The Circumference of Me – Chapter 2

2. Positives from negatives

There are times in your life when things stop making sense. Familiar sights and sounds seem out of focus and muffled; systems which only yesterday were comforters in your business, non-profit association, or corporate world miraculously turn into a patchwork quilt with a Drunkard’s Path design. Policies which once seemed to protect you are suddenly, like the cat of homespun legend, stealing your breath away and smothering your creativity.

When your personal world – your professional portrait, familiar processes at home and work, predictable market trends – breaks apart, take comfort in the fact that there are always pieces left. Don’t discard those pieces; they are parts of you. Take them and play with them. Put them together to create a new picture of the change in you — a you collage.

To do that, take a giant step in the direction of change: Put your brain in neutral. Of course, that’s hard to do. Your brain does not normally recognize commands to go into neutral mode because it makes little sense of the attempt. With your brain in neutral, there are no thought patterns being created, and the brain is a pattern-loving organ. Your thinking self yearns to make sense of events, people, and opportunities; it wants to reason its way out of an economic ditch, a catastrophic relationship, or a job that sucks.

Putting your brain in neutral does not mean “not thinking.” It means selectively thinking about things that, when viewed from the perspective of your personal or professional life, are “neutral.”

One manager confides that her personal neutral mode consists of closing her eyes during a quiet moment and concentrating on a single thought: A turtle walking at the edge of a tranquil pond. In a personal form of meditation or bio-feedback, the woman simply takes a minute or less and “walks” the turtle in her mind – silently repeating the personal mantra, “Turtle, turtle, turtle,” the silent words matching each imagined step. This form of “non-sense” calms and relaxes this particular manager, enabling her to put her creative brain in neutral, giving herself a refreshing pause.

It’s the paradox of non-sense. Through this neutral process, or whichever one you choose, it’s possible to direct your brain back to Square One, then take off again to find to new patterns and conclusions. Now is as good a time as any to explode yourself with mental dynamite and reinvent you. It’s the perfect time for reinvestment of creative energy, setting new goals, dreaming new dreams, strengthening your personal will, and reorganizing your personal organizational structure to find positive uses for those tired, old, broken and scattered pieces of the s of your yesterday.

When things break – in your personal life, in your job, in the market – huge amounts of negative and positive energy are released. That energy has to go somewhere. You choose where to direct that energy…and when. Doesn’t it make sense to use it to enhance the positive side of your life?

That’s the premise and reason for the Circumference of Me: directing stray thoughts into a living, breathing, growing example of how you can change your life through the appreciation and development of a very special personal tool: personal thought leadership.

Take charge of your thoughts. Take charge of your life.

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The Mess Just Got Messier

By George Smith

Truism of this political cycle – The mess just got messier.

In the wake of the report by Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller, the partisan ship the U.S.S. Crapaduck is sailing in shark-infested waters and it’s all hands on deck, line up and walk the plank hand-in-hand singing “We Shall Overcome Because There Was No Collusion or Obstruction.”

The result of the long-awaited report made the Trump Administration giddy for the time being but the course this coarse administration will now follow is destined to be chaos-squared. You know, like what we have witnessed for the past 27 months…only this chaos will be more chaotic, if that is possible.

First, if you think that Mueller and his team of investigative lawyers and technocrats, by not bringing further indictments against Trump associates and/or family members, is wiping his hands of the investigation, you are mistaken. If there is a person in government smarter, more organized and clear of mind in regard to a mission that Mueller…well, I will wait while you ponder just whom that might be.

Knowing the pardon power of a sitting president, Mueller handed off more information, more reams of investigative paperwork and recorded interviews to various state and district prosecutors (Southern and Northern Districts of New York, Washington, D.C., and Florida) than the New York Times runs in a Sunday issue. A president’s pardon power only applies to federal charges; get charged by state prosecutors and you are on your own.

The report and the initial sippy-cup summary from Attorney General William Barr did create an initial Happyness Culture in Trump supporters and at Fox News. But even some Fox commentators spit up some of the Trump wine-flavored Koolaid and acknowledged the president and others are not yet out of legal troubles.

The House set one tone of bipartisanship by voting 410-0 (20 members did not vote) to have Barr release the entire report. In the Senate, Lindsey Graham killed a similar vote by requesting the FBI release information about the investigation into the Hillary Clinton campaign.

(Uhhh, Sen. Graham, Hillary Clinton lost the election; your side won. Your party investigated Clinton when she was secretary of state multiple times for multiple reasons and never laid a hob-nailed boot on her. Give it up, already! Clinton is a dead horse and you are still beating it to distract from the current administration issues. Stick with the issue at hand…the Mueller report and should it be made public or not.)

I am amazed that after the Democrats rolled up the House countin the midterm election that Republicans started pleading with them to work on bipartisan issues. These are the same Republicans who, for the past eight years or more have told congressional Democrats to pound sand and “let the big dogs eat.”

Now the food is in the other bowl in the House and Republicans in the lower chamber are feeling neglected and brow-beaten.

It would behoove every member of Congress to remember the lessons of the last few years: Be careful how you behave when you are in power because when you lose the majority (and you will at some point), expect to be treated like you treated those in the minority when you were big hog at the trough.

It’s not the way our government is supposed to work, but dysfunction breeds dysfunction and everyone suffers, especially the people for whom the elected officials are supposed to be working.

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