Special Post: Hamlet’s Soliloquy, Act I, Scene ii

Written some 500 years ago, learned personally in an English Lit class some 40 years ago.

This from none other than William Shakespeare. As profiled in Wikipedia, “An English playwright, poet, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s greatest dramatist. He is often called England’s national poet and the “Bard of Avon.”

And so this stream of conscious spoken aloud early in the play, how tortured our man Hamlet is, setting the stage for what’s to come. The dude was decidedly NOT happy.

“O, that this too too solid flesh would melt Thaw and resolve itself into a dew!

Or that the Everlasting had not fix’d

His canon* ‘gainst self-slaughter! O God! God! How weary, stale, flat and unprofitable,

Seem to me all the uses of this world!

Fie on’t! ah fie! ’tis an unweeded garden,

That grows to seed; things rank and gross in nature Possess it merely. That it should come to this!

But two months dead: nay, not so much, not two:

So excellent a king; that was, to this,

Hyperion* to a satyr; so loving to my mother

That he might not beteem* the winds of heaven

Visit her face too roughly. Heaven and earth!

Must I remember? why, she would hang on him,

As if increase of appetite had grown

By what it fed on: and yet, within a month–

Let me not think on’t–Frailty, thy name is woman!– A little month, or ere* those shoes were old

With which she follow’d my poor father’s body,

Like Niobe (1), all tears:–why she, even she–

O, God! a beast, that wants* discourse of reason, Would have mourn’d longer–married with my uncle, My father’s brother, but no more like my father

Than I to Hercules (2): within a month:

Ere yet the salt of most unrighteous tears

Had left the flushing in her galled* eyes,

She married. O, most wicked speed, to post

With such dexterity to incestuous sheets!

It is not nor it cannot come to good:

But break, my heart; for I must hold my tongue.”

1 A mythological figure who when her children were killed.

2A mythological hero of great strength.

130 *law

135

139 *the sun god

*allow

145 *before

*lacks

151

*inflamed 156

Special Thanks to Cecil Criger for the intro all those years ago.

Buzzing Brain

With all this election news and new president-elect Joe Biden in the mix, I get to thinking about that job a little more.

President of the United States. Or any president, for that matter.

What’s their sleep schedule like?

Do they wake up early thinking about everything they have to do? Should do? Aren’t doing?

Do they take naps?

But it’s not just heads of state that experience this circumstance. It’s anyone that’s responsible for others:

Bosses

Teachers

Parents

Club leaders

Coaches

Captains

Platoon Leaders

Commanders

If you care, you’re bound to have your mind buzzing about all the stuff in which your life’s wrapped up.

It’s how we cope with and manage the buzz, the worry, the uncertainty, THAT’S where the magic happens.

Work in that magic for yourself. Turns out it won’t just help you; it’ll help others too.

Captain Napkin

Thank Goodness for Daughter Number Two, a.k.a., “Captain Napkin”…!

Last night she disappeared into a bedroom and emerged a few minutes later saying, “I was helping Mom fold the napkins. I just love doing that.” I think she also said it helps her relax(!).

And so I got to thinking, “Do what you can; do a bit, here and there, chip away, even if the list is long and getting longer.

Do what you can. Like Captain Napkin.

#halffullallgood #parenting #dadlife #dadslife #gratitude

Reset

First a few more headlines from yesterday…then the reset at the bottom.

San Franciso
New York
Philly
Miami (FL)
Ottawa
Winnipeg
London

And most important…IMMEDIATELY…announcements and initial information regrading the Biden Administration’s priorities.

RESET.

1/ COVID-19

2/ Economic Recovery

3/ Racial Equality

4/ Climate Change

Special Post: STILL COUNTING

Two days post Election Day. Very close race. Even as Trump and his campaign team file law suits regarding ballots in various states, America says, count every vote. And let the vote decide who our next president is.

And so I wonder, what will Republicans do?

And then I’m reminded…

This vote is SO important. And so yes, two days after Election Day: STILL COUNTING.

Continuum

It’s been a tough year. It’s been a tough four years. Well that’s ok.

Sometimes life is more peaches and cream; sometimes life is easy and comfortable. But often times, life is difficult. It’s hard. It’s tough. And I’ll say it again:

That’s ok.

A lot of the policies and attitudes and decisions that have played out with the majority in the American federal government. I’m not a fan of extremism, not a fan of rancor, failed discourse, and all related.

As we stretch and ease into the results of this year’s elections, I find solace in the continuum of democracy. I believe in that continuum. I believe in the fluidity of progress and expansion of rational, moderate thought.

“Let the math and the facts lead the way,” I heard one pundit comment. Let that be so in determining the election results.

And let that be so as the continuum progresses. Let the voices be heard. ALL voices. And then let the people decide. Let us decide what direction, what decisions, what we might realize through self-determination.

Let it be so.

A Simple Message

I did. If you’re 18 or older, you can do. Do what? VOTE.

Here in the United States, today is Election Day. And so if you can, vote.

About 100 million eligible voters have already voted. There are about 255 million Americans who could vote.

DO SO.

Even if you’re not registered, you might be able to vote, depending on the state you live in.

BOTTOM LINE: VOTE.

Master List

Back in the Fourth Grade I remember the class, “Study Skills.” It was the first time I recall being taught the concepts behind good learning, good practice, instead of the topics themselves.

From then until now I’ve been on a periodic yet constant journey of trying to make the most of my time. I’ve found repeatedly that I get a buzz from the organizational effort, the IDEA of organizing things. But the proof is in the pudding, in the habits you create and then stick-to to get your work done. That’s where the magic, where the peace of mind, where the productivity is.

And here I am again, fine-tuning, recommitting, adjusting my practice to be more productive. Work Life has morphed to where I MUST tighten up my practice, because it’s a little too loose and floppy just now. And floppy and loose is no place to be when work gets busy.

The fundamental lesson just now is this:

Use the most simple and reliable tools to manage your activities to be effective and productive.

Technology is cool and can certainly make you more productive and efficient.

The To-Do / Task List on Microsoft Outlook is a GREAT tool. Integrated into the email client tens of millions of folks use at work, it’s a fantastic way to harness the information already in email to organize, remind on, and tackle work tasks.

That said, it’s not as effective as a pad of paper and a hand-written list. Using a hand-written list, you can easily determine if something from a fresh email is already on your radar or not. If so, retain the newest email with the necessary information; but otherwise, don’t create a redundant to-do task. Seems obvious enough, but with a hundred emails a day plus, often with a “dialogue quality” that muddies things a bit, well, things get muddy pretty quick.

On the paper list, your tasks are easy enough to keep track of. You can update with new info from email, but not add redundant tasks and topics to your list of things to-do.

And so? So, you can stay focused on the things that need to get done. And for sure there are many things to get done. And with a Master List, you’ll get the job done.

Make your Master List today. I just did. And USE IT.