Archive for November, 2007
Just like any self-help author, I think (wait I should know, self help=confidence) I can make any random phrase have meaning that can improve your life. Okay, where to start:
1) Start today: Thought since I’m starting to write this now I should, ”Start Now.” Uhmmmm…..how about….never put off what you can do today. Don’t wait, instead seize the moment before it passes you by. (sounds very motivational)
2) Keep in touch: Focus on what is really important to you. Do not get bogged down in your work or daily life and forget what is dearest to you, family and friends. Keep them in your heart and your life will have purpose.
3) Pause and reflect: (for those sad days where you need to be uplifted) Think about those moment and successes in your life and appreciate even the bad experiences. They shape who you are and how you got there.
4) Close your eyes and leap: You’ll never know if you never leave your box. Life is a series of successes and failures and your success is only limited by the ceiling you set. Sometimes your faith is the best guide to make your heart happy.
5) Give a penny, take a penny: (borrowed from Sam’s reference to the quickie mart change tray) Very biblical to me. Treat others (give a penny) as you want to be treated (take a penny). What goes around comes around? All phrases you’ve heard a million times but it rings true. There will be a time when someone needs you and at some point you’ll need somebody.
(for the middle management types) How you act towards others determines your success as a leader. By giving praise, your co-workers and employee’s feel empowered and motivated to work harder. We are all kids at some level. We once sought approval from our parents for a job well done. Now we seek approval from peers. Stickers and smily faces have been replaced with emails.
Now if I can just add about 200 more pages of meaning I might have a bestseller. What do you think? Click HERE to let me know.
Next week, motivation from Star Trek.
(excerpts for the future book) You Better today for a Better You
I thought these ideas summed it up best from the National Christmas Tree Association !
When a Christmas tree is cut, over half of its weight is water. With proper care, you can maintain the quality of your displayed trees. Below are a number of tips relating to the care of displayed trees:
- Displaying trees in water in a traditional reservoir type stand is the most effective way of maintaining their freshness and minimizing needle loss problems.
- Make a fresh cut to remove about a 1/2-inch thick disk of wood from the base of the trunk before putting the tree in the stand. Make the cut perpendicular to the stem axis. Don’t cut the trunk at an angle, or into a v-shape, which makes it far more difficult to hold the tree in the stand and also reduces the amount of water available to the tree.
- Once home, place the tree in water as soon as possible. Most species can go 6 to 8 hours after cutting the trunk and still take up water. Don’t bruise the cut surface or get it dirty.
- If needed, trees can be temporarily stored for several days in a cool location. Place the freshly cut trunk in a bucket that is kept full of water.
- To display the trees indoors, use a stand with an adequate water holding capacity for the tree. As a general rule, stands should provide 1 quart of water per inch of stem diameter. Devices are available that help maintain a constant water level in the stand.
- Use a stand that fits your tree. Avoid whittling the sides of the trunk down to fit a stand. The outer layers of wood are the most efficient in taking up water and should not be removed.
- Keep displayed trees away from sources of heat (fireplaces, heaters, heat vents, direct sunlight). Lowering the room temperature will slow the drying process, resulting in less water consumption each day.
- The temperature of the water used to fill the stand is not important and does not affect water uptake.
- Check the stand daily to make sure that the level of water does not go below the base of the tree. With many stands, there can still be water in the stand even though the base of the tree is no longer submerged in water.
- Drilling a hole in the base of the trunk does not improve water uptake.
- Use of lights that produce low heat, such as miniature lights, will reduce drying of the tree.
- Always inspect light sets prior to placing them on the tree. If worn, replace with a new set.
- Do not overload electrical circuits.
- Always turn off the tree lights when leaving the house or when going to bed.
- Monitor the tree for freshness. After Christmas or if the tree is dry, remove it from the house.
- Go to http://www.realchristmastrees.org and type in your ZIP code to find a recycling program near you.
- Never burn any part of a Christmas tree in a wood stove or fireplace.
Prepared by Dr. Gary Chastagner and Dr. Eric Hinesley
Edited by the Scientific Research Committee of the National Christmas Tree Association
I skipped an update on Saturday, but nothing eventful really happened anyway.
Jack just put me through my paces walking here and there and all over the place. I never had any pain, I just felt like I should be relaxing instead of hoofing it all over the neighborhood.
I did sit down for a bit during his nap and watch football, so that was relaxing.
Here it is Sunday and there is no pain still. My only concern is swelling. Since I have not used the frozen vegetables or an ice pack at all, there is some minor swelling. It’s nothing obscene, but it is unusual to look at.
Speaking of looking: I did inspect the work. It’s amazing that you can go in and stay awake during the whole procedure. And it’s amazing now that I see it’s just two small incisions. I have to assume the skin is very stretchable on this part of the body, but still, the cuts and stitching are so tiny.
I have had the urge to scratch more than usual, but I haven’t given in because I fear hurting myself or doing damage. I think the urge may just be phantom itches anyway…sorta like when you feel like to have to swallow every 10 seconds during strep throat.
Earlier today during another inspection, I noticed the right side was a bit bruised…as in black and blue bruised. I don’t remember the doc being extremely rough on that side, although it was also anesthetized, so who knows. To me it’s no biggie, but I’m sure anyone else looking at that area bruised may be concerned.
Yesterday afternoon I did have a lot of neighbors ask me how I was (since I was walking all over). The guys who’d had it couldn’t believe I was not on my back, feet up, with my frozen peas. I told them it was nothing. Either they or their wives told me how much they had milked the “pain” when they’d had theirs done. I still haven’t taken a pain pill and at this point I know I won’t need one.
Overall this has been pretty uneventful and didn’t live up to the pre-procedure hype. It was literally a quick office visit with a few needle stings and my typical pre-passout reaction.
Guys, if you are considering it, don’t let the pain or the fear be a reason to stop. There is nothing to it, honestly.
Today was the big day for the “procedure”.
I must admit I was a bit nervous this morning in anticipation of the cutting and possibly painful aftermath. Actually, it was the unexpected that awaited me during the recovery weekend that really bothered me. I’d heard so much from both sides: it’s not gonna hurt at all vs. it’s gonna be the worst pain a man could ever feel, that I wasn’t sure what I was going to feel.
I did have a valium to take about an hour before showtime, though I really didn’t think it would do much for me. I’d had a relaxing pill before my lasik, but it never did anything so I expected the same today.
Sure enough, it didn’t seem to relax me too much. Didn’t matter because I was going ahead, full speed.
The doc prepped me first with a nice icy cold betadine wash…this was to keep things sterile. When the washing was done, he brought in a nurse and the fun began. I once again received the warning that the numbing shots would be the worst part of this. Sure enough, it was. Honestly, I can say it wasn’t that bad…just a few small pricks.
The actual worst part for me was during the work on the first (or left) side. Even though I felt nothing, I guess the adrenaline was pumping and I was thinking too much because I started sweating big time. I know my body and I know what happens if it continues. It happened when I got my first tattoo, it happened when I got my IV’s for my back epidural: I start to sweat, feel faint, get weak and a bit spacey and…this hasn’t happened yet but I know it’s the next step…I would pass out. The upside was that if I passed out here, at least I was already on a table on my back…I had nowhere to fall.
I had to stop the tattoo guy for a drink of water and a five minute breather. For the back thing I had to have water and sit back and catch my breath for a few minutes. Unfortunately, I was in the middle of a surgery here, so there was going to be no stopping and resting. The doc did call in another nurse to help me get my sweatshirt off and put cold rags on my head. That worked instantly. I was calm and relaxed again.
I saw the smoke and smelled the results of the first side cauterizing and I knew that side was almost done. On the second side the numbing shots didn’t work right away. I could feel things, so he had to shoot me again. Then it was back to work: slice, snip, smoke, smell and stitch and it was done.
I know I was nervously making jokes through the whole process. It’s my way of coping. I’d asked the nurses whether they discuss sizes afterwards. I made crude jokes with the doctor. I even discussed jumping on a pogo stick later in the day and how that might affect my recovery. Yuck yuck yuck!
When it was all done, about 25-30 minutes had passed. That was a fast half hour I must say. I sat up, pulled up my pants, got a Diet Coke from the nurse and went on my way. She did put a salve on the work and stuffed a bunch of gauze on it. I had my Tom Jones look going on when I pulled my pants up.
I did violate the first order which was to go home and rest. We went to eat lunch. I did finally get home and put my feet up and take a short nap in the afternoon. When I woke from the nap, I still felt fine.
It’s now about 8 o’clock Friday night. I’m outside by the fire pit with my legs sorta up. I have yet to use the ice bag or frozen peas or even the pain pills. In fact I just ran to the grocery to get stuff to make smores in the pit. I don’t want to jinx myself, but I don’t think I’m going to have any problems. I can take a shower in the morning, so I’m looking forward to that. The only discomfort I feel is sort of a dull ache…like it feels about 5 minutes after getting kicked in that region (guys know what I mean).
Another update is coming tomorrow.
I heard it at the drug store, heard it in Walmart the other night too-it’s playing in the coffee shop, and the flavor of the season is now available. I saw it in the parking lot, up and down the aisles, and in special displays.
Christmas music, Christmas decorations, Christmas gifts. It appeared the day after Halloween…
And I love it.
Many resist-many think it’s too early—but frankly, it’s that childlike wonder that comes back.
Now keep in mind-Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays for family and fellowship. I don’t want to rush past it for the sake of having 6 weeks of Christmas cheer, but I do enjoy the special feeling that comes along with it.
Let’s not get too technical-I’m talking about the commercialized/Americanized fervor without trivializing the religious reasons for the season. There’s just something about walking out of the office, a cool breeze blowing-stopping to pickup a few household items, and hearing Elvis playing on the overhead. Garland and sparkling lights wrapped around lamp posts .
The same wonder I had a s a child is what I want as an adult. So why no enjoy it a little early, a little longer when life is racing past us all ?