Use downtime in a positive way

I have not been writing as much as I would like recently because I’m doing some software engineering projects and I have been busy. The day before yesterday I went out to run some errands and potentially buy a more powerful computer for my project. The very first traffic light was red and it took […]

Give thanks

An attitude of gratitude does us a whole world of wonder. When we appreciate our family, our friends, our pets, our goods, our country or anything else the object of our appreciation appreciates in value. There are so many wonders in this world to be thankful for. Do you realize that the average American today […]

Appreciate little disasters

Murphy’s law states: Whatever can go wrong will go wrong… In engineering we had a saying, “Maurphy was an optimist.” That’s to say whatever can go wrong will go wrong at the worst possible time. Note the two shuttle disasters and a multitudes of other engineering failures… Anyways the same types of things will happen […]

Say thank you to compliments and boost your self-esteem

Many people find it difficult to accept compliments gracefully. They think that they have to be humble and bring themselves down. In a retreat many years ago a Jesuit priest defined humility in one word. He said, “Humility is…… truth.” If someone gives you a sincere compliment, you can simply say, “thank you,” knowing that […]

Appreciate your health

It is interesting how we take things we have for granted and only complain when things go wrong. Typically we have good health and we do not even notice. The human body is such a wonderful miracle of interrelated systems and has such excellent self-healing capacity that we take it for granted. Well, today tell […]

Donate blood to save your own life

Yesterday, I went to Children’s Hospital Los Anglese to donate blood. I have been doing this for about twenty years and have donated more than eight gallons of blood for the children. Most people don’t realize that donating blood is very  good for your own heart especially for men and post menopausal women. This is […]

Affirmations for responsibility

I recently wrote a series on responsibility (response-ability – the ability to accept whatever happens and actively respond). I’m currently moving some old articles from the main web site to the blog. Here are some affirmations to help us accept what is: I relax and let go and wonderful things come to me. Today I […]

First things first – kindness

The first habit in Steven Covey’s seminal self improvement book, The seven habits of highly successful people is called, “First things first.” He talks about doing the most important things first and brings important things like family, health etc into it (if I remember correctly). The other night I arrived home quite tired and I […]

Twelfth Day of Christmas

Today is the Twelfth Day of Christmas; or as some of you may know it, “Little Christmas” — the traditional day of the Coming of the Magi, who came bearing gifts,  simply, and quietly, recognizing the Miracle before them. For some of you, the remembrance of the holiday lingers as you tuck away the last […]

Great questions lead to great answer

You have heard of GIGO: Garbage in – Garbage out. It’s true of computers and is true of humans individually as well as societies. You have also heard, “Ask a silly question, get a silly answer.” Now lets turn the above around to “Ask a great question and you’ll get a great answer.” The human […]