All change is caused by either fear, force, or pain. In other words, no one wakes up one morning and says, "Wow, my life is great! How can I change it?" We wake up in a "bad place," and decide we no longer want to be there.
The problem is that when we feel as overwhelmed as we do in those three moods, we tend to close down and pull back, rather than expand and reach out - which is what we actually need to do. We need to try new things. We need to slip up. We need to fall down. It's only through those processes that we make progress.
Especially in times like these, we really need to catch others doing something right - and we need to do the same for ourselves. Things are difficult, the Attitude Index is showing that. We all know it.
As said by Reverend John Watson in the 1890s: "Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle."
Lets each try and make our little patch of the planet a nicer place.
I'm helping the process by providing some inspiration and humor. I hope it helps.
This issue's main article is an important reminder that you never know when something you do will come back to you later. You better be careful. The blog postings range from a look at some clever self-improvement ads all the way to the language we use to describe who we are. And our guest authors provide more practical advice on how to keep a positive attitude as well as keeping a balance in your life during these trying times. Finally, enjoy some laughs and motivation in the ever-popular videos.
Watch a report about which cities are the happiest cities in the U.S. - and why that's so. Feel the exhilaration as a baby seal regains its freedom here, and I got sucked up again in what might be the cutest kitten video ever.
Treat yourself special. Let me know what you think.
Scott "Q" Marcus
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|You Never Know When Something You do Will Come Back to You
Early morning routine: Jack, my dog, and I are taking our walk. His leash is in my hand, my headphones are clamped over my ears; I am absorbed in the back-and-forth of my favorite podcast. Jack and I; just doin' our thing.
The neighborhood is residential; no major thoroughfares, so I'm quite cognizant of the large diesel truck that rattles up next to us and slows down. Matching my pace, the driver waves at me. I assume he's just being friendly so I return the action, figuring he knows me from my decades of living in a smaller community.
He gestures again, this time I recognize he's motioning me to come over. Pulling Jack's leash in tight, we walk on to the street and approach the open passenger window.
The white truck's interior is clean, uncluttered, and modern, with a flat screen in the center of the dashboard. As for its only passenger, he appears to be in his forties, healthy, short-cropped hair, and brandishing a smile as big as the vehicle and as warm as its motor.
Leaning toward me across the center console, he opens, "You probably don't remember me..."
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|Videos of the Month
We all like videos and the most popular links in the newsletter are therefore the videos I post. I work on finding videos that are inspirational, educational, and humorous.
Video #1: The Happiest Places in the U.S.
Where are the happiest cities in the United States? And why is that? This eight minute video from CBS news will fill you in.
Video #2: Seal Gets its Freedom
This is a short (90") video about a seal that was let go from its captivity after it was healed. If, after watching this, you don't believe that animals have feelings, something is very wrong.
Video #3: Kitten vs. the Killer Apples
No exaggeration, this is the most viewed video on my website. It will have you in stitches. It's done by the same guy who did the other "Kitten vs. the Scary Thing." He adds a soundtrack to his videos, which really heightens the effect.
(Note: the videos are not embedded in this email. To view them, click on the picture and they'll take you to a location at my blog where you can view them.)
By the way, if you have a suggestion for a video for the newsletter, please let me know. Most of the time, that's how I find out about these.
Recent Postings on the TTIMI Blog
|Great Guest Authors on the TTIMI Blog!
We are always looking for people who write well, provide good content, and are inspirational. Following are a couple posts from some of our guest authors.
|Scott will be speaking in Humboldt County and near SFO over the next month. Both events are open to the public. Stop by.
Presentation #1: August 28, 10AM, Unitarian Universalists, Arcata, CA
From the Was to the Will Be
Whether you've been trying to lose those same 25 pounds, quit smoking, enjoy life more, or improve your family life, this upbeat presentation will take you on a playful, inspirational journey, provide some laughs, give you a few quick tools and let you leave feeling that you can indeed move forward once again. More details here.
Presentation #2: September 10, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Foster City
Achieve! The Professional Edge
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The Four Steps to Improved Communication A Humorous Approach
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If You Could Overcome the Obstacles on Your Own,
You Already Would Have!
September 15, 2011
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