Story Telling

Do you like to tell stories? Like to listen to them? Both?

Listening to my daughter tell a story recently, it occurred to me…

If you’re a parent, listening to stories is a key skill for the vocation. The more you listen to your kids, the more stories they tell, the more you learn about them.

What else? The more confident and creative they become, too. The closer you’ll become.

In fact, you’ll also realize listening is good for you too. And not just with your kids.

Imagine the positive effect of listening more actively at work? With your friends? In your club? In our politics?

So listen up, listen to the stories, listen actively and learn. The effect? GOOD.

Every Day Start This Way: Gratitude

Every day start this way:

What are you thankful for?

List it all. ALL of it. Rattle it off in your mind, or make a quick list on scratch paper if you prefer.

What might you be thankful for?

Hmm…

Like shoes on your feet,

Clothes on your back,

Food to eat, quality and quantity and variety,

A roof over your head,

People in your life that love you, that you love,

Your history and your path, however grand or humble.

That warm blanket, that news app, the cool car or bicycle you have, the rocking chair in the corner next to the window…

We all have things to be thankful for. Count them. Every day. And fill yourself with GRATITUDE.

Work Spaces

Early Arrival or Late Departure?

Where do you work? When do you get there? When do you leave?

One space

What does your work space look like? How does it make you feel?

Another space

Does it reflect who you are? Or is it neutral? What does it do for you?

And another space

Is it a place you enjoy? Do you like being there?

And yet another space

My two cents? Be content to work wherever you can, where ever you can find space. But given the opportunity, make it your own, however humble, leave a bit of yourself there, welcoming to you, to all.

Feed The People

It’s Thanksgiving time here in the US, time to feed the people again. Perhaps the most American of holidays, at least we try to make it that way. Everyone has things to be thankful for, everyone should have the opportunity to feast a little for the holiday.Everyone has things to be thankful for, everyone should have the opportunity to feast a little for the holiday.

Food drives to provide Thanksgiving meals, these happen all over the country. Generous people helping others, it’s one of the most heartwarming, and hands-on way to connect with others, if only through a little charity.

And so right here at home, here’s how it goes, Thanksgiving food boxes for 150 families. Via the Cupertino DeAnza Lions Club. GOOD.

Local donation location this year, COVID-Friendly, rather than store front
Garage Become Sort Center
Delivery Rig

“Man of the Cloth…

…without the cloth. “ This idea, this image, from the sci-fi film “Contact”, Matthew McConaughey’s character explains himself this way…

…and it resonated with me then, and it resonates with me now.

Most of my life I’ve felt a sense of personal relationship with God, the Devine, somehow, someway. But I’m no priest, no minister, no mystic…I’m just a guy. I’m just a guy going though life. I’m a dad trying to do right by my kids.

I’m just a guy trying to do right I’m the world, with those around me. I’m just a guy feeling God is right here with us, right now.

I read scripture and sometimes it just resonates, it seems to transcend the hundreds, maybe thousands of years since it was written. Like this, “… and he is not God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive.”

I don’t need a special cloth to understand some of it, maybe a lot of it. Let it speak to you. You might be the same.

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.