February, 2010 Archives


Depend On It

by Pj in Random

I like days when I wake up. I mean wake up and I know me…more.
This week I began to understand clearer the difference between standards and values. I know…DUH!!!!!!!

Granted, it takes me awhile to catch on or maybe digging deeper doesn’t just create a personal cave or maybe it does.

I often wondered how people can live with themselves when they seem to be such Biatches. I realized this week that sometimes people think that of me. And the worst and best part of that is…I don’t care. Okay I do care, but I care less then I used to.

List of values.

1. Be responsible
2. Be dependable

If you don’t have these same values, well that’s okay. We probably won’t be great friends, but we can still be something.

To me what is important is waking up and identifying what are our own driving forces. It helps define our unique selves to ourselves. Sometimes this can be a tad painful as we recognize our quirkiness. Sometimes, this can be liberating as we shed old rusty excuses and discover we can stand smelling our own morning breath.

Waking up. It’s all-good. In 16 hours you can go back to sleep and be at peace with the world for at least 6 hours barring bathroom breaks.

Unless your value is roll over or is it roll under. Personally, I just want to have a roll there. In my house you can depend on it.


State of Mind

by Pj in Family, Random

Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. ~Samuel Ullman

I remember my grandparents coming to visit me in Mexico after Saac was born. My grandmother was holding Saac. She looked at me and said, “Do you feel like a mother yet?”

I looked at her and truthfully said, “No. I don’t feel old enough to be a wife! Aren’t I just 15? ”

She looked at me and laughed and said, “That’s how I feel too! And here I am holding my great grand son, but I’m just 15!”

It was a moment. Granddaughter and grandmother were just two girls of the same mind. Two 15 year-old-girls.

I’ve grown up since then! Okay, maybe not.



It’s going to be a day.

by Pj in Random

To the Morning

Watching the sun
Watching it come
Watching it come up over the rooftops.

Cloudy and warm
Maybe a storm
You can never quite tell
From the morning.

And it’s going to be a day
There is really no way to say no
To the morning.

Dan Fogelberg



by Pj in Family

Computers are magnificent tools for the realization of our dreams, but no machine can replace the human spark of spirit, compassion, love, and understanding. Louis Gerstner

Lately, I have been giving some thought to motivation. Not the inspiring kind of motivation, but the individual internal kind.

So, I have been doing some research to try to understand what motivates people to do what they do. I think I am really trying to determine the intrinsic desire of humans…. at least the sane ones. And perhaps that’s my first mistake, the assumption that any of us are sane.

I found this rather definitive motivational breakdown describing the four basic motivational factors.

Recognition-People who are motivated by “Recognition” are interested in respect, admiration, regard, esteem, notoriety and celebrity.

Influence-Those whose primary motivator is “Influence” find power, control, competition, independence and order to be most important.

Internal- If you are motivated by “Internal” factors, then morals, duty, intellect, creativity, philanthropy, and honor are important to you.

Profit -“Profit” motivated people strive for success with money, possessions, acquisitions, wealth, income and growth.

I fluctuate between wondering what are people’s motives and why the heck should I care. Why should any of us care? Kind of goes in the realm of worrying about what people think. Unfortunately, the motives of others affects others and I am apart of “others”. And that is why I care.

Recognizing and understanding the above factors should teach me about my own motivation. In truth I believe we all are motivated by all of these factors to some degree. Deciding the order of importance with unabashed honesty can be enlightening and perhaps painful and maybe motivational… don’t you think?

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