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Savor Good Moments, Store the Memories

Savor good moments.

“Savor good moments” means have good moments and internalize them to make them part of you.  When you recognize joy, talk to yourself about it.  Feel it.  Express the wonder of the moment.  Express your gratitude for it.  Store it up inside of you.  Save it to offset the mundane times, the terrible times, the generally out-of-kilter times we all go through.  Doing this will help you be aware, whatever the times bring, of the joy you have within your reach.  When you savor good moments, you’ll have a buffer against bad times, and a generally more self-aware, positive outlook all the time.

To internalize a good moment – whether that represents a glance, a nod, holding your new puppy or newborn child, a walk down the aisle (to be recognized, to receive a diploma, to wed), an hour, a day, week or month – you have to have the experience and recognize it for what it is: a joyful moment.  To internalize that moment, let it wash through you so you are intensely aware of it.  Feel it fill you up.

Picture of a brain with a clapboard to illustrate Savor Good Moments, Store the Memories

Savor Good Moments, Store the Memories

Expressing your gratitude for these moments starts with self-expression.  Tell yourself how lucky you feel; how honored, how humbled, how awed, how energized the moment makes you feel.  Express that gratitude to others if it is appropriate.  Tell them how their role in the moment was a positive one.  Thank the Lord and/or the Universe for sharing the opportunity to realize that moment.

Store it up by letting it pass through you and fill you so thoroughly that you and the moment become one, and you know you are part of that moment and that moment is part of you.  When you make a practice of savoring and saving good moments, you’ll have a good foundation for weathering the storm of bad moments; the loss of a loved one, a job, a home, a relationship – losses are more bearable when you’ve a ready store of good moments that are part of you.

This has long been my philosophy, starting in my childhood.  This philosophy didn’t eliminate the misery of bad moments.  My store of good moments – my store of good – helps me remain positive, optimistic, and appreciative of simple, everyday moments and relationships. My store of good helped me weather the despair of the storms of life.  My store of good makes me ready to experience and savor more good moments.

I was reminded of this philosophy when I saw this TED Talk yesterday:

Hardwiring happiness: Dr. Rick Hanson

I was browsing TED Talks (one of my best Media Junkie habits) and found this one.
From the YouTube page:
Hardwiring Happiness : The Hidden Power of Everyday Experiences on the Modern Brain.  How to overcome the Brain’s Negativity Bias. Rick Hanson is a neuropsychologist and the author of Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence, best selling author of Buddha’s Brain, founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom and an Affiliate of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, he’s been an invited speaker at Oxford, Stanford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide.

Your comments are welcome.  So are your suggestions and questions.

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Buying In – The Secret Dialogue Between What We Buy and Who We Are

Buying In contains thought provoking insights on Human Nature.

Buying In is a well-written and very well-narrated collection of insights for anyone interested in marketing and/or human nature. The book gives a particularly good analysis of buzz marketing, a variation of word-of-mouth advertising – easily the best marketing tool around in my opinion.

As another reviewer observed, this book is not a how-to manual.  Nevertheless, anyone interested in marketing would do well to read Buying In, and to synthesize their thoughts on the content into any formal or informal marketing efforts.

The book made me a better observer of testimonials shared in dialogues among family, friends, clients and trade associations. Even those conversations I engage in or overhear at a restaurant, tavern or farmers market feel more intimate when people share their thoughts on products and services…I feel I have a better ear for what they’re saying and a greater knowledge of why they may be sharing their thoughts after listening to Buying In.

The book encouraged this post.  My goal is to read or hear at least fifty books a year.   I often share my opinions on what I’m reading with others.  This book validated my interest in writing my opinions as well.

Find the version of the book I perused here:

Buying In

The Secret Dialogue Between                photo of Buying In Audible Book Cover
What We Buy and Who We Are

I welcome your thoughts.  Contact me via https://www.keithklein.me/keith-klein-links/ or simply leave a comment.

You’ll find me at Audible and Amazon as well.

Regards,
Keith

 

Immigration Humanity in the United States of America

A healthy dose of immigration humanity is needed in the United States.
I just saw the best TED Talk I’ve seen in a while.  That’s saying something!
Juan Enriquez delivered a heartfelt plea for immigration humanity.

Immigration humanity at the US-Mexico border is not a partisan issue.  It is a human issue.

1.  the human race; human beings collectively.
         “appalling crimes against humanity”
Similar:
humankind, the human race, the human species, mankind, man, people, mortals, Homo Sapiens
Opposite:

the animal kingdom

          2.  humaneness; benevolence.
         “he praised them for their standards of humanity, care, and dignity”

Most (I would hope all) of the people I know would be sickened at the site of child abduction, regardless of their party or politics.

Please join me to introduce immigration humanity.  Contact your Federal Representatives.  https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials

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Winning the lottery. Happy Mother’s Day, Cindy

Happy Mother’s Day, Cindy.  Thank you for raising a fine family.

Right from the start, you did things right.  Though you seldom drank alcohol and when you did drink it wasn’t much, you quit entirely the moment you knew our first was on the way.  You quit smoking at the same time and, kudos to you, you’ve remained a non-smoker.  Beyond those fundamentals, you did so much more.  Thank you.

One of the things I love most among the many qualities of how our kids were raised is reading.  I’ve often remarked to anyone who’d listen that our kids were read to for an hour-plus a day for most of the days of the year, every year, from the time they were born through early grade school years.  You did that.  Thank you.

Our kids love good food.  Not just food that tastes good.  Healthful good food.  They appreciate great tomatoes and peppers and herbs and more right from the garden.  How many kids love their vegetables?  Now, as adults, they eat balanced diets of quality foods.  Thank you.

I looked to one of my favorite sites this morning for inspiration for a Mother’s Day message to you today, Cindy.  I found it straight away.  Turns out, Cindy, there’s a reason our daughters sound just like you.  There’s a reason all of our kids are gifted.  They started learning in the womb.  Thank you.

There’s a great playlist of Mother’s Day-related talks at:

Talks by fierce moms

Mothers have so many roles: nurturer, provider, disciplinarian, confidant, mentor, friend, protector. These incredible talks demonstrate all of the above.

Happy Mother’s Day, Cindy

Happy Mother’s Day, Cindy

Thank you for helping our kids and I win the lottery of life, Cindy.  You are a great Mom.

Happy Mother’s Day, Cindy.

 

 

Blockchain Defined – The Future Is Here

 

Blockchain :: how will this technology affect your business, your industry, and your life?

The last chapter of my book, WebForging, begins by saying, “The future is here.  The rest is coming fast.”   This TED Talk I viewed 10 minutes ago about Blockchain clearly illustrates my premise about the future.

The TED Description of this Talk says:

  What is the blockchain? If you don’t know, you should; if you do, chances are you still need some clarification on how it actually works. Don Tapscott is here to help, demystifying this world-changing, trust-building technology which, he says, represents nothing less than the second generation of the internet and holds the potential to transform money, business, government and society.

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Don Tapscott

The presenter, Don Tapscott, wrote a book called The Blockchain Revolution.  Learn more about him at http://www.ted.com/speakers/don_tapscott

A bit of his bio from TED:

A leading analyst of innovation and the impacts of technology, Don Tapscott has authored or co-authored 15 books about various aspects of the reshaping of our society and economy. His work Wikinomics counts among the most influential business books of the last decade.

The Future is Here – Blockchain

As I say in WebForging, the best book to ground you in an understanding of the differences in production and economics between the physical and the virtual world is Being Digital, by Nicholas Negroponte.   Start there or jump straight into Blockchain to learn how your future will be impacted by technology.

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That’s it for today.  Getting ready for the Milwaukee River Cruise Tomorrow!  More info on that at https://www.meetup.com/wisconsin-business-owners/events/232089959/

 

Audible Books – Audible.com – Best of the Web

Audible Books – Audible.com – Best of the Web

I’ve recommended Audible Books forever.  I’ve been saying this for years:  Audible.com is one of the best sites on the web.  That was true even when the site was much slower and clunkier than other great e-commerce sites.

With Audible’s acquisition by Amazon, Audible.com has only gotten better.  I used to have to do a dual search on Audible and on Amazon.com because the reviews on Amazon were far greater, in quantity and quality.  Now Audible Books lists both sets of reviews right at Audible.com!
>>Try Audible and Get Two Free Audiobooks   <<<

What am I getting?

  • Includes two free audiobooks with your free trial.
  • Choose from 180,000+ best sellers, new releases sci-fi, romances, mysteries, classics, and more.
  • After 30 days, get 1 book each month, $14.95/month
  • Cancel easily anytime. Your books are yours to keep, even if you cancel.

The great thing about Audible is that you can:
Stream the book and listen from your computer
and / or you can download and listen from your MP3 Player, iPod, smartphone, tablet, or computer
and / or you can burn to a disc and listen on your home or car stereo
and – when you’re all done, your audible book is still in your Audible.com library awaiting your next listen, in any format(s) you choose!

My reading goal for many years was 25 books per year.  When I discovered Audible Books at least twelve or  fifteen years ago, I was able to increase my annual reading goal to 50 books!  I’m able to “read” many more books by listening (while driving, showering, working, etc.) than ever before.   Moreover, I find myself listening actively two, three or more times to particularly interesting and salient information, often taking notes as I do so.  Great for business reading!

By the way, Audible Books are a great value!  I average about $10 per book by buying in bulk and by taking advantage of 3 books for 2 credits type deals.

Keith Klein hosting Wisconsin Business Owners Lunch & Learn

Keith Klein hosting Wisconsin Business Owners Lunch & Learn

Regards,
Keith Klein
Owner, OnYourMark, LLC
Author, WebForging, A Practical Guide to the Art of Forging Your Web Presence

Note: the link gives me a nominal affiliate credit for your free try and/or purchase of Audible Books.  I would recommend them (I have recommended them for years) even without the free Audio Books link.

Best Media, Best of the Internet – TED.com

Best Media – TED.com

20 Most Popular TED Talks, Best Media, Best of the Internet - TED.com - Keith Klein

Best Media, Best of the Internet – TED.com – Keith Klein

I’m working on Labor Day weekend.  Enjoying it or I wouldn’t be working all three days of the long weekend.  Nevertheless, to break it up I decided to treat myself to some TED Talks while I work.

I learned about TED at least five or six years ago.  Maybe more.  The night I discovered TED, I was so consumed by the ideas and the speakers that I watched it all night long.  I had calls with prospects and clients scheduled the whole next day.  I thought about getting sleep.  The energy produced adrenalin that took me through the night.  That TED experience translated into four wonderful conversations with four great clients about four different topics experienced on TED the night before.  One of those was a prospect when we met that day. They’ve been a client ever since.  I’ve been a TED evangelist ever since.

I logged onto TED this morning and found The most popular talks of all time.

I’m watching more than I bargained for!

I’m a fan of several of the top 20 already.  One of them is my all-time favorite.  I shared it with more people than any other.  That is Jill BolteTaylor’s, My Stroke of Insight.  Please give that one a listen (below).   Combine that with Why we do what we do from Tony Robbins, and one or two of your choice from the top 20, and you may find yourself as big a TED junkie as me.

Why TED is the Best Media

Ideas worth spreading.  That’s the slogan.  More than a slogan, it is what they present!

Powerful presenters.  The top minds and talents in their fields, with practiced energy.

Focused Presentations.  90% or more of TED presentations are 18 minutes or less.  This is the reason we keep presentations at Wisconsin Business Owners to thirty minutes, including a dozen minutes of Q & A.  If you can’t get your point across in eighteen minutes, you’re not practiced enough.

Production Values.  Staging, lighting, camera work and sound are produced beautifully.

User Interface.  I like the search function, the groupings and the ease of sharing.

Emotion & Spirituality.  As  Jill Bolte Taylor’s My Stroke of Insight illustrates most profoundly, and Tony Robbins’ Why we do what we do actually examines, the emotion and spirituality we bring to the table is what makes the difference in what we are, to ourselves, and to one-another.

 Best Media

In conclusion, the best minds give focused presentations on “ideas worth spreading” with great production values and awesome emotion and spirituality.  That’s why TED is the Best Media.

Afterword

Music, in this Ode to the Brain Remix by Symphony of Science, shows why Jill Bolte Taylor’s TED Talk is a personal favorite.

About half or more of the speakers in the remix are remixed from their TED talk.  Take advantage of the best media out there.  It costs $6,000 to attend a TED conference.  Yet the presentations are available to all of us here for free.

Reuben Klein, Lumberjack, aka Grandpa Klein

Reuben Klein, Lumberjack

I DVR a lot of TV.  Mostly interview shows and music shows and a ton of Book TV.  And Around the Corner with John McGivern.   I listen more than I watch.  On a Sunday, a few days before my Grandson Noah Klein was born, I was startled to see my Grandpa on TV!

I was catching up on a few episodes of Around the Corner.  I was particularly enjoying this one, an hour-long special with John Gurda.  John Gurda wrote a few books I read for a class enjoyed at UW-Milwaukee, “Milwaukee, Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow,” taught by Frank Zeidler, the last socialist mayor of Milwaukee.

Roughly two-thirds of the way into the episode, Gurda and McGivern went from Milwaukee to Chippewa Falls.  That’s where my Grandma Mabel and Grandpa Reuben Klein were from, and where they are buried.

This portion of the show used the Ken Burns pan-and-scan videography effect on old lumberjacking photos,  I got up from my desk and went to my easy chair to watch.  Some of the photos looked like they were the same vintage – maybe even by the same photographer – as old photographs I have.  The conversation between McGivern and Gurda was great.  As the photos became more familiar I really focused in on this portion of the program…then I let out a holler that scared the dog and the wife about equally, “My Grandpa’s on TV!”

Reuben Klein Logging Northern Wisconsin.  Grandpa Klein is standing on the second log up.  Find the fellow in the foreground with a shovel.  Reuben Klein is the man directly above him.

Reuben Klein Logging Northern Wisconsin. Grandpa Klein is standing on the second log up. Find the fellow in the right-foreground resting a hand on a handle. Reuben Klein is the man directly above him.

Sure enough, there was Reuben Klein! My Grandpa, in the exact same picture as the framed 8 x 10 within arm’s reach of my chair on the wall in my home office!

I was overwhelmed, watching it over and over.  (Still have it on the DVR, even though I have the web link.)  I’ve shown it to everyone who will look.  I thought about it the night Noah was born.  His grandfather’s grandfather was on TV!

I’m lucky to have a few 8 x 10 pictures from that lumber camp.  One photo is that of the half-underground, sod-covered structures that were the heart of the camp – the cook shanty / mess hall and the barracks .  The other photo (also framed on my home office wall) is that of just one other fellow and my Grandpa.  They have about a ten foot, double-handled saw blade halfway through a four-foot diameter tree trunk.  Ice hangs from the other fellow’s mustache.  Grandpa’s flannel overshirt is open halfway down the front, no doubt because they were warm from the work.

Those pictures remind me of the stories I heard from Grandpa, and later Grandma Klein and my Dad, Lloyd Klein.  Grandpa was about 18 in those pictures.  He stood 6′ 6″ and weighed 250 pounds without a hint of fat on his frame.  He worked from sunrise to sundown for $1 a day.  There are more stories I’d like to share one day.


Tune in at the 41 minute, 11 second mark in this video to pick up on the Chippewa Falls segment.   That’s where my interest picked up from the audio (wonderfully done throughout) to the audio and video.

At about 43 m, 12 s, the conversation turns to the historic lumber industry in Wisconsin.  I love listening to all of this portion because the lead-in to my Grandpa’s photo rings so true of the history I’ve heard.  This is where Paul Bunyan was born.  These lumberjacks were Wisconsin’s cowboys.

Fascinating history here.  At one time about a thousand saw mills in Wisconsin.  By 1890, a quarter of the wages in the entire state were paid by the lumber industry.

Reuben Klein appears at the 46:26 mark in the video.

Thank you so much John Gurda.  You too, John McGivern.  Your show is wonderful.  You made this grandson’s – and new grand-dad’s – day!

See MPTV, Milwaukee Public Television, at http://www.mptv.org/

Around the Corner with John McGivern is at http://www.mptv.org/localshows/around_the_corner/

John Gurda, writer and historian, has a web presence at http://www.JohnGurda.com  Gurda’s wikipedia entry is at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Gurda

Stephen Wright-isms

Some good Steven Wright-isms 


All those who believe in psychokinesis raise my hand.

The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

I almost had a psychic girlfriend but she left me before we met.

OK, so what’s the speed of dark?

How do you tell when you’re out of invisible ink?

 

Cleaning up old email and found this set of Stephen Wright-isms I emailed to myself from NamePros.com

If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.

Support bacteria – they’re the only culture some people have.

When everything is coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.

Ambition is a poor excuse for not having enough sense to be lazy.

Hard work pays off in the future. Laziness pays off now.

Everyone has a photographic memory. Some just don’t have film.

Shin: a device for finding furniture in the dark.

Many people quit looking for work when they find a job.

I intend to live forever – so far, so good.

Join the Army, meet interesting people, kill them.

If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends?

Eagles may soar, but weasels don’t get sucked into jet engines.

Dancing is a perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire.

When I’m not in my right mind, my left mind gets pretty crowded.

Boycott shampoo! Demand the REAL poo!

Who is General Failure and why is he reading my hard disk?

What happens if you get scared half to death twice?

I used to have an open mind but my brains kept falling out.

I couldn’t repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder.

Why do psychics have to ask you for your name?

If at first you don’t succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.

If at first you don’t succeed, then skydiving definitely isn’t for you.

A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking.

Experience is something you don’t get until just after you need it.

For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism.

The colder the X-ray table, the more of your body is required to be on it.

The hardness of the butter is proportional to the softness of the bread.

The severity of the itch is proportional to the reach.

To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is
research.

You never really learn to swear until you learn to drive.

The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard.

Monday is an awful way to spend 1/7th of your life.

The sooner you fall behind, the more time you’ll have to catch up. 

A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.

If you must choose between two evils, pick the one you’ve never tried before.

Change is inevitable….except from vending machines.

A fool and his money are soon partying.

Plan to be spontaneous tomorrow.

If you think nobody cares about you, try missing a couple of payments.

Drugs may lead to nowhere, but at least it’s the scenic route.

I’d kill for a Nobel Peace Prize.

Bills travel through the mail at twice the speed of checks.

Borrow money from pessimists-they don’t expect it back.

Half the people you know are below average.

99 percent of lawyers give the rest a bad name.

42.7 percent of all statistics are made up on the spot.

A conscience is what hurts when all your other parts feel so good.

On the other hand, you have different fingers. — Steven Wright

I was sad because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet. So I said, “Got any shoes you’re not using?” — Steven Wright

My theory of evolution is that Darwin was adopted. — Steven Wright

Someone sent me a postcard picture of the earth.
On the back it said, “Wish you were here.”
— Steven Wright

Cross country skiing is great if you live in a small country.
— Steven Wright

I spilled spot remover on my dog. Now he’s gone. — Steven Wright

If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the precipitate.
— Steven Wright

“Did you sleep well?” “No, I made a couple of mistakes.” — Steven Wright

My dental hygienist is cute. Every time I visit, I eat a whole package of Oreo cookies while waiting in the lobby. Sometimes she has to cancel the rest of the afternoon’s appointments. — Steven Wright

My socks DO match. They’re the same thickness. — Steven Wright

Officer, I know I was going faster than 55MPH, but I wasn’t going to be on the road an hour. — Steven Wright

I have two very rare photographs.
One is a picture of Houdini locking his keys in his car.
The other is a rare photograph of Norman Rockwell beating up a child.
— Steven Wright

I stayed up all night playing poker with tarot cards.
I got a full house and four people died.
— Steven Wright

I used to work in a fire hydrant factory.
You couldn’t park anywhere near the place.
— Steven Wright

I went to the hardware store and bought some used paint. It was in the shape of a house. I also bought some batteries, but they weren’t included.
— Steven Wright

I went to the museum where they had all the heads and arms from the statues that are in all the other museums. — Steven Wright

It’s a small world, but I wouldn’t want to have to paint it.
— Steven Wright

Right now I’m having amnesia and deja vu at the same time.
— Steven Wright

What’s another word for Thesaurus? — Steven Wright

When I get real bored, I like to drive downtown and get a great parking spot,
then sit in my car and count how many people ask me if I’m leaving.
— Steven Wright

When I was crossing the border into Canada, they asked if I had any firearms
with me. I said, “Well, what do you need?” — Steven Wright

You can’t have everything. Where would you put it? — Steven Wright

A lot of people are afraid of heights. Not me, I’m afraid of widths.
— Steven Wright

If you were going to shoot a mime, would you use a silencer?
— Steven Wright

I planted some bird seed. A bird came up. Now I don’t know what to feed it.
— Steven Wright

I made a chocolate cake with white chocolate. Then I took it to a potluck. I
stood in line for some cake. They said, “Do you want white cake or chocolate
cake?” I said, “yes”. — Steven Wright

My aunt gave me a walkie-talkie for my bir