Sunday, April 29, 2012

Surprises - Entrepreneur Rising - Writing Well - Zinsser

Selecting one thing I learned from today is a little tougher than it has been on some days. I did not get up early to read this morning before church as I had planned. Church was cool. It was the first time I attended church where I was not running the music show. It was quite relaxing. I wanted to go to show my support to the new people. We had a choice to go hear a guest speaker at another church that my son, Andrew, heard at a youth retreat and was really encouraged by.

I learned that getting 15 minutes of direct sunlight is not always easy. Sometimes clouds get in the way! I kind of wasted time trying to find a good outdoors place to read on my laptop.

I learned of a place called where local entrepreneurs rent desk or office space where they can still be around other folks like themselves to gain from the synergy of sharing ideas with each other instead of being isolated like so many small business people can be.

I read an incredible devotional by Oswald Chambers. Here is a sweet quotations from the April 29 reading:

Certainty is the mark of the common-sense life: gracious uncertainty is the mark of the spiritual life. To be certain of God means that we are uncertain in all our ways, we do not know what a day may bring forth. This is generally said with a sigh of sadness, it should be rather an expression of breathless expectation. We are uncertain of the next step, but we are certain of God. Immediately we abandon to God, and do the duty that lies nearest, He packs our life with surprises all the time.

Read some of William Zinsser's "On Writing Well." Many say it is the greatest book on writing ever. I totally agree. I discovered it when I hired a local writer to tutor me to improve my writing skills. After I read the first few chapters of this book, writing plainly started to make total sense to me and my writing teacher agreed when she saw my writing.

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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Do Not Take NyQuil Tonight if You Need to Think Tomorrow

One lesson I learned today was to not take NyQuil when you go to bed at night unless you want to be a slow thinker the next morning. My brain was barely functioning this morning even though I got plenty of sleep last night. I missed having all my brain cells firing the right way today. I will probably think twice before I knock myself out with NyQuil again.

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Sunlight Can Boost Your Mood Attitude and Possibly Fight off Depression

One lesson I learned today was something I noticed toward the end of this day. I had spent the day at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, Louisiana with a bunch of high school students. I spent about 2:30 taking pictures and videos of all the animals. When I got back home to Baton Rouge, I sat down on my computer to read. My mood was so good and I was so happy and I could not explain why. The only explanation I could come up with was the time I had spent in the Sun that day. My face was even a little read but I did not burn my skin much. Sunlight can be such a mood buster if taken in the right dosage. I rarely got sun most days previous to this day and my mood was not a totally positive one like I experienced at the end of this day. Pretty cool stuff. Lesson learned: Spend a few minutes each day in direct sunlight and soak in the rays. It will enhance your mood and your outlook on life.
-April 27, 2012

Thursday, April 26, 2012

What I Learned Today - Essential Questions - Focus Factor Pills

Tonight I would like to throw down some thoughts on paper tonight at the end of this day. It seems that everyday I learn a little something about something that could make my life run a little smoother if I apply its lessons and try not to repeat the same errors again, time and time again. It does take a little time to pause and reflect as to what happened today.

One mistake I made for today came as a result from a decision I make yesterday late in the day. I decided to take one or two focus factor pills to help me try to concentrate and do some extra work yesterday evening. The result was to keep me up later than I should have stayed up until about 1:30 AM. My mind was alert, but too alert, and too late. The lesson I learned is to not take mind strengthening pills after 4 or 5 PM in the day. Of course, it is always best to take these mind focusing items early in the day. I already knew this but I was trying to push my luck. Today I paid a price in my mind being a little unfocused and distracted. I got a feel for what it is like to not have my mind working in full order like I am accustomed to it being.

I also learned through reading about "Essential Questions" in the field of secondary teaching. My insight was this: The questions how and why are more important that other types of questions. They are the most difficult sometimes to answer but they are the most thought provoking. Most don't ask why or how questions because they are not always answerable in a short amount of time and require a great deal of energy and weighing of thoughts to come to a close answer.

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