Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Getting with the program.



Closed my eyes and Thanksgiving morphed into Christmas. It's all good, all frenzy, all roller coaster emotions. Surely, the Pope's new statement, casting a harsh look at consumerism was timely. I dodged the big stores, actually all stores, on Thursday and Friday, but found my way to one craft store of locally made goods.
But then there is Amazon. Watched Jeff Bezos on Sixty Minutes Sunday night, and am still wondering why he isn't running the world, or at least part of it.  His belief, or understanding that things change, nothing lasts forever, and that's perfectly OK was so re-assuring, so good to hear. Even though I am part of the age group that is nostalgic about paper books, cursive writing, and turtle-neck jerseys his message still sounded a positive note. I'm sure this is one of his most often quoted statements, but I hadn't heard it before: Criticism is not a strategy. Why didn't I know that?
I do remember working with a provost who suggested that if we found it appropriate to bring some problems to him that we also bring along suggested solutions. Same message, but Bezos brought  it home.

Received another message last week that the reason I wasn't writing is because I blog every day and that makes me think I've written, which I actually haven't. Hmmm.  My current dilemma? My friends Patrick, Julia and I decided we would all write something new before we meet again. I haven't written one word - not even a blog posting - in almost a week. And I know writing names and addresses on holiday cards doesn't count, so I'm cutting back on the blog in order to get back to an unfinished piece of fiction. Having failed miserably at NaNo......, I'm determined to see PatO' and Julia before December 20th, so I am cutting back to a couple of times a  week.  Hope you are doing what you are supposed to be doing. I'm getting with the program right now.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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