Some vets bristle a bit when people thank them for their service on Memorial Day, because that’s not what the day is for. However, that’s exactly what Veterans Day is for.
From the US Department of Defense:
“Veterans Day is NOT the Same as Memorial Day.
A lot of Americans get this confused, and we’ll be honest — it can be a little annoying to all of the living veterans out there. Memorial Day is a time to remember those who gave their lives for our country, particularly in battle or from wounds they suffered in battle. Veterans Day honors all of those who have served the country in war or peace — dead or alive — although it’s largely intended to thank living veterans for their sacrifices.”
So when you see a vet, be sure to say thank you, or welcome home.
“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.
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.
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:
The Secret Dialogue Between What We Buy and Who We Are
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:
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.
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.
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.
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 <<<
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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 / oryou 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
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 – 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’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.
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.
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.