Thursday, July 31, 2014

Warm Up and Slow Down

We know what to do we just to sometimes forget or misplace the answer.

In the gym this morning I was reminded that if I start out slowly and with light weight and simply enjoy the movement I warm up faster and more effectively.

Being warmed up means I can handle heavier weight more easily and safely.

We all have our own ways of warming up in exercise, work, relationships, worship or fun. Too often, though, we try to cut to the chase and jump right in.

And what happens?

We don’t enjoy the experience as much, we aren’t as effective and we often get hurt.

I know we’re in a hurry and we only have so much time…but, slow down a little. Enjoy and appreciate the movement.

You’ll get more done.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Blueberry Battle Lines

Yesterday morning at 7 am I was picking blueberries.

If you asked me if I wanted to be picking blueberries at 7 am I would probably plead The Fifth; Your Honor, I decline to answer on the grounds that my answer might tend to incriminate me.

However, there are people who wanted to be picking blueberries at 7 am and it is important to me that those folks are happy, soooo….at 7 am I was picking blueberries.

As we age an interesting thing happens; we start making decisions based on one of two directions:
-        I’m at an age at which I don’t have to do a damned thing I don’t want to do…AND I’M NOT GOING TO!
-        I’m at an age at which exerting my ego is less important than living a less-stressful, happier life so I’ll go-along to get-along

The first choice tends to push a lot of people away because they start seeing you as a jerk. But, it also tends to attract the people who want to do the same things you want to do…and then you can commiserate with the other jerks about the people who shunned you.

The second choice tends to attract people because you seem easier to get along with.

You need both kinds of people (or, people with both skills) in the workplace. You need the driven group who are highly focused and fight distraction, and you need the get-along to go-along kind to build and maintain teams.

I’m willing to bet most of us have a natural tendency toward one or the other style, no matter our age…and yes, you might show a style based on the situation, who you are working with, how you feel that day and a variety of other factors.

But, for the sake of conversation…what’s you natural style? Is your style helping you or hurting you?

And yes, homemade blueberry cobbler, which my friend makes extraordinarily well, will be delicious in the winter when the jerks are eating pudding from a plastic cup.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Women and Wings

Today is one of those, “Everyone Gets Happy,” days.

Today is National Lipstick Day and National Wings Day.

Now, I know it’s a sexist thought and comment to say that both women and men get something they want. Because, yes, there are women who love wings

and guys who…well, love lipstick.

In fact, I know some guys who love Chapstick like a fat baby loves candy.

So, whichever you love, get some lipstick and/or wings today.

PS...if you're going to have a Perfect Workday you've got to find a lighter heart every now and then.

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Aliens Didn't Have Me

The aliens have returned me…thankfully, no experiments were performed on me.

If you thought I’d been abducted by aliens you were close. Have been on vacation…or, vacamacation, as we call it, for the last 10 days.

While on a “let’s eat seafood until we explode” lupper (lunch/supper) we sat at a big window looking out at the Intercoastal Waterway.

The really cool part was that we could see a storm coming and watch a line of rain about 200 yards away march along the waterway.

There are lots of events like this in life. We can see them coming. Some are good, some not-so-good. If you can see a good thing coming you can often get in front of it and take advantage of it or enjoy it and bring others along with you. If it’s a not-so-good thing you can get out of the way or, at least, minimize the damage. Sometimes we see things coming and from where we’re sitting we don’t know if they’ll be good or bad.

But, it’s a truth that every day of our lives we are aware of events beginning/ongoing/ending. How they affect our lives almost always depends on how we see them…as good…or, not-so-good.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Trouble on the Horizon

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Network is on on Sirius Radio in my car about 90% of the time.

This morning I was listening to “Trouble on the Horizon” and I started asking myself, “couldn't that title suggest a negative approach to life,” which you wouldn’t think, it being Jimmy Buffett and all.

And no, for you Parrotheads, I'm not saying Buffett doesn't have a wonderfully positive outlook. Just me thinking.

But, I went from that to thinking, “what if your attitude was, ‘Fun on the Horizon,’ or ‘Happiness on the Horizon?” That sort of focus would seem to create a feeling of positive expectancy, wouldn’t it?

And, if you could have that attitude most of the time wouldn’t it kick out a wide range of positive impacts on mental and physical health, relationships and work outcomes?

Check out your horizon. Even if you see challenge coming how can you put a better, more positive spin on’em?

Have a great weekend. See you Monday.