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Head on over to the closest donut shop near you because today is National Donut Day! The best day of the year, right?! What’s your favorite kind of donut? Are you a simple glaze fan, custard-filled, chocolate with sprinkles…the options are endless!
The CK Daily – Break the Monotony of the Day
One of the perks of working from home over the past year or so is the ability to set my own work hours and take mental breaks during the day when I need to. I mean we could do this before in the office but it is tons easier when you are working from home and I personally believe it has helped my mental and emotional clarity in the process. I usually start work early in the morning, around 6:30 (this morning at 4am), then take the dog for a walk and work out about 10:30, then lunch later on and try and wrap up my day around 4:00 when I can. It really has been a huge help for me in balancing work, health, and keeping the dog happy with his walks.
I have learned as I have gotten older that we have to break away from the daily grind even in the middle of it to get clarity of mind and sometimes reset. Getting away from the desk, getting outside, working out, or playing a game have been my go-to’s. Here lately I have been combining the workout and “playing a game” by using my Oculus. If you are not familiar with it…it is CRAZY! It is a Virtual Reality gaming system but has tons of workout stuff, travel videos, learning systems, etc. You can literally travel the world from your living room and be immersed in it. It is unreal. The workouts are intense too. It is like working with multiple trainers from the comfort of your home. (No travel time to the gym!) It works great when you can’t get outside to walk or run or just don’t have the time to. Of course, I do play some games on there as well (Beat Saber and Top Golf are my favorites), but those are just as much of a workout as the real workout sessions. Not sure who this lady is that posted this mixed reality video of Beat Saber on YouTube, but I am nowhere near that good! Chris, the CK President, has one as well, and to say our competitive sides come out when tracking active calories burned during the day might be an understatement.
So, what’s your go-to thing to do to break up the monotony of your workday or just your day in general to maybe get some exercise or relax mentally?
Also, if you have an Oculus, what are your favorite games? I need some new ones to play. haha!
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Find Your Courage – The Encouragement Project
When you are short of courage, even the smallest bits, there’s an antidote for this condition – something you might never consider: share the courage you do have.
Instead of turning away from something or someone who needs more of us that we think we can give, take a moment and listen more deeply. This applies as much to oters as it does to ourselves.
Listen to yourself and wonder what is making you move away. Listen for what is possible and what someone might not be seeing about what is possible for them. Inquire of yourself what is causing fear?
Next, remember the courage you have had in the past. Courage that many others might not have shown in similar circumstances.
A friend called me the other night to tell me about a ridiculous circumstance where one of her kids was told he probably wouldn’t graduate because he hadn’t handed in some of his work.
After many questions, it turned out that there was only one assignment and the completion of that was negotiated. Throughout the whole situation, this boy whether intentionally or unintentionally was treated as being purposefully lacking in responsibility. Because the educators present had been good learners in school environments, they never considered how difficult it might be for a child who was on a different learning curve. A child who had feelings of frustration, felt he was stupid, and maybe even worthless. It’s hard to hold your head up when you feel like this.
Her son did an exit interview with his learning support teacher as a final assignment that focused on his experience at his high school. He expressed all of his doubts and frustrations with himself and his difficulty in learning at school. The one thing that saved him was getting into an auto repair program- not everyone at that school was asleep. Reading it, his mother cried.
Most of his teachers never stopped to see that he was a child who learned with his hands, it never occurred to them that success is getting the A to some but can have many different meanings to others. It never entered their heads that it might be a good idea to help this young man find his gifts and for them to find ways to appreciate them although they were different than their own. They stepped away from all of the possibilities for a life well-lived and chose, instead to default to criticism noticing everything he lacked.
Many years ago, PBS made a film called How Difficult Can This Be? The F.A.T. City Workshop – F.A.T. stood for frustration, anxiety and tension caused by the existence of different learning styles.
They filled a classroom with teachers, counselors, reading specialists, and other educational professionals. They were given a lesson to do but the materials that they worked on were made to look like they looked to children with learning disabilities. After a very short time, many of these participants were in tears. For the first time, they started to realize how difficult it is to be in a class when you learn differently than the others.
Today, when you find yourself telling someone you don’t have enough time, or money, or knowledge or connections, maybe you could listen a little longer. Maybe you could share the courage you have today with someone who might need to borrow a little for the time being. You aren’t committing to a lifetime of support – really just a few extra minutes – your choice.
Each of us has the chance to make an immense impact on other lives every single day. When you choose to believe this, you find courage you didn’t know you had, your awareness grows and things take on a more brilliant hue.
Today’s News to Start Your Day:
- As of this morning, in the US, active COVID cases are on a decline and are reported at 5,537,160.
- Twitter has launched its first subscription service Twitter Blue. It is designed for power users who are willing to pay a monthly fee for exclusive features.
- NASA’s Juno spacecraft came within 645 miles of the surface of Jupiter’s largest moon, Ganymede. The flyby will be the closest a spacecraft has come to the solar system’s largest natural satellite since NASA’s Galileo spacecraft made its penultimate close approach back on May 20, 2000.
- Google already allows Android users to opt-out of personalized ads, but software developers may still access to the user’s Advertising ID, a unique string of characters that identifies the user’s device, for purposes like measuring app usage. Starting late this year, if a user has opted out of personalized ads, the Advertising ID will not be available.
- The team behind NASA’s InSight Mars lander has come up with an innovative way to boost the spacecraft’s energy at a time when its power levels have been falling. The lander’s robotic arm trickled sand near one solar panel, helping the wind to carry off some of the panel’s dust. The result was a gain of about 30 watt-hours of energy per sol, or Martian day.