Daily Ramblings – Thankful Thursday – Seasons

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While I lived in Southern California and Arizona, I thought I was the luckiest guy on Earth. The weather was perfect. Blue skies and warm weather. After 7 years in the Arizona desert, I became bored with the blue skies. I became bored with the perfect weather.

Now that I am back in Michigan, we have a full four seasons and it is awesome! It is Springtime, with the green grass, blooming flowers, new buds on the trees, and all the rest. It’s a great time!

So today, I am grateful for the four seasons and all their variety.

Have a great day, folks!

Until next time…

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Ted Talk Tuesday – Online Learning

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I’m a huge fan of online learning. This short TED talk will give you some more reasons you should adopt this practice. Online learning is more agile than the traditional school that can barely keep up with technology, let alone teach it. I love learning and the online platforms available are terrific.

I hope you enjoy today’s TED talk.

Have a great day!

Until next time…

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Motivation Monday – Execution

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So you have goals and a plan. What do you do now? Execute.

Get your action steps on your calendar and to-do list, and start knocking things off. Easy right? Nope.

This is the time procrastination raises its ugly head. This is the time we execute the things that have nothing to do with our goals and priorities. Why do we do this to ourselves? Fear of failure, perfectionism, and perhaps a little doubt sprinkled in (Is this the best use of my time?).

This is the time to do what Nike suggests in their logo–Just Do It. You’ve decided it was a worthy goal. You’ve put together a plan to achieve the goal. Just start knocking out the stuff on your list. Get it done.

If you still hesitate, take the action steps you have already and break them down further. Whittle these things down until you no longer resist them. Whenever we hesitate to do something we have in our plan, it is either too big, or we lack the skills to execute the steps. It’s ok to discover this when you begin executing because you likely have never done this before. It’s ok.

When you revise your plan so that it is easier to execute, you’ll find getting started easier. You’ll also build a momentum to your work. You’ll start building confidence in yourself. You’ll begin to think that you worried over nothing and your action plan will work.

Perfectionism? Don’t let this hold you back. Just do the best you can. Execute your plan and take care of the details later. It feels good to make progress. Take advantage of that and keep moving forward. You decide when you’ve gotten a project completed. You. Don’t let perfectionism slow you down. Done is better than perfect. What is perfect anyway? Do you know?

Your doubt about your ability to do something will fade as you begin getting your tasks done. You will start to see how execution helps you move forward and your confidence will build as you move through task by task. Keep going. Use that forward momentum to keep moving. Once I start moving forward, it is hard to stop. The momentum is easier to keep going, once you are going.

Well, folks. That’s all I have for today. Have a great Monday.

Until next time…

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Funny Friday – Grandfather and Granddaughter

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A grandfather is walking home with his granddaughter after church. “Did God make you, PopPop?” the girls asks.

“Yep! He certainly did,” the old man answers again.

“And did he make me too?” she asks next.

“Of course he did,” the old man answers again.

“Well,” she replies, “he’s certainly getting better at it.”

Joke, courtesy: The Best Joke Book (Period)

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Until next time…

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Bonus Content – ZOOM Talk on Conquering Fear

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I am hosting an event tonight on ZOOM discussing a book: ECK Wisdom on Conquering Fear. If you would like to attend, it is free and open to the public. Here’s the link for the event: https://www.meetup.com/the-path-of-spiritual-freedom-eckankar-port-huron/events/276690649/

When you get there, click on the link in the bottom right of the page. You’ll be asked some basic questions and sent a link to join tonight’s book discussion at 7 PM Eastern Standard Time (Detroit time). I look forward to meeting with anyone that can attend.

Until next time…

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Thankful/Thinking Thursday – New iPad

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I’m getting an iPad today. I have been without one for a few years, but miss the ability to read on a bigger background than my phone. I also like watching movies and listening to music on it. It’s terrific!

It’s really nice to have the wherewithal to do what I need to do. My heart goes out to those who have suffered during the lockdowns. I constantly thought about that single Mom, working in a restaurant as a waitress, barely making it, and then watch her job disappear instantly. I am hopeful that most had family to depend on during that time.

It looks like a few countries are going back into lockdown. Boy, this thing won’t let up.

I am thankful for this country. Yeah, we had a hiccup early last year, but once the American people are motivated–we get things done.

I mentioned a day or so ago that my folks and I got our COVID-19 vaccine. My arm was a little stiff on the day of the shot, but after some exercise it loosened right up. No pain afterward. We have to get our second shot in April. I’ll keep you posted on how it goes. We got ours at our local pharmacy. It was important for Mom and Dad to get them, because they both have underlying conditions. Because I live here, it was appropriate for me to get one too. I’m grateful for the nurse at our local pharmacy who did such a great job. I never felt the needle go in.

So today, I’m grateful for my health, my family, this country, first responders, nurses and doctors, and my new iPad, which is on its way.

Until next time…

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Wisdom Wednesday – Nelly Bly

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In honor of St. Patrick’s Day and Women’s History Month, today’s 5 quotes are from Nelly Bly.

“Energy rightly applied and directed will accomplish anything.”
― Nellie Blyhttps://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/4372012.Nellie_Bly

“I said I could and I would. And I did.”
― Nellie Bly, Ten Days in a Mad-Househttps://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/4372012.Nellie_Bly

“It is only after one is in trouble that one realizes how little sympathy and kindness there are in the world.”
― Nellie Bly, Ten Days in a Mad-Househttps://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/4372012.Nellie_Bly

“While I live I hope.”
― Nellie Bly, Ten Days in a Mad-Househttps://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/4372012.Nellie_Bly

“I’ve always had the feeling that nothing is impossible is one applies a certain amount of energy in the right direction. If you want to do it, you can do it.”
― Nellie Blyhttps://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/4372012.Nellie_Bly

For those of you who do not know anything about Nellie Bly, here’s a Wikipedia link for further information https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nellie_Bly

Have a great St. Patrick’s Day!

Until next time…

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Ted Talk Tuesday – 4 Lessons

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All of us experienced lockdowns in one way or another in 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic touched everyone across the globe. In this video, Patty McCord discusses what the pandemic taught us over the last year. I wanted to share this today, because I am getting the COVID vaccination today. My folks and I need to get this thing because they both have underlying conditions and since I live with them, need to get vaccinated as well. I hope you enjoy this video as much as I did.

Have a great Tuesday, folks!

Until next time…

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Motivation Monday – Outstanding Blogger Award

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  1. What has blogging added to your life? It has opened up a creative channel for my writing and allowed me to connect with people all across the globe, some of which are now friends.
  2. Share the link for one of your favorite blog posts that you have written. I have a lot of favorites, but this is one I liked writing: https://wordpress.com/post/gardner1015.wordpress.com/737.
  3. If you were stuck in the house for the entire weekend due to a snowstorm, what would you do with your time? I would read, write, learn, exercise, and play video games. Pretty much what I do now.
  4. What household chore do you most enjoy, and what do you least enjoy? I enjoy vacuuming. I think it’s because of the repetition and movement. I dislike dusting.
  5. What did you learn from surviving 2020? I learned you don’t need a lot of things cluttering up your life. Keep it simple. Stay busy, have a plan, and execute the plan. Adapt, adjust, improvise. Covid threw some of my goals in 2020 out the window, but I adapted to overcome what Covid threw at me.

tierneycreates recommended me for this award and I thank her for the opportunity to answer the above questions and highlight her blog. If you like crafts and quilting, she’s a great source of information.

Well, folks. It’s Monday. What will you do this week? Are you on track with your goals? Do you have any high-pressure tasks that have to be done? How do you feel?

Mondays are all about mindset. It is resetting yourself from “me” time on the weekend, to “we” time at the office wherever that is. It’s about getting into work mode, pushing aside the dread we can sometimes get about going back to work, and attacking our projects, goals, and assignments with vigor.

I ease into my work week with a daily set of goals and tasks that never change, unless I change them. Writing a blog post like this is one of them. What types of tasks do you like doing? What ones do you dread? I start my day with whatever is the hardest. This habit is called “eating the frog”. Eating a frog is used to designate those tasks that are distasteful or cause us the most angst. By knocking out the stuff we don’t want to do, the rest of the day becomes a downhill slide when that task is completed. So today, grab the reins of that one thing you dread doing and GET THAT THING DONE. The rest of your day will be a piece of cake once it’s over.

Have a great Monday, folks!

Until next time…

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Funny Friday – Nail Biting

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“Two old women are discussing habits of their husbands. “Even after all these years, my husband will not stop biting his nails,” the first woman explains.

“My husband had the same habit,” the second woman explained, “but I fixed that. I just hid his teeth.”

Joke: Courtesy: The Best Joke Book (Period)

Have a great Friday!

Until next time…

Dave