A Peril of Time Travel …


MemoriesAt least now I can say I have a time machine …

Interesting that neither memories nor dreams are real, isn’t it?

Memories reconstruct what has been in the past and dreams give birth to our visions of what might be in the future.  

Both exist ONLY in our minds…

The following thoughts come from comments originally made in response to a post on the Lead Change Group blog by Alan Utley, who thoughtfully and articulately discussed the use of stories to motivate and influence.  You should go read his post.

I often used to tell a story about how a youthful shop-lifting event shaped my values. In the story, I owned up to my misdeed (after some angst) and received a reward  for doing so. I once told that story in front of my mother … who then categorically dismantled that version of my own memory. Continue reading

Rocky Road Ahead …


Rocks - Morguefile“WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A STUMBLING BLOCK AND A STEPPING STONE?  THE WAY YOU APPROACH IT.”

English proverb

 I have been considering rocks a lot lately …

ROCKS ARE INDEED SOMETIMES STUMBLING BLOCKS …

This is especially evident when many of them converge to create rocky terrain which must be traversed.  If you have ever found yourself trying to cross a rocky field, you know the dangers which are often not clear, but can result in nasty falls and broken bones.   At best, it takes time to get across and you have to make a special effort to insure that whatever you are carrying with you is safe and does not contribute to potential injury.

ROCKS CAN ALSO BE STEPPING STONES …

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Taking A Long Shower …


Shower StuffI took a shower this morning, which is good news for both me and for others with whom I interact …

As I pondered that experience, it occurs to me that people come in four varieties:

THE  USER …

This person uses the shampoo until it is mostly empty, almost empty, or less than half full.  They happily abandon “large” amounts of usable shampoo for the latest and greatest new shampoo.  Showers across the land are littered with large plastic containers which contain amounts of shampoo which might easily last another week … or three.

They are confident that more shampoo will be available as they desire or need such, and have a generally optimistic outlook on life.   God will provide and does so in plentifulness.  Cost is not a primary concern.  Whether the shampoo is completely used up or not is not a consideration.

Users approach life as a continual and reasonably predictable banquet …

mers care about their coin and stretch things as far as they can …

The Grid

THE CONSUMER …

The consumer can often be found, if one peeks into showers, tapping the bottle to get the last of the shampoo into a carefully cupped palm, in order to avoid spilling any drop of this valuable commodity.

Scarcity and need has been in their lives, or at least they are fearful of having this enter their lives.  Many early Boomers were raised by parents who knew that life can change abruptly.    Things once blissfully enjoyed can disappear or become rare.

The image of the Consumer is one of a wet person with their finger stuck as far inside an apparently empty shampoo bottle as they can reach, carefully scraping the very last traces of the shampoo into their palm.

Consumers take their pennies seriously …

THE SAVER …

The Saver was probably a Boy Scout or a Girl Scout.  They use the shampoo and when pretty much done, carefully deposit the rinsed bottle into a recycling bin.  Savers actually save and sort their stuff, including the stuff that many of us just want to flush, toss, or otherwise remove from our immediate presence.

This is sometimes done without regard for whether that particular recycling process allows for plastics.   It’s about saving the world, one smooshed and reused item at a time.  The motives are solid, but the realities sometimes suffer.

Savers care about the larger picture …

THE ECONOMIST …

 Economists take things a step further than Savers.   Actually, they keep things a step closer by reusing that shampoo bottle for something else.  I guess the current term is “repurposing”, but not like when you shift a group from one project to another without warning, but when you reuse a thing designed for one purpose to another.

These folks are creative thinkers and will see possibilities that many of us just do not think about.  They see a shampoo bottle and visualize a decorative piece.  If the bottle is transparent plastic, they may see small brightly colored beads filling it or, with the top cut off, crayons or markers.

They are Savers on steroids … trying to use and reuse, rather than consume and recycle …

Bonus Questions:

My wife is a User and I have the half-full shampoo bottles to prove it.  What type do you think I am:)? 

What type are you?

What use can you make of this insight?

How far off the mark are my four types?

 Feeling ever so sparkling clean and a bit “better than her” in the Heartland ….

John

 

Dancing In The Aisles …


Dance 1Dance first. Think later. It’s the natural order.

Samuel Beckett

 

We all start our lives knowing this simple rule of living … little children dance with abandon and style, literally moving to their own music.

We don’t even have to learn this rule … it comes naturally at a very early age.

What happens as we get older?

We get cautious …

We get self-conscientious …

We get a little creaky …

We forget that dancing comes before thinking.  When you move, your body feels looser and your brain engages in a different way.  You are more prepared to think effectively.  Exercise is recommended daily for this very reason.   Healthy body, healthy mind …

Do not spend time reflecting on this one.  Just get up and move to the rhythm for a while, now, wherever you are, even if you are the only one who can hear the music and are the only one dancing.

Others may not join in, but they probably secretly want to.

If you do this without regret or concern, I can promise that your day will not be the “same old, same old“:).

Cutting a rug and not really caring who sees it in the Heartland ….

John

That great Image is from Morguefile.com.

“Curiouser and Curiouser” …


Lewis CarrollLewis Carroll (AKA Charles L. Dodgson) has some thoughts to share with us …

I know you probably think of Carroll as only an eccentric writer of off-beat and whimsical children’s tales from a time long past and remembered only now in sepia tones.  

Well, yeah, that is accurate  … but Carroll was actually also quite a leadership and personal development guru … you just have to read some of his lines carefully to get the messages.

So, in honor of Carroll’s birthday, let go of the children’s tales we probably all know and taste some solid leadership thinking from a guy who wrote children’s stories about 150 years ago, (right around our American Civil War):

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… Strategic Planning and Visioning:

“If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.”

“Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end; then stop.
 “Curiouser and curiouser!” Cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English).”
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… Personal and Professional Growth:

“I can’t go back to yesterday – because I was a different person then.

“She generally gave herself very good advice, (though she very seldom followed it).”

“One of the secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others.”

… Communication Skills:

When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less.’

“Always speak the truth, think before you speak, and write it down afterwards.”
“His answer trickled through my head like water through a sieve.”
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Well, I hope I have convinced you of Carroll’s leadership wisdom with these samples.   Even if I have not, I hope you at least remember a young girl in a pinafore having a very large and curious adventure.
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Getting a little nostalgic as I consider another trip down the rabbithole in the Heartland …
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John

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Quotations by Lewis Carroll courtesy of BrainyQuote.com 

Images via Wikipedia in the Public Domain