Central Tenets

Believer or not, living by a few core values is key to a happy life. They provide a foundation by which you can consider and you can act.

If you’re a religious person, there are fundamentals that your faith is founded on, right? For example, Christians have the Lord’s Prayer.

“Our Father, who art in Heaven, hollowed be thy name;  thy kingdom come, they will be done, on earth, as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.


If you’re a secular thinker, a humanist, you can boil down the ideas expressed in this most fundamental Christian prayer this way:

Acknowledge the Higher Power; Live in the Present; Seek Forgiveness, Be Forgiving; Strengthen Yourself Against Evil.

Consider carefully, decide, commit, and follow your beliefs.

Your perspective and approach to life can and will surely evolve with your life experience, but hold your principles close.  They provide a foundation in an ever-changing world, defining who we are, who we want to be.

What’s central to you?



We carry pocket computers around all the time now.   It’s your smartphone.

We use them for any myriad of things, including a LOT of communication:  via voice, via email, any of several software applications that allow instant chat (think WhatsApp, Google Hangouts, etc.) and of course, SMS text messaging.

These handy little devices have become ubiquitous, with all age groups, with all demographic groups, regardless of geography.  People in the rural areas of Africa and Asia have smart phones as their only means of communication.  Truly wonderous devices.

But they can also get us into trouble.  How?

Like when you carry the phone in your pocket, and it’s not on Sleep Mode, and you errantry dial someone — it’s called “butt dialing”, by some.  Usually no real harm, but you never know…

Or you accidently send a text message like the one in the title.   I did that last week.  Lucky for me I sent it to a buddy who just sent me an Eye Roll Emoji in reply.


But here’s the main point:  Mistakes happen, and that’s ok.  The key is to do you best not to make the same mistake again.   It might be a trivial error, it might not.  But if you make the effort to consistently improve, you will in fact get better.  You’ll make less mistakes.  And that’s GOOD for everyone.


Sea Change


A muse and wander?  Sure, come with me.

I recall hearing this term, “sea change” a long while back in school — a classmate used the term with a very understated but all together impressive and serious tone, talking about some matter of strategic import concerning a business plan.

The details of that conversation has long exited my mind, but the term remains.   Here’s the background, in case you’ve ever wondered (as I did).

Sea-change or seachange, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, means “a change wrought by the sea.”

The term originally appears in William Shakespeare’s The Tempest in a song sung by a supernatural spirit, Ariel, to Ferdinand, a prince of Naples, after Ferdinand’s father’s apparent death by drowning:

“Full fathom five thy father lies,
Of his bones are coral made,
Those are pearls that were his eyes,
Nothing of him that doth fade,
But doth suffer a sea-change,
Into something rich and strange,
Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell,

Hark! now I hear them, ding-dong, bell.”

The term sea-change is therefore often used to mean a metamorphosis or alteration.

For example, a literary character may transform over time into a better person after undergoing various trials or tragedies (e.g. “There is a sea change in Scrooge’s personality towards the end of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.”)

As with the term Potemkin village, sea-change has also been used in business culture. In the United States, sea-change is often used as a corporate buzzword. In this context, it need not refer to a substantial or significant transformation, but can indicate a far less impressive change.

I suspect that most often, when this sort of change comes about, we as individuals have little we can do to stop it.  It’s too massive, there’s too much momentum, too much already underway to stop the freight train coming down the tracks.

And in this case,  the old adage posted here before rings true:


It is what it is.  Onward.


With thanks to Wikipedia for the background.

Also thanks to Will Shakespeare for the words.  Now I have to read The Tempest.  🙂






Am I talking about the Barenaked Ladies song, you wonder…?  Nope, no muse on music this time around.

These numbers were a portion of a part number I was looking for last week when I was doing cycle counts.  The tray of parts was suppose to be on one shelf…but someone had put it elsewhere.  Not a big deal.

But it got me thinking, as similar situations have in the past, how important it is to put things back where you find them, back where they belong.  It helps everyone.  It’s the right thing to do.

Whether your seven years old, or 7 times 7, or beyond that, or anywhere in between.

You know that simple maxim, “Pay it forward”?   Put this one in that category.  But most important, put “it” back where you found it.

Oh, and that song?  Well, I should share it, it’s so…GOOD.  HERE.

Build Your House on Rock

I heard a great and simple lesson earlier today, and would like to share it.

If we build our lives on this simple lesson, we will be better, happier individuals.  In fact, I would offer that this lesson is part of the bedrock of our humanity.

And just what is this lesson?  It is the concept and effort and act of forgiveness.  If we want to be the best we can be as individuals, as human beings, we must be able to, and CHOOSE to forgive, when the opportunity arises.

Like the famous passage goes, “…build your house on the rock, and it will be able to withstand the rain and the wind and floods….”.  If your life which is your house is built on bedrock, you will persevere through difficulty and extreme hardship, you will see through to the end.

And this bedrock, this foundation, is based largely on your ability to forgive others.  It is basic, it is fundamental, it is essential.   As another famous passage goes, “…forgive us, as we forgive others….”.  So your house will stand, so you will find happiness and fulfillment and peace in life, to the extent you can learn this simple lesson.

Build your house on forgiveness, and practice it every day.