Change

Change happens. For better or for worse, you can’t avoid it.
Now, in certain walks of life, that’s a good thing. Technical, medical and scientific advances and changes are all things that we (mainly) embrace and profit from.
Other changes, sometimes, not so much. “Früher war alles besser” which loosely translates to: “Everything was better before/earlier”. But of course, we only feel that way if we’re having a hard time right now, at this moment with whatever it is that has changed. Who hasn’t ever regretted saying something, or doing something that they shouldn’t have, that has changed something for the worse? Yes, and when that happens, maybe everything WAS better before/earlier. But that doesn’t mean it can’t get as good ever again. It doesn’t mean it’ll stay “as bad” as it is right now.

With a bit of change, by making it different… who says it can’t be even better than it was?

(Lego being the prime example here, obviously)

Brain work

I’m getting old. I make a noise when I sit down and when I get back up again. I like to think of myself as “fit-ish” but if I really take myself to task, I’m not. Also, my brain is (obviously) getting old. I haven’t noticed any performance drops yet (are they noticeable though?) so I thought I’d at least give it something to work at every now and again.

Do you remember the Nintendo DS game Dr. Kawashima’s Brain Training. How old is your brain?

DR KAWASHIMA’S BRAIN TRAINING™: HOW OLD IS YOUR BRAIN?
provides simple mathematics, reading aloud, and other exercises, offering the best in brain training that is also fun to play every day.

I got a DS just for that game.

Well in that vein, I’m trying out both Peak and Elevate brain-training apps. I’ve only just started and can’t say which I prefer yet. While Elevate has more challenging writing and math exercises that actually teach you as you go, Peak’s problem solving puzzles are addictive, and you feel like patting yourself on the back after solving them. Here’s a good comparison review (appadvice July 2015)
And let’s be honest, why not grow your “brain map” while tending to business?

Trust. A few great quotes

Here are 10 quotes to consider as you think about the role of trust in your life.

  1. “Just trust yourself, then you will know how to live.” —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  2. “The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.” –Ernest Hemingway
  3. “Trust, but verify.” —Ronald Reagan
  4. “He who does not trust enough will not be trusted.” —Lao Tzu
  5. “When mistrust comes in, loves goes out.” —Irish proverb
  6. “We need people in our lives with whom we can be as open as possible. To have real conversations with people may seem like such a simple, obvious suggestion, but it involves courage and risk.” —Thomas Moore
  7. “Learning to trust is one of life’s most difficult tasks.” —Isaac Watts
  8. “Trust is like blood pressure. It’s silent, vital to good health, and if abused it can be deadly.” —Frank Sonnenberg
  9. “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.” —Warren Buffett
  10. “Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.” —Albert Einstein

I thought these quotes were never more relevant than now. October, 2017.

If you’ve got a quote that just MUST be added, don’t hesitate to comment. Thanks.