Words worth repeating

“Honesty is good but joy is better”

David Brooks

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Defined reputation

You don’t get to define who you are. Only others can do that, based on a consensus of your past actions and behaviours.

Pay attention to their definition. You may not like it as it may not match what you think of yourself. Just know they are very likely to be much more honest and therefore more accurate.

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Goal disengagement

In other words, it’s okay to quit.

Sometimes, keeping going can be an expensive mistake. Is that thing we’ve always wanted to do, or be, causing financial hardship, and stress and and anxiety? Then pause, consider the options and if necessary, stop.

I wonder how many other opportunities have been missed because we were to focused on an unattainable goal? Move on, your ego will survive!

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Friends

Here is one of life’s great ironies. The older we get the more friends we need. Doesn’t it seem though that the older we get the fewer friends we have?

Perhaps one of the best ways of spending our valuable time is expanding our friend circle by bringing one or two close acquaintances into our circle. The return on investment could be very worthwhile, because really, the older we get the more we need our friends!

I wonder who is going to hear from me today?

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Adulting

This fall, a local school division will be offering a new course called Adulting. The course will teach basic every day life skills that ‘grown ups’ need to know.

My first reaction was that it’s about time. Finally, schools will be teaching practical everyday things that are useful and important as part of the education curriculum.

Then I wondered, where are the parents. Aren’t they the ones that have the responsibility to teach their kids how to write a cheque? I’m guessing the course is necessary because most parents would get a failing grade in this subject. There is a very good chance too that many adults could use an adulting course.

So, good for the school division to recognize the need. I can only hope the Adulting course is mandatory for the kids. They will need all the help they can get.

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2018 Word of the year

Disinformation.

There’s a lot of it, from many unreliable and even hidden sources.

What it really reveals is our new lack of trust in the news. Now, we feel the need to be cautious.

Worse, it puts a burden on those of us who care to drill down to find truth.

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Face time

I don’t mean the time we spend in person in front of others. I mean how much time, and effort have you put into creating a great picture of yourself for all of your social media channels?

What people should see is a clean shot of your smiling face, showing what you look like and your personality. That early impression is lasting, even in a photo.

Your profile image should not be a selfie with a cluttered background. It should also not be a picture of your dog or cat. Travel scenes tell me you travel, that’s all. It’s also hard to figure out which person you are in a group shot, especially if we’ve never met!

I wonder how many more likes and contacts you will make by showing a friendly smile? Or even your smiling eyes? It’s worth the time it takes to do it right. As most small things are!

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Your sixth sense

Yes, there is one. It’s called your state of mind.

Do you want to improve yours? Then do whatever it takes to fire up any of the other five senses. A combination of any of them will be even more impactful.

Here is a quick, easy, fast and free way to change your state of mind. Go outside! It’s as simple as going for a walk in a park. Even better find a trail or path in the woods and go for a slow walk.

Another tip. Turn off your smartphone!

http://time.com/5259602/japanese-forest-bathing/ Yes….it’s a thing. And it makes a lot of “sense”.

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A fraudulent title

What the hell is a “Thought Leader”?

Does that mean I should follow your thinking? What credentials does one need to use this lofty title? Do you have any education or training?

To me, it’s a fraud and a facade to hide behind. Nice try!

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Quotable quote

“The one who has the least to say speaks the most”.

How true. This truism came from a good friend who was relaying their frustration about attending group meetings, training sessions, etc. This is really another way of saying quit wasting everyone’s time.

As usual, the best quotes can come from a conversation with someone who has something meaningful to say.

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