For reference, the fence behind this bird nest is 5’ high. Being around when this bird returns is probably not a good idea.
Facebook. Facebook. Facebook. Notice how the stress levels go up. Notice how friends and co-workers seem just a little different when the get the freedom to say what’s on their mind? Here’s the conclusion: maybe it’s time to investigate a new strategy.
(1) Maybe, just maybe, it’s time to leave the platform. Face it! There’s not really stealing al that data if the app is on the phone, are you? Leaving though means that site that uses Facebook login no longer works. Events in the community are harder to find. That gem of friend is never found again.
(2) Just troll the platform. Frustrating though. Imagine having a good day and then doom scrolling through Facebook just sucks out the life. What? Who believes that ish? Really? The co-worker I admire has thinks that out loud. This where serious depression can step in and cause copious amounts of drinking and stressed sleep.
(3) Stop trolling and engage. Ask probing questions. Try to see the other side. Then, carefully, carefully, share your thoughts. No labeling. No name calling. No passively aggressively suggesting that the person needs to do some research. Provide the research. Try not to shout. Try as hard as it might be to listen. See what happens! But, consider the most important person here: you! Keep the balance. Step away when needed.
Social media has made the world small and flat. Sometimes refreshing. Others, so cruel. Yes, so close. Gathering in a filter bubble isn’t going to improve humanity. And, everybody just isn’t open to change. But, somebody is.
I’m walking again. There isn’t a historic street sign that I won’t stop and read being a bit of closet history buff. I happened to be Memphis for a funeral. This was the church that the funeral was held at.
Every Sunday. Every Sunday. For most of the time since the current craziness started. Every Sunday starts with The 5. Amazingly, five kids from 118th in KInsman, all reasonably successful get an opportunity to share the morning over Zoom.
The youngest suggested it when he was growing tired of realizing that traveling was going to be a thing of the past for a while. The meeting even had an agenda. That was quickly and rightfully so quashed pretty quickly.
They don’t get to be in the same place often. But, since this craziness, they see each other every Sunday. Well, they mostly see each other.
It’s good to remember the stories. Of Cleveland. Of Mom and Dad. Of the neighborhood. Of what’s going on right now.
The best part. They know they’re here for each other. And for the youngest, that’s probably the most important thing.
The Sunday Routine? May it never stop. The craziness could stop that. That’d be kewl.
Today, the display no longer worked. Been depending on it regarding health goals. But, it tracked the stats. The display just wouldn’t work. The green light was blink on the back, indicating the tracking of a heart rate. But, the display wasn’t working. The app tracked the watch. But, the display nada.
Time to call support. Does anybody like doing that. It’s Saturday. A day to chill. But, health is important. Plus, can’t improve what you don’t track.
Found the chat link on the website. 25th in queue. iPad off to the side. Did some shopping. Countdown takes 4-Evan. But, finally, finally …. it’s still under warranty and eligible for a replacement.
What an enjoyable experience that ended with a form to fill out to have a brand new watch sent.
So, the lesson? Put the pre-conceived notions to the side.
Stumbled. Kind of got lost. Life kind of got in the way of plans. Life has a way of doing that. You get serious. Married. Have a few kids. Become a productive member of society. Hear the echos of your father’s voice in the back of your head.
Then you remember. That creative side is what inspire the creative thinking. Even when you’re working on something serious. That creative side! It’s what makes you want to smile, breathe, feel free.
Nope, it doesn’t always pay. Not monetarily. But, it does pay.
I parked near the MGM casino and did the walk across the bridge over the Potomac river. I had fully intended to turn around to finish my walk when I got to the end of the bridge. But, what I thought was a park caught my eye. Helped that it is across the street from a very large cemetery. I have a thing for cemeteries. This park was dedicated to the African Americans who were buried here. At one time, this grave site was a gas station.
Let that sink in.
Sometimes, you need to look at the blank page and just start filling it up with letters. Right now is one of the moments. Promising yourself to embrace a new paradigm to change up the day and then finding that you’re not committed to yourself.
So, here’s the re-embrace: everyday, consider yourself. Set some time aside to focus directly and explicitly on yourself.
New day for the rest of your life
I took an unexpected break from updating my sites. I realized that I took a moment to concentrate on my career, my health, and the health of my partner. But, now, I’m back! I’m gonna spend a moment catching up on my 365 project. I know! You’re supposed to post everyday. But, it’s my project and I decided when I started that I would have a post for everyday 🙂
Before we left, we found out that this structure was still in the process of being saved. There was so much art in this almost abandoned structure.