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I dislike expectations. Especially high expectations. I don’t like having them, and I don’t like when other people have them.
When have high expectations led to anything good? Have high expectations of a movie? Of course you won’t like it as much. High expectations for a new love in your life? They’ll disappoint. Start to expect someone to do something? They’ll stop. The pressure of high expectations put on you by someone else just adds more weight for you to crumble beneath. It’s just never a good thing.
Now… low expectations are where the magic is at. Don’t expect much from someone or something, and you enable them to exceed your wildest dreams! I just can’t believe you went to all that trouble for me! I really expected this book to be horrible, but it really wasn’t too bad! When people expect very little of you, there’s no push to conform to or reach for their expectations. You’re freed! Free to experiment and have fun and do whatever your heart desires without fear of failure. When you start low, there’s just not far to fall.
The lesson? Set low expectations. Don’t expect much from others; empower yourself to do more and be pleasantly surprised when others exceed. Cultivate low expectations of yourself in others. Don’t brag and build yourself up. Downplay success and overplay failures. You’ll never look better than when people expect very little.
Hm. That doesn’t seem quite right. Too tongue in cheek? Too negative? Perhaps I’ve set too high of expectations on low expectations and too low of expectations on high expectations.
There are not many big decisions in life.
It may seem that there are. That some big decision is a pivotal moment that forever alters the course of someone’s life. But it only ever happens like that in the soundbite or tagline.
What there are a lot of in life are small choices.
All of those small choices result in who you are and what you’re doing. Most big decisions are really just a culmination of small choices. Small choices are easy to make once (“I’m going to eat a salad for lunch”). But how many times can you make that small choice? And how many times does a big decision (“I’m going to eat healthier”) really just end up coming down to whether you can keep making the small choices. Every time. Day in and day out.
It’s not glamorous. And it’s not easy. But maybe if you remember that every small choice counts, then changing your life will be easier.
I met a guy named Terry (remember earth, turf, terra, Terry) tonight on my dog walk. He asked for money on the street to buy a radio. I didn’t have my wallet. But we talked for a while. He talked about Jesus and the bible and where we go after we die. I assume (not presume) that this was an attempt to guilt me into giving him money so I won’t go to hell. But I didn’t have my wallet (so to hell with me?). We talked for about 10 minutes. He had a lot of “now listen to this” stuff that really wasn’t memorable, but something at the end may be interesting.
There are two ways to hurt someone:
1) Tell them who they truly are.
2) Pretend that they don’t exist.
I need a place to write anonymously without fear of repercussion or recognition. Then I can open up personally and professionally without the subjects of my writing knowing it’s them or likely ever even reading it. I feel uncomfortable doing that here. Maybe I just need to get over it.
I read Born to Run around December of last year. Much like The Omnivore’s Dilemma and Pushed, Born to Run passed my sniff test of what human’s are meant to do naturally. We’re constantly trying to fix food by reducing whatever thing we think is bad at the moment and adding in whatever is good today. We try to “fix” childbirth when it was never broken in the first place. And we try to improve running by putting people into an unnatural position that actually weakens the bodies natural ability. It just makes sense to me.
Born to Run talks about the positive change in people’s running ability and attitude toward running as they made the transition to barefoot running. I regarded much of this as the typical fanfare that is included in any book about a topic. However, I completed my first real barefoot-style run last week. It was the culmination of about three months of “preparation” and was noticeably easier then the same run a month prior in a more traditional running style. It wasn’t until half way through the run that I consciously thought, “Wow, this is easier. Could it be because of the barefoot-style?”
I made a New Year’s commitment to run to work once per month as motivation to progress toward barefoot running. I don’t run much, but this was something I wanted to try. I started researching and watching videos about barefoot running (I like this one: http://vimeo.com/12551218); there’s enough instructional information on the topic around the Internet to keep you busy for a weekend. I began running very short distances on the treadmill in slippers. I ordered a pair of Vivobarefoot Dharma shoes and wore them to work every day (my work commute involves a one mile walk each way to a train station) to strengthen my feet. It was important to not heel strike even when walking in these shoes. This strengthened my calves and the top and bottom of my feet. I then ordered a pair of Vivobarefoot Evo shoes and did short runs on the treadmill and around the neighborhood. Never too much; building up gradually.
This all happened over the course of three months. My first run to work was in traditional running shoes. I incorporated some barefoot-style where I could in the run but not much, and it was much more difficult in the traditional shoes. My second run was again in traditional shoes. Same thing. I just wasn’t confident enough yet in the strength of my feet to withstand the long run barefoot-style. My last run in March was in the Evos. I finally felt comfortable enough to do the whole run barefoot-style. And I must say it was phenomenal. The whole run was easier, and I completed the run with my best time. I rode a high all day. It was really really good. I’m one step closer to being a believer.
For me, all of the research I did on barefoot running boiled down to a few principles that worked well for me and allowed my body to naturally pick up the style (or at least I think so; I haven’t had anyone verify that I’m doing it correctly). Those principles are:
- Don’t heel strike. I let my body do what naturally occurred when I just focused on not heel striking.
- Straighten up. Don’t lean forward.
- Lift your feet up. Focus on lifting your feet off of the ground and not on pushing off of the ground. This along with straightening up naturally made my gait speed up.
And I guess a fourth one would be:
- Go slow. Don’t rush your body. Your feet are likely not used to the stress you’ll be putting on them.
Winter storms impact the productivity of business. People can’t get to the office so they “work” from home. Other people that can make it in to the office have to cover for those people that can’t. Deliveries are delayed. Work stops because deliveries are delayed and people can’t make it to the office. I wonder if there’s a measure of this loss of productivity somewhere?
And then let’s assume global warming is real and is man-influenced (stick with me here). Business is against many of the measures to reduce man’s impact on global warming because it would raise costs and be anti-competitive. I’m sure there are measures somewhere that show this negative impact to businesses?
Well, let’s say the increased moisture in the air from global warming is causing these more severe winter storms. If you compared the negative impact of the severe winter storms against the negative impact of measures to reduce global warming, which would come out worse? Would it make good business sense to spend on reducing global warming to gain on increased productivity resulting from fewer winter storms?
Early in the morning on one of the few below freezing days in Georgia, we drove up north to do some ziplining through the treetops at North Georgia Canopy Tours. We were the only ones dressed appropriately for the cold weather. Being from Michigan sometimes has its advantages. Pictures are here: http://photos.forgo.net/p88881904.