Point to Ponder
will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for
the answer." William S. Burroughs
I'm not sure about you,
but this can be my biggest challenge - to consciously
decide to relax. Sure, I can do it for awhile when I am on holidays
sitting by a beach or on a boat; but otherwise my mind whirls with
ideas and lists.
My friend, Robert Stack
shared this picture recently on Facebook with the question,
"When was the last time your
I had to admit, it has
been awhile! Perhaps when we were touring Australia and Hong Kong.
I've been a tad busy
since we came home. Trips to Montreal and Ottawa. Working on other
programs and, even, here at our place in the country, I've been
keeping busy. Yes, it has been productive, but lately I have felt a
bit burned out.
So, while Irene and I are away to BC this month, I am
going to consciously take time to relax, to read a book, to
nap, to spend time chatting with Irene. Just because!
Irene was the
Chief official (Throws) at the Canadian Nationals (Track and Field)
in Calgary at the end of June. I drove down to pick her up on the
30th and we headed to BC on Saturday evening. We stopped in to spend
the afternoon and evening with two of our favorite people, Wayne and
Brenda, and then continued to Langley on Monday to visit with her
Wayne is a long-time
friend and is a brilliant 3C colleague.
Cheerleader, Coach and Champion. I used to detour
out of my way to spend some time with him and Brenda when I was
still commuting between Edmonton and Vancouver to teach. It has
always been worth the journey. Now that Irene and Brenda have
connected, it is even more fun. Irene and I love spending time,
however brief, with these two friends.We had such a great time
catching up on the deck. Weather was wonderful. After a delicious
b-b-q Wayne drove us into Kelowna to see the fireworks. Thanks again
Irene's aunt Eva is such
a positive lady and a joy in our lives, in spite of battling cancer.
We are moving up our visit to her, just in case.
We hope to spend a few
days camping, vegging, and relaxing on the way home.
Either way, it will be
good to let ourselves relax and spend some much needed time doing
nothing... smile. I'm packing a few books to help me enjoy my time
"When was the
last time your relaxed?"
Talk to you in August.
Bob 'Idea Man'
Been a while since I visited my
friends at CAPS Calgary. Drove down for their meeting last month
and had the opportunity to be a part of unique 9 person TedX
styled program on publishing and product development. It was
a hoot and I learned a few tips I can use for our own publishing
Irene is now working from
home (still having health issues due to a sick building) doing data
analysis. Positive side of this is she can work from Egremont just
as easily as from Mundare. She is able to enjoy her 'official'
coffee breaks on the Margarita deck. I am amazed at her discipline.
On Friday, I heard her say, "Time for a coffee" (at 10AM) and she
went back to work at 10:15... wow! Disciplined, or what! Having her work from Egremont also means I can
get more projects done out here.
Getting lots down out
here at our place in Egremont... hope to be able to enjoy more this
year as I am not planning any major building projects, other than
working on Irene's office area downstairs. Will tackle that when we
Have the little utility
trailer we got from her dad rebuilt. I had to take it right down to
the frame as the deck had rotted out. But with a newly rebuilt deck
and 2 foot sides it is ready to take stuff to the dump and get some
mulch or wood chips.
Just had a call (June 26th) from my amazing
friend, fellow author, and champion Kim Yost. Kim
and I worked together on several projects when he was CEO of The
Brick and as well as when he moved to Michigan to take on the CEO
duties for Art Van Furniture.
You may remember me
mentioning my friend Kim along the road in various contexts. He was
instrumental in the inspiration to start, and then expand, www.SecretSellingTips.com and other adventures
like creating The Brick Way!.
Kim has just published
his second book, and according to him I am in it. He is sending me
two copies to review and wouldn't tell me where he has me in the
book... he wants that to be a surprise. I trust it will be a good
Pumptitude last year and it was very well received.
This is the sequel. Pumptitude was a great read. I can hardly wait
to read Maximum Pumptitude.
I am blessed to have
someone like Kim in my life. He is also a true '3C'
colleague and friend. Cheerleader, Coach and Champion.
Thanks my friend.
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