My morning walk with the dog.
Today I will reflect.
A moment to reflect on how I arrived at this very point.
The infinite webs that exist to allow for such a simple moment.
As I reflect, I think of friends.
Friends who have helped mold me into who I am today.
I remember the moments of change.
Those defining moments that shape our being,
sometimes by chance.
I try to understand where I have been, to see where I am going.
To measure failures so I may plan for success.
But most simply.
Enjoy a moment that every single living thing shares,
My mom and chi. Maybe she was on to something...
As a child my mother would excessively tell me, “respect your boundaries.” I hated it. What space was she talking about? I’m a child, get me out of this box!
In the end, this simple philosophy helped define my character:
As I begin to explore eastern philosophy, I believe my mother wasn’t trying to keep me in a box. I think she was drawing my attention to the chi that surrounds us. The ever changing boundary that can stays close to protect us, but also expands to let us stretch and take risks.
Did your mother share any wisdom that only makes sense now that you’re older?
Book of choice today, turning me into a GTD machine
Don’t judge this book by its cover, because it (the cover) is awful. But after reading Getting Things Done, I’m convinced it should be required during college. Seriously St. Rose, get on this. It’s time to properly prepare your students to enter a world where expectations are high and there is never enough time.
I spent the entire day creating tickler files, dominating a labeler, and emptying everything, yes everything from my inbox. Every 8 or 9 months I find it necessary to go back and reinstitute some of Allen’s ideas. Clearing out the junk allows me to focus on the tasks at hand, projects on the horizon, and most importantly energizes my creativity.
How do you keep everything organized at work? Don’t have a great answer? Spend the $9, and pick this book up.
100% chance of coffee and a book this morning. BYOLC - Bring Your Own Lawn Chair
What can breaking free of a downward trend do?
- It allows the above photo to happen. It gives you mornings for yourself, not for rushing to work worrying about what isn’t getting done.
- It creates time for reflection and planning, not reacting and chasing.
- It builds a team’s self-esteem!
- It allows for creative growth, experimentation, dreaming, and professional development.
- It creates positive anticipation, not negative anxiety.
Most importantly… It’s a lot of fun to be a part of. Here’s to looking forward, working hard, believing in yourself, and appreciating the results.
How does your organization appreciate results?
Early morning on Lake Talcott
This past month, I’ve been obsessing over my photo’s panoramic feature. Every now and then it can’t find landmarks when stitching the photo together, and I end up with some really cool atmospheric effects.
Here’s an example with the fog rising off Lake Talcott at @nyycamp.
Check out some new art by fellow St. Rose grad Kevin Calisto. His drawings interest me with their relationship of complexity versus simplicity.
Art by Kevin Calisto. Click on the image to view his online portfolio.
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