Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Tile Tracker - Find Anything

Do you lose things?

This cool device helped Matt find his wallet this morning. Buried under a stack of books, the sound from the Tile device revealed where it was.

It's not the first time we have been through this. My solution was to get him the tracker. Put it in your wallet, get one for your keys, etc. You can also use the Tile device to find your phone - something we have done many times.

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Friday, March 24, 2017

The Velveteen Rabbit - What is Real?

"What is REAL?" asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room. "Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?"

"Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real."
"Does it hurt?" asked the Rabbit.

"Sometimes," said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. "When you are Real you don't mind being hurt."

"Does it happen all at once, like being wound up," he asked, "or bit by bit?"

"It doesn't happen all at once," said the Skin Horse. "You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."

From The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams. Get the book here.

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Sunday, March 12, 2017


From The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown
Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are.

Choosing authenticity means
•cultivating the courage to be imperfect, to set boundaries, and to allow ourselves to be vulnerable;

•exercising the compassion that comes from knowing that we are all made of strength and struggle; and

•nurturing the connection and sense of belonging that can only happen when we believe that we are enough.

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Friday, March 10, 2017

The Last Addiction

From The Last Addiction by Sharon A. Hersh

Humility frees us from embarrassment about ourselves or our loved ones and keeps us open to the healing path, in whatever form it might take. I learned my own need for humility in my failures in recovery. I hid my relapse from others for the reason often quoted in Alcoholics Anonymous meetings: "You don't want to relapse, because then you have to go to the back of the line." Right, I didn't want to go to the back of the line, and I certainly didn't want anyone to tell me that I had to go there. I had stepped off the path, not because of my relapse, but because of my pride. I was unwilling to believe that my relapse needed to happen because I still had a lot to learn. Humility allows us to hear that every relapse or struggle is an opportunity to learn something, and then humility leads us to what we need to learn, even from the back of the line.

Humility is a deep knowing in my soul that I can't do it. It is the final answer to the last addiction.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Integrity Breach

I thought this was fascinating. Mistakes are tolerated and expected but lying about them is fatal. There are so many ways we can apply this to our lives. Admit mistakes and don't make it hard for others to admit theirs.

From The Leader's Code by Donovan Campbell

"In Officer Candidate School and then again in the Marines' basic officer course, it was made very clear to us that the greatest sin that could be committed was an "integrity breach." Most commonly, an "integrity breach" took the form of a lie, but at its heart it was anything that drove a wedge between our professed beliefs—honor, courage, commitment—and our daily actions. Most often, we failed by lying, usually to cover up mistakes or gaps in knowledge. When, for example, a screaming gunnery sergeant is two inches from your face, demanding to know why you failed to carry out a specified order, particularly one from a peer, it is very easy to say you never received such an order, or that you did not understand. Shifting blame to someone else often seems the best option for getting yourself off the hook.

However, as I soon came to find out, sacrificing integrity is almost always a significant long-term loss. Candidates who were determined to have outright lied were almost always jerked out of training, hauled in front of an officer board, and harshly cross-examined to determine whether they could remain in the training. Usually, the board summarily kicked them out. Executional mistakes, on the other hand, were well tolerated, expected, even. People could fail woefully at basic skills, including marksmanship, and still be allowed repeated chances to improve, try again, and continue the training. It usually took only one integrity breach, though, to end a prospective Marine officer's career."

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