Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Thoughts On Resolutions.

Where I work resolutions are frowned upon, or made fun of. This does not stop me from making them. Do I keep all of my resolutions? No, but at least I try. Even the ones that have been broken have had some lasting benefit. Learning German, playing guitar, and getting in shape are all resolutions which did not last. There are still lasting benefits from these semi-failed attempts. I still know a few words and phrases in German,I remember a few guitar chords, and rarely drink sugar-filled soft drinks.

There is also an underlying benefit to failed resolutions. Just knowing you can improve some part of your life is powerful. Resolutions are a way of focusing on what could be better, and a failed resolution means you tried to make it better.

For the record, there have been a few resolutions that have stuck. In the past I have resolved to quit smoking, be more generous, and help people more. It's been over ten years since I've smoked, I call that a successful resolution. Being more generous, and helping people are more recent, but so far so good.

So, I say let those who are anti-resolution scoff. But I also want to let them know that I am here to help them in any way I can if they have a change of heart. In fact, regardless of what category you fall into, I still extend my offer to help.

Finally, let me wish you outstanding success in all of your endeavors in the coming year.

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Merry Christmas

"I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger... Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." Luke 2:10-12, 14 (KJV)

Friday, December 23, 2005

Quick Thought - Osmosis

Achievement does not happen through osmosis, but through taking action.

Put another way, you will not get healthy just by watching someone else exercise. You need to do the work, but at least this means your successes are well-earned. Sometimes it's hard, and sometimes we all wish things would happen through osmosis. It may not be simple or fun, but at least it is fair.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

I'm Still Here

Just stuck in a bit of a rut. Arggh.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

A Handshake Primer

The handshake represents trust, sincerity, cooperation, agreement, courtesy, and friendship.

With all of the things a handshake represents, it is worthwhile to make sure yours is a good one. Make it firm, but not bonecrushing. Grasp the full hand, not just the fingertips. Don't try to use a "cool" handshake in a professional setting, or when making a first impression. Look the other person in the eye when shaking their hand.

A good handshake may go unnoticed, but an ineffectual one will not. Now get out there and press some flesh ;)