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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?

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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?

 

Important thing regarding life

Important Thing Regarding Life

Important Thing Regarding Life

What do you think is the most important thing regarding life in general? Okay, maybe that question is a bit broad. Let’s narrow the focus to an individual life. I think the traits of persistance and perseverance are key. It’s the old adage of get knocked down 6 times, get up 7.

Don’t beat your head

important thing regarding lifeNot to say keep beating your head against the wall, but to keep trying. If what you’re doing is not working, then try something different. Perhaps a new angle or approach.

Maybe you are not asking the right question to the right people. Try asking different people. Try asking the same people a different question. Be imaginative. If you feel like you have no creativity or imagination, then find a 6-year-old and ask them for ideas. You might be amazed.

You’ve heard it before

Variations on a theme, don’t give up, don’t give in, keep on keepin’ on, etc. Whatever it is that encourages you, you have to find it and embrace it. I can’t do it for you. Neither can anyone else. Yeah baby, it’s all you.

If you are going through hell, keep going. - Winston Churchill #quote Click To Tweet

Take responsibility

It is your life. The statement is simple and straightforward. It’s yours, take care of it. It’s not my job to take care of you. Maybe a few of my ramblings will help you, and I hope they do, but it’s still your task to care for and grow yourself. Even the slightest improvement if applied daily, will yield amazing results.

Get some help

Self ImprovementWhile your life is your responsibility, you don’t have to go it alone. You can get help and encourage from friends, mentors, books. coaches, bosses and teachers. First you have to be open to the idea and then you have to be willing to accept honest feedback. Accepting a true statement about an area of your life that needs improvement requires that you trust the person giving you the feedback. Once you have listened, you must take action!

What are your thoughts? Leave a comment below and share with your social media friends!

A helping hand for the world

Helpful

Helpful

Being helpful is, in general, a good thing. We are taught from a young age to help each other. Most religions teach people to help one another. The first step, I believe, is that you are willing to help. Be watchful or observant. Stay on the lookout for areas where you can give assistance. If you are mechanically challenged like me, perhaps offering help someone change a tire in the rain is not such a good idea. I would offer to hold the umbrella.

How can you be helpful?

How to be more helpful

A little nudge

The Golden Rule says, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” But don’t forget to ask before you help. Helping is only appreciated if needed AND desired. Not everyone wants your help. So take a second and ask before you just join the fray. Another good question to ask after determining help is needed and desired is “Do I have what is necessary?” This could be skills, food, money, etc. If someone needs food and you have extra, great! Share it. But if you are struggling to feed your own family, then perhaps you should find another way to help. Sometimes all we need is a little nudge.  Here are some ideas from LifeHack.

It all starts with listening to the person that needs or appears to need your help. Listen and observe. Try some realistic suggestions. Focus on some positive aspect of the situation. Above all, be sincere and don’t expect anything in return.

What happens if we are more helpful?

Maybe, the world becomes a bit better. Imagine that if everyone was just a little nicer, a little more helpful, what would be the impact on our world. People do not think they have the power to change the world, and they are right. They do have the power to change themselves and in doing so, change a small part of the world. If we all do just a little every day, the effect can be enormous. How will you be more helpful today?