Wednesday, November 12, 2008

I'm pickin' up good vibrations

“With all the bad that everyone sees in the news and everywhere else, we wanted to spread good vibes.” Bert Jacobs

Murphy’s Bylaw:
Life can be complicated, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. “Life is Good” founder and Chief Executive Optimist (how chill is that title!) Bert Jacobs, quoted above, has it right. It’s hard to find good news these days with all the doom and gloom headlines in every category, including sports (Red Sox lose to Rays!) Good vibe spreading is easy and free and you don’t necessarily have to sport a cool tee to do it. Here are a few Bylaws on good vibration spreading that’ll be contagious:

#1 Smile at a stranger.
#2 Feed an expired parking meter.
#3 Pay the toll for the car behind you.
#4 Ask a friend or co-worker how they are. Then listen.
#5 Give up the aisle / window seat to a fellow mid-seat passenger. (Ok, I know it’s a crazy stretch-- this one’s for short regional hops only)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Now arriving on Track #2, YOU!

“Careers, like rockets, don’t always take off on schedule. The key is to keep working on the engines.” Gary Sinise

Murphy’s Bylaw:
Job loss is tough and it’s all around us right now. It’s awfully difficult to find a bylaw on career derailment when bills are mounting and prospects are dim. Let’s try:

#1 Think, plan and execute for the future. You now have the freedom to do so and for your agenda, not someone else’s, not for an organization’s. This economy will turn around. Dust off all the old “never had time for” projects and begin anew on step number one. At the very least it’ll keep you thinking and busy.

#2 Volunteer. Down time equals freedom to share your time. There are loads of people, groups, organizations, churches, schools, communities that need your expertise and experience. At the very least it’ll keep you organized, scheduled and sharp.

#3 Exercise. Go for a walk. Go for a run. Chop some wood. Jump some road. Lift some weights. At the very least your spirit will improve.

#4 Communicate. Speak with anyone who will listen, about anything. Career coaches call this “networking.” Murphy calls it “Talking.” At the very least you’ll be learn something new.

#5 Learn. Pick any subject that interests you and research the heck out of it, write a blog on it. Become an expert. At the very least you’ll sharpen your writing skills.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Turn and face the change

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” Leo Tolstoy

Murphy found this sign running on a Diamond Head byway leading me to think of a couple of bylaws on change:
#1 Find a new paperback to read
#2 Seek out an unfamiliar person and say “hey what’s up”
#3 Buy a new pair of running shoes.
#4 Change the TV channel from news to a cartoon- watch for at least 15 minutes. Better yet see #1
#5 your underwear

Monday, November 3, 2008

Murphy’s bylaw is my converse to the more well known Murphy’s Law: “If anything can go wrong, it will.” Not everything will go right all the time, but if you stay in the water long enough, the perfect wave will come along…If you give people enough time and consideration then something magical happens: luck changes, circumstances shift, transformation happens-- both major and minor. Change always brings about some positive no matter how small the wave you are riding. We must seek the positive in every negative. A new tide is only 12 hours away and a fresh beer is only 12 ounces away.

What you won’t find in this blog:

Nothing Negative – We have enough sources for negativity already.
Nothing Political – There are enough red, blue, left, right, democrat, republican, liberal, conservative blogs out there to last a million election years.
Nothing Violent – Hollywood has that genre covered;

What can you expect from this Blog?

Random quotes and a small Murphy’s Bylaw vignette on my take.
Positive opinions: My pint of beer is always half full; but always needing a refill.

Day to day stuff: artificial, superficial persons don’t know what they are doing because they are not natural persons.

Rule #1 Murphy was an optimist.
Rule #2 Go Surfing, Skiing, Kayaking, canoeing, sailing, hiking, or snowshoeing Now!

Rule #3 Murphy is still figuring out this Blogging thing, so please check back or set an alert for new posts. You will not be disappointed.
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