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Relationships Under Pressure

We are all under a lot of pressure these days in addition to the virus itself. Those extra stresses may include economic as well as emotional. Just having to shelter in place and social distance when we do leave home are definitely not normal and only add to our sense of uncertainty and anxiousness.

We each know how the situation effects us and have some idea about how it is effecting others in our families. What we may not think about is how much pressure current circumstances are putting on our relationships, especially our relationships with our significant others. Even solid adult relationships can give in to the pressure if we aren’t very careful. For that reason, I am sharing an episode focusing on long-term relationships and those things we need to remember and give the special attention they deserve. It takes about an hour.

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When The Band’s Not All Here

The Audio Tidbits band is practicing, but the gang is not all together. It’s that social distancing thing. You’ll hear how that works out for the band and maybe pick up a little life principle that is worth a think or so. Listen and see what you think about everyone working from home on a long-term basis.

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Trying Times

Even if you are still leaving home to go to work, your activities are probably quite restricted. There is a long list of things you can’t do and places you can’t go. That means that you are spending more time in close proximity to your family. And being closer to each other does not necessarily lead to more closeness. It’s perhaps even more likely that you are working from home or – worse yet – without a job. The result is that you spend most all of your time with your family.

Can you relate to this? My parents have been gone for several years; but when they were still alive, I loved them dearly but definitely would not have wanted to live with them. Had it been necessary, we would have worked it out; but living together is not something either they or I would have chosen. The same holds for my adult children and for their children, for that matter. My family is special to me; but living with them on a 24-hour basis sound like a prescription for trouble.

But this is a time of little to no choice. That’s why we are sharing some tips for getting along when there is not much opportunity to get apart.

Our tips start with some wisdom that has been around forever. It says that it’s not what we love about each other that helps us get along, but is what we are willing to put up with from each other. What we love about each other is why we want to get along to start with. What we are willing to put up with from each other is what keeps us from blowing up or walking out. But when we can’t get some distance from each other or time away, putting up with what we have been just putting up with can get very hard to handle. Putting up with it – whatever it is – on a 24-hour, 7 days a week basis can stress the limits of tolerance and sensitivity for the best of us. What we just put up with before is now way over the top, even for us. …

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2 For Me | 2 For You | 1 Just For Fun

This is an episode that includes 2 tidbits for me, 2 for you and 1 just for fun. It also works if you just want to take your mind off more serious things. I also work in a little astrology.

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That 20 Seconds Thing

Does 20 seconds ring any bells for you? Had I asked you that just a few weeks ago, you likely wouldn’t have had a clue. These days though, most everyone knows about 20 seconds. Think washing your hands while social distancing and sheltering in place.

I certainly have no advice about how to wash your hands, when to wash or how often. I’m just helping with that 20 seconds thing. It’s not very long but seems like a long time to wash my hands. I’m just washing away, wondering if the 20 seconds are up yet. …

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Frustration Factor

Fault Finders

Do you know someone who would probably find something negative to say about the Easter Bunny? They always have a comment or opinion, and it’s usually negative or critical. If you find these fault finders as annoying as I do, listen for a tip about how to manage them.

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Part-time Respect

How many people do you know who are part-time when it comes to respect. They pick and choose who and when for what respect they can muster. I just hope that you are not a part-timer. Listen to hear how it works.

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An April Fool’s Day Tip

The only way to get the tip is to listen. Press play and then be sure to follow the advice.

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Pessimism Is Counterproductive

Current times make it particularly important to remember that pessimism is counterproductive. When we think that things are out of control and that there is nothing we can do, we should stop and consider the simple point: pessimism is counterproductive. There are things we can and should do.

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Your 33 min. Polka Party

If you’re hoping for a tick up in your mood and energy, join us. your personal Polka Party may be just what the doctor ordered.

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Stuck or Moving On

There are times in life when we either stay stuck in situations or circumstances that we cannot change or take a deep breath and move on. It really is our choice.

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Who Dropped the Ball?

When things don’t work out as expected, when people disappoint us, who dropped the ball? The answer is more complicated than it may seem at first glance.

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More Tolerance On and Off Line

In these uncommon times, relating well to others on and off line is more important than ever. Stress is high and people aren’t always at their best. This makes it essential that we do our best to be our best when interacting with others. Expanding our range of tolerance is a good place for each of us to start.

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54 min. of Happy Background

Do well, Be well and enjoy.

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Aliens Amongst Us

The Fake Facebook

Alert! Alert! Alert!

This transmission from the High Council on the Home Planet is directed to all planetoids currently participating in the edit of the Earth planet’s Internet, as per the recent directive. The Council’s surveillance has verified that the edit mechanism has been successfully imbedded in only seventy-three of the six hundred and twenty-one master nodes controlling the Earth planet’s Internet. This limited progress is disappointing. An eleven percent capture rate is far below expectations.

The Home Council is thus directing that half of your collective resources be used to continue the embedding work, while the remaining half be redirected to editing what the Earth humans refer to as Facebook.

Based on the Home Council’s analysis of the node by node imbedding of the editing mechanism, a partial installation of the embedding mechanism is sufficient for the intended purpose. The artificial intelligence in the mechanism will successfully complete the embedding without planetoid assistance. This adjustment will enable completion of the full activation of Internet editing within an acceptable time frame.

The Home Council is very pleased to inform all planetoids that, even though the rate of implementation is disappointing, the effectiveness of the edit mechanisms thus far embedded exceeds expectations. Particularly in the America pod, portions of history have been transparently edited, with no known recognition by American humans. Their grock of their existence has been subtly modified, with a corresponding shift in their values and beliefs about themselves and their relation to other Earth humans. More details will follow as they become available. Suffice it to say that their obsession with privacy and personal freedom is diminished and their acceptance of government oversight shows signs of improving. This is of course, consistent with the grand plan of the Home Council.

Please focus your attention now on the urgent necessity of Facebook intervention.