Wednesday, July 22, 2015

253 – Hey Douchebag…Move Your Damn Bags…and I am not Referring to Your Old Lady…OR Hypocrisy…it’s What’s for Breakfast.

So I am all around not happy today. The weather is both cold AND rainy…which sucks and blows at the same time. I had to come in early today for a marathon meeting…so I had to be ON the bus at 7:10 in order to get in by 8. No problem, except the train pulled OUT of the station just as I got to the platform so I had an extra 10 minutes to wait…in the cold and the rain. Yay me!

After 10 minutes of a frosty facial and having to move to get some peace and quiet, the train showed up…and when I boarded I discovered a dude and two ladies who had taken up THREE seats with their luggage. I am not sure if he had two girlfriends; if one was a wife and one was his daughter.

And frankly, I didn’t care. What I did care about were the three seats Sir Douche bag took out of commission during RUSH HOUR.

Kudos to the lady who moved their stuff to take the aisle seat in one of the rows they occupied.

Apparently it’s their World and the rest of us just live in it.

Talk about rude. Which leads me to…The Loud and Constant Talker.

And those of you that know me know a) I do tend to talk a lot and b) I am not always the quietest person. However, I’d like to think I “know my audience” and so I tailor my behavior to fit the situation and circumstance of the moment. So, if this guy got my attention you know it was bad.

For real, I moved away from him and his, I mean listener, while on the platform as I waited for the train. I just couldn’t deal with him at 7:30 AM.

Somehow he still ended up in my train car and from across the aisle I managed to discover: 1 - this man had a twin (not identical) 2 – where he went to high school 3 – he was raised Catholic and had an Orthodox Jewish girl in his high school graduating class who wouldn’t speak to him (not that she could have gotten a word in edgewise had she even been inclined to try...) 4 – The book 23 Minutes in Hell changed his life and 5 – He thinks the 2012 prediction about the end of the World is fairly accurate.

Mind you, I garnered all of this while trying to read my own book and minding my own business. Imagine what I could have found out if I had actually been paying attention!

Clearly this dude was pretty spiritual. Which was great..until the other shoe dropped. And this particular shoe was in the form of a slam against Seventh Day Adventists.

Sir, you can state you are a Christian once a day and twice on Sunday but when you refer to another faith as “pure crazy” you kind of miss the whole mantra of actually being a Christian.

In all fairness, I know very little about the Seventh Day Adventists…however I wouldn’t ever disparage their beliefs..or anyone else’s for that matter.

It has been my experience that it’s not the religion that is “crazy”…it tends to be zealots and extremists out there that make it seem “crazy.”

So sir, it might do you well to remember these words as you forge ahead, “All major religious traditions carry basically the same message that is love, compassion and forgiveness are the important things and they should be part of our daily lives.” It was the Dalai Lama who said that.

Smart guy, that Lama.

And all this before 8AM...Yikes.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Things to Remember...

1 - In this life, people will love you and people will hate you and none of that will have anything to do with you. - Abrham Hicks

2 - It’s not about who is real to your face, it’s about who stays loyal behind your back. -  Unknown

Friday, January 9, 2015

Jan. 9: Creativity

Doing something new builds new brain cells, so experiment with something you would normally consider "out of the box."
Who has time for this on a work day?

I am so out of the box most days that for me doing some IN the box is considered the unusual.

It's Friday.

I'm tired.

There's wine.

That's about all I can muster today.

Universe, please bear with me.

Jan. 8: Honor

By loving and honoring the body you have, you can bring more health and flexibility into your life. Be conscious of what you put into your body, and try starting the day off with gentle stretches. You can also walk instead of driving or taking the elevator, rest when you are tired and take short breaks during the day.
It used to be I'd spring out of out bed in AM and race off to start the day.  Music blaring while I'd get ready.

Later in life - ie my late 20s and early 30s - I'd have The Today Show on while getting ready.

Then I realized how much I generally wanted to punch everyone but Ann Curry in the throat and I figured that probably wasn't the healthiest way to start my day either.

So then I started to wake up and laze around in bed for about 15 minutes reading the news on my phone - while stretching - and then I get ready in total silence.

then I drive to work usually listening to something like the Native American Flute station on Pandora.

I have no idea why or how this started but it seems to work for me.

I firmly believe if it wasn't for Pandora I'd have been on that show Snapped by now.  Because there is nothing worse than FM morning radio.  In general it simply makes me want to crash my car into the jersey walls along 285.

The lone exception is NPR.  You can always learn something listening to NPR.

For instance, where the first umbrella factory in the US was located.  This is the sort of information that comes in handy at cocktail parties when you find yourself staring at a stranger with nothing to say.  I'd wager that NPR has provided more cocktail conversation than any other source in the modern era.

So, I guess I am honoring what I am putting in my body by not allow a bunch of negative, stupid crap - in the form of "infotainment"- to take up any head space first in the morning.

Huh.  Who knew.

Jan. 7: Purify

You wouldn't think of going to an important event in dirty clothes, so why not pay attention to cleansing your energy field, as well as your physical space. Do some spring clearing, throw out old broken items, spray lemon water around your office, use your morning bath or shower as a ritual of purification, let go of old emotions that no longer serve you, shred old letters that hold negative associations, delete any email that is not positive.

This one was tough for me.

I woke up to a temperature of 9 degrees which doesn't make me want to do much beyond stay snuggled under the covers.  There was certainly no shower to be had given the tundra like temperature.

So, the best I could do was try to flush negative vibes out quickly throughout the day. Of which there were some and of which moved along fairly swiftly.

Like I said, this one was tough for me.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Jan. 6: Present.....Or What I Learned from Ferris Bueller

Whatchu talkin' 'bout Willis circa 2015
Life can pass you by if you are so busy making plans and doing stuff. We forget to just BE. Focus on one thing at a time, unplug from your smart phone and computer for five minutes every hour if you can, take a deep breath every time your phone rings, be conscious of walking on the earth — one step at a time, really listen to yourself and others.
As I strive to make the first 12 days of the year truly meaningful, January 6th has been ear marked as my DIGITAL DIET DAY.  

Other than the required work email and phone (which I have to answer since it is a work day), I am taking a break from all the other digital forms of communication. And this graphic at right offers some compelling reasons why you should join me!  

As I kid growing up with seven other people in the house, it was damn near impossible to get someone’s attention in an effort to have a real conversation.  Shouting was our modus operandi otherwise you weren't heard at all.  And that was back in the 70s and 80s with relatively few distractions to compete with.

I perish the thought of being a small child this day in age competing not only with humans but with machines to get some quality time.  Nothing makes me sadder than seeing parents on their phones at dinner while their kids try desperately to get their attention.  More than once I've wanted to punch the parents in the throat on on behalf of the kids.

Folks, they are only little for a short time.  And you never know when you are making a memory.  Just some food for thought.

(thanks to technology, this post was written in advance and scheduled to post on January 6th so I could truly enjoy my Digital Diet.)

Day 6 - like the previous five  - brought to you by 12 Rituals To Do In 12 Days To Guarantee 12 Months Of Love & Prosperity

Monday, January 5, 2015

Jan. 5: Play

When we get over-serious and try to figure everything out, we lose our spontaneity and creativity. Fun is a good thing, so allow your playful inner child to come out. Go to a playground and swing on a swing, ride a bike, get some Legos and build a castle, take out the finger paints and let it rip, or put on some upbeat music and move.

It's hard to find time to play on a work day.  At least for me it is.

Even NPR is on board - Adults Need Recess Too

This is all well and good but most days I can hardly get to the lunch room to grab my sandwich let alone make play time during the day.

The closest I'll get is some time at the gym today (which I sadly do not but consider play but whateves, it's better than nothing) and some old school Moby off his Play release, which is my favorite of his recordings.

So on that note I leave you with some upbeat music as prescribed, have some Honey....