July 2017 Daily stepping

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Postby inspiresuccess » Wed Jul 12, 2017 8:37 pm

Lynx wrote:Hey Inspire... It's never to late to be sick AND loved at the same time. We love you, Lynx


Thank you so much, Lynx. Hearing that makes me teary-eyed. Very kind of you.
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Re: July 2017 Daily stepping

Postby Elaine Glimme » Sat Jul 15, 2017 10:22 am

Inspire, I wish I could send more than good wishes. Just know that you have Internet friends.
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returned from Oakland

Postby Lynx » Sat Jul 15, 2017 2:05 pm

Hi,

My trip to Oakland felt successful in many ways, and challenging in some others. Like most of life.

Today, Saturday, taking a breather, nothing much planned except cooking brown rice later.

Feeling the drain of travel and back to back 10 hour hard working days. A book of essays is feeling neglected and the shade under the tree inviting. So I think a nap is called for.

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Re: July 2017 Daily stepping

Postby Elaine Glimme » Sat Jul 15, 2017 5:06 pm

I'm glad you had a mostly good trip. You have a way with words.
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Re: July 2017 Daily stepping

Postby Elaine Glimme » Sun Jul 16, 2017 9:57 pm

Moving right along. I've written 35,000 words in July. It's mostly editing some good work, so it's easy to get the word count up quickly. On the other hand, I'm also doing the first draft of the ending, and that's going slowly, but it's going.

Today was hot (weather) and I don't have air conditioning. So I took my computer to Yogurtland and worked for about an hour. Then I took it to Taco Bell, and worked for another hour. (Also ate yogurt and nachos belle grande.) I probably put on a bit of weight, but I got a lot of work done and escaped the heat.

Happy steppin' everyone.
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Re: July 2017 Daily stepping

Postby Lynx » Sun Jul 16, 2017 11:28 pm

Hi,

Elaine wrote ...

Moving right along. … that's going slowly, but it's going. … So I took my computer to Yogurtland …. Then I took it to Taco Bell … Happy steppin' everyone.

Thanks for setting a great example.

Another day mostly quiet, except for presentation at one of the Quaker meetings on the Doctrine of Discovery. Sat in on their Meeting for Worship afterwards. Networking lite.

Then dedicated the day to small things like consolidating my scattered scraps of notes, putting a button on a pair of pants, shopping, dropping by a bakery to see about their half price bread and finding out they have deals Tues (1/2 price cookies) Wed (1/2 priced coffee) Thur (pastries), Fri (Bread), and Sat (dessert).

Plus, found a reviewer's copy of a new Irving Yalom book slated to be published this Fall. It was on the free library shelves. My partner and I love Yalom's writing so this was a great find.

Toss in a couple of chocolate croissants (day old), and was this not happiness?

Keep writing, moving, striding, stepping, smiling,
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Postby Lynx » Tue Jul 18, 2017 11:02 pm

Hi folks, (stolks? for step folks)

Getting ready to be away from daily computer access for the whole month of August. Lurkers, here's your invite: start joining in or I think it might be very lonely for Elaine. There's a risk the thread might whither and … and … it's all to horrible to write down.

Many years ago I would put up a vacation notice on my email. Decided it wasn't smart to broadcast my absence to the whole wide world.

So this time I'm making filters and shuffling email to one folder which I might, or might not, get time to scan while traveling. It's amazing the number of regular stuff that piles into my inbox. This innovation might be very handy for my 0 0 0 goals. Stay tuned.

Finding the warmer it gets the less I can really get done well in a given day.

Oh, reminded myself of an alternative approach to making lists called autofocus. Here's an article about it: http://perma.cc/DX38-MWGR

If you don't know about perma.cc check it out. Can save up to 10 websites a month, permanently. I'm using for all sorts of things like excellent ideas, rare sites, my own work online, etc.

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7/20 43 and adding more

Postby Lynx » Thu Jul 20, 2017 11:40 pm

Hi stolks,

I'm keeping a list of the regular newsletters, and other things that fall into my mail box because I'm filtering them into a folder. I'm up to 44, and likely there's a dozen or more to go. Not counting the 10, plus or minus, I've unsubscribed from.

Plus, some of these are daily emails. No wonder it's a chore and a half to get to zero every weekend.

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Re: July 2017 Daily stepping

Postby Elaine Glimme » Sun Jul 23, 2017 1:43 pm

HI,

I'll miss your cheery comments Lynx, Have a good time.

Me. Just spilled tea and some of it got into the computer. Don't ever spill tea on a computer. No good can come of it.

So I bought a new computer, and couldn't figure out how to activate office. and had to reset my password. So that's why I've been absent for so long.

Getting my computer up and running has replaced writing for about a week, and now it's hard to get back to it.

Happy steppin' everyone.
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Re: July 2017 Daily stepping

Postby Elaine Glimme » Fri Jul 28, 2017 8:35 am

Obviously I'll post August's thread. Have a good time, Lynx.

It's going to be a lonely August. Others- please post if only to say "hi"

Different subject - I have to hit the keys on my new computer really hard - harder than on a typewriter.. Is that normal?
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Postby Lynx » Fri Jul 28, 2017 8:56 am

Hi step-folks,

Elaine, so sad about your computer. About the keys, no idea. And Yes, lurkers, etc. we encourage you to step in.

Wanted to share a discovery of sorts before I forget.

Just read a reference to the Stockdale Paradox. James Stockdale was the highest ranking officer in the infamous "Hanoi Hilton" during the Vietnam War. He served 7.5 years, organized resistance among the American prisoners, thwarted efforts to be used as propaganda, etc.

It just happens he found this sustaining philosophy during a War. I'm not a fan of war, especially this one, but there's something to learn from everything. That said, here goes.

He managed using Stoic philosophy (which I mostly know through Seneca's writings). Picking up now from wikipedia:

In a business book by James C. Collins called Good to Great, Collins writes about a conversation he had with Stockdale regarding his coping strategy during his period in the Vietnamese POW camp.[18]

I never lost faith in the end of the story, I never doubted not only that I would get out, but also that I would prevail in the end and turn the experience into the defining event of my life, which, in retrospect, I would not trade.[19]

When Collins asked who didn't make it out of Vietnam, Stockdale replied:

Oh, that's easy, the optimists. Oh, they were the ones who said, 'We're going to be out by Christmas.' And Christmas would come, and Christmas would go. Then they'd say, 'We're going to be out by Easter.' And Easter would come, and Easter would go. And then Thanksgiving, and then it would be Christmas again. And they died of a broken heart.[19]

Stockdale then added:

This is a very important lesson. You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end—which you can never afford to lose—with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.

Witnessing this philosophy of duality, Collins went on to describe it as the Stockdale Paradox.


How to shorten this into a maxim: here's a try or two or 3:

Keep your faith, always, and discipline yourself to deal with the brutal facts of current situation. /15 words

Sustain yourself with strong faith and steely discipline to face the harsh facts. /13 words, many letters shorter

Always strong faith that toughens yourself to stand brave against brutal facts. /12 words

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Re: July 2017 Daily stepping

Postby inspiresuccess » Fri Jul 28, 2017 10:43 am

Have a good August, Lynx.

Elaine, I'll try to stop by and say hi. Trying yet another batch of new drugs. I might be seeing some light at the end of the tunnel some days but then other days it's bleak. I'll read the post regularly to see how you're doing.

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Re: July 2017 Daily stepping

Postby Elaine Glimme » Sat Jul 29, 2017 11:19 am

Hi, Inspire, I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you.

Interesting stuff, Lynx. I'm definitely a pessimist. But I'm not sure about right prevailing in the end. That's the part that I have to work on. It occurs to me that the whole theory behind the steppin' dovetails with Stockdale's philosophy. You just have to keep going.

My computer seems to be working a little better. So maybe it was a quirk or the keys sticking because the computer is new. I'm typing this with no trouble (due to the computer.)

Happy steppin' everyone.
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Postby Lynx » Mon Jul 31, 2017 8:13 am

Hello Everyone,

Getting set to get out of here for 28 days of travel. Interestingly, stumbling across the Stockdale Paradox re-opened my intrigue with Stoics and their ~ism.

I searched on Stoicism Exercises this morning and came across this site. Oh, joy, lots of essays.

On the travel side of things: it's been wonderful not having a crowded schedule. Here's some things I do / am doing to get ready:

  1. Start a spreadsheet with all my travel information. Part of the sheet is the top 3 things I wish to do or see in each city.
  2. Take these top three things and put them on a batch-geo map. Check it out.
  3. Use a sheet size artist portfolio to hold loose papers
  4. scan and print out the cards & ID I'm traveling with
  5. nibble some travel treats (like "best of" lists for ... restaurants, happy hour, interior spaces, etc.)

Thanks Elaine for firing up August, I'll drop in as I'm able.

Oh, using filters for my inbox has totally shifted everything about email. Now I'm able to reach 0 0 0 every 36 to 48 hours, depending on whether I need to wait or respond to something.

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Re: July 2017 Daily stepping

Postby Elaine Glimme » Mon Jul 31, 2017 9:38 am

My computer seems okay now. I'm glad I didn't take it down to Staples and look dumn.


(Typed dumn by accident. Thought I'd just leave it there.)

Last Nanowrimo day for me. Tomorrow starts August.
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