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New and Old

This is garbage too, but I’m making it happen.

I’m sitting in my room at a Holiday Inn Express in Ontario, Oregon, on my way home from a quick, but significant trip to Utah.

My daughter was married.

That’s a real thing for a father to ‘give away’ his daughter. It’s not that I own her, it’s just a transition from primarily being in our family to starting her own family. The groom is a wonderful man who loves her and that’s all a father could want.

It’s a big change and new adventure for all of us.

To gain something new sometimes you have to give up the old.

And I’m glad.

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One Goal At A Time (or, This is Probably Garbage)

I’m going to get better, promise.

Have patience.

I do.

…with myself.

Here’s my plan:

Goal #1: post every day.

Goal #2: post something meaningful sometimes.

Goal #3: Post something meaningful almost every day.

I’m still working on Goal #1.

For how long?

Until Goal #2 starts to happen. (It may have already started, but I’m not counting it.)

Eventually Goal #3 will happen.

Probably when I get fed up with posting useless stuff. Or bored with it.

For now, I’m still excited accomplishing Goal #1. It’s a struggle or effort every day. As soon as it becomes effortless is when I get working on the next goals.

I like the freedom of posting garbage.

Hey, it’s my site. I can.

You don’t have to read or listen to any of it. (In fact, it’s probably not worth it yet.)

(Except for the occasional interesting post.)

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Before Midnight

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Christmas Day

Merry Christmas!

I know there are other holidays around this time, and I really hope people enjoy all their different holiday traditions and celebrations.

It’s okay to say ‘Happy Holidays’ during this time to people because you don’t know exactly what they celebrate.

But today, you can say Merry Christmas, because that’s the holiday today. Even if you don’t celebrate it for religious reasons, it is a national holiday.

Christmas has an interesting history, with all kinds of changes and influences over the years, but I’d just like to recognize the original reason:

that a virgin gave birth to a child per some specific prophecies written in ancient texts. And even though that seems fantastic, the child grew and did some other things that are even more fantastic. And even though the religious sects and government at the time rejected his claim, the message of who he was, which matched prophecies in ancient writings thousands of years earlier, continued to spread throughout the world. And now, a couple thousand years later, most of the world continues to believe in this message, that something divine occurred on a silent night in a no-name town called Bethlehem.

I believe it too.

And it matters.

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The Night Before

Twas the night before Christmas…

And I’m wrapping presents.

Although, I could probably do this in the morning because my teenage and young adult children will sleep-in tomorrow until about noon.

So we’ll have an afternoon Christmas.

That’s okay. We’re glad they’re home and happy.

Merry Christmas!

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Use Your Words

Words are always important.

There are so many to choose from.

And when you put them in a certain order, they create meaning, a message, or a feeling that can affect another person significantly, either positively or negatively.

That’s why writing is so important. And learning to write well is a valuable skill.

We are a text based generation. So much communication is by text. And because we can remove ourselves from the words, they can be quite damaging. They can contain less feeling, compassion, and human connection, which ultimately can cause strife and conflict.

For the peace of humanity, let’s become better writers.

It is possible to use a better choice of words in the right order to convey feeling, connection, and compassion.

Thank you so much for reading this. I really appreciate it.

(See, that wasn’t so hard.)

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Events to Remember

Christmas is coming…

And also a wedding…

So, many things to do, but it’s all about joy.

Joy in remembering and celebrating an event that happened a long time ago, and one that will happen soon, and will be remembered for a long time after.

Joyful events are important to have and remember.

We should have more of them.

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Looking forward to…

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Doubt

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Wise Words

“If the person you are talking to doesn’t appear to be listening, be patient. It may be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear.”

Pooh


This is one of my favorite quotes.

You think that it is going to be some wise advise, but it actually is very practical and literal, just like Winnie the Pooh.

And there’s the wisdom.

Sometimes we complicate things, when in reality, the answer is quite simple.

Be patient.

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This Might Not Work

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Creating Experiences

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Change the Change

I heard an interesting quote today,

“If you can’t change your company, change your company.”

Person who left the Boeing company

It makes sense. They had a difficult time feeling like they could make any significant changes in the company, so they left. And I could see why someone would think this is a good idea. I even think it probably is a good idea if you really feel powerless.

But…

My premise is that you have more power than you think. And the reason you can’t change things is because you don’t know how. You don’t know the strategies, or the fine details of how to start a movement of change within a corporation.

That is where I can help you. I may not have the silver bullet, but I think there is always hope. And ways to maneuver around the bureaucracy.

Life will find a way!

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