Category → Beginning Blog Posts
My lovely wife uses two phrases that I shamelessly use and claim for my own, “pick your battles,” and “agree to disagree.” Both refer to a form of conflict resolution called “Cooperative Problem Solving,” or “CPS” for short. Within this process, one would;
1. Raise the issue
2. Listen to one another’s point of view
3. Identify interests, options and possible solutions
4. Develop a plan to meet as many interests as possible
Harkening back to when we were young, we remember choosing up sides, selecting the spot to congregate and answering the all-important question of “what will we do today?” It is surprising to realize that our ability to negotiate was determined during childhood.
It’s an interesting thing to watch children play. Ask a child what she wants to be, and she will tell you — doctor, lawyer, astronaut, etc. without giving it a thought. Of course, no regard is given to the education, time, expense or any other obstacles that could get in the way – nor should it be. But then we grow older, and develop a remarkable and debilitating disease, called “cantmakeithappenitis”. Yes, as the drudge of time goes by, we decide clearly and concisely what we can’t or won’t be able to do for the remainder of our days on this planet. See if you are a positive or negative thinker by taking this quiz
Charles Dickens wrote, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness….” So began “A Tale of Two Cities” in 1859. You may remember that Dickens wrote this as an observation of a world in change. A century and a half later the same philosophy might apply. Many people across our great land have lost their savings, their jobs and their homes. Hope seems lost and the fallout from the last several years has been staggering. How can one stay positive in these tough times?
Some of you are aware I was thinking about writing a book. A few may be aware I was considering authoring a blog. Not to disappoint, I’m happy to report that the day is here! Starting at the beginning (as they say), this will serve as the inaugural copy of “The Second Half.” Why would anyone name a blog, “The Second Half,” you ask? Simply stated, I’ve proudly marched past my first 50 years on this planet, and feel I’ve only completed half of my life’s work. Thus, I’m officially in my “second half.”
I’ve always had a particular fascination with motivation and human behavior. It’s quite interesting to watch people of all ages, just to see what they do and how they react to all sorts of lifes’ challenges. In fact, I’d rather just sit on a street corner, at a mall or beach and be entertained for countless hours then spend a bunch of money for dinner and a show, a sporting event or concert. Besides, you won’t have a fraction of life’s learning to draw from if you didn’t people watch!