These posts are related to starting and managing your email subscription and the business that it represents. Even though starting an email subscriptions is very straightforward, there's a lot to running a business and these posts talk about various aspects of what it takes.
This is the 25th post in my 30 for 30/30 series where I am publishing a new post each day for the next 30 days within a 30-minute window without much of a plan. You can read about why I’m doing this by clicking this link.
Not long ago I read Don Miguel Ruiz’s book, The Four Agreements. It’s one of those books that, over the decades, has crossed my path on numerous occasions. As a perennial bestseller, it’s nearly always featured in a display in the personal growth/spiritual sections at most chain and mom-and-pop bookstores.
A few months ago this happened again and the book intersected with me in a particularly synchronistic manner.
On a break from work, I walked next door to the Specialities cafe and ordered some coffee to go from the Peet’s Coffee and Tea inside. As I entered through a side entrance, I noticed a stack of Ruiz’s book on a table. I observed it and went over to get my coffee.
As I approached the same exit, a well-dressed man about my age, with whiteish hair and a clean-shaven face, was sitting at the table and was going over some other materials. I stopped, he looked up and we had a brief conversation. [Read more…]
This is the 24th post in my 30 for 30/30 series where I am publishing a new post each day for the next 30 days within a 30-minute window without much of a plan. You can read about why I’m doing this by clicking this link.
If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably spent more than a few hours wondering…
- why you are here
- what your mission in life is
- what kind of unique contribution can you make
- how can you change the world
As a kid, I was plagued by these questions. I don’t how many other 10-year-old boys sat around thinking about life’s most serious questions, but I sure did. [Read more…]
This is the 23rd post in my 30 for 30/30 series where I am publishing a new post each day for the next 30 days within a 30-minute window without much of a plan. You can read about why I’m doing this by clicking this link.
“Have a safe flight!” is a common departure comment often offered to departing travelers. Although I appreciate that others wish me safe travels (I also do the same), the truth is there is very little that any traveler can control. I’ve never had a reason to think I could affect the relative safety of any flight I’ve ever taken. [Read more…]
This is the 22nd post in my 30 for 30/30 series where I am publishing a new post each day for the next 30 days within a 30-minute window without much of a plan. You can read about why I’m doing this by clicking this link.
It’s not much fun when the hard realities of life appear in your life like a flashing light in your rearview mirror. It gets your attention in a way few things can.
When we’re confronted with these issues, they are rarely without warning and always the result of choices we’ve made. We can complain about it in order to gain sympathy from others, but that doesn’t really help the matter resolve itself.
The only way to truly deal with the hard stuff in life is to confront it head-on as it arises, learn from the experience, evaluate our past choices, and move forward with dignity and grace.
Here are some suggestions for doing so:
1- See the situation for what it is. Ask and answer the following questions: What are the facts? What brought the issue(s) to light at this time? What choice(s) did you make that resulted in this urgent matter arising now?
2- Avoid becoming overly emotional. When tough things come up in life, most of us experience some emotional reactions. Emotions are natural and shouldn’t be avoided or constrained as a rule as it can lead to a variety of mental and physical symptoms of illness. Rather, following the advice in #1 above, see the situation realistically and after you’ve acknowledged the initial emotional reaction, engage in the questions suggested above.
3- Reach out for support. Whatever the situation, you are never totally alone unless you choose to isolate yourself. It might be tough to do, but there are others in your life who care for you and stand ready to lend some emotional support. Reach out to them as you feel you can. Just because we want to maintain a sense of decorum and not become overly emotional about our choices, that doesn’t mean we have to go it alone.
4- Be honest with yourself. Keep a journal or computer file for expressing your feelings about the issue(s). Ask and answer the questions posed in #1 above. Work through the emotions and start looking for solutions or ways to cope.
5- Chart a new way forward. Find whatever solutions are most prudent and commit to undertake them. Outline how you can avoid making the same choices that resulted in the issue(s) causing the problems.
We all have hard stuff that comes up from time to time. We can strive to make the best choices possible and still experience difficulties. That’s life and to think that we can eliminate all sources of stress and suffering isn’t an assumption based in reality.
But we can make positive, incremental changes as we learn from our mistakes and move forward with dignity and grace.