It’s been a somewhat lazy July as far as the workplace goes, and though this isn’t the case, it feels like I’ve spent a lot of it on vacation.
Despite that, I’ve actually managed some pretty big strides with the Bygfoot project and at this writing, I just missed the opportunity to share some work with a Brazilian to see if the South American definitions meet the rough approval of someone who ought to know more about the leagues down there than I’ve just been learning by reading.
At vertigo_josh’s suggestion I checked out 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey, and I have to admit, for the sort of book it is, I am very impressed, and I understand why he suggested it. I very much like its main concept, that there are these immutable principles of the world that do not need to be expressed but can be learned, and do not appear to be incongruous with any surviving religion (although certain concepts in a religion can be incongruous with the principles.)
At an all more important level, though, it deals with the notion that most people are not aware of just how much control they may have over their own destinies. To give the idea, think of how many times you say that you have to or need to do something, and try substituting “I’m going to…” or “I want to…” and see how true the statement really is, that way.
Think about the concequences of a different choice in each situation, and you might be surprised how many things there are that you think you have to do, or need to do, but simply… don’t.
The goal of the book is to teach the reader to become ‘effective’, not successful, or rich, or anything else that can be subjective. I am amazed at how many of the concepts I’ve heard repeated even though I’ve only been reading the book over the past few days.
I also like that despite being a self-help book, it doesn’t make me feel self-centered as I read it. The last person to suggest something like that to me was trying to get me to do these crazy exercises of narcissism.
More on that later.
The rather well-to-do aunt and uncle in my dad’s family passed through on their way to Orlando. They hadn’t seen me in about twelve years, and I had to explain just about everything that’s happened to me over that time, and of course, I couldn’t… It was hard enough to talk about what I do today.
They seemed to lament how poorly my father’s family keep in touch, and the best I could do is agree. I gave them my email address. I hope they use it.
Naturally, I hope everything is going well with everyone. I expect to spend quite a bit of time thinking about what I do, when, and why, over the next few weeks, but I also get the feeling that any changes won’t be too drastic.
In fact, when I go through periods of introspection I end up not changing much at all.
See you next time.