DIY for Greater Satisfaction

From you, the people who keep my spirit alive every day I’ve learned that nobody cares like I do so I practice DIY (DO IT YOURSELF) whenever possible.

True Story: Having recently had the exterior of my house painted the painters called out an area to me where the roof tiles were coming loose from the fascia. They were concerned about fixing it because it’s not their area of expertise and were afraid they would break the Spanish clay tiles.

I called a handyman, a referral that I had no personal experience with, and he said he would stop by in about two hours and take a look. He got out his ladder, climbed up and looked. He then asked if he could borrow a hammer and some four inch nails. I thought, how odd a handyman without a hammer and nails. I got my hammer and nails and handed them to him. He proceeded to hammer a few nails into the holes in the clay tiles. He pressed into the tiles to show me they were tight. He was at my house for an hour and asked for $100. I paid.

Two weeks later I found a nail on the ground underneath the roof tiles that had been fixed. I looked up and saw the tiles were loose again. I called him and he said “call me tomorrow when you’re home and I will come by and fix it, and also want you to know that I will have to charge you for it again”. Really! I asked him what he thought if I told him the new paint was peeling after two weeks and I called the painter back to fix it. Did he think I should pay for another paint job? He said “no however this was different.” I thanked him and said I didn’t need him.

I went to the hardware store and got longer nails, actually screws that could be hammered into the wood and then tightened with a screw driver. Fortunately I have a ladder and screw driver, and we already know I have a hammer. I climbed up and did it myself.

Not only do I have the satisfaction of the DIY experience; I also can check easily if the approach is working better that what was done before. Plus I have more confidence going forward to analyze the situation and see if I can fix the problem on my own rather than calling someone.

It’s like the computer, if it’s not working, shut it down and restart, most of the time it fixes the problem and suddenly we’re all computer experts!

Try DIY first to build your confidence and satisfaction, because when it comes to getting stuff done Nobody Cares Like I Do; Like You Do.

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Shake it Off!

One of the many things I learned from my dog…don’t like something…shake it off.

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Persist

Stay the course; you will succeed beyond expectations.

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Remarkable

To produce a good amount of quality work you have to produce a large quantity that is unremarkable. Ask any artist, writer, salesperson, business person…

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Why Art?

Art exists to inspire, to move, to educate, and to excite.

 

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It’s a Matter of Perspective

Whatever I am going through there is always someone who has it worse.

True story: “I wish I had my old problems back” she said. Those are recent words of a young woman, the mother of three beautiful girls. Three years ago, the youngest girl, who was one year old at the time, ate some popcorn at a church picnic. Everything was fine until the next day when she started choking. The girl stopped breathing before the paramedics arrived. After being put on life support and thorough examination they found an unpopped corn kernel in her throat that caused the choking.

This sweet girl, now four years old, has been in a vegetative state since that day tragedy struck. Unless there is a miracle, she will likely never come out of it. Her parents have full time care for her as someone needs to suction the girl’s throat every five minutes. Life as mom knew it was forever changed on that day.

The young woman’s old problems were getting the kids ready for school on time, making sure their homework was done, lunches made, and keeping up with daily housework all while working full time as an executive assistant. That sounds like a lot to do. Putting it into perspective I wish for her she had her old problems back.

I am reminded to be grateful for my problems, and to see them as opportunities. Whatever it is it will pass and someone, many, have it worse than me. That is for sure. I focus on those others and send love and compassion and am grateful for whatever I have.

Gratitude, it works every time I have a low moment and it will work for you too.

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So It’s Respect You Want?

Respect has to be earned no matter who you are.

True Story: A few weeks ago I heard on the news that “Nut Job” was the number one most googled term of the day. According to the urban dictionary it was spelled “nutjob” and is defined as a person that is crazy or nuts.

Now that we have the President of the United States calling the former FBI Director a “nutjob” will the term make it to Webster’s Dictionary? Will we all start using it when someone says or does something we don’t like? Will it give us all permission to use derogatory language to describe someone we want to harm?

Let’s hope not. The title of President doesn’t give him automatic respect; he has to earn it through his words and actions like everyone else.

We are all President of something, our household, our personal daily life, our business, and if we want respect from others we have to deserve it. Honestly it isn’t that hard to get, because as people we all want other people to look up to.

I remember the few golden rules learned in grade school:

  • Treat others the way you want to be treated
  • Do what you say you would do
  • Don’t hurt people
  • Play fair
  • Clean up your own mess
  • Say you’re sorry

If you can do that, you get respect, from me anyway.

I now have heightened awareness to choose my words carefully when describing other people. I never know who will be listening and how it will affect them, what they will do with the language I use, and how they will remember me.

I also believe it’s up to me to listen, be aware, and decide what I will take from other people. I don’t follow people because of their title, rather people who have earned my respect through their words and actions.

How about you?

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Send Love

Love what is lovable in people and send love and compassion for what is not.

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The Power of Influence

Yesterday I heard on the news that “Nut Job” was the number one most googled term of the day. According to the urban dictionary it was spelled “nutjob” and is defined as a person that is crazy or nuts.

Now that we have the President of the United States calling the former FBI Director a “nutjob” will the term make it to Webster’s Dictionary? Will we all start using

it when someone says or does something we don’t like? Will it give us all permission to use derogatory language to describe someone we want to harm?

We all have the power to influence others, be it our children, our co-workers, our friends. I now have heightened awareness to choose my words carefully when describing other people. I never know who will be listening and how it will affect them, what they will do with the language I use, and how they will remember me.

Acts of Kindness

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Resilience

Bella lost a leg.

She adjusted.

She’s resilient.

However she did go through a period of depression.

She knew she couldn’t do all the things she used to do.

Still she was able to get out, sniff, watch, and be with humans

and other four-legged creatures.

She figured it out.

She could still run and play with my dog, Anya.

Bella is smart, like most dogs.

Anya is sensitive.

Anya knows Bella can’t run like she used to and she waited for her.

She let her catch up and even get ahead (sometimes).

3ldogflowerI love that.

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