What appears bold or fearless is often sheer ignorance or misguided confidence that I am as likely to succeed as to fail. Many a project, assignment, or even a career move has been nothing more than being thrown or pushed into a pool and told, “Swim!” Gagging, splashing, flailing wildly to survive describes my particular dance with education, preparation and planning. Swimming to survive is a lot different than swimming skill. My isolated blogging experience is much the same.
Today I am the student, excited, willing and ready to learn from the beginning. This will require a lot of attentiveness to my impatience, and self will. By doing this work I hope to reduce my fear and resistance to those grave gravitars, winnowing widgets and all the other programming lingo that makes my eyes cross and head ache.
So bring on the Happiness Engineers. I’m on board. Coach, inspire, direct and amuse me as I try and do when I blog. Build my abilities and confidence. Let’s go! Michele
My dad was a hero to countless people because of how he made them feel. In his company you felt like you were the most important person in the world, his most treasured friend. I was absolutely certain I was his FAVORITE Child, or at least his Favorite daughter, I am the eldest of nine. Now that I am older and wiser, I know that each of my siblings will tell you the exact same thing about themselves. This phenomenon ripples throughout all cousins, friends, former students and football players and honestly out to those meetings him for the first time. He did not know or recognize anyone as a stranger. He was amazing.
When we were little, Dad would coach us up. He encouraged hopefulness, always fostering a can-do attitude- imparting confidence. He taught us to always turn to prayer first and holding good thoughts second. He didn’t mention the idea of LUCK as I recall. Since little kids struggle with crossing fingers—We were instructed to hold our thumbs! Continue reading →