Monthly Archives: October 2015

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Weekend Coffee Share Moving Edition

Weekend Coffee Share Moving Edition

Weekend coffee share moving editionIf we were having a hot steamy beverage of your choice, I would point out that even though I said we were getting back to normal last week, well it just didn’t happen. My contract that I moved to Winston-Salem for, dried up. The good new is my office found another job for me. The bad news is we need move again. Hence the weekend coffee share moving edition. We have been packing and visiting our folks over the last week. My dad is out of the hospital and in a physical rehab facility. Progress is being made, but it’s slow. I guess I won’t heal so fast when I’m 92 either.

The Road Trip

We are ready to make the long trek down to big “D”.  Yep, headed back to Texas. So I’m guessing it’s going to be a bit of challenge, especially this week, to get back to normal blogging schedule. Loading up what we need for a couple of weeks and we’ll be flying back to get the rest of it before the end of November.

The Hunt

First order of business when we get to Dallas will be to find an apartment or a house. We have temporary lodging, but we need a place to move all of our stuff by the end of November. C’est la vie.

The Future

I really don’t mind moving, it’s just the packing and unpacking. Oh and the finding everything that has been displaced. Which usually is every thing. Things will be a little discombobulated for a few weeks. Were they ever combobulated in the first place? Blog posts will continue to be sporadic. Hoping for a semblance of normalcy by Thanksgiving.

Weekend coffee share moving editionWell enough about my week, how was yours? I hope things are well with you and that you are not having to move. Whatever is going on, keep a good outlook and sunny disposition. It really does make things a lot easier to handle. And it also makes you easier to deal with. I’m ready for another. How about you?

Leave a thought or two below. I promise to acknowledge them eventually. Have a great week ahead and smile. It makes people wonder what you’re up to.

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Weekend Coffee Share Fall Edition

Weekend Coffee Share – Fall Edition

If we were having coffee, I would have to offer you tea or suggest we make a Starbucks run. My wife is not fond of the smell of coffee, so I do not make it in the apartment. As for fall, we’ll be talking about both the season and the action. The season opens in the Blue Ridge Mountains with the leaves beginning to turn from green to vibrant reds, yellows and oranges. At first it is just a hint of color that appears, but slowly the fall hues spread across the mountains and down into the valleys. It is truly Weekend Coffee Share Fall Edition.

The other fall is my dad. He is a 92-year-old World War II veteran. He took a tumble the other day and broke his arm when he fell. He had to have surgery to put it all back together. He made through surgery fine. Doc says it will be 2-3 weeks before he can start rehab on the arm. I’m sure he will be fine. He’s a tough old bird. There are not many of our WWII vets left. If you know one or run across one in your travels, take a minute and thank them.

Weekend Coffee Share Fall Edition

Ready

Weekend Coffee Share Fall Edition

Break

I’ve been busy. We went to Dallas for a couple of weeks to prepare for my belt test and to visit with family and friends. The test was a success. I made through with no serious injuries. Got to see several good friends get promoted. It was a great weekend. Saw some great sites on the way down and back. There will be post about some of that next week.

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Hope everyone has a great weekend and don’t forget to stop by Parttime Monster and link in your own Weekend Coffee Share.

fall into character

Fall Into Character

Fall into Character

Fall is the gateway into a busy time of year in the states. The kids are in school, schools plays, high school football games, band competitions, American football, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanza, or whatever you celebrate and the list goes on and on. It is easy to let our personal development goals and character vigilance fall by the wayside. One simply does not fall into character, but it sure is easy to fall out of character.

It Takes Effort

Fall into characterSwimming in a river requires effort just staying in one place. The same is true of good character. It takes work to keep your character in good standing. If you slack off, you start floating down the river. Working to get back up the river to where you started is hard. It is easier to expend a smaller effort to keep your place.

Character is the same way. It is easy to do nothing and float down toward lack of character. Once lost, some character traits are very difficult to regain. Trust for example, once broken is nearly impossible to restore completely.

How to Improve

So if we can’t just fall into character, how do we improve? It takes effort just to keep things as they are. How much more does it take to improve our character? That depends on you and your situation. Everyone is different with each character trait. Some find it easier to improve loyalty. While others find it easier to cultivate friendliness.  So where should you start? Pick a trait or two that you think could use improvement. Find a mentor or an accountability partner. Discuss what you can do to improve. Now do it. Here are some more tips to help you in your journey for better, stronger character.

Continue to Strive

Join the conversation on character newsletter Keys to Character for more character nuggets and a free 9 step guide to improving your character.

I would love to hear your character challenges and successes. Leave a comment below or send an email to shawn at downhomethoughts.com.

Back to normal next week

 what are you looking at?
Finishing up my two week intensive review before the test on Saturday. The dojo is hosting a class followed by a pig roast tonight. Friday we drive from Dallas to Houston. Saturday we test, all day. We plan to head home after dinner and the ceremony. 

Everyone have a great weekend. I will be a bit busy so no weekend coffee share for me. Stop Parttime Monster for your coffee fix.