Friday, September 30, 2011

WORDS WORTH READING

The best way to cheer yourself up is to cheer everyone else up.
Mark Twain

Cheers!

Bye For Now,

Bill

Thursday, September 29, 2011

WORDS WORTH READING

Contrary to the cliche, genuinely nice people most often finish first or very near it.
Malcolm Forbes

And while we are at it NOT only the good die young!

Bye For Now,

Bill

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

IT'S NOT ABOUT THE GAME

I don't go to movies very often, but did see Moneyball last night. It was worth the price of admission. Set in the field of dreams it is as much about playing the game of life as it is about playing baseball. It is about winning and losing and how we deal with our failures and how we set our sights on succeeding. It is about spirit vs. science and humanness vs. technology;it is about playing the game and about gaming the play! It is also about not staying stuck in the safe ruts of life, but also taking risks and chances and stretching— even in unconventional ways.

I think what it was really about is the need to balance out the yin and yang of life to a reasonable extent and make decisions that are not solely based on greed and the need to make a run or two on the scoreboard of our lives, regardless of the consequences.It is about pride bank deposits vs. piggy bank ones—Moneyball is not really about money at all—it is, at the end of the game, about how we live our lives!

Bye For Now,

Bill

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

I AM PREGNANT!

I feel like a woman in her ninth month with things going oh so slow.

My book is in reformatting mode and it seems as if it is taking sooo long. My mental belly bulges despite having lost 12+ pounds of my body. I want to give birth to my "baby" and must settle for the "process." Still two steps to go. I want to be in the breeding trap like a guppy, but feel I am just in a trap in which I can't get out.

I keep telling myself to have patience and that it will be born soon. Will keep you posted as it is definitely a labor of love. At this very moment I feel the pain.

Bye For Now,

Bill

Monday, September 26, 2011

THEY ARE NEITHER DUMB NOR DAFFY

Ducks that is. When I was walking in the park the other day I passed 20-30 ducks all scurrying from near the small lake toward a car that had just pulled into a parking spot facing the lake. I wondered why the "herd" was stampeding. Then I got it. I realized that "Jimmy or Johnny is here" had spread through the neighborhood. As the word got out more ducks appeared from all corners of the park.

Obviously he is a regular "feeder" and Pavlovian conditioning being what it is the ducks know his car. Sure enough as he got out he carried a plastic container filled with bread or crumbs or some combination. He was the pied piper and they were his friends. It was an interesting and enlightening moment all at once. Nice to know that ducks do not bite the hand that feeds them—they waddle as fast as they can toward those hands and that car.

Be nice if we could learn that simple lesson too.

Bye For Now,

Bill

Friday, September 23, 2011

WORDS WORTH READING

Real difficulties can be overcome;it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable.

Theodore Vail

The only slight change I would make is that I don't agree they are unconquerable—but they do take time and effort to shed and often require the assist of a mental health professional.


Bye For Now,

Bill


Thursday, September 22, 2011

IN YOUR FACE BOOK!

I was finally forced to join facebook in order to have a cancerville facebook page.

Now I have "friends" of people all over who I don't know. I haven't a clue who they are and I never accepted their friendship, but somehow we are now buddies for life. I don't even recognize their pictures, let alone those of their grand kids, etc. Oh what a cute puppy doing a trick. Who cares? Now I am learning about the details of these stranger's lives. Soon I will feel like part of their family. But what if I don't want to be involved? My mother taught me never to talk to strangers.

There are times in our techno world where one can feel more alone and estranged than when friends were people you called on the phone, met for lunch or invited over for some wine and cheese. The only words I will probably ever post on my personal facebook page are, "I don't really care if you are taking a nap." Wonder how many friends I will have then?

I think I need a nap—but please don't spread that around. Let's just keep it between you and me and not tell the 631 friends you have on facebook.

Bye For Now,

Bill

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

WORDS WORTH READING

Ego trip: a journey to nowhere.

Robert Half

Ain't that the truth? Sometimes the most profound words can be the simplest and the shortest.

Bye For Now,

Bill



Tuesday, September 20, 2011

APPROPO OF YESTERDAY'S BLOG

Yesterday I talked about a company that is building a phone app where urban dwellers can rent out their loo to those in need for a small fee called CLOO'.

Let's take it one step further. How about an app for people needing a spare bedroom to have sex. This would work for couples who both live at home as well as those having an affair. The rates would be half of what a motel charges. We could call the app SCROO'.

Or how about an app for renting out your kitchen (KROO') to someone who loves to cook but only has a microwave or your dining room or patio (PAROO') for a party hosted by someone who lives in a studio apartment.

This could be the start of something big! Ya just never know when it comes to these silly apps. Just look at Angry Birds billion dollar plus take.

By the way the apostrophe at the end is very important, but I don't know why. That alone could kill this whole idea!

Bye For Now,

Bill




Monday, September 19, 2011

SKIP TO MY LOO

In the past I have spoken about the Yin and the Yang of technology and encouraged a patient mindset appreciating all the good. Some of the apps are genius, but CLOO' seems downright silly.

CLOO' is short for community plus loo. It aims to have urban dwellers rent their private bathrooms to strangers desperately seeking a toilet. I kid you not. It aims to launch next year.

Aim may actually be a key word in this venture.

Bye For Now,

Bill

Friday, September 16, 2011

NO EXCUSES

The title is the name of a book published a few years ago by a young man born without complete limbs who went on to be a successful high school and college wrestler as well as a football player. I always felt that if he could excel in those ways so could we.

Today at the gym I observed many people entering and exiting with walkers, in wheel chairs, with canes and crutches, and even a blind person.

If they can all commit to get fit so can we. Let's all make a decision to increase our exercise regimen in the months ahead. Do it under doctor's supervision and always within your physical limits. Going into the gym or beginning a walk, run, swim, etc. may not feel all that good, but exiting always feels great.

Bye For Now,

Bill


Thursday, September 15, 2011

HAVE A GOOD DAY

Wherever I go and whomever I talk to by phone in the service area I am always wished to have a good or great day. Now, being the person I am, I often wonder if they are sincere or just saying that because that was part of customer relations training 101. I can't imagine that veritable strangers actually and sincerely care about the kind of day I have. Can you? I don't take bs kindly!

Therefore, let's get even with them and have a good/great day just for spite. That will teach them to be insincere! Our message is simple: even though you don't really care about us—we do! So we are having a swell day thank you very much. Got them last!

Bye For Now,

Bill


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

THERE IS ALWAYS A YANG

The other day I spoke about giving yourself a gift for all you do for others. Then I stumbled upon this interesting quote:

          Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are  
          searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.

          Martin Luther King, Jr.

Life, in my view, is all about balance. For every yin there is always a yang. One of the most difficult challenges in all of life is finding and sustaining that balance. I have spent just about my entire life striving and at times struggling to maintain balance. I keep moving toward it and hope you do too.

The closer we get to it, the healthier and more fulfilled we become. Yet, it is not so easy to attain. But it is possible. Keep setting goals and keep getting closer to them. As the sign in my office says, NEVER, NEVER, NEVER Give Up!

Bye For Now,

Bill

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

BERNIE WAS UNDENIABLY CORRECT BUT I AM STILL SAD

Paraphrasing Bernie Siegel, M.D. in his groundbreaking book, "Love, Medicine and Miracles," he said something like, It is not about dying—we are all going to die. It is about living and meeting the challenges of life head-on. That's what it is all about.

That is truly what life is all about. In that regard no one rose the the challenges like Susan. She was the grand master and poster person for playing a poor hand well. She did it over and over again with a
strength and spirit that reflected her being a Brooklyn, New York gal who also had a warm and generous heart.

Nonetheless Dr. Siegel I am very sad she passed prematurely. She has no doubt taken her rightful place in Heaven, but we could have benefited from her presence here for quite a bit longer. We just don't get to pick, sad to say. And sometimes strength, determination, perseverance and even moxie, while noble, are not sufficient.

Susan believed we keep coming back to finish up what we didn't deal with this time and the previous times around. She felt her suffering in this life would allow her next one to be easier. I really hope she is correct.

Bye For Now,

Bill

Monday, September 12, 2011

GRATITUDE AFFECTS YOUR ATTITUDE

Last week I spoke about giving yourself simple gifts because you deserve them.

Give yourself the gift of gratitude every day. No matter your hardships and struggles, surely there are things for which you are grateful. Remind yourself about them. Make a list of them in your mind's spreadsheet and appreciate that for which you feel grateful.

You will find that it influences your attitude in positive ways, lifts your spirits just a little and lights a spark that fuels your energy.

Bye For Now,

Bill

Friday, September 9, 2011

CHEERS!

It is reputed that Napoleon—a lover of French wine and Champagne—said, "If I win I deserve it and if I lose I need it."

Definitely a man after my own heart.

Bye For Now,

Bill

Thursday, September 8, 2011

A GIFT TO YOURSELF

I have always been aware of the fragile perch on which we all sit. I was taught about it early on and then had it validated when my father died at age 49 and my father-in-law at 51 and my cousins at 33,39, 40 and on and on and on.

And on! Having just dealt with a fifth loss of a close person since January I am beginning to overdose on death. I would appreciate a break for a while so I can reestablish my denial mechanisms, think happier thoughts and stop having to say goodbye—at least for a while.

But the message for us all is critically important. We certainly all could  take better care of ourselves and also try to find some peaceful, pleasant, positive time  and give it to ourselves as a gift. Because a) we deserve it, b) we tend to be stingy with ourselves even in simple "gifts", c) we just never know what's coming around the corner and d)all of the above.

Do something special just for you today. Call it payback for all you do for others. You have earned it!

Bye For Now,

Bill

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

TRYING AGAIN

I am a great believer in the phrase, "When it ain't broke don't fix it." Obviously my blogger site doesn't agree so they took a perfectly fine site and made changes. Now I am lost.

So this is a test. Let's see if I can figure out how to get this up.

I wish you a peaceful and fulfilling day as you wrestle with your e issues. Sometimes, e stands for ENOUGH ALREADY!

Bye For Now,

Bill

Monday, September 5, 2011

changed the format to the point

I can't put up a post.

Sometimes progress is regress.

Bye For Now,

Bill


Friday, September 2, 2011

ANOTHER ORANGE PEEL GAZETTE FUNNY


                                                                 Sorry Guys

                                                  Why do men act like idiots?
                                                    Who says they're acting?

If you have a problem with this please talk to Paul@orangepeelgazette.com. I am merely a scribe! He is merely being honest!

Bye For Now,

Bill

Thursday, September 1, 2011

CAN"T BITCH AT THE BEACH


Even a steely gray rainy day at the beach is better than a sunny one inland. It is still a calming and tranquil place where the yin of the water kisses the yang of the sand while making a soothing smooching sound.

Those of us who live in South Florida are truly fortunate to have the beach nearby. But like so many things we take for granted many haven't visited the beach in years. I encourage you to carve out some time for you and go over for a swim, walk, or even a quiet moment sitting on a bench and contemplating your navel or someone elses.

I guarantee you will come away relaxed recharged, and refreshed

Bye For Now,

Bill