Tins of Goodness

The tins the tins, are tucked away, in the cupboard on the shelf, not far away.

I forgot about both for a while, now it’s time, time for a trial. Yea give ‘em a try, and you will see, there’s goodness inside, and ready to be,

Ready to be called on, the little silver fish, sardines from the ocean, my very wish. Tasty and salty and good for you, Omega 3s, so good for you. Chopped up small, mixed up nice, yummy salad topper, yummy salad topper, so good for you, it’s so so true.

In the other tin at the end of the day, a sweet little treat, waiting for me. Crunch little goodness, sugar and butter, for the holidays, or any day. In fact in fact, I can tell you now, gonna have gotta have a few to chow,

chow down cause they’re tasty and a stress release, little nibble of happiness, just a little piece. So give me some peace, that’s what I say, peace inside, everyday, find it in the tins, good to know, good to go.

Use What You Have

Often times we have to quickly adjust to changing circumstances.

To be successful, we have to do the best with what we have in the moment to create the best outcome possible with given constraints.

When we suddenly were ordered to stay home and “shelter in place”, most all of us had to adapt. Three weeks in, we’re still making adjustments and modifications to plan and place and schedule to accommodate.

Example? Living with four other people in a three bedroom house, you’d think there would be plenty of space. Not so much.

Two of the three bedrooms are only set up for sleeping, really; no desks, tables, etc. to use as work space. So my wife took the third bedroom we use as a reading room. That’s her base and classroom; she does her virtual teaching from there.

The kids are working at the dining table, and using the family room as their play/craft multi-use space. That leave me the garage, which I’m perfectly happy with. We don’t use it for parking vehicles; it’s a multi-use space too.

I started working in the washroom / dogs kennel side of the garage. I set up a make-shift standing desk on top of the recycling bin; that worked for about two weeks.

Now that we’re in this “work from home, shelter in place” mode for at least another month, I’ve moved to the other side of the space, where I already have a desk. I didn’t go directly there because it was piled high with other things (the garage space also function as storage for things only sometimes used). Enough of that though. In pretty short order I cleared, cleaned, recycled, and voila! a whole new look, a whole new functionality.

Amazing what you come up with when pressed. What actions can you take to improve your situation? Look around; there’re likely a few options to choose from. Go ahead, make it a little better. Make it GOOD.

Lyrics Post: “The Champion”

Sometimes you need a fight song to get your through the thick, help you pull out of the rut, and move yourself forward.

It’s cliche for a reason: being a champion comes from within. Anything else is a lesser substitute. The fight, the fire…it’s inside. Keep going. You’ll see. A champion comes in many forms.

“The Champion”
(feat. Ludacris)
By Carrie Underwood

[Carrie Underwood:]
I’ll be the last one standing
Two hands in the air, I’m a champion
You’ll be looking up at me when it’s over
I live for the battle, I’m a soldier, yeah

I’m a fighter like Rocky
Put you flat on your back like Ali
Yeah, I’m the greatest, I’m stronger
Paid my dues, can’t lose, Imma own ya, ay

I’ve been working my whole life
And now it’s do or die

I am invincible, unbreakable
Unstoppable, unshakable
They knock me down, I get up again
I am the champion
You’re gonna know my name
You can’t hurt me now
I can’t feel the pain
I was made for this, yeah, I was born to win
I am the champion

When they write my story
They’re gonna say that I did it for the glory
But don’t think that I did it for the fame, yeah
I did it for the love of the game, yeah
And this is my chance I’m taking
All them old records I’m breaking
All you people watching on the TV
You go ahead and put your bets on me, ay

I’ve been waiting my whole life
To see my name in lights

I am invincible, unbreakable
Unstoppable, unshakable
They knock me down, I get up again
I am the champion
You’re gonna know my name
You can’t hurt me now
I can’t feel the pain
I was made for this, yeah, I was born to win
I am the champion

[Ludacris:]
Born champion, Luda!
The C is for the courage I possess through the drama
H is for the hurt but it’s all for the honor
A is for my attitude working through the patience
Money comes and goes so the M is for motivation
Gotta stay consistent, the P is to persevere
The I is for integrity, innovative career
The O is optimistic, open and never shut
And the N is necessary cause I’m never giving up
See they ask me how I did it, I just did it from the heart
Crushing the competition, been doing it from the start
They say that every champion is all about his principles
Carrie!

[Carrie Underwood:]
I am invincible, unbreakable
Unstoppable, unshakable
They knock me down, I get up again
I am the champion
You’re gonna know my name
You can’t hurt me now
I can’t feel the pain
I was made for this, yeah, I was born to win
I am the champion

[Ludacris:]
I’m the champion, yeah
Surpassed all rivals
It’s all about who wants it the most

[Carrie Underwood:]
I am the champion

[Ludacris:]
Fight for what we believe in
That’s what champions are made of

[Carrie Underwood:]
I am the champion

Writer(s): Brett James, Carrie Underwood, Christopher Bridges, Christopher Destefano

Good Where You Least Expect

How to discern good, how to find it, especially during difficult times? How to hear the truth above the din of naysayers? The reading from the Gospel of John 7, one of the phrases stands out for me: “…no prophet arises from Galilee…”, said the Pharisees of Jesus. This was in response to some saying, “Listen to how he teaches,” and others saying , “perhaps he is the Christ.” In other words, good can’t come from there. You’re mistaken: what you think is wrong. I find the exact opposite to be true from this excerpt. I find instead this lesson: maybe Good reaches us, maybe God speaks to us, sometimes from the least expected places. We’re in the midst of a life-changing pandemic right now. Even if we don’t get sick ourselves, even if our loved ones stay healthy too, most everyone’s life is turned upside down right now. We don’t know how it’s going to play out. We have to wait and see. Even in the dark, in the dirty, the dull and bland and difficult, we might find a bit of wisdom, some unexpected beauty, a splash of color. In the midst, let’s look for the lessons about how to cope, what changes we can make, to the what and how of the moment, and let’s cope and support each other and learn the lessons. We’ll be better for it.

Inspirations, COVID-19 Sequester Week Two

Low simmer of stress. Emotional ups and downs for sure.

Overall Family Goal: Adapting, accommodating, making the best of the circumstances. Second week, the whole family home for work and school and life and staying safe. Keep life going forward for two adults and three little kids.

The Community Goal: “Flatten the Curve” and stay healthy, as the health professionals get a handle on the pandemic, save lives, and keep more people safe from the virus overall.

So, some wandering inspirations along the way…

Garage Office: do what you can where you are.
Do the simple things: replacing the hand towels a lot more often because we’re at home washing hands all day, everyday.
Creative lunch prep: eat what’s there.
Efficient Kitchen Service: keep getting better.
We’re still on the front end of this outbreak: STAY HOME
Get your steps in: I’ve been walking this backyard path a lot these past two weeks.
Glad to have more time with this one.
And this one too: enjoy the sun.
YES: Inspiration everywhere. This found on a walk this week.

Lyrics Post: “Pokémon Theme”

Over and over I listen to this with my son. It’s kinda catchy.

(originally by Jason Paige)

“I want to be the very best
Like no one ever was
To catch them
Is my real test
To train them
Is my cause
(Ooh)
I will travel across the land
Searchin’ far and wide
Each Pokémon
To understand
The power that’s inside
(Power inside)

Pokémon
It’s you and me
I know it’s my destiny
Pokémon
Ooh you’re my best friend
In a world we must defend
Pokémon
A heart so true
Our courage will pull us through
You teach me
And I’ll teach you
Pokémon
(Gotta catch ’em)
Gotta catch ’em
Gotta catch ’em all

Every challenge along the way
With courage I will face
I will battle everyday
To claim my rightful place
Come with me
The time is right
There’s no better team
Arm and arm
We’ll win the fight
It’s always been a dream

Pokémon
It’s you and me
I know it’s my destiny
Pokémon
Ooh you’re my best friend
In a world we must defend
Pokémon
A heart so true
Our courage will
Pull us through
You teach me
And I’ll teach you
Pokémon
(Gotta catch ’em)
Gotta catch ’em
(Pokémon)

Pokémon
It’s you and me
I know it’s my destiny
Pokémon
Ooh you’re my best friend
In a world we must defend
Pokémon
A heart so true
Our courage will
Pull us through
You teach me
And I’ll teach you
Pokémon
(I’ll catch you)
(Gotta catch ’em
Gotta catch ’em
Gotta catch ’em all
Pokémon…”

Glad to finally have a first-person glimpse into the wonder that is, Pokémon.

WFH

From my own little corner of the Work From Home (WFH) World — in between the laundry area and the hot-water heater, my own standing desk work space — a few thoughts to share. Or more like a list to share, actually.

1/ Make your work space comfortable, welcoming (to you), and quiet.

2/ Be sure you continue work habits you would typically follow in the office, to maintain continuity and productivity.

3/ Don’t let yourself get muddled down in the work (this applies to the office, too); take frequent breaks of a few minutes. It’s tougher to get your daily steps in at home, so make a point to walk around; the apartment, the house, the backyard, the block, whatever. My goal is 250 steps per hour. It’s been hit and miss so far, honestly, but I’m trying.

4/ Stay hydrated. I’m trying to maintain my usual consumption at work, about 16 fl. oz. every hour.

5/ Enjoy the variety, hunker down, and get it done.

#COVID19 #COVID-19 #coronavirus #halffullallgood #worklife