- Producer19/01/2017A Rally on RelevantThis post is about relevants. The small orange icon at the bottom of a beBee post. BeBee relevants are important to writers. New writers, established writers, regular writers, all writers. It shows other Bees took the time to read and take...
Comments19/01/2017 #2 David B. GrinbergBrilliant buzz, Gert. One thing I know for sure: your writing is always relevant to me! And I likewise appreciate your "dopamine-stings" of relevance on my posts, as you deem appropriate. Ditto that for all bees who have interacted with my blogging. Many thanks to all of you. Keep buzzing and being relevant...
- Producer19/01/2017Orange Cool-AidJonestown -- the largest mass sucicide in history. 909 men, women, and children. Orange Cool-Aid Primo Levy, the survivor, and chronicler of Auschwitz committed suicide in 1987. He was 67 years old. He took a header down a flight of stairs....
- Producer19/01/2017How To Make Social Media Simple. No I'm Not CrazyHere's the thing. It isn't so much that Social Media is hard. It just takes a ton of time. Even that isn't accurate. It's more that we do the same thing several times every time we do anything at all.If it was a business process it would be...
Comments19/01/2017 #8 David B. GrinbergThanks for these tips, Paul, which are very helpful. It sounds like you've certainly streamlined your process. Kudos on that. Although some us may beg to differ about whether you're "not crazy" (lol). Okay, crazy good perhaps.
Also, I'm holding you to your prior promise of using my Twitter account for the 2.0 version of myTweetPack.com - so thanks for that in advance. Lastly, I'm sharing this on three hives. Keep buzzing, my friend!
PS -- and who's this @Candice 🐝 Galek person you keep mentioning? She sounds like Superwoman. I noticed someone with the a similar/same name (I think) on the recent 2017 Forbes "30 under" 30" class of leading global Millennial entrepreneurs. Maybe they're related, you think?19/01/2017 #6 Lisa 🐝 GallagherI just added RSS XRAY to Chrome but I'm still befuddled as to what it does? Will it work when writing a post using beBee producer? Ah, @Paul "Pablo" Croubalian is already saying.. oh great.. I knew Lisa would read this and have 50 million questions LOL. Lots of info Paul and yes, THANK YOU!!19/01/2017 #5 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian#4 Don't bother, Candice. Set your IFTTT to scan your Twitter timeline for specific hashtags. I use #fb for FaceBook, #fbp for facebook pages, #tum for Tumblr, #li for LinkedIn, and #pin for Pinterest.
When it finds one of these tags, it posts to that platform. Then I rotate the tags in myTweetPack.
Make sense?19/01/2017 #4 Candice 🐝 GalekWow great post Paul.. We had a killer IFTTT syndication setup with 4 tiers and 2 rings. But it all started breaking down. It has been a big buggy lately! Have to rehire the coders to figure it all out. When you create multiple tiers and rings it really complicates things. =)19/01/2017 #3 Paul "Pablo" Croubalian#2 LOL, Right now, I'm kicking back with a Dominican cigar and 12-year-old single malt. Yes, the wife is out. I'll need to air the place out later. Or, maybe not, I'm kicking back in the garage.
Show me a man who says he's not afraid of "the look" from the wife and I'll show you either a liar or a fool.
And no, it never stops. I think I have adult-onset ADHD. The scotch is part of my planning routine. ;-)19/01/2017 #2 Kevin PashukMy gawd man! Does your brain ever stop?
Sounds like I have to bring you over to the GTA for a fine cuban cigar and a dram of 17 year old single malt to learn how to slow down a bit. @Don 🐝 Kerr View moreMy gawd man! Does your brain ever stop?
Sounds like I have to bring you over to the GTA for a fine cuban cigar and a dram of 17 year old single malt to learn how to slow down a bit. @Don 🐝 Kerr would encourage you to practice mindfulness, which isn't bad in itself, but I much prefer my formula.
Seriously useful advice however on eliminating busy-ness from your social media world. Close
- Producer19/01/2017The Seven Silent SistersIn a black forest in a land far away seven sisters were living a life in darkness. Their house was completely covered with pieces of brown trees. Their parents believed that the world out there was too scary. They loved their daughters very much and...
- Producer19/01/2017Let's Finish For JohnEnd of September means SSE Airtricity Dublin Half Marathon for me and 2016 is no exception. It was my third participation and I was to run it with two galloping friends Cyril and Patrick but before we go any further I think it is important I touch...
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- Producer18/01/2017The Synchronicity of Coming TogetherIn a brilliant buzz titled Things coming together by the Queen of Paradoxes Sara Jacobovici wrote about the great consequences when the external and internal words are in synchronicity. I commented on her buzz by writing " It is amazing...
Comments19/01/2017 #24 Max🐝 J. Carter#22 The wind does indeed carry the seed @Ali Anani. This is why several if not many people will have an idea that is seems to be new at the same time all over the world.
It's no ones idea and even Nikola Tesla pointed to a divine source where all knowledge comes from.
None of us can really take credit for that which always exists and has always existed. All knowledge comes from the same place only it is in becoming wise they we recognize which knowledge is applicable and which knowledge is valueless other than it's really cool to understand it but has no real practical application in life.
This is why the druids wrote it down on leaves. This way they would never be trapped by the view of one or one generation. It forced new eyes to look at it and update it as it applied to the now instead of being a prisoner of the past.
This is where the human can give into narcissism and attempt to take ownership of an idea or concept or insist they deserve recognition for discovering absolutely nothing new as it takes a certain level of narcissism to assert that one deserves recognition for any given thing in life and that can sometimes be a healthy thing however when it is used to hold down others and elevate the self above others it is unhealthy for the sum regardless of how good it might be for the one or the few.
It's an interdependent 3d reality we share and that means we all share the responsibility and accountability for how the world looks right now. Until we embrace that our interdependence and that responsibility to the sum history will continue to repeat itself.19/01/2017 #23 Mohammed Sultan#18 Jean,you raised an interesting point of balancing employees common interests with the corporate vision.With today's stress on branding employees or treating them as personal brands,organizations are required to focus more on their corporate brands,otherwise the employees are going to ignore them by putting their full weight behind their personal brands rather than the org corporate brands.The question is ;shall the organizations be able in future to focus on juggling the two balls in one path and keep their customers alignment balanced ?or they are going to get confused chasing the two rabbits of personal and corporate branding in the same track!Thank you Jean.19/01/2017 #21 Max🐝 J. CarterIt's the 100th monkey effect that works on the fact that even though every word is not hear it is felt worldwide.
This was the focus of a buzz I wrote on the power of the voice and what intuition is as it applies to the human to human contact.
Once an idea is expressed even if it is ignored at the conscious level the seed is sown world wide.
Once experience is had to reveal the idea often people think it is their idea when in realty they have been given the idea through no external source as all things are interconnected and the idea of external versus internal is one rooted in the flesh to give some idea of separateness and individuality.
Internal and external don't exist except in the mind to give our life an individual feeling.
Relationships are based on identity and sharing views that come from emotional attachment to an idea or concept. As we change our own views as we grow and refine ourselves our projection changes and the Law of Reflection kicks in and those who do not share our projected views can not reflect it back at us and then we move on to those who can reflect it back to us.
People grow apart because they grow in different directions when they do not work at growing together. The idea of you have your life and I have mine and we live together will never produce a healthy or long lasting relationship.
For any relationship to work in the long term it must be fluid and the growth must be mutual.
This is why I say in a relationship it takes at least 3, the you, the me and the we.19/01/2017 #19 Ali Anani#18 Thank you dear @Jean L. Serio, CPC, CMC for opening up the discussion. Yes, employees today want to work with organizations that are consistent with their beliefs as well. Employees come with a position. Now the question, if we change this belief or attitude, then we also affect the velocity or rate of change. People are gravitated to their beliefs, but once these beliefs alter, the velocity of the organization changes. Here is the question that knocks on my mind: do we need to monitor beliefs and attitudes for if they change even slightly, the organization changes. Likewise; the organizational culture is. Do we need new indicators for change? Thank you Jean again for making me think and ask questions.19/01/2017 #18 Jean L. Serio, CPC, CMCA very interesting post, Ali Anani, with several great questions and ideas which should be discussed. Your comments - "The external world and internal world come together. It is upon us to make them work together and move us to success, or work against each other for us to lose our movement" is an excellent summation of personal life vs work and the many divisions between the two. In the past, employees wanted jobs which paid them a living and helped them support family. They did not always consider whether the company who hired them was interested in climate or 'green' issues, whether they were polluting the atmosphere. Those were separate from their own personal beliefs; should be ignored and unspoken of at work. On the other hand, todays workers want to work with companies whose mission supports their own personal beliefs. In short, as you say they want the internal and external to merge. Thanks for another excellent share, Ali.19/01/2017 #15 Ali Anani#12 Your superb comment is a sign of your intelligence @Mohammed Sultan. I loved this "Two opposing ideas leading to success is a sign of intelligence". By the way, I think n the UK, lawyers have to tell the truth and then do their best to protect their client. This is to prevent the conflict between internal and external motives. That a lawyer may align them is surely a sign of intelligence. I appreciate also your comprehension of the comment of @Sara Jacobovici.19/01/2017 #14 Ali Anani#11 Great and I know that when you put your mind in any issue of interest to you something of value shall emerge @David Navarro López. In reference to the planets they are Newtonian in their behavior and follow rules. Human beings behavior is non-Newtonian and may not behave similarly. Eager to know what your thinking shall bring to the discussion table.19/01/2017 #13 Ali Anani#10 Thank you @Sara Jacobovici as you bring to the discussion a hugely important point: the butterfly effect and the example of Steve Jobs. Honestly, this is a remarkable comment as you provide a great exemplary story on how to make the external forces in harmony with the internal ones. I feel your forthcoming post shall be of great value because I expect the unexpected quality of thinking from you as based on your comment.19/01/2017 #12 Mohammed SultanThe people who were motivated to achieve unprecedented success were not necessarily filling their minds with positive thoughts,like your lawyer who was able to win a case although she was internally dissatisfied with the position of her client- being guilty.The lawyer was certainly motivated by the external factors of gain and pride and so showed a capability to re-frame her discontent in such a way that it didn't lead to disappointment,but to winning.Two opposing ideas leading to success is a sign of intelligence.
The internal fear of failure can also be motivational when you have an external worthy goal,but need to go a head of it making trial after trial until it comes-the story of Steve Jobs how were able to achieve unprecedented success with I Phone .He had the passion,the will and the motivation to keep going and succeed ,and not to regress to his previous spectacular failure with Apple Macintosh.Thank you dear @Ali Anani PhD,living with two opposing ideas is a sign of your intelligence.19/01/2017 #11 AnonymousWhile trying to think "out of the box" until i form a better idea about this challenging post, a thought came to my mind. When internal and external forces are acting against one to eachother, inmobility might happen. But i don,t see it as a thing to avoid in all cases. Planets use these forces to remain in balance. Lot of things to think about concerning to this.19/01/2017 #10 Sara Jacobovici#9 The more thinking you do and the more questions you ask @Ali Anani, the more exciting it gets! Your question about the internal and external either being like elements that are miscible or don't diffuse leads me to think that what we "generate" will either be accepted and allow for the homogeneity process to occur or to repel the direction of the process away from homogeneity. I am prepared to be told when my thinking is going off, but the other thought I have is in relation to your discussion about energy; what if we, our energy is like the butterfly effect? Ultimately we are just a part of nature and we have some idea as to how nature influences us, but instead of limiting our understanding to how things work around us (or in us) maybe we need to look at how we, the stuff we're made of, like energy, actually happens as one seamless process? Thanks for giving me the space and time to think and learn Dr. Ali.19/01/2017 #9 Ali Anani@Sara Jacobovici- If they two ideas come so fast to your mind then this is very consistent with me naming you the "Beautiful Mind". Your response awakened me to the earlier comment by @Harvey Lloyd. I wonder if we may have another perspective: about the affinity of the two forces (external and internal) to each other> Are they like alcohol and water miscible with each other or more like water and fuel and don't diffuse in each other.
Internal forces are like gravity and they tend to be energy-conserving. They may change their position and so there potential energy changing to kinetic energy. External forces are more like mechanical energy. Does this energy move the conservative energy to higher levels, lower levels or even restrict the movement of the body being an opposing force.
The Heisenberg Uncertainty principle is shining in your example. Yes, we impact what we observe.Are we like electrons moving and when we observe them. This principle states that the position and velocity cannot both be measured,exactly, at the same time. Can we be ascertain of our position as we observe? If we do then we don't know our velocity and vice versa. What should we aim for? Still much more to think about.19/01/2017 #8 Sara JacoboviciKudos to you @Ali Anani for having produced the quality of work (in such a short time while juggling so much) which has provoked the quality of comments attached. I found myself "liking" all the way through the exchanges.
You challenge me to find the words to communicate the thoughts your work has sparked in my mind. The only way, at this time, is to allow myself to "think out loud". The two points that stand out for me after the first reading are connected to you writing, "directional synchronicity" and the "external world and internal world come together. It is upon us to make them work together..." This makes me see why even as observers, we impact and influence what we observe. We are in constant flux, everything is moving, in all directions and in all times, and it is our involvement, because there is never a time we are not involved, in all of this that can either allow or facilitate the coming together or be an agent of blocking, preventing or disrupting that process.
You have set me on a particular course Dr. Ali. I like the direction you are sending me in. Thank you for the mention. I am honoured to be mentioned in your work.18/01/2017 #5 Harvey Lloyd#4 BINGO, on the Alcohol understanding. "strong people generate alcohol" ......for those who have water in their fuel tank. Would add though though that we can add alcohol for others, but we too require alcohol from time to time. Especially as we seek to stretch outside our own paradigm. What would the alcohol be for the internal?
Without context this conversation would imply we may need to back away from the bar for a while:)18/01/2017 #4 Ali Anani#3 First I appreciate your comment dear @debasish majumder and this part moved me "we cannot rule out, when we are in mother's fetus, through umbilical chord, we receive the external world's vibes by virtue of mother's impulses:.
As for your question "so synchronicity is itself a determining affair, an inbuilt mechanism of this universe, where we are mere an instrument..."- well you have a valid point. We have to remember that truly we can't control the external environment; but also we may adapt to it and we have the power to change the inner self so that it would force its direction. How many scientists negated the prevailing beliefs, but because of their internal power they changed the direction of the outside world (the society). May be this is in part a response to the great comment bellow by dear @Harvey Lloyd in that strong people generate alcohol (fuel) inside.
- Producer16/01/2017Gullibility. Or How The Snake Oil Salesmen Pick Their Marks.A couple of days ago, my fellow warrior, Phil Friedman wrote a great post entitled: Self-Ascription, Self-Certification and Snake Oil.https://www.bebee.com/producer/@friedman-phil/self-ascription-self-certification-and-snake-oilIn this post,...
Comments19/01/2017 #31 Gerald HechtSometimes the shimmering surface appears as gullibility...while sometimes this is so; closer inspection often observes the
few helpless, gullibility free victims trapped in a hoodwinked society...
...a society comprised of the most loathsome gullible reactionaries; armed with pitchforks, and poisoned with the Kool-Aid, they chose to drink.19/01/2017 #30 Donna-Luisa Eversley@Jim Murray... As always I like this reality check. Being gullible is something we all need to be on guard against in life both on and offline. I'm not always skeptical , but I've learnt to watch and listen more to not be drawn in by my desire to seek the good in everyone. Yup..Gullible me is more of a skeptic and that's a good thing.
🤗😊18/01/2017 #28 Gerald Hecht#19 @Pamela 🐝 Williams I am calmly going about my business of fixing this disaster permanently; nothing is smoother than than the surface of a calm cedar water lake; hiding the secrets that have settled on it's its deep, ice cold bottom with its dark, still, surface...gradually coming into view.
Emerging leisurely out of the morning mist.18/01/2017 #26 Martin WrightAn excellent article - and one which examines and states we all have a gullibility level - but for some the level and type of scam are important.
But also sometimes something operates like a scam but is legal (for now). I wrote about one example in https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/beware-scam-might-just-legal-martin-wright?trk=prof-post
Snake Oil Salesmen work on our prejudices - not our wisdoms.
It would be nice to have some examples if this becomes a series of articles.17/01/2017 #24 Jim Murray#12 @Cyndi wilkins Trump managed to use his showmanship and cynicism to his advantage and by attacking Washington's dysfunction was able to garner a lot of support. The trouble is that none of his supporters were capable of seeing beyond the rhetoric and and really appreciate how self-serving it all was. I don't blame Trump. I blame all the gullible people who believed his bullshit.17/01/2017 #23 Phil Friedman#20 Jim and Pamela, we have to take care, in every case, not to make the victims the perpetrators. Whether people are taken advantage of because of their gullibility or desperation or both, it is those who take advantage of them, not they themselves, who are the violators. And as self-righteous as it may sound, it is up to the rest of us to speak out where we can to ameliorate the situation as much as possible. And too often, on social media, we look the other way. https://www.bebee.com/producer/@friedman-phil/the-monetization-of-desperation17/01/2017 #22 Jim Murray#10 Thanks @Ian Weinberg. I have seen too many people taken in by scammers and have written several pieces on the issue. Thesimple fact is that these people are part of everyone's reality and there us nothing wrong with healthy skepticism when it comes to taking them up on their offer of help.17/01/2017 #20 Jim Murray#19 @Pamela 🐝 Williams ... that might be a different post for a different day. I was really just talking about people who are gullible people, mainly out of ignorance. I don't think the line between gullible and desperate is all that fine. In fact, I believe they are two distinct entities. I do agree that both situations make people vulnerable, and when it comes right down to it, my advice would still be the same.17/01/2017 #19 Pamela 🐝 WilliamsI agree with what you've said Jim, with one minor caveat; there is a fine line between gullibility and desperation. When people are desperate, when they start to lose hope, they begin grasping at straws. For those who have never been there, who have never had to worry about a safe place for your child to sleep, whether you'll be able to feed them, whether they'll end up in horribly run system of foster care, just can't understand or relate to that depth of fear. Or on the other side of the spectrum; whether you'll spend your old age living on the streets, sleeping in shelters, or being tossed aside and ignored in a country of which you were a productive citizen for the entirety of your young life, is a real fear in many of today's societies.
These heart-sick parents, these terrified senior citizens aren't gullible, they are desperate.
Growing up I lived on both sides of the street. We went from desperation to extremely comfortable and back to desperation, and so on. It seemed like a never ending cycle of rags to riches. What it taught us was the untenability of life.
The belief that if you work hard and are good people that your life will be secure is 'no more' and many, probably as many as were in this condition during the Great Depression live with these fears daily.
We can't put them all in the gullibility pocket, desperation will lead you do things normal logic would scream against. But as I said; if you've never been there, you just won't understand or relate.17/01/2017 #13 Phil Friedman#3 Kevin, I was born with an innate ability to intuit the false intentions of BS artists and scammers who claim special powers, indeed, claim to be the first representative of the "next evolutionary level" of mankind, and the potential leader of a new class that will be running the world within the next twenty years.16/01/2017 #12 Cyndi wilkins"This is a bit of a soap opera being played out by people who are basically sociopathic misrepresenting themselves in order to con people, and the people who are gullible enough to be conned by them."
Yeeeeah....Or elect them president...I'll be jumping off that Trump Tower now...
- Producer17/01/2017My Worst Blog PostPlease stay with me on this. The title is not about this post (hopefully) but about an article I wrote over two years ago, titled ‘How To Look Unprofessional During Negotiations In Five Easy Steps.’ It’s not just the long title that bothers...
Comments18/01/2017 #11 Don 🐝 Kerr@George Maifair Welcome. Hell of a good start. Looking forward to more from you - the good, the bad and the ugly. Oops, I just pretty much described the Beezers! Regardless, learning from our clunkers is a good thing so long as we're open to learning from our clunkers.18/01/2017 #10 Gerald Hecht#9 Yea I say unto you thus: "Who appointed you the curator and last ...umm "last word person ...ahh.. regarding the umm... quantity of nominal (possibly ordinal) categories with regards to Public Speaker ...thingies?
Whoa! It turns out that not only are you correct; but that I pretty much suck at the "hellfire preaching' " style.18/01/2017 #9 Kevin PashukThanks for the tag @Gerald Hecht... and good to meet you on beBee @George Maifair.
We've all had posts that plopped, and they can be considered lessons.
I was reminded of a little quote I heard about the 3 types of public speakers. I think it may apply to blog posting as well:
There are 3 types of public speakers:
- There are those that talk AT you. (Think hellfire preachin')
- There are those that talk TO you. (Think most presentations)
- There are those that talk WITH you. (These are the exceptional speakers and writers).18/01/2017 #8 Gerald Hecht#7 @Robert Cormack You may be right; you may be wrong. Maybe. Maybe not. What metric can answer these queries through the virtual Hiroshima --wandering blind through the echoes of the (now fallen ) Tower of Babel (2.0)?
"Alexa, who am I?" @Phil Friedman What hath Brutus and his cronies tweeted into my back? What trespass hath earned me this damntion by my fellows?
Now...suddenly...even these concerns drain along with my crimson life fluid...leaving only a strange calm.
The sound of waves gently breaking on the distant jetty.
My regards to @Jim Murray @Kevin Pashuk @Don 🐝 Kerr @Randy Keho...what manner of fog is this?
Envelopi....18/01/2017 #7 Robert CormackAs much as we like learning, @GeorgeMaifair, the message often falls flat in the delivery. What I've learned interests people is really the palpable rather than the expletive. Part of learning these days is the entertainment value, meaning we like to read what stimulates us rather than what appals us. Sometimes the tone does this, other times it's the content. It's always a "thin wire" but it's worth getting right if you want people to follow you. Thanks for the most.18/01/2017 #6 Gerald HechtI often ask wonder if I'm right or merely write; of course, ultimately I'm both, but that's only because it's the act of introspection; of thinking before writing --that IS the work!
It is the organization of a cognitive...umm whatchamacallit that transcends anything one writes, ever...period...I mean EXCALMATION POINT --IN ALL CAPS...no... not in all caps semicolon thank you very much for allowing me to comment period18/01/2017 #4 Franci🐝Eugenia HoffmanWelcome to beBee @George Maifair. Perhaps some may think that a negative title and content will be a different approach drawing a curious audience. I prefer my reading material to be uplifting and positive, but not sappy.
I agree with, Paul, we all write something that we wish would have been written in disappearing ink.17/01/2017 #2 Sandra Smithtend to agree. Why frame something as a negative when it can be framed as a positive - especially as people are more likely to search on "how to..." rather than, "how not to..." I think people use negative questions in order to stand out from the sea of content. But, as you say, can end up looking like a condescending jerk. (Not you :)
- Producer19/01/2017Snake Tales ~ Part I"Medusa's Fate"~ illustration by Chas Wyatt, Graphite, Watercolor Pencil and Colored Pencil on Paper~ copyright 2016 "Unlike her sisters, Medusa was mortal and one day when she was sitting in a meadow,...
- Producer19/01/2017A NEW BEGINNING - by Devesh BhattCome with open arms my friend,I know you have nothing to hide.I never dared experience courage,But I dare concede, you tried.You wished to save your purpose,Not assume that I am evil.When you stepped out of line,You exercised my will.Come with keen...
- 18/01/2017A Madwoman Today, A Prince Tomorrowdoesthishappentoyou.wordpress.com My latest post on Channillo, for Does This Happen to...
- Producer18/01/2017We didn't do it! No controversy here. Not a chance you can get offended unless you're psycho. Gold River I was 18 and living in Victoria, on Vancouver Island. My unemployment claim was about to expire. There wasn’t much work in Victoria for someone like me in...
Comments19/01/2017 #6 jesse kaellisIt's up and down, Deb. Some days are brutal, but it seems to be getting better lately. I have an appointment with a Physical Therapist next Wednesday. It's time. Time to start rehabilitating on a set schedule in a formal environment with supervision. I'll get dry needles which are a form of acupuncture and probably the TENS unit. I don't just want to be pain-free but rather I want to get my strength back. Build up my core and my legs. I can scarcely walk without the walker now. At best I could learn to walk with just a cane or even better unassisted. Thanks so much for asking.19/01/2017 #4 jesse kaellis#3
I was sometimes scared, Deb, but I did it anyway. Whatever it happened to be. Usually, I'd gotten myself into a jam and had to do something fast. I remember getting fired from the Union Plaza, and I counted the money in my pocket, the daily tokes and I had my rent paid for the next four days plus about forty bucks. I was in my penguin suit (black pants, white shirt -- what dealers wear) and I instantly went to the bottom feeder casinos in search of a survival job.
I almost got a crap job at the Nevada Palace twenty minutes later. The guy asks me, "Why weren't you here yesterday?" "I didn't need the job yesterday." He didn't ask me what happened at the Plaza. He didn't care. I tried the Bourbon Street an off strip loser on Flamingo off of Vegas Blvd. I didn't want this job, but I needed a job. I auditioned, and the guy picked up on my attitude, and I didn't get the offer.
The next day I phoned O'Sheas and -- well, they'd already offered me a job. Now I was interested. "Come in, and we'll talk about it." On the way there I pulled into the Landmark, and the shift boss offered me a job. Three weeks later the Barbary called me, and I worked there for three brutal months. Then a friend juiced me into Caesars Palace back doing massage again.
And so it went until I had finally burnt down the town. Nine years, 21 joints. I walked off my last job after advising the shift boss to go F himself up his mother's ass, and that was IT! Vegas was over. I left the town in my rear-view mirror.
I love you, Deb. I appreciate you. You make me see myself in a new way.19/01/2017 #3 Deb 🐝 Helfrich#2 Sometimes focusing on 'just surviving' is the best way to thrive. And what I mean by that is that subscribing to 'the way things are done' is a fast track to indentured employment and a soulless life.
The throughput to your life stories, jesse, is that you did it your way. You took risks. You numbed yourself sometimes. You embraced what was right in front of you. You aren't ashamed of your mistakes and regrets. You lived as you. And that is something I can cherish.
And now you bring various episodes together in a way that can make others reflect on their own experiences.18/01/2017 #2 jesse kaellis#1
I did have the luxury of taking significant time off between jobs I had no taste for. That's a time that will not ever return in my lifetime, Deb. It wasn't like I ever planned my life much more than six months in advance. Circumstance meets opportunity. But not such a bad way to live if you're resourceful. I didn't have a family that I was responsible for. I just had to survive. Thank you, Deb. I am gratified by your comments, always.18/01/2017 #1 Deb 🐝 HelfrichWhat an enticing opening, @jesse kaellis. Guess I have passed the psycho test for the moment, as I found this story an interesting throw-back to your late teens and how you figured out your own system to live your life as afforded by the system. I wish we had an economic system where life could be like a buffet and we could try some things out and then rest and review and plan and dream for what comes next; especially for the youth.
Life is meant to be lived by having experiences. It is where wisdom comes from.
- Producer10/01/2017Press pause and sense a moment in a conversation. This is an excerpt of a study I did some time ago, called, A Sense of Being". The original chapter was published in a Management textbook. This is a few moments in the life of a Management Team when pressing pause and being with our sensory...
Comments19/01/2017 #16 Deb🐝 Lange#14 Dear Donna-Luisa yes and we can listen with more than our ears - we can listen with our body, our energy, all of our senses. Lean in and listen - and listen to not only what is being said, but listen for what is not being spoken. Then be curious and check in lightly - I hear you saying this, but I am curious? what are you thinking and sensing but not saying that is important for our conversation?11/01/2017 #6 Mohammed Sultan@Deb Lange.One way to defuse conflict among your team members is to momentarily shift the conversation to a time when you can laugh together .When the group laugh together,they can take a cool breath with a common smell and can easily get their conversation into Yes.We have to learn to accept others point of view in order to get accepted.We need to surround ourselves with conversations that mean something ,add rewards and can better absorb our difficult times.We should not involve ourselves to a conversation because we have to say something,but when we have something to say.In this way,we can spread a spirit and smell of friendship and shift our judgement toward increased optimism among the group.10/01/2017 #3 Deb🐝 Lange#1 Hi Sara, yes there is follow up. And I had worked with the team before that day as well. The thing is when we have Ahha Haa's that are visceral and sensory, not celebral - mind only, they stick. There is a shift in our energy, a shift in our state of being. This is real transformation. It has happened to me personally and I can co-create the conditions for deep learning to happen with groups. Building deep trust is critical. Making a commitment is critical. Being able to be non-defensive with anything that arises is critical. Every moment is a learning moment. No matter what arises it is up to the group to choose to take the time to learn from that action or energy that arose.10/01/2017 #1 Sara HodgeLove how you were able to help them turn it around! Do you follow up with the group later on, to see if they're carrying this new energy forward into their work together? I'd be curious as to how long it might take for old habits to set back in, and whether or not the team would recognize them and be able to deal effectively or not.
- 18/01/2017Clever article. Chilling context: "... remade our world and ... made you expendable in the bargain"
As with all such stuff, I am tempted to "feed the troll"... Am familiar w/ his name & titles - Has anyone here read his ouevre? Opinions?Why Thomas Friedman’s Thank You For Being Late is a blockbuster.www.slate.com Thomas Friedman is a sentient TED talk who writes credulous columns about taxi drivers and ideas conferences for the New York Times. He also writes boo...
- Producer18/01/2017The Anniversary - A Short StoryHi, I am recently trying to write more fiction and have this short story which I would love people to read and give feedback. I'm sorry if this is not the 'done thing' in this group, but if you think so please feel free to feed that back as...
- Producer18/01/2017The Silver Guardian Day 4When I write fiction I tend to do it from the first person and really get into the mind and emotion of the character I am allowing my imagination to bring to life through me. I have been hesitant with this particular character because of who and...
- Producer18/01/2017OK, what's going on?I'm a workaholic. They say admitting you have a problem is the first step to recovery. Then relapse happens, then re-recovery and then who knows you might lapse again as we are all human. When it comes to chemical addictions those who never fall...
- 17/01/2017Tweets, tweets and nothing but tweets.
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- Producer17/01/2017Getting my wheels spinningFor members of the Car Hive - I don't have a Morgan. I would like to have one but that's not what this is about.Anyone who writes - professionally or as an enthusiastic hobbyist - will have experienced the occasional moment when the words disappear....
Comments18/01/2017 #8 Dean OwenI think many of us have been down that road. For me it's the configurator on the Maserati website where you can select down to the stitching on the seat. I do love the Morgan's and was tempted a few years to sell off organ parts to by the totally impractical three wheeler. But living the last 18 years in countries where cars cost 3 times the price in the US usually means I settle for a Japanese car. I do love the frivolous pursuits of colour coding and rim selecting on car configurators. Who knew that such a frivolous pursuit would result in a gem of an article....17/01/2017 #4 Kevin PashukA great way to get the creative juices flowing... now if you could only design the car, then 3D print a wee version of it...
I fully agree that driving a minivan (or grocery getter) requires surrender of your man badge. We have owned them but I would only get behind the wheel under duress... I'm pretty easy going, but there are some lines I don't like crossing.17/01/2017 #3 Phil FriedmanDon, this is a great piece... and a great idea. Build a car on the manufacturer's site... then print it all out. Hold it. Caress it. Kind of one's own virtual reality. I'm in for getting our wheels spinning. Now, what do you suggest for getting our motors running? Cheers!
- Producer17/01/2017Cockfighting Showdown - Bali, IndonesiaCOCKFIGHTING SHOWDOWN I witnessed my first cockfight in Bali, in a small village just outside Ubud. I stumbled upon it by chance when I was running, with a local sports club, on a Saturday afternoon. Our route took us through a temple complex in the...
- Producer17/01/2017Tuesday Tricksters, Main -- ManorIt's Tuesday, so it's time for more tricksters, words known as homophones that sound the same (or nearly so), but have different spellings and meanings. They're miserable to work with because if our brains and eyes are not connected to our fingers,...
Comments17/01/2017 #2 Susan Rooks#1 Hi @Laura Mikolaitis, and thanks! I finally realized that I get to see the pictures in the dictionary, even when they're not very good, so I thought I'd find a few that would be fun to see. And I started looking because I wanted to find the Mandrill Duck -- which does not exist. Why I thought it would be a duck is beyond me.
So, I think I'll find ways to incorporate a picture or two each time, if the words are worth it.
Have a great day yourself!
- 17/01/2017@Jim Murray, @Pamela 🐝 Williams, @Lisa 🐝 Gallagher, @Sarah Elkins,~ A kiwi's perspective on the inauguration ~ http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/88378236/trump-inauguration-the-beginning-of-the-end--or-the-end-of-the-beginning
Comments17/01/2017 #5 Lisa 🐝 GallagherHi @Chas ✌️ Wyatt, Great piece, thanks for sharing. Trump is a dangerous man. He cant even control his immature rants on twitter, that is not presidential. His actions speak volumes. I will miss President Obama immensely. I did watch his last speech and cried tears of grief not only for myself but our Country too. I hope Dean is right. I do believe the intelligence agencies are working hard to dig deep. As for Trump changing after he enters office, well narcissists dont change, its a personality disorder.17/01/2017 #1 Pamela 🐝 WilliamsThis article had me on the edge of tears. It was like someone was writing our country's obituary. The tone of the entire article was like reading about someone never to be seen or heard from again. I didn't watch Obama's farewell address, I couldn't. I'll admit it, I'm afraid, for my country, for my daughter's future, for my own future, for the future of our allies. This man should not have this kind of power put into his hands, he is incapable of leading this nation. Those he has chosen for cabinet position tells the story of what our future holds...I cannot, despite how hard I try (and I do try), envision anything positive. This was an obituary for all that this country has accomplished and I weep for it's death
- Producer17/01/2017A Moment of IntrospectionThere’s an elegance to this picture, and yet when I relax into the scene, I wonder about the situations this represents. In reality, a person who (metaphorically) sails the sea speaks of living a life which is likely to involve being swallowed by...
Comments17/01/2017 #4 Rowan Leigh#1 She is part me, part not me. I wrote it so obviously I can't be all that objective about the words, but I do try and imagine why others might be affected by a particular image. Sometimes, I'll write about something because it's something (a quality or behaviour) I admire but can't quite manage to find within myself.
Thanks for your comments, Devesh.