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The Joy of Doing Nothing

Like most of us, you probably have a lot to deal with. Your job, your school, your family, your friends, yourself … all put demands on your time and require effort to maintain and grow.

With all that demanding our attention, who has time to do nothing?

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Do You Hold Back?

I was flipping through the channels the other night and came across the movie Gattaca right at the scene where Vincent (Ethan Hawke) and his brother Anton are swimming.

I’ve always found this bit of dialog thought provoking (and thought it would be a good topic to write about and give Steve a break :) ) …

Anton: Vincent! How are you doing this Vincent? How have you done any of this? We have to go back.
Vincent: It’s too late for that. We’re closer to the other side.
Anton: What other side? You wanna drown us both?
Vincent: You wanna know how I did it? This is how I did it Anton. I never saved anything for the swim back.

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On the Importance of Following Through

Honoring our commitments

During my morning walks, I mentally run through all the things I need to get done during the day, and in which order I should do them. These are all tasks waiting on my action to either complete or move on to the next step.

This morning I noticed on my list several items that have been reappearing (and not being crossed off) for several days, some even weeks.

This got me thinking about why I still had them on my list.

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Three Years of Timely Insights

Looking back at where we’ve been

August 8th marks the three-year anniversary for Timely Insights on the Net (with this being the 73rd article published).

I thought we’d use this article to look back at what we’ve done, what’s changed in the past three years, and to see if we can catch a glimpse of the future.

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Please and Thank You

The Magic of Politeness

Ask any child “What’s the magic word?” and they’ll probably respond “please.”

Most of us were taught to use “please” when asking for something and to say “thank you” when we got what we asked for. Yet I very rarely see those words used by ‘adults’ – especially when communicating online.

So what happened? When did we forget to be polite? When did common courtesy become a rare trait?

I’m not sure about the answer, but I do know we can all benefit from being more polite to each other.

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