A Difficult Week in Review

smallLast week was typical week for me.  I was busy and productive and though I had to deal with several difficult people I was happy.

I have resolved not to shun the so-called difficult people in my life for two self serving reasons. They teach me important lessons about myself, and learning from them provides  opportunities for my growth.

I acknowledged that every person in my life is my mirror. By remaining aware that each one was reflecting aspects of my own consciousness back to me,  I was able not to take their negativity personally.

While one computer was running all the programs required in advance of me being able to start my contracted writing, I answered support forum questions on a second computer. As my hubby was away, I monitored a third computer and several email accounts dedicated to our business.  When there were lulls I read articles online that I’d like to share with you.

1.   7 Life Misconceptions Portrayed in the Super Bowl Ads – Determining the underlying promise of any advertisement and uncovering what else, other than the product itself, marketers are trying to sell.

2.   Why “follow your passion” is bad advice, and what to do instead  – There are a couple of reasons people still think following a passion is the golden career ticket, even when it’s getting them nowhere. One reason is that we hear this advice everywhere! Another reason is that it makes us feel good.  ‘Follow Your Passion’ Is Crappy Advice – Cal Newport is a computer scientist and MIT graduate. His new book, So Good They Can’t Ignore You, debunks the belief that “follow your passion” is good advice.

3.   Brain Connections Contribute to Our Unique Personalities – Scientists now say that variations in brain connections account for much individuality, and they’ve narrowed it down to a few specific regions of the brain.

4.  What Is a Life Coach? – “The short answer is: someone who helps you focus on getting out of life what is  important to you (even when you don’t know what that is yet!) and gives you the tools to keep doing this long after your final session.”

5.   The Life Coach Gold Rush Is On – However, even though there isn’t an easily navigable route to success there are many routes to failure with some coaches opting for more than just one.

6.   12 Mistakes New Life Coaches Make – The training companies have done a brilliant job of suggesting coaching is a zero sum start up. After all, if you have some pajamas to slip into, a computer and a phone, (all things you probably already have), what more could you possibly need?

7.   Queen of Green on Pinterest – David Suzuki’s Queen of Green, dishes out eco-friendly lifestyle advice with simple tips, recipes and advice. Like her blog, her pins are all about green living made easy.

8.   “She’s a fighter!” and other metaphors in medicine – Are you “battling” heart disease”? Have you “beaten” cancer? Are you “fighting” a chronic illness? These wartime references are metaphors.  Read about three of the most prominent metaphors encountered in health care.

9.   A Decoder for Common Medical Terms – This handy dictionary demystifies the most common jargon you’ll hear from the people in the white coats—and can stave off a serious case of misunderstanding.

10.   The Problem With Being “Too Nice” – According to recent research in psychology, being too nice can sometimes backfire on us.Being a kind person isn’t the problem, but it has to come from a place of strength and understanding. 5 ways to avoid falling into the “too nice” trap.

11.   Relax! You’ll Be More Productive – More and more of us find ourselves unable to juggle overwhelming demands and maintain a seemingly unsustainable pace. Paradoxically, the best way to get more done may be to spend more time doing less.

12.   The Human Brain is Wired for Compassion – Sharon Salzberg speaks with Daniel Goleman about altruism, mirror neurons, and how the human brain is wired for compassion.

13.   Being Kind

14.   Walking Away – “Knowing when to walk away is wisdom. Being willing is courage. Walking away with your head held high is dignity.”

Tomorrow my hubby will be taking my computers into the shop. The plan is to have my data transferred from the old computer into the new one I got before Christmas vacation. However, as things rarely work out as smoothly as planned I’m publishing now.  In case you experience a delay in having your comments approved or being answered you will now be able to guess why that is.


  1. TT, this is a enlightenment! I especially like “The problem with being “too nice”. Thanks for sharing.
    Yun Yi

  2. I’ve read Cal Newport’s book and it’s awesome. Years ago, I made a decision to stay in corporate taxes and use my CPA rather than pursue my passions. Had I pursued my passions, we’d be destitute. I’m passionate about what I do, but would I rather do something than taxes? Yes, but it’s a good career.

    I look forward to trying out some of the other links in your post (probably late tonight when I’m winding down my day).


    • Hi Nancy,
      I haven’t read it but I sure intend to. I’m so glad you didn’t choose the road to destitution. I hope you wound down and found a good read or two in my post.

  3. Thanks for including my “She’s A Fighter” post in this list of interesting titles (will add them to my ‘Must Read’ list this week!) :-)

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