Friday, August 1, 2014

Is Truth Subjective?

     "There is an ancient saying that something lives only as long as the last person who remembers it.  My people have come to trust memory over history.  Memory, like fire, is radiant and immutable; while history only serves those who seek to control it, those who would douse the flame of memory in order to put out the dangerous fire of truth.  Beware these men, for they are dangerous and unwise.  Their false history is written in the blood of those who might remember and of those who seek the truth." - Navajo saying

     This saying really resonates with me.  I taught my children that ANY subject that has sides that people can take and argue over is not a fact, but a theory.  That statement gets me into a lot of hot water with most people.  Especially people who don't realize that so many of the things that they take for granted as fact are, in actuality, theories.  I hold to it, though.  It reminds me to be curious, to always keep learning, and to keep an open mind.  Most people don't realize that there are major discrepancies between what is read, what is said, and what is experienced from person to person.

     Why is it so hard for us to see and accept that the "facts" are so frequently not true for everyone and that that means that the facts are not facts but, simply, something that is true for many people much of the time rather than true for all people all of the time?  Heck, there are some "facts" out there that are downright false for most people most of the time, some that are false that many people don't even recognize as false because it's become such an ingrained belief as "fact".  The saddest for me, the "facts" you learned that you never took the time to question.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Learning to Trust Yourself

Trust yourself and you find and reclaim yourself.

Self-confidence is the ability to depend on yourself.

Acknowledge your strengths and do what you are passionate about and good at, they are usually the same thing.

Take credit for your successes.

Let go of the "right" answer, find YOUR answer.

Take risks, if you don't you've already failed.

Find out what you're REALLY capable of.

Take responsibility for the consequences of your decisions, regardless of whether they are "good" or "bad".

Integrity and authenticity develop self-trust, your integrity not other's.

Acknowledge and accept your emotions/feelings, they will tell you whether or not you are staying true to yourself.

Develop healthy boundaries (healthy for/to you, you must draw the lines yourself), they are how you regulate your interactions with yourself and the outside world.

Stay true to, and insist that others respect, your boundaries.  When you neglect to do so, you neglect and abandon yourself, breaking the trust in yourself.

This is what I learned from Teal Swan today.

Have a beautiful day!


Monday, March 31, 2014

Working hard or hardly working?

Tonight is my fourth day working at my new job and my second unsupervised.  Why am I writing a blog post at work?  I have too much free time.  In the last two nights I have watched several hours worth of movies and tv shows, read several chapters in a couple of books, listened to several hours of music and audiobooks, played a few hands of solitaire, etc.  I am a fill in receptionist at a retirement community in the middle of the night and I needed something a bit more engaging to keep me awake.  So I decided that it was the perfect time to put my thoughts down.

Don't misunderstand me, I love my new job.  It just is a little difficult to find ways to fill my time between phone calls, potty breaks, and the rare emergency cord pull that is quiet and I don't mind being caught on camera doing.  For instance, right now I am watching a health show called Know The Cause on my ipod.  Later on, I'll probably watch a couple of episodes of Bones or The Dead Zone and then read a couple of chapters of Dawn or the ebook about Celts I've been reading on Kindle.  Excuse me while I buzz in the newspaper delivery guy...

Okay, I'm back.  Here's an interesting dilemma: What do I write on the get well card of a lady I've never met who's job I'm doing?  If it weren't for her, I would've been hired two months ago (they told me this last week), but if she hadn't needed time off, I wouldn't be here now.

You know how we get told as kids not to take candy from strangers?  Apparently, that rule goes away when one gets a job as a fill in receptionist.  I just ate a frosted cookie that tasted kind of like zucchini bread that was left on the desk today for "the girls" by a resident.

Why does the newspaper delivery guy always seem like he's laughing at me?  Is he always overly jolly?  Perhaps I should just be glad that he's not cranky, I mean, he IS delivering newspapers at 1 in the morning, after all.

I need to stretch my legs.  I guess I'll go for a potty break...

Alright, back again.  Anyway, yesterday morning the daytime receptionist showed me how to turn on the fireplace in the lobby.  Tonight it's still on.  I'm tempted to take my book over there to one of the couches.  Really, who gets to read by a fireplace at work? (Did I mention that I love this job?)  However, I'm worried that I might get too cozy and doze off.  To be honest, I don't think it would affect my work performance due to being such a light sleeper but I would hate to have a guest or resident come in and see me dozing.  Also, I'd feel like I was stealing from the company.  Not cool.  I want to be part of this place for a long time.  Everyone's so nice.

2 AM - Time for a cup of coffee.

3 AM - Time for a potty break and a snack.  I am getting really tired.  I guess I better look for different entertainment.

4 AM - I'm feeling a bit sick to my stomach, not sure why.  Plus, I'm really tired.  I wish I could go to bed.

Anyone seen What To Expect When You're Expecting with Jennifer Lopez?  I'm about to watch it.  I really hope it's interesting enough to keep me awake.

A little slow, but not a bad movie.  I'm still awake.

I wish I had asked someone what to do if I get sick while I'm here alone.

6:26 AM - Starting to get light out.  Almost time to go home and get some sleep.

I just learned that I live in one of the least vaccinated states in the US with 6% of kindergartners having "non-medical" exemptions, that means they have religious exemptions since those are the only two options.  I wonder how many have medical exemptions?

No one taught me how or told me to fax the bus schedule!

Have a good day!  I have to get off here before more people show up!