Stop Terrorism

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Easier said than done, comes to mind immediately.

So much focus in the last fifteen years in the “West” on Jihadists, extremists, Muslims, Wahhabism ~ but it’s just not that simple.

At war for sure, but it’s more nuanced.  There are clean and clear lines in some cases, but there’s often more grey than black and white.

Especially lately.  France, Spain, Germany, England, Russia, the United States — all these countries have seen terror acts in the past many months.  And these incidents say nothing of the on-going conflicts throughout much of North Africa and the Middle East countries.

Hatred, extreme attitudes and violence seem to be the order of the day.  Human lives seem to be worthless to these many bad actors, humanity frayed, torn down, cast aside.

We cannot let that darkness have the last word, We cannot let that evil settle in. This is the very time when our strength, our resolve, our resilience must win the day.  This is the time to say STOP to the madness.

 

Blue Bikes and Buses

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My company is pretty close to the facebook headquarters.  As such, we see these bikes everywhere.  The facebook employees use these bikes to ride around between the many buildings of their expanding campus.   Google has similar bikes all over it’s sprawling campus to the south as well.

There are big coach buses running around the streets near work too.  Those are for facebook employees too.   They shuttle people from San Francisco and San Jose to and from the facebook headquarters.   Google has similar buses running its employees from their residential areas to work and back again.

These bikes and commuter buses represent two of the many traits of more and more companies these days.  They give their employees more perks, like meals and exercise facilities and the like, to keep their people happy.  These things also tend to keep people at work for longer hours each day.

Bikes and commuter buses may be part of the cool, hip trends in the corporate world, but whether you get on or not is up to you.  Like in lots of life situations, actually. Get on when you want to; and be sure you know how to ride.  But be sure you know how to get off too.

Rely On Yourself

My mobile phone situation has been giving me increasing amounts of grief lately.

First it was not enough memory.  I had pretty well stripped down the apps on the device, but the phone’s memory just wasn’t sufficient for the phone to run smoothly.  Thanks to a good friend, I was able to upgrade to another model, with a lot more memory.

Then the battery started having issues on the new phone.  And the case/screen was loose. I got the screen fixed, then bought a new battery.  Then somehow the phone went to Recovery Mode.  Dun Dun DAAAAAAAA.

All this has me thinking about one fundamental truth:  Be careful what you come to rely on in your life.  Don’t give away too many skills, too much fundamental control of your information management, too much awareness, for the sake of convenience alone.  Have redundancy build in.  And know how to respond if things you rely on go off the rails.

In the end you don’t need much to keep things moving forward.  As long as you have a plan, and are prepared to execute if necessary, you’ll be ok.

Rely on yourself first and foremost.

Take The High Ground

Sometimes this phrase is used in a military context.

Other times it’s used more to refer to a moral position on something.

Either way it means taking a decision that will make you stronger.  It means putting yourself above the fray, real or imagined.  It means choosing the path that will hopefully give you some advantage in the present, and maybe the future too.

Keep your sense of what’s right, what the best decision is for you and your situation.

Remain strong.  Don’t allow yourself to lose your dignity, your humanity.   Take the high ground and hold it.  You’ll be glad you did.

Yes It Is.

Let it be so.

Let it be GOOD.

Choose to be happy.

Recharge.  Reset.

Do what YOU need to do.

Soak up the feeling.   The GOOD feelings.

Try something new.

Read something fun for an hour.

Go for a walk with your wife, your husband, your kids.

Enjoy the breeze, the sunshine, the chill, the moment of calm.

Let it be so.

Weekend.

Pace

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[Image courtesy of Cycling News, Jens Voigt]

How to go faster?  How to get faster?  Is faster always better?

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about pace.  A few central ideas come to mind.  These ideas aren’t only applicable to racing; they apply to anything we want or need to do in a sustained way:  work and chores and all related tasks.

First, how do we find our own pace?

How to find it, how to maintain it.  Great, fundamental questions.  It’s an individual thing to a degree, but also a universal.  If you run a five minute mile you’ll always beat the guy running a ten minute mile.  Training to get faster is pretty well established.  Practice, practice, practice.

I also find that an early start to training helps the effort.  Don’t rush.  Start early.  Give yourself plenty of time to warm up.  Allow your body and mind to settle into the session. Concentrate, focus.

Once you’ve found your pace, a place you’re comfortable enough to sustain the effort for an extended period of time, you have to maintain it.  Your body will tell you a lot about how you do this.  So will your mind.  Listen to them both.  Remain focused.  Make minor adjustments as needed to keep going.

Return to the fundamentals when you start to tire, when you start to waiver:  deep breathing, relax your body, shift your wait, pause your mind for a moment or two, then settle back into the effort.

BREATH. CONCENTRATE. SUSTAIN THE EFFORT.

Find your pace.  Keep your pace.  Get better, get faster.  You can do it.  GOOD.