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Rename Common Sense?

Rename common sense? What do you think?

Rename common sense?

Should we rename common sense? I mean is it really common? For that matter, what is common sense? According to Miriam-Webster common sense is the ability to think and behave in a reasonable way and to make good decisions. Of course that leads to the question of what is reasonable and good? Since we are talking about common to everyone, then I suppose that any action reflects thinking and behavior both reasonable and good in the eyes of most people.

 What say you?

Do you think we need to rename common sense? I do and here are some candidate choices:

  • rename common senseUncommon sense
  • Rare responsibility
  • The lost art of humanity
  • Our lost heritage

I just don’t know. It seems like so many people just do not have or least do not exhibit even the most minute shred of common sense. People do not prepare for much of anything. My grandparents had food canned in Mason jars and stored to last several months. They grew most of it themselves.

If our financial system, which runs on old technology, gets seriously hacked and your credit and debit cards no longer work, can you feed yourself and your family?

This is the type of common sense that I am talking about. No, I’m not into “prepping” but I do advocate having some level of plan on how to handle adverse events. Things like a flat tire, your water or electricity go off for some time or perhaps someone steals your identity or hacks your checking account.

Do you feel like you have common sense?

Please feel free to share with your friends and by all means, leave your thoughts below.

weekend coffee share busy edition

Weekend Coffee Share Busy Edition

Weekend coffee share busy edition

If we were having a nice cup of coffee, I would be saying, “Wow, between wandering, working and writing, I haven’t had much time to stop and blog.” I have to tell you that I’ve started a new job, done a bit of weekend wandering and entered a short story contest at our local senior center writing club. The group has two published authors in regular attendance so I don’t feel too bad that my work came in fourth. Realizing my manners, I would quickly offer a beverage of your choice, hot or iced. Thus begins the Weekend Coffee Share busy edition.

Projects?

weekend coffee share busy editionI hope things are going well with you and yours. What projects are you working? Any new and interesting developments? Me? Well, I’m still chipping away at my book, Forging Character. I have another in the “thought stage.” The new book is a work of science fiction. I may blog a bit about when I have more than a couple of pages of notes. Working the new job of course is a huge time consumer. I have a lot to learn and some really great opportunities. What’s going on with you? Is there anything that I can do to help?

Happening things

Speaking of everything that is going on, what do you want to see more of from this blog? I have many interests, hobbies and thoughts. All of which I am happy to share, but if no one really cares, then I have other activities that I can purse. What do you want to see here?

Please take the poll below.

Our Hostess with the mostess

Drop by and visit Diana and Parttime Monster. She hosts this virtual coffee klatch and you can thank her by stopping by and commenting or better yet, join in and write your own coffee post.

Distraction

Distraction and Life; Can You Manage?

Distraction

What does distraction have to do with life? Everything. There are hundreds of thousands of tweets, texts, news clips, podcasts, books, television shows, movies, and other social media. vying for your time and attention. Did mention advertisers? Yeah, them too. Managing your distractions are a must.

Managing distraction

Focus to manage distractionEasily said, but this requires a little discipline. Perhaps it also requires a bit of personal character or willpower. There are so many things happening everywhere around us. Radio, television, email, Facebook, Twitter, What’s App just to name a few. Sure, I know, but how do I manage all these things vying for my attention?

One simple way is to limit your distractions. Turn off your phone and email when working at your computer. Do not try to “multi-task.”  Very few people multi-task at useful level. Stephen Monsell found that for most of us, it just increases the time to switch between tasks versus staying on the same task.

Mindtools.com has a great article on multi-tasking and how to quit. Things like limiting your interruptions (cell phone, email, texts, etc.)

Consequences

What happens if I am not able to control my focus? The best case is you get behind on your work and you feel behind and disorganized. The worst, I hate to say, but could lead to death. Your life or someone else’s could be forfeit. Can you say, “texting and driving” anyone?

Would you want your doctor or pharmacist distracted? I think not.

I would love to hear your thoughts on what you do to avoid or limit distractions?

 

Weekend Coffee Share Whirlwind Edition

Weekend Coffee Share Whirlwind Edition

weekend coffee share whirlwind editionWhat’s up with you? Let’s sit down over a virtual cup of coffee or perhaps tea and have a chat. Weekend Coffee Share whirlwind edition is all about chaos in my life. I have to say I love it.

Oh sure, I like some predictability, but that gets boring after a while. A certain amount of managed chaos is good. Your mind has to stretch to embrace new situations, new scenarios. Have you ever changed up your cup of coffee or tea? Maybe try it with honey instead of sugar or fresh cream instead of 2% milk.

How does change or chaos affect you? Me? I drink more coffee! 🙂

How do you adjust?

I think having some level of managed chaos or change, helps you deal with those things that you really have no control over what-so-ever. My theory is if you have some changes in your life that you manage, then it’s easier to deal with “things” that happen when you have no control.

Just my $0.02 for what it’s worth. How do you deal with change and chaos in your life? Do you embrace it? Run from it? Hope that it will just go away? I want to hear your thoughts.

And now for something completely different

No, not that. Some of you may have heard me talk a bit about my martial arts training in kenpo. There is a once in a lifetime event happening in Dallas, TX. Grandmaster Al Tracy will be at a seminar with over a dozen other masters and grandmasters in Kenpo and other disciplines. Over 500 years of martial experience will be teaching hands on classes. You can find out more by visiting Chamberlain Studios website. Please share this with any of your friends and family that practice martial arts.

Stop by and thank our virtual hostess

Diana, over at ParttimeMonster, is our gracious hostess for this virtual coffee share. Stop by and visit her to say thanks and maybe even write your own Weekend Coffee Share and add it to the linky. Have a great week ahead and keep those thoughts churning.