Interview with Myself

I came across a training exercise I did when I was a technical training supervisor (almost 8 years ago).  We had to interview ourselves, which admittedly was pretty awkward.  So, I went back and answered them again just to see if any of my answers had changed. Some did and some were more positive and some were more cynical while others were completely different.

1. What would you tell you 16-year-old self?

16 can be a horrifically awkward point in your life, but it’s important to discover who you are and not let anyone try to change you. Be a leader, not a Continue reading

Quote of the Day — Serenity Prayer

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

~~ Reinhold Niebuhr

This quote is actually piggy backing off the one from yesterday (thank goodness I haven’t lost to many minutes due to being angry today).  I have a thorn in my side of a colleague and I am trying my very best not to be nasty, but she is really starting to get to me.

I started repeating the “Serenity Prayer” and as I did it brought back the memory of my grandmother saying this Prayer.  She would always say it when someone would tick her off to the point where she wanted to have words with them or as she would say “cut them”.  On that front my grandmother and I are very much alike — hot tempered, high strung, strong willed, and not much for letting people treat us any kind of way.

Having said this a few times today, I have come to the conclusion that this person means me no good and for whatever her reason(s) she has it in for me.  Now that I am fully aware of this and I can’t change her mind, I am at peace with it.

And I am a little bit wiser today, too.

Quote of the Day — Angry

For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.

~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

When I came across this quote, I had to stop and think of the powerful meaning behind this seemingly simple statement.  I thought about something that happened at work on Friday and left me seething for a good portion of the day and I had to keep reminding myself that the person who threw me under the bus has moved on, but yet I could not.  So if I go according to this than I lost about 5 or 6 hours of happiness Friday.   Now that really burns me up. 😡

But I did come up with a really good revenge plan.  👿 bahwahwah

Quote of the Day — Happiness

“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.
(And speak from the heart to be heard.)”

~~ William W. Purkey

William W. Purkey is an author and professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the founder of Invitational Education and co-founder of the International Alliance of Invitational Education (IAIE), which “is dedicated to democratic principles, its mission is to enhance life-long learning, promote positive change in organizations, cultivate the personal and professional growth and satisfaction of educators and allied professionals, and enrich the lives of human beings personally and professionally.”

Quoted from International Alliance of Invitation Education website.

The Domino Effect

Alright, I haven’t made a new post in a week and it’s not from want of trying.  I have literally been experiencing the domino effect and it’s all because of Hurricane Sandy. At least that’s what I’m going to blame it all on.

LONG POST AHEAD

I’m pretty sure many of you have heard of Hurricane Sandy and if you live on the East Coast you became intimately acquainted with her.  Hurricane Sandy aka Frankenstorm or Super Storm wasn’t your usual hurricane, but I’m not going to try to pretend to know what a usual hurricane is like and I would be foolish to try to give you the technical details about this ‘unusual’ hurricane.  All I know for sure is there was a winter storm approaching from the Midwest that could collide with the tropical — Hurricane Sandy and if that happened then it would create Frankenstorm (a Halloween pun, I’m sure).  Well they collided.

Anyway, I, in my infinite Continue reading