It is important to let go of all thought and be still on a regular basis. I am not talking about zoning out and staring at your new plasma, but purposely NOT thinking about anything. I will admit, this takes a lot of practice. But if you are one of those people who can’t stop thinking and shut your head off, not even for a moment, maybe you need something new to think about. This week’s blog features crazy contests, obtrusive people, weird politicians, and strange vocabulary words for your repatuer.
1. Weird Politicians (other than former Il. Gov. Blagojevich)
If you are skeptical or interested in how Obama’s proposed $800 billion stimulus package is going to be spent, you can track it (if it is approved) at http://www.recovery.org. Even though there is no approval for this package yet, there is already a website! Got to love the enthusiasm. If you are interested in what Obama is up to, you can watch a weekly address by video at http://www.whitehouse.gov. As soon as you hit the enter key, you can’t avoid it! Here you will also find blogs, not that you can leave a comment, but blogs nonetheless.
Last, if you venture into whitehouse.gov, be sure to check out the OPL-IGA page (Office of Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs) and leave a comment. Yes, that’s right, you can be part of the policy process by leaving a vague or detailed comment about current or pending policy. This is the government’s attempt to get Americans involved in the process or to give the Secret Service a bigger database, not sure which one. Although it is not interactive, there is a promise that the web page will grow.
2. Crazy Contests.
Enter a writing competition. Did you ever hear of the Universal Postal Union? They actually have a writing competition. I wish the theme was something like “What is the meaning of ‘going postal‘ and explain why?” Hee hee.
Reader’s Digest has a writing competition as well. You could be the lucky winner of $100 worth of Reader’s Digest books while you pay your entry fee so they can disseminate your story all over the world for free! Can’t wait to get screwed.
3. Obtrusive People
Maybe you know someone who is or maybe it is loud and forceful, or maybe it is you. Last week I apparently was obtrusive as I was performing a task that really requires no skill or thought, but happen to cross paths with someone who finds everyone obtrusive. It has made me acutely aware of the small space we all work in together. Now I am working hard to walk around very quietly, not share my personal conversations in any way in the office, and to be more aware of my actions. How do you affect people around you?
In an effort to still be pleasant, interact with humans, and basically fulfill my word quota every day, I am blogging more. This has helped a lot!
4. Strange Vocabulary
Think of some words you like or enjoy saying, but don’t know what they mean or how to use them. My words today are “epiphany” “abominable” “fervent” and “nomenclature.” So many words so little time.
Have a great week pondering!