My two cents worth…

My Feedburner subscribers may have noticed my monetization experiment —  I recently turned on Google AdSense for my feed.  Or perhaps they haven’t noticed.  I’ve earned all of $0.02 in two weeks.

My gratitude for my day job just went up about 1000%, however!

PM Quote of the Day — Anonymous

[T]he principle of anonymity has an immense spiritual significance. It reminds us that we are to place principles before personalities; that we are actually to practice a genuine humility.

Yup, I did it... amazing huh?  I dont understand it and dont call me if it breaks... but I did it.

Yup, I did it... amazing huh? Sure I don't understand it, but never mind that. Oh, and call my team if something breaks...

Many misunderstand the main purposes of anonymity in 12-step programs — it isn’t just about protecting a member’s reputation.  While medical treatment of alcoholism and addiction is much more accepted than when AA started in 1935, it still carries a stigma in some circles.

As a practical matter, anonymity also protects the 12-step program itself.  It has become a PR cliche to have a failing celeb hit the rehab circuit — there’s even a Celebrity Rehab series — which is great for making people aware such programs exist.  However, such publicity isn’t exactly great evidence for the effectiveness of the 12-steps.

The deeper purpose of anonymity is seen when we look at the quote: the “principle of anonymity” is something of “spiritual significance.”  12-step programs are quite explicit that the reprieve they offer is contingent on the maintenance of one’s spiritual condition… and self-seeking is hardly a marker of good spiritual condition.

Consciously and notoriously breaking anonymity elevates the member over the fellowship or the program.  It is just like a manager claiming credit for something he/she wasn’t truly responsible for.  Also, ego elevation isn’t exactly what most alcoholics or addicts need.  Ultimately, anonymity protects the alcoholic or addict from the “tyranny of self.”

PM Quote of the Day — Collette

What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner

In many of my roles I’ve dealt with problem projects and people. But while I’m good at fixing broken things, that skill is a mixed blessing.

The reason is that something in my nature makes it easier to focus on the negative than the positive. This trait stems from my desire to control and conquer things. In that light, problems can seem more interesting than things that are working well. The sense of satisfaction of “making things right” is much greater than “keeping things right”, at least for me.

That attitude can infect my day-to-day life. I must consciously cultivate gratitude for what I have now, today. Otherwise, I quickly become restless, irritable, and discontented. I start looking around for broken things to fix; or even worse, I start breaking things so that I have something to fix .

Just doing something as simple as stopping for a second and asking “What am I grateful for now?” is enough to break that destructive chain.

PM Quote of the Day — Albert Schweitzer

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person.
Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.

As much as I like to think of myself as independent and self-sufficient, I’m not.  For example, there are times when I find myself short of energy, optimism, and life.  It is precisely during those times that my light has gone out and I’m stumbling around in the dark.  Even worse, I don’t even know it…

To avoid the dark, I must remember to let go of my precious and illusory independence.  My arrogant self-reliance feeds — and is fed by — my congential gratitude deficiency.  Ultimately, standing apart means that I’m rejecting the love and light other people bring to my life.

Need a gratitude upgrade? Listen to these interviews

Today’s economic turmoil and uncertainty is worrying lots of people, including me.  For a little perspective, it was good to see this link (here) pointing to recordings of Studs Terkel’s — what a great name, BTW — interviews for his book on the US Great Depression, Hard Times

FYI, I’m don’t buy Terkel’s ideological bent, which does inform his choice of interviewees.  That said, there’s no denying the power of the interviews themselves.

BTW, my favorite is this discussion w/ Frank Czerwonka, a garbageman and hobo, speaking on the code in place for approaching homes that gave handouts.

Finally, these are only available in Real Audio format, sorry.

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