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December 2015

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Secrets and Confessions

Secrets and Confessions are all part of a life well lived. 

Dan O’Brien, The Contract Surgeon, page 100

Pickles, balls and sailing

Since sailing a boat on longer occupies my body and mind 24/7, I am taking up a new sport. It is called Pickleball. You can google it, wikepedia it, read about it, or join this fast growing adaptation of tennis, ping pong and bandmitton.

Pickle-Ball2_smallFriend, Rena and I have formed the first ever Everglades City Pickleball League. The first thing I noticed when I joined the Marco Island YMCA Pickleball group is how beginners and even intermediates complain about the wind. Ay, that beautiful phenomenon. While ritualizing the serve, I take a deep breath, feel the air on my cheek, watch a stray hair breeze across my face, then decide how hard, how soft and which angle to compensate for the holy balls trajectory.

Watching the whiffle ball sail off my paddle then over the net hopefully landing at the feet of my opponent’s back hand side, I revel in my years at sea. Now rather than sail across the water’s surface I sail across a paved court with a tiller of a different sort in my hand. Always looking where I want my vessel to go.

For more information about Pickleball send me a note:  sailorhiker@gmail.com

Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

Sure, I could list in order the seven habits of effective people as professed by Steven Covey. Rather, because this site is about learning, I choose to list the 7 habits and let you do the research as well as employ your personal acumen to schedule an order that makes sense to you. I did include a website that gives an in-depth analysis and description of Covey’s book.

Seven Habits:

  1. Be proactive – if its to be, its up to me
  2. Think win/win – its about reaching consensus
  3. Seek to understand – empathy/not everyone thinks like you do
  4. Begin with the end in mind – where are you headed/where do you want to end up
  5. Sharpen the saw – like a piano we need to adjust as time goes on
  6. Synergize – incorporate one thing with another
  7. Ay, the missing habit is left for you to research — homework

http://www.depts.ttu.edu/upwardbound/books/the-7-habits-ofhighly-effective-people.pdf

Time Like My Mind Goes Somewhere

 

stay tuned,,,,,,DSC_0218

 

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