Daily Ramblings – Funny Friday – The Couple in Church

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Picture above: My Dad and I. We were at his Physical Therapy appointment yesterday. I figured everyone would want to see the “beard”.

An elderly couple are in church. The wife leans over and whispers to her husband, “I just let out a long, silent fart. What should I do?” The husband replies, “First off, replace the batteries in your hearing aid!”

Courtesy: www.laughfactory.com

This one got me giggling. I hope you enjoy it too! Have a great Friday, everybody!

Until next time…

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Thankful Thursday – Friends

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Today, I’m thankful for my friends.

One of my goals this year is to be more social on platforms like this and get out and talk with people. I’ve been stuck in the house with Dad lately, because Mom is out of town with a friend attending a religious event in Texas. So, while she’s gone, my social activities will be here on WordPress, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, SnapChat, and TikTok. TikTok is a little new for me, but I’m a big fan of Gary V and he is all over this platform. So I’m moving to this new venue to see what’s up.

As for WordPress, I have found so many great people. I enjoy engaging with folks about their postings. I love to read their posts. I enjoy book reviews, travel blogs, the poetry thats out there, and more importantly, the stories.

Some of you have had a real time of it. I try to pass on a little hope and comfort to anyone that is having trouble in their life and use this platform to vent and get it out. It may be painful, but this is a healthy practice. Even if I am only a little part of it, it’s nice to help a fellow human being out when life just sucks.

Anyway, I’m grateful to have found WordPress and very grateful I decided to start a blog back in 2016. I, like most, had no idea what I was doing, and even a little shy about putting some of the things I’ve put on this site over the years. Most of my articles share what I’m doing, what I  have learned, or a great book I’ve read. Other times, I get right down into it, and let it loose.

For those of you, who have left comments, or have interacted with me, even for a brief time during your day–Thanks. It means a great deal to hear from you. Well, readers, keep posting your great content. It’s hard to read all of it, but I do monitor this site frequently throughout the day, and if I see something that catches my interest, I’ll be in touch.

Until next time…

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Wisdom Wednesday – The Inner Critic

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Have you ever woke up in a funk? You know that feeling that today is going to be one of those days? Everything you do is wrong, not good enough, etc. Say hello to your inner critic.

There are many articles and books that discuss procrastination. One of the biggest contributors to procrastination is the inner critic. It’s that small voice inside your head that wants everything to be perfect before you start something. It says, “Whoa. Slow down. You don’t know enough yet. The stars aren’t aligned yet. You’re not good enough. You’ll embarrass yourself.” This was, by far, the largest contributor to my procrastination.

What I’ve found out:

  1. It will never be perfect
  2. Do the best you can, it is better to do something, than nothing
  3. By doing, you get better
  4. By doing, you feel accomplished
  5. By doing, you learn what not to do
  6. You can always repaint, rewrite, or redo

I could go on and on with this list. The key point is that you will never be perfect. Getting something done is better than doing nothing and continuing to drive yourself crazy as you stare at your project day after day and doing nothing on it.

You’ll never be able to ignore your inner critic. You can quiet it down a bit. Just get to work. Even if it is just one little step in your project plan, you’ll feel great checking that off of the list. Over time, when you realize that you are making progress, that little critic will stop acting up. Doing something is better than doing nothing and thinking about it. Get it off your mind by doing something, anything to move your goals and projects forward. It is a great feeling when you can look at your to-do list at the end of the day and realize you’ve done a lot of work. And it all happens because you did the best you could, with what you had.

We can all improve. We can all get better at what we work at. The key is getting started and moving forward regardless of whether the stars are aligned, you know exactly what you want to accomplish, or the finished product is exactly what you wanted. Paintings are a work in progress, books are a work in progress, anything you set out to do that is unknown to you is a work in progress. You can always repaint, rewrite, or redo whatever you start. That’s how all the greats do it. So can you.

So if you are just like I was a few years back and staring at a to-do list, paralyzed by inaction, you can begin moving forward today. Break those scary projects down into even smaller steps. Do it. Check it off the list. It really is that simple. If you make a mistake, who cares? You learned what not to do. Don’t do that again and continue forward.

I hope all of you are having a great day!

Until next time…

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Ted Talk Tuesday – Dune

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I’m a huge Science Fiction fan. In fact, most of the fiction books I read (few) are Science Fiction books. Frank Herbert’s Dune series is much like Tolkien’s Middle Earth. It is a new universe and a world filled with intrigue and mystery. If you have not read Frank Herbert’s Dune, I highly recommend it. It is a real treat.

Have a great Tuesday, folks!

Until next time…

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Workout Routine – Back at it!

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Well, folks I’m back. It took a good week of cough syrup, soup (courtesy my Mom), and lots of rest, but I finally put this cold to bed yesterday. I’m back up and at it again. Subsequently, I’ll be getting back at the exercise routine. This week, just to make sure I don’t recycle the cold I beat, I’ll be doing a home-workout with exercise bands, and taking it a little easy as I move back to a full-time workout schedule.

Monday – Saturday

  • Full Body Routine (exercise bands)

See you at the finish line!!

Dave

 

 

Daily Ramblings – Motivation Monday – Compensating

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One of the hardest time to be motivated is when I’m sick. Last week, I did most of the things I set out to, but put a lot of it on hold to recover. So, here we are! I’m finally over this cold. I still have remnants of sickness, still blowing the nose and the like, but the difficult part is over. I attribute this to knowing what to do to take care of myself.

The first thing I did was turn off exercise. There’s no sense in it. You go to some popular websites and they talk about driving through, or continuing to exercise, but honestly, it just doesn’t make any sense to me. When you get sick, your whole body is in a war with the virus or bacteria that broke through. I believe the best way to fight this is to go to a doctor (if needed), get the necessary drugs or OTC medicine, get plenty of rest, drink a lot of water, and stick with the regimen of less is better when you’re sick. For me, this works. For others, going to the gym and continuing with their exercise regimen works for them. Enough said.

This week, we’re back on track. Here’s my schedule:

  • Reading daily
  • Working on my Fiction Book daily
  • Exercise (but taking it easy) daily
  • Learning daily (currently taking an MS Publisher course)
  • Coding daily (Python is the language I’m learning)
  • Meditating daily
  • Blogging daily
  • Posting quotes and articles to Social Media daily

This is it for the week, folks. I hope everyone is having a great week so far. Happy Monday!

Until next time…

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Spiritual Saturday – The Power of Music

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Could you imagine watching one of your favorite movies without the music? It would change the experience dramatically. The music adds layers to the story by the pictures and the feelings the music brings to us.

I use music for all kinds of activities. When I am reading, instrumental music works the best, as long as it is not too heavy. I enjoy calming music while I read. Sometimes classical, most of the time sound scapes.

When I’m in a bad mood, I like to listen to upbeat music. When I’m feeling nostalgic, I like to listen to music that reminds me of something. Try listening to the music you liked when you were in high school and then tell me you didn’t see pictures of your proms, trips, and football games playing through your mind.

Then there is the music that is special to you, like a song you and your first boy or girlfriend chose to be yours. I guarantee you’ll see that person in your mind when the song kicks off, along with the things you did together.

Music is also a huge motivator for me. When I’m in the gym, music drives me from one exercise to the next. If I’m lifting weights, there’s nothing like a good heavy metal tune. If I’m doing cardio, my music genre of choice is trance.

I try to listen to music every day. I enjoy the feelings associated with the music I listen to. I don’t have a favorite music, but definitely am not a Country Music fan. I can attribute this to all the country music my grandmother tortured me with when my brother and I stayed over. To this day, I cannot stand Conway Twitty, Gene Autry, or Johnny Cash.

If you have not tried it, try listening to music when you read, write, study, or exercise. It will give you a huge boost. It does for me, at least. I’ll stop here.

I hope all of you are having a great 2020 and getting some rest and relaxation today, after returning to work.

Until next time…

Dave

 

 

Daily Ramblings – Funny Friday – Jimmy Got Home Early…

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One day Jimmy got home early from school and his mom asked, “Why are you home so early?” He answered, “Because I was the only one that answered a question in my class.” She said, “Wow, my son is a genius. What was the question?” Jimmy replied, “The question was ‘Who threw the trash can at the principal’s head?'”

Courtesy: Laughfactory.com

I hope you have been having a great January. I also hope you enjoy these jokes. I think the Laughtfactory.com will be my go to for Funny Fridays for some time to come. These are terrific. Have a great Friday friends.

Until next time…

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Thankful Thursdays – Kind Words and Friendship

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Today I’d like to thank the thoughtful bloggers that wished me well this week as I fight through a cold. What a wonderful gift.

What I find most fascinating is that small interactions over time can truly turn into a friendship. I know the terms friend and friendship have changed meaning in our new virtual world, but the sentiment is still the same. Friends are people who care about one another. They may not talk every day, but the feeling is there.

It’s interesting. I have been blogging for a little over 3 years and it took me this long to figure it out. You have to engage with other people to open the door to friendship. If you write your blog postings and never interact with other people in the blogosphere, you will likely remain alone, other than the random like here or there. We all love comments and feedback. To get this feedback and receive comments you have to take the first step. At least that is what I have discovered.

So, THANK YOU! Lillie, CrazyKat1963, and K.M. Allan for your kind words of encouragement. I am grateful for our friendship. It truly means a lot to me. And this is where I will end my posting today.

Until next time…

Dave

 

Daily Ramblings – Wisdom Wednesday – Books

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For those of you that follow this blog, you know my love of reading. This week, because of my low energy (I’m still sick), I want to talk about why I love reading and why I set reading goals every year.

I have never been a big fan of fiction books.. I love a good story, but I love learning more. I’m constantly seeking new information with the hope of just finding one or more things I can do or use to make my life easier and more productive. Some books I read are philosophical, while others are more about hard science like physics, astronomy, or history. I also enjoy reading biographies. It is fascinating to see how others overcome great obstacles and win.

Whenever I get sick, I try to determine why or what I do that caused me to get sick. Colds and flus are just a nuisance. During the holidays I eat everything. I eat cakes, cookies, chocolate, junk food, you name it. When we have family visiting, you can also kick the sleep schedule, workout routine, and all the rest to the curb. Yeah, that’s why I’m sick. But there’s a silver lining. My sickness caused me to watch a few films and purchase a book about whole-food, plant-based diets. It really got me thinking, and I will make my transition to this lifestyle in February. I’m reading the Forks over Knives book now and will put that up in a review once I’m done. The book just makes great sense.

I also read a lot of books simultaneously. For example, I am reading 8 non-fiction books now and one fiction book. This is normally the ratio of non-fiction to fiction I read throughout the year. Of the 73 books I read last year, only 12 books were fiction books.

I enjoy reading books because you learn from other people. The people that take time to write a book about a particular topic are normally folks who have dedicated their lives to a specific area. They know the topic inside and out. They also know the pitfalls of trying to adopt the ideas in their book. I never try to adopt everything an author recommends. I look for one or two items that make sense regarding my life. For example, the very first thing I adopted out of the book: Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-free productivity, by David Allen was his 2-minute rule. This rule recommends that if we run across anything in our life that takes less than two minutes to complete, you do it–right now and be done with it. This was life-changing for me.

When I read The 7 habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen Covey, I learned about the 7th habit labeled “Sharpening the Saw”. Again, this was life-changing. Sharpening the Saw is about improving those things in your life that have the greatest impact on everything else, like physical exercise, reading broadly, and planning.

Finally, when I read Mini Habits, by Stephen Guise, the one thing I grasped from my first reading was building habits by establishing extremely small thresholds for each habit I wanted to adopt. Who can’t do one push-up a day? Another huge game changer.

My life improved by reading these books. Each day I look for more of these game changers. One little tweak to my daily life that can bring huge benefits.

If you are not a huge fan of reading, I challenge you to fix that–NOW! We can all learn so much from those that have struggled with the same things we do and have found solutions to these problems. All it takes is a few bucks and your time. Start small. Dedicate 10 minutes of your day to read a few pages (say 5 or 10). It doesn’t matter the amount you read, just make it a daily habit. Before long you’ll be knocking out a lot of books and will reap the benefits of doing so. Think about it. If you could learn one thing you could add to your life that would change it dramatically, wouldn’t that 10 minutes a day be worth it? I think so.

Well, that’s it for today. I’m heading back to my herbal tea and a nap, so I can be done with this stupid cold. Have a great day folks!

Until next time…

Dave