Family mottos:

Ever notice how different families tend to have a different motto they lived by. It was the phrase they said when things got tough or talking about someone else having a hard time.

I grew up at the intersection of ‘It is what it is’ and ‘it could be worse’.

I never really thought about what they really meant until I had kids. I started listening to some of the phrases I said.  I wondered which ones my kids would remember.

Here are the top phrases used in my household

  1. If it is sticky and not yours, don’t eat it.
  2. It’s good to want
  3. Would you like it if someone did <insert kid action here> to you? (example: Would you like it if someone farted in your face?)
  4. What happens if you guys fight over something? – Mama takes it away.
  5. No one wants to see your butt.
  6. After someone is crying about a minor injury – Should we cut it off?

What phrases or mottos do you use?

The story we tell ourselves

I believe the human mind is always seeking to make order out of chaos.  I seek to make sense of the random acts that effect me by working them into my own personal stories.  I emphasize different facets of my story based on what is important to me at that moment.

My narrative grows and changes as I do.

I’d like to think that we all can use this process to give ourselves a better story.  And  better possible ending.  Why not go for a happy one?

We are survivors, not victims.

We have learned from and have been made stronger by our mistakes.  It makes our story more interesting to have plot twists.

What change in attitude has changed your life?

What ranks lower than Morse Code

I was thinking about the web of connections we make in our lives and the method we use to communicate.

I’m not a super social person. My day-job is a remote position. I spend my days in wall-to-wall phone calls, wading through email tsunami and IM flood.

My order of preference for most communication is Text/IM/Hangouts then email then phone, then in person. And well after smoke signals and Morse Code would be Vlog or video calls/chats.

When I see Vloggers and vids on FB, I don’t get it. I’m not sure it’s an age thing. Maybe it’s because I feel talked at or that the media feels awkward.

Awkward like a first date.

Just like a first date, the person could have an annoying habit.  A head toss that drives me insane. Or flailing hands that are trying to escape from their body. Or maybe a stare like that crazy dog in the pound in Shaun the Sheep the movie. ( )

So for me, until I know you won’t be subjected to my hair-trigger eye rolling, let’s stick to a non-video form of communication.

What do people do that drive you crazy?