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Battles require people; people require battles.

by Rick Baker
On Jul 22, 2016

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

We all have heard it takes two to tango. Tango requires people...two. Battles require people...at least one.

Battles are a fact of human nature. The question is: Do you back into battles or do you pick them well? Is logic in action when you select your battles? Does self-control determine your battles and how you fight them? Do your battles align with your strengths? 

It's your choice - be organized or be too busy.

by Rick Baker
On Jul 22, 2016

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

A gram of prevention is worth a kilogram of cure.

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I'm too busy! - I don't have time! | Thought Tweets

Introduce Interests & Express Expectations...do not leave these vital communications to chance.

by Rick Baker
On Jul 21, 2016

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

If you introduce your Interests people have a chance to understand what you want. Maybe they share your Interests. Maybe their Interests align with yours. Maybe they do not. If you introduce your Interests you, at least, have a fighting chance to know. 

If you express your Expectations people have a chance to understand what you want from them. Maybe they share your Expectations. Maybe their Expectations align with yours. Maybe they do not. If you express your Expectations you, at least, have a fighting chance to know.

And at least of equal importance, other people have a chance to know. If you want to accomplish things with the help of other people, you must agree you owe them that. 

Interests and Expectations: around the essence of communication. Just add story and repetition. 

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Communication: Improving Communication | Thought Tweets

Why did Evolution deny human ears the privilege of showing us when they are actually operating?

by Rick Baker
On Jul 21, 2016

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Our eyes fare better.

Even our mouths, which cause us so much trouble, fare better.

This helps us understand why dogs are Mans' Best Friend. 

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Communication: Improving Communication | Humour | Thought Tweets

The Silent & Still Worker

by Rick Baker
On Jul 21, 2016

There's value in silence and stillness. I suppose I never really grasped that until I read the words of North American Indians, gained an understanding of what they learned early in life and gained some understanding of how they governed themselves [pre-19th Century]. I suppose I am naturally un-silent and un-still...I suppose, my behaviour is in the zone of ADHD...[if categorizing people that way contains any value]. And, as a final point of introduction, I know the meditative arts bank heavily on silence and stillness. For me, it would take extreme effort to progress up the hierarchical steps of meditation [for example, as presented by Alan Wallace in his classic 'The Attention Revolution', (2006)]. 

My nature is not one of stillness and silence.

Regardless, I force myself from time to time to practice these two behaviours because I believe they bring value. I am fascinated by Eckhart Tolle and his work around 'The Power of Now': his work is laced with calmness, silence, stillness, peace of mind...and a wonderful, relaxed sense of humour.

As an 'observer of others'...

I see people working in silence and stillness. I don't see this very often: overall, it is rather rare. It is common for most people to work in silence and stillness for short periods, from time to time. As examples - most people hunker down when an important deadline is looming or when a particularly sticky problem needs to be solved quickly. On the other hand, few people spend the majority of their workday in silence and stillness, exerting highly-focused/concentrated thought and effort. Few people approach their work the silent-and-still way they would behave during a series of school exams. 

We should think about this...probably best to set aside some silent-and-still time to think about the value of silence and stillness...perhaps, we should perform this in a light stage of meditation.

We - I mean, each of us - should aim to figure out his/her personal balance between silent-and-still work and work that is not silent or still. [I mean both thought-work and action-work.]

We should talk about silent-and-still work. Well, yes - we won't be able to do that silently. But we can do it calmly and quietly...or can we?

For one reason or another we human beings were born with egos...so be it...don't fight it...live & learn with it.

by Rick Baker
On Jul 20, 2016

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Egos - Can't live with them; can't live without them.

Egos - life's biggest challenges.

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Attitude: Creating Positive Attitude | Thought Tweets

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