are a lot of quality people in the world, I just don’t see a lot of them on a daily basis.

I have a personal mission statement that states: “seek to add value to the world around me.”  This means each day I work to be patient, teach, lead by example, practice generosity, etc.  I don’t always achieve this mission statement, but it is usually at the forefront of my mind.

Do you have a personal mission statement?  I’d love to read your comments if you do.  Also, in a general sense, do you like people?

 

My Daily Observation: 12/10/17

Danny

One of the joys of blogging is it serves as a source of therapy.  I’m able to purge out things that I would normally hold in. To me it has always been a little weird that I share things on my blog for all to read that I don’t share openly to people who I know in the “real world”.

To continue the practice of transparency, I wanted to tell you guys and gals that I have started seeing a therapist.  I’ve been kicking the idea around for a couple of years, but finally found a practice via Google that I felt comfortable in seeing.  My first appointment was this past Thursday and it went well.  I will admit that the dynamic of telling a stranger my inner thoughts is a bit uncomfortable, but I think it will be great for me in the long run.  In its basic form therapy is simply talking and I love to talk!

To protect identities I will call my therapist Dr. Kate as I’m sure I’ll refer to her here-and-there.  Our first session was a get-to-know-you type talk about what I hope to achieve through talk therapy and a little bit about my background.  My goals are to understand how to be a better husband to Evelina and to work through some of the root causes for some of my more neurotic behaviors.  I’m laughing as I type this because I didn’t realize how much I hold inside that I don’t say out loud.  The vast majority of our thoughts never leave our mind; a fact I had not ever considered until this session.  Most of us live a life in our mind that others never, ever see.  No wonder there is so much depression in the world.

At any rate I’ll be documenting my journey and some of the things I learn about myself.  Hope you enjoy the ride.

DR