THE UNORDINARY PROFESSOR
Greetings Brave Students!
Yesterday several of you committed to taking the sugar and processed food challenge. Here is where you put action to it. Let us know who is joining us and who is supporting from the sidelines.
Today, I started out with grapefruit and coffee...a little tart without sugar but it tasted great! I used to put a couple of heaping teaspoons of sugar on it. So, it still an adjustment for me. For dinner, I had fresh ground peanut butter, celery, and berries. I mentioned that planning can be a little bit harder when eating clean so I put a couple of chicken breasts, peppers, and onions in the crock pot early this morning. I think it will be a great Fajita supper. We will be using romaine lettuce instead of processed wraps. I am feeling great! Oh, I am having my usual pot of coffee throughout the day though. I am off-setting that with 80 ounces of water per day! GOOD LUCK!!!!!
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About a year ago I came across an excellent blog called Practical Tips for Productive Living by Marc and Angel Hack. This morning I was reading their most recent blog post “10 Tough Truths Happy People Aren’t Afraid to Face” and decided to share some thoughts with you.
One of the ten truths that really stood out for me was the “people will love you and people will dislike you”. This is what they had to say about it: “And most of the time, it will have nothing to do with you. How others treat you is their karma, how you respond is yours. Love them anyway. Be kind because it’s who you are, not because they have to earn it. The hardest people to love are often the ones who need it the most anyway.”
These are wise, wise words. For some, they are words that can take a lifetime to understand or integrate into one’s life or beliefs. For others, these words will never be understood or attained. The writing reminds me of what I wrote in relation to my experiences in living without my oldest son, Clint. When someone loses a loved one, you would think those around them are kind and loving. The truth is…many people are not. The truth is…when you lose someone you love, it can also bring out the worst in you. Without clarity of thought, these two runaway freight cars of undesirable behavior can lead to a train wreck of emotions.
you lose a child or anyone you love, you aren’t given a choice in their
fate. You are forced to live without
them. I hate that helpless feeling of being powerless, and I never want to
return to it. It’s from this hatred that
I’ve learned to take back control over myself and, more importantly, my
thoughts and perceptions. It's sad that it took the ultimate devastation to allow me to see with such clarity.
What do I see? What have I learned? I’ve learned to control the negativity
that wants so desperately to take over my brain and replace it with love,
kindness, and compassion. I’ve learned
to share love with those I love and those that love me, but I’ve also learned
to love those who seem to know no love.
I’ve learned to extend kindness to those who are easy to be kind to and
also those who are not. I’ve learned to
give compassion to those who are compassionate to me and, more importantly,
those who haven’t been compassionate.
Yes, these are all choices. It
isn’t our talents or abilities that will ultimately define who we are; it’ll be
the choices that we make.
happiness and a positive perception. You will never find real happiness when you are more concerned with what others think of you. Worse yet, you will never be truly happy when what "they" think matters more than what "you" think. Couple this with the fact that the opinions that cause us the most stress, are generally from acquaintances or strangers and not even those who love us. My brother and his wife have told me for years to concentrate on the opinions of those who genuinely matter. I've heard the message but never understood why I couldn't take what they've said to heart. I recently figured it out. I realized that the problem is that everyone "genuinely" matters to me. What I've had to discover is that they don't matter MORE than those who love me...including myself.
What's this all mean? It is simple. I
no longer find myself concerned with whether people like or dislike me. I am more concerned with being a good person
and being comfortable in knowing who I am.
Much like Marc and Angel state in their blog post, whether or not
someone likes you “Most of the time it will have nothing to do with you”.
In short, be a good person and concern yourself with whether or not one person likes you. That person is YOU. Odds are high that if you like yourself, those that matter will too!
To read the other 9 of the “10 Tough Truths Happy People Aren’t Afraid to Face”,
The fact is that most people think they are good listeners but, in reality, are not! Good listeners are supposed to really pay attention to what the speaker is saying. Our ability to be "good" listeners is probably the most important skill we can have but also one we take for granted. Ask yourself if you have any of the following "bad" listening habits?
-Do you find yourself mentally criticizing or judging what the other person is saying?
-Are there times when you secretly think the speaker is wasting your time?
-Do you try to look like your listening when you're really not?
-Are you preparing your response while they are still speaking?
-Do you highjack the conversation with your own story or ideas?
-Do you give solutions or advice when it wasn't asked for?
If you said YES to any of these, you may want to sharpen your listening skills. Click on the link below and take a 1-minute inventory. Hurry...find out your score?
LISTENING INVENTORY & SCORE
Whatever your score, the good news is that it CAN be improved. Wait...if it can be improved, it can also become worse. Listening, just like any skill, must be refined through practice. You don't have to go crazy with the development of a full scale self-improvement plan. Just start with one person and/or one listening skill. Maybe you decide to make better eye contact, stop what you're doing to give full attention , avoid creating a response while they are still talking, or maybe you just decide not to give advice unless you're asked. Whatever it is and whoever it is with, make being a GOOD listener a priority. I guarantee people will notice and appreciate your efforts.
Our fall days are numbered. In fact, today, it feels as though they may have come to a screeching halt. Weekends are what we look forward to but yet they seem to go by so fast. Often times, we are still feeling stressed and tired come Monday.
A few years back, I wrote an article for Savor Magazine about enjoying fall with fun dates. It doesn't matter if you are single or married, with our without kids. Take advantage of our last few days of fall by taking that special person in your life on a date! You will be amazed at how much less stress you'll feel. Now, the next question...Will I be able to get my husband out of his deer stand for our "date"? 5 Great Fall Dates
I always used to
wonder why I was so tired and fairly useless around 3:00 PM. As it
turns out, according to brain research, most of you probably have
similar time periods during the day.
Did you know that if you sleep well, you will think well? This month, I shared the book Brain Rules with my graduate students. In the book, John Medina gives a great deal of usable information on our brains. One of the most fascinating to me is regarding sleep. Although the research is unclear as to how much sleep an individual person needs, on average, it is around 7 hours a night.
Research on the subject of sleep can be confusing but one thing researchers seem to agree on is the fact that “sleep loss cripples thinking in just about every way you can measure thinking”. As a result, many companies are introducing nap time into their daily work schedules. Yes, I said it “naps” for adults at work. How would that go over with your employer? Dr. Onyeaghala (my dean), if you are reading this, let me know if I can take a nap at 3:00.
It is fascinating that some of the companies instituting such policies are recognized as the most innovative, successful, and progressive companies in existence. According to Rosekind (a NASA scientist), people’s performance can improve 34% in just 26 minutes of napping.
Now think about our schools. If naps are good for adults, what would they do for students? Have you ever tried to teach a child who is tired? Useless battle isn’t it? Well, it is good to know that some of our more progressive schools are also listening to top brain researchers and doing things such as starting school later in the morning. I haven’t heard of any providing nap time beyond early elementary but maybe they’re out there.
If you want to learn more, check out John Medina’s book “Brain Rules”. It is a good read and resource.
What do you think about this subject? Share your thoughts with someone today.