12 December 2017

Dreamer’s World December 11, 2017 – Getting Some Help At Work

    Working from home means that I get to enjoy a lot of little things that I would miss out on if I was at an office. This morning, I was visited by one of my supervisors, also known as The Stooges, and I took the time to get a picture of how Stevie Nicks inspects me while I am working.
    Stevie Nicks arrived in the bedroom, slowly walked around and observed everything, and then perched herself on the edge of the bed to review my performance. Fortunately, she agreed to have her picture made to show everyone out there how an elegant supervisor checks on her employees. Unlike some supervisors, Stevie Nicks is always ready for a photograph. She is always elegant and graceful and carries herself with a certain charm that is so rare.
    I am glad to report that Stevie Nicks found no problems with my work. She exited the room with casual grace. I found myself thinking about how lucky I am to work from home and have a supervisor like Stevie Nicks.

Dreamer’s World December 11, 2017 – Happiness Is Unexpected Laughter

    Laughter has been described as the best medicine for life and its struggles. I find that this is a very true statement, especially at this time of the year. With everyone stressing out over the holidays, laughter seems to be in short supply. We seem to be far too busy with things to ever observe life and find the things that will make us laugh. Personally, I know people who find the idea of taking time to enjoy life as something that they cannot do. They are too focused on their own priorities and deadlines to enjoy the time that they have. There will always be enough work and pressure to go around, I find that taking some time to laugh and enjoy life makes everything else go much more smoothly.

    Each day I try to find something pleasant to take my mind off of the routine things that always demand my attention. The Stooges often make me laugh. I envy them their carefree lives, where the only stress is the imagined fear that they will not be fed on time. I wish that my own life was as relaxed as theirs.

Dreamer’s World December 11, 2017 - Courtesy

    I read an article this weekend about how we interact with technology. One part really struck me because it described something that I do all of the time. Since we have a Google Home Mini here in the apartment, I find myself saying “Please” and “Thank You” whenever some task that I randomly ask for is accomplished. Does this make me crazy? I don’t think so, it just makes me courteous.
    I try to be courteous to everyone I meet. It is a sign of respect that I give, and I expect it in return. Courtesy is a nice thing to have, but it also indicates what type of person we are. If courtesy happens without prompting, it gives a positive impression. If courtesy is absent or forced, a more negative perception is given.
    Courtesy is a gateway to communication. It relaxes an interaction and usually promotes a feeling of relaxation when it is used. I am not referring to any “enforced” courtesy that some people have to provide as a part of their job. In fact, the “enforced” courtesy usually comes across as fake and is very easy to detect. Genuine courtesy is a pleasure to give and receive, although it is not always reciprocated.
    When I use courtesy to my Google Home Mini, I know that it will not respond in the same way towards me. I thank that this is something that AI will correct in the future. As our lives become more dependent on technology, it is vital that we do not become accustomed to just barking out orders and treating everyone and everything around us as nothing more than tools for our own benefit.

    A little more courtesy would make this world a better place.

08 December 2017

Dreamer’s World December 07, 2017 - Perceptions

    Perception is a funny thing. We often base our opinion on something visual due to our initial impression of what we think we see. This was made very clear after I took a picture of Hal The Cat yesterday. I caught him as he was waking up on the couch. He was stretching and trying to yawn and meow at the same time.
    When I saw the picture, I was stunned at what I saw. In the picture, Hal looks completely evil, as if he was posing for a Halloween picture. In fact, Hal The Cat was actually in a great mood and only this photo snapped at this one moment in time would give the impression of the CAT FROM HELL!
    How often do we catch something at precisely the wrong moment when we are forming an opinion? The perception we form will determine how we will choose to interact with the person or object going forward. Hal The Cat is a creampuff, but someone seeing this image of him without the proper context would think that he is evil, and nothing could be further from the truth.

07 December 2017

Dreamer’s World December 07, 2017 – Hectic Week Returns To Normal

    This week has been extremely busy up until now. Monday was almost normal, but I had to make sure that everything was up to date because I was taking the day off on Tuesday for a medical appointment as well as taking Hal to one of his own. We now have the same physician, and that makes things easier since Hal can no longer drive.
    We made the best of the day together after the morning appointments. I had to fast before my appointment, and that always puts me in a very foul mood. Luckily, both of our appointments were early, and we were finished by 0800. After a late breakfast, we decided to take a trip to IKEA since we could avoid the traffic. I am surprised that we didn’t by more stuff than we did. We walked out with only a few items that were inexpensive. Afterwards, we stopped for a late lunch and returned home for a quiet night.
    Wednesday was the day for the company holiday party. This meant that I had to commute to the weekly meeting with the client and then travel to the party in the afternoon rather than coming back home for work. I didn’t mind the time at the party, but it did make getting home in the late afternoon an adventure. Luckily, one of the employees from the other company groups lives reasonably close, so he let me ride with him to get back to my car since it allowed him to use HOV for the trip. I made it home around 1800 and spent the rest of the evening with Hal And The Stooges.
    Today I have been making sure that everything is all set for my morning meeting. Once that is over with, I have the regular round of afternoon meetings to sit through before finishing the day. I don’t think that we will be going anywhere or doing anything after work, but I am prepared just in case.
    Tomorrow I will take Hal to his eye doctor appointment in the morning. I will be working remotely with my laptop during that time, so there should be no problem with staying productive. Thankfully, Friday is also my early day at work, and I will be finished at 1430, so I can then start my weekend. Of course, that involves taking Hal to and from work both Saturday and Sunday, but I am used to that routine.

    There are times when I wish that things would happen to break up the routine. When they do occur, I find myself scrambling to accommodate those changes. I guess this proves that I am never satisfied, even when things are going well. Perhaps I should be more grateful for the life that I have, rather than wishing for something else with no guarantees of happiness.

04 December 2017

Dreamer’s World December 04, 2017 - Deadlines

    “I guess Irony can be pretty ironic sometimes.” This is one of my favorite quotes from the movie “Airplane 2, ” and it instantly sprang to mind this morning when I combined the start of work with the daily picture of Snoopy And The Gang. I found myself with an unexpected deadline looming over me. This was the result of decisions made at the company offices in California on Friday afternoon their time, long after I had completed my own work week here on the East Coast.
    I made up my mind that the topic for today would be Deadlines. Then I walked into the other room to arrange Snoopy And The Gang for their picture, and when I turned over the daily notecard, I was presented with “Happiness Is A New Day” staring back at me. I found myself smiling at the irony of the situation where someone could institute a deadline for Friday that I would not see until Monday.
    How they will deal with my alleged tardiness in completing the assignment is not my concern. This is far from the first time that something like this has happened to me. I am not a person who normally stresses over a deadline, and today was no exception. I wonder how people live when they constantly put pressure on themselves and others with arbitrary deadlines?
    I am a Type B personality, but I do like to stay ahead of things to avoid the daily stress of having deadlines imposed on me. It gives me time to be more creative if I am not continually responding to these deadlines. I get more done each day by taking things at my own pace and staying ahead of things.

    Deadlines might prove useful to some people, but I am not one of them.

02 December 2017

Dreamer’s World December 01, 2017 – Happiness Is Being Yourself

    December has arrived at last. I am amazed at how quickly this year has passed. With all of the turmoil in the world, we seemed to jump from one crisis to another without a break. The RWNJ lunatics have attempted to destroy the world by following the marching orders of Der RumpenFuhrer, and that will not change in 2018. We can only hope to continue resisting until the elections and then throw them out of Congress. I hope that will be the case, but I learned a long time ago that stupid people are hard to reason with. The combination of religion, fear and hatred is very potent and too many people would rather swallow that toxic mixture than think for themselves and see what is really going on around them.
    On a personal level, my decision to boycott the news has paid off for me. I still have my opinions and beliefs, but I am not constantly being thrown into emotional chaos by the media. I just told Hal that I will NOT listen to Der RumpenFuhrer just because he is speaking. Giving him attention just makes him worse. I cannot change things by myself, but I know that millions of Americans agree with me. Preserving my personal sanity is the first objective of surviving these difficult times.
    Since today is Friday, I am looking forward to the weekend. While there are no big plans since Hal will be working, I am probably going to contact a guitar teacher about taking lessons starting next year. While I am not 100% certain that I will do this, it is on my list of things to consider. I will keep practicing on my own for the time being and see how well it goes and how much progress I can make between now and 2018.
    The day at work has been a slow one. This comes as no surprise since it is Friday, I just hope that it stays slow for the rest of the day. I got everything done that I had scheduled, and unless something comes up after people arrive on the West Coast, I should be able to get through to quitting time without any trouble.

    After work, I hope to get out with Hal and do some grocery shopping and perhaps look at some tech toys at Best Buy. I am still waiting for word on the release date for the Google Home Max. I read an article yesterday that it will be available on December 11, but that is not confirmed. I can afford to wait since that doesn’t cost me any money.