Once again, I have deviated from my plans for the week. But guess what? I’m retired and I have the freedom to do that, as long as the JDs get done (for those of you who missed an earlier post, a JD is a Judy Demand . . those are the things Judy wants me to do NOW!). Besides, the weather has not been very conducive to outside work. I know this seems like a repeating excuse, but it is winter don’t you know!
Before I get into the “heavy” thoughts, I did get a few more Christmas things printed. I found this neat Christmas Santa design. As you can see in the picture, it has 2 numbered blocks, which are rotated to show how many days until Christmas. I also experimented with an intricate ornament. Having difficulty getting it to print, I exchanged a number of emails with the printer manufacturer in China. They were very helpful and the ornament is starting to look very nice. I told you these printers can be finicky so it’s good to find a brand that is well supported either by the manufacture, an online user group or both.
Now for the heavy stuff. As you may know, I start most days by taking care of the animals followed by a couple of cups of coffee and some toast. While drinking my coffee, I browse the internet for topics of interest. It just so happens that via a number of hyperlinks, I came upon a free webinar on system thinking. System thinking has been an interesting topic to me for some time and how could I pass up something that is FREE! I won’t take the time to provide a detailed explanation of system thinking but you can think of it like this. Think about the parts of a car. The engine, transmission, wheels, brakes, etc. If you built each component to the very highest specifications independently, put them together, the car probably wouldn’t work because they weren’t designed to work together (they are not a system). The same can be said for people. You can take the best players in a sport, put them together, but if they are not a team, they most likely won’t win. This concept applies to many things in everyday life. How do you integrate parts into a system or how do get a system to work using the right combination of parts?
The seminar started at 7:30 am and I am usually up well before that time. However, that night, I didn’t sleep very well, so I missed the starting time. I tuned in when the first speaker was completing their talk. Honestly, I am not too good at listening to talks. It takes some folks too long to make their point and I get impatient waiting for the “meat” as they say. So what do I do instead you may ask? Or maybe you didn’t ask, so I will tell you anyway. I’m taking awhile to get to the meat too, but at least I hope the suspense has caught your attention
I look the speaker up on the internet and see what they have written and/or if they have a website. I then quickly scan their ideas to see if something that “floats my boat” or if I need to move on to something else.
Even people I am not crazy about sometimes have things to say that I feel I need to hear. It seems to me that we’ve gotten so politically correct as a society, that many folks cannot even say what truly needs to be said anymore. I walk a fine line here. I know how Judy feels about this blog and I know how she respects her readers. There was a website I came across and the guy did have a couple of articles I found interesting and thought provoking but there was a lot that was more offensive than I would have preferred. I have to admit, even me, being an Italian from New York, who grew up in a construction family, was a bit taken back by some of his language.
It seems we all need to try to look at things from the other person’s perspective, and maybe even discuss how/why they feel the way they do, so long as it all remains respectful. We don’t have to agree but there’s almost always something to be learned, even if it is simply seeing why the person thinks the way they think.