Sunday, February 21, 2010

Snowing, Snowing, Snowing ...

In Colorado it snows at this time of year. If you are reading this blog from California or Florida, you might not even be able to imagine what it's like to have to take a shovel and DIG your car out, then heat it up while scraping ice off of the windows before you can go anywhere. Are there advantages? Mmmm. If you are a kid that dreams of being an Olympic Snowboarder someday, maybe. For me, having enjoyed my younger years in the snow, no. NO advantages.

We met with a Realtor yesterday. She says that our area is a popular place for out-of-staters to move to. We have a nice, large, 4 bedroom, 3 bath home with a huge bonus room for the kids. Bring it on! If you are from another state and just can't wait to dig your car out in the morning, I encourage you to come to Colorado and buy my house.
There's even a big sled hill in the back yard.

I really enjoy it when the garden is in full bloom ... In July.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Illuminating My Purpose

I set a goal to write more this year, so I joined ezine, a place to submit articles of expertise. I've got mountains of articles that I've written over the past several years, so I've been editing them and submitting them, one by one. I think that I'm literate, although I've never been able to put a toy together at Christmas by reading the directions.

The problem with these submissions is the instructions. Today I got one of the articles back labeled "too many non-owned reference links," or something like that. I fired off an email that said "what does that mean?" Then, I got pages of instructions about non-owned links. Oh, I got it ... At the end of writing about certain types of therapy, I gave books and reference links where the reader could do more research, if they found an interest in the topic.

When I write and publish things myself, I get to keep all of the money and there are no rules. Somebody tell me why I insist on joining these groups that have such strict rules about what to write and how to write it and they don't even pay!

As my Mother would remind me, I must need my head examined!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Get An Editor

Good writing is good editing. There's no doubt about it. When I'm writing an angry letter, my first draft is just plain silly. And another thing! ... I keep adding junk that doesn't belong, and you should see how many exclamation points there are.

Yesterday, I wrote a two page letter. I kept making my point in so many places that it got old and lost its power. In this case, less is definitely more. It seems as though if you want someone to think that you have cause to sue them that you should leave them wondering. Don't you get more nervous when you're wondering what someone else is thinking rather than have them whine about it while beating the subject to death?

I finished the two page letter today. It's one page now. Pow! Wham! Fewer words, no exclamation points. Take that! Don't you wonder what it was about, and who it was to? Get an editor. That's all I have to say.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Being Well

Al and I are always talking about people's perspectives on issues. It's shocking any two people can have such different interpretations about specific events. For example, when Al was laid off from a plumbing company due to lack of work, he was hired by a new company immediately. As usual, he's steady as she goes. He works diligently, with honesty and integrity. At the holidays, his boss claimed that he couldn't afford a bonus because his customers hadn't been paying him like they should. Of course, Als response was that it was okay, since he feels fortunate to have a job at all. That was when things changed for him. The "mutual" respect turned into him being treated like he's lucky to have a job at all. How did that happen? Did he set that up? Although the boss said that when he got paid, and when things improved, he would get a "New Years" bonus. Now, February 1, there is no bonus, not likely to be one since "he's lucky to have a job at all."

Last night, while watching the John Wooden special on PBS, he demonstrated his pyramid for living. Of course, John Wooden is the most successful and most respected basketball coach of all time. He delivered an explanation of each wrung of his pyramid including respect, hard work, teamwork, integrity, fairness, and more. Players from the past were interviewed, and they had not only gone on to be winners in life, but had raised successful children, and they all had such a high respect for their now 92 year old coach. What a story. I was choked up during the entire show.

The moral that I came away with was simple. To give respect and support to your fellow man is as important in life to all of us as good nutrition. If you give your best, work hard, and have integrity, you will be satisfied with who you are. That satisfaction is the highest reward.