Category Archives: Active Minded

New Year’s Resolution 2016

My New Year’s Resolution is to be more life affirming. To me that means to listen to other people more carefully to respond constructively every time to take nothing and no one for granted to do more and talk less … Continue reading

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Listen to Communicate

There are a lot of ways to communicate. The best way is to listen. At least half the time I explain something, the response shows that the other person was not really focused on the explanation, their mind was wandering, … Continue reading

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Desire versus Fantasy

Lots of people talk about their ambitions. Not many fulfill them. Grand ambitions often disappoint, while modest ambitions inspire hope and motivation. Modest ambitions are exceeded much more often than grand ambitions are even come close to. There seems to … Continue reading

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Happy Minded

One thing I’ve noticed about people over many years, is that the ones who seem happiest, seem happiest no matter what happens to them, good or bad. I’ve seen severe injury and devastating failure happen to them, and terrible tragedy … Continue reading

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The Doublecheckers

Exhausted after fifteen hours of preparing a CD product that had to ship that day, one last little error was found, and fixed. “It’s good to go!” said the person who fixed it. It was 11 p.m. on a Friday … Continue reading

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Celebrating Mistakes

Paraphrasing the film director Akira Kurosawa, a typical day in the life of a Samurai might be, carve a perfect wooden spoon, make a perfect cup of tea, fight a perfect battle, build a perfect fire, make a slight mistake … Continue reading

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Thoughtfulness

Thoughtful can mean both “kind” and “thinking.” Historically the two were closely related. It was the sign of a thinking person to act in kindness, to have good manners, to show sincere courtesy towards others. Courtesy evolved as a vital … Continue reading

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Active Minds and Adaptability

Often in the face of the unexpected, the first response is disbelief or denial. You hear reactions like “wait, wait, wait, what did you say? That can’t be right!” etc. The unexpected evokes befuddlement, denial, irritation. Negative reactions to the … Continue reading

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Wabi-Sabi

Wabi-sabi is a Japanese word that evokes a minimalist beauty that is imperfect, unique, understated, authentic, and deeply felt. Hyphenating wabi and sabi merges two slightly different ideas of beauty.

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Active Minds Make It Happen

An active mind is a product of depending on one’s own mind to generate everyday activities. An active mind creates situations; a passive mind merely reacts to situations. A person with an active mind enjoys “thinking about things” and “doing … Continue reading

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Time Management

Time management seems to be a perennial thorny problem that causes stress and distress for people today. It appears to me over the past few decades that time-management skills are deteriorating. So this entry is a reminder of some very … Continue reading

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