Change ‘and’ to ‘or’.

I sent this post over from my retiredguys.net blog.

Derek Sivers…smart guy. Helpful, down-to-earth insights. Shared freely right here in excerpts from his book, Hell Yeah or No–what’s worth doing.

I ran across this one today: Procrastination hack: change “and” to “or”

He saw that he was applying too many ‘musts’ to his list before making time to exercise. Result: Not enough fitness sessions. ‘And’ to ‘or’ made all the difference.

As retired guys, it seems like a good idea to set aside too many conditions and cut ourselves a little slack.

Give it a try.


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Looking past annoyance…

Yeah, the rest of the world feels like a complete pain in the, well, somewhere on your person.

Okay, not the rest of the world, but let’s just call them the pandemic and the politically whacked-out corners of the world. Quote from a loved one: “This pandemic is pissing me off!”
But here in retirement world, I have to feel grateful…
— for my retirement partner, wife, fellow consumer of baked goods, dog-walking teammate, L, who clearly has a greater capacity/tolerance level for stomaching current events than I do. She can doom-scroll with the best of them.
— for the dog who uses me as his personal piece of comfort-and-security furniture. Currently, his chin is on my lower leg, thus rendering any slight eye-twitch or muscle spasm on my part as an irrefutable message that I am reaching for a food bit to feed him.
— for the pair of mourning doves perched on our fence, within easy reach of my bleary eyes, but brought closer by my trusty binoculars. (And no, neighbors, I only use them to spy on nature, thank you very much.)
— for the fresh-baked 1/2 all-purpose, 1/4 whole wheat, 1/4 dark rye seed bread right out of our oven.

-Bonus! For my ability to still make sense of fractions. [Trigonometry is a whole different ballgame, however.]

— for a day where–even in pandemic times–I have an array of choices of explorations…and distractions.
— for my cameras/phone to record the choice moments of any given day.
— for my/our health to pursue all of the above. [I don’t want to jinx next month’s annual exam, however…]

Here’s hoping you find similar corners of joy, safe from the craziness parade of 2021, aka ‘I’m not 2020, but I ain’t much better’.


Need a quick-and-dirty creativity departure?

A powerful way to unleash your natural creativity | Tim Harford
Slow motion multitasking. Interesting…

Not yet vaccinated? No worries here.

My solution…so seamless.

Greetings, readers. Just thought I’d explore the not-so-unique concept of ‘being yourself. [Sounds pretty 60’s-ish, doesn’t it?]

Anyway, here is a 2020 list of ‘be yourself’ suggestions from lifehack.com.

For you creative reinventors out there–while of course all the list items are helpful–see if 2021 is the year you ‘find a hobby that you love’. [#8 on the list.]

Don’t bother, however, with developing a COVID-safe wardrobe. I’ve already cornered that market.

Act of Kindness writing is more than letters.

LETTER TO ELDER Encouragement WORD CLOUD

Another form of AOK [Act of Kindness] writing.
I used WordArt.com to create this word cloud.

This would be as simple as making the word cloud, printing it out, and sending it to a designated recipient.


Let me know in the form below if you’d like to join me in:

  • sending notes to those who could use a little friendship and support during trying times
  • crafting other forms that stretch your creativity while reaching out to others
  • accessing a few resources that can help you when you get stuck

 

 

I’ll be in touch, fellow creative retirees. [Still looking for another term…]

The AOK writing project continues…

collage of letters to elders

I’m finding it easier to freeform with these notes to folks reached via Love For Our Elders.

It’s also been fun to add page-a-day calendar items to each note. Quotes and pics of dogs have been taking precedence lately,

Let me know in the form below if you’d like to join me in:

  • sending notes to those who could use a little friendship and support during trying times
  • crafting other forms that stretch your creativity while reaching out to others
  • accessing a few resources that can help you if you get stuck

 

I’ll be in touch, fellow creative retirees. [Still looking for another term…]

Curation Corner: Insights from Seth Godin

word cloud insights on creativity

I subscribe to Seth Godin’s daily email and it just hit me that I’ve been squirreling away his wisdom when I should have been sharing it with you. Here are three items on creativity.

Hope you get a burst [a nudge, even] of inspiration.

Successful creatives are listeners and engagers.

Noodling is better than receiving feedback.

Simply begin…

The Acts of Kindness writing project continues…

kindness notes with calendar pages

As stated before, soon to show up in free mini-course form, as a preface to a community ed course come late September.

It’s been fun and there are lots of recipients out there who would be happy for us writers to reach out.

No, these aren’t perfectly styled, but as I will emphasize in the course, it needs to be fun for us writers or it will soon become a chore.

[I scored these calendars for a buck, figuring they’re a nice addition to my notes.]

Another key point of the project: Writing takes sooo many forms, so find those that work best for you.

[Samples to follow.]

Let me know in the form below if you’re interested in joining me.

 

 

I’ll be in touch, fellow creative retirees. [Still looking for another term…]

Oy…Out of touch with blog, but not my writing

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Okay, I’m juggling too much.

A fault? Absolutely, but honestly, I just like doing lots of stuff.

And then, there’s the garden, which is about to envelop the house with produce.

The tomatoes photo shows about 1/20 of what’s within weeks of harvest time. And the raspberries? Those little hummers kind of sneak up on you.

And I can’t seem to get out of the kitchen. [Could someone please tell me how to cook without making a mess?]

brioche dough
This brioche dough is step one toward CrockPot cinnamon rolls for tomorrow. Thanks to Zoe Francois and Jeffrey Hertzberg [https://artisanbreadinfive.com] for the recipe.
Finally, there is the ongoing AOK Writing project, which will soon show up in one form as a free mini-course, as a preface to a community ed course come late September. [If students ask me to wear a mask during the Zoom class, I might suspect it’s not for health and safety reasons.]

All this while under the watchful eye of Buddy…

buddy watching reduced

I’ll be in touch, fellow retirees. [Still looking for another term…]