Build early and build often.
Proprietary developer adage
It is new technology day at my house. My neighborhood is one of the first in the country to benefit from ATT’s new fiber optics offerings. Technicians will arrive in a few hours to provide me access to a new super high definition TV capability with more than 300 channels, digital video recording and more. They will also change my current internet service to one with much higher bandwidth. So I will be able to get instant misinformation and becoming dumber even faster. I plan on quit sleeping since I will be recording about 30 hours of video everyday.
Wait, I don’t want to do those things! I hereby swear to manage myself and my time, make my friends my priority and enjoy life versus let it overwhelm me.
Since I know that the installation will be flawless and trouble free there will be no reason for me not to return tomorrow unless of course terrorists sabotage the installation requiring a surge in technicians. So I plan on being back tomorrow but if I am not I’ll hideout until it is over.
Since there is little time for a new daily I am again relying on your poor memory to appreciate an old one.
Have you noticed how many people these days seem overly tired, frustrated, lethargic, and even grouchy? I often feel that we have become so centered on our jobs or other responsibilities that we don’t take care of ourselves. Often we don’t even notice the changes taking place in our productivity and sense of well being. I was with a friend not too long ago that had the good sense to recognize what was going on in her life. I suggested, as I often do that the best time to take a vacation is when you can’t.
In the same vein here are some thoughts I stole from a recent article by Denis Waitley, entitled Balance Your Workload with a Generous Number of Mini-Vacations for Maximum Productivity.
He said that by re-energizing and renewing yourself frequently, you will avoid burnout and become much more motivated and productive. He recommended that you don’t keep your nose to the grindstone for years and wait for retirement to travel. Balance and consistency are the keys. Enjoy the process, not just the result.
Many people today are concerned with quality time — time generally defined in part as that spent on recreation, personal pursuits, time with children, spouses and friends. While Waitley believes that quality time is important, one must also spend quantity time. The average father spends less than 30 minutes each week in direct one-on-one communication with each of his children. How can we possibly expect good family relationships with so little communication?
It’s not in the image of our big dreams that we run the risk of losing our focus and motivation. It’s the drudgery and routine of our daily lives that present the greatest danger to our hopes for achievement.
He also suggests that you sit down right now and plan to reward yourself with a three or four day vacation from any work activity, this can be done across a weekend, you don’t even have to travel. If you need a break take one, if you don’t the one you will be hurting the most is yourself. And by all means leave all your work at work.
OK, ready? Go to your calendar and lock in the dates, and if you have a fantasy to fulfill during the time off, write that down too, you will be glad you did.
All my life I had been looking for something, and everywhere I turned someone tried to tell me what it was. I accepted their answers too, though they were often in contradiction and even self-contradictory. I was naïve. I was looking for myself and asking everyone except myself questions which I, and only I, could answer. It took me a long time and much painful boomeranging of my expectations to achieve a realization everyone else appears to have been born with: that I am nobody but myself.
I live in my own little world, but it’s ok, they know me here.
A church choir was putting on a car wash to raise money for a special trip to Bethlehem.
They made a large sign that read: CAR WASH FOR CHOIR TRIP. On the scheduled Saturday, business was very good. But, by two o’clock the sky clouded, the rain poured, and there were hardly any customers.
Finally, one of the soprano singers had an idea. She printed a very large poster with the words: WE WASH. GOD RINSES. (Next to the words was an arrow pointing skyward.) Business boomed!
"Always be sincere, even when you don’t mean it."
On his eightieth birthday party, the famous writer gave a small speech, he started "At such an age actually, a man has a lot of advantages" he paused. The pause lasted for a while, and then he added "Well I am just trying to remember what they are!"
"My mother never saw the irony in calling me a son-of-a-bitch."
Doctors are used to getting calls at any hour. One night a man phoned his doctor, waking him up.
"I’m really sorry to bother you so late," he said, "but I think my wife has appendicitis."
Still half asleep, the doctor reminded him that he had removed hs wife’s inflamed appendix a couple of years before.
"Whoever heard of a second appendix?" the doctor asked.
"You may not have heard of a second appendix, doc," the man replied, "but surely you’ve heard of a second wife!"
I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.
A minister was planning a wedding at the close of the Sunday morning service.
After the benediction he had planned to call the couple down to be married for a brief ceremony before the congregation.
For the life of him, he couldn’t think of the names of those who were to be married.
"Will those wanting to get married please come to the front?" he requested.
Immediately, nine single ladies, three widows, four widowers, and six single men stepped to the front.
The new employee is so bright the boss calls him son.
There was a little old cleaning woman that went to the local church. When the invitation was given at the end of the service, she went forward wanting to become a member. The pastor listened as she told him how she had accepted Jesus and wanted to be baptized and become a member of the church. The pastor thought to himself, "Oh my, she is so unkempt, even smells a little, and her fingernails are not clean. She picks up garbage, cleans toilets – what would the members think of her." He told her that she needed to go home and pray about it and then decide.
The following week, here she came again. She told the pastor that she had prayed about it and still wanted to be baptized. "I have passed this church for so long. It is so beautiful, and I truly want to become a member."
Again the pastor told her to go home and pray some more. A few weeks later while out eating at the restaurant, the pastor saw the little old lady. He did not want her to think that he was ignoring her so he approached her and said, "I have not seen you for a while. Is everything all right?"
"Oh, yes," she said. "I talked with Jesus, and he told me not to worry about becoming a member of your church."
"He did?" said the pastor.
"Oh, yes," she replied. "He said even He hasn’t been able to get into your church yet, and He’s been trying for years."
To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
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