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A Potpourri of Stuff, and a Pep Talk

Let’s start out with a bit of workout blogging:

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I am currently in my South Carolina office. Behind my desk sits a “bobblehead me”. Seriously, I am disturbed by “my”eyebrows and silly grin. But mostly… that my bobblehead has so much more hair than I do. I’m not even mentioning the short tie fashion statement!

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For today’s blog, let me just mention a book that I just finished. Make Your Bed by Admiral William H. McRaven.

 

51D8tEOmerLAs described by the Wall Street Journal, “Should be read by every leader in America…a book to inspire your children and grandchildren to become everything that they can.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s a good book about the fundamentals of life (which start with making your bed),  tackling difficult situations, and finishing. A quick positive read. Just thought I would pass that on to you if you are looking for a challenging book to read.

Finally, here’s our pic o’ day pep talk:

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Lincoln’s Wisdom

If you received a message from Amazon in your email in-box that advised you of Abraham Lincoln’s new book, would you download it on your kindle. I know, your answer might be that you don’t have a kindle. Or, your answer might be that you would be surprised to learn that Lincoln was still writing.

Well, circumstances don’t stop us from some of Lincoln’s wisdom. From the magazine Inc. , author Ilan Mochari provides us with thoughts from Lincoln on how to keep a good temperament when dealing with people, during difficult times. He uses references from another author of the past, Andrew Carnegie.

First, here is a letter that Lincoln wrote during the Civil War, to a General who had disobeyed his orders:

“I do not believe you appreciate the magnitude of the misfortune involved in Lee’s escape. He was within your easy grasp, and to have closed upon him would, in connection with our other late successes, have ended the war. As it is, the war will be prolonged indefinitely. If you could not safely attack Lee last Monday, how can you possibly do so South of the river, when you can take with you very few more than two thirds of the force you then had in hand? It would be unreasonable to expect, and I do not expect you can now effect much. Your golden opportunity is gone, and I am distressed immeasureably because of it.”

 

It’s a pretty scathing rebuke. However, Lincoln never sent it. It was found among his papers after his death. Why he never sent it is a bit speculative. Still, according to the author, the following three things can be gleaned about Lincoln that can be good reminders for us.

1. When delivering feedback, think how it will effect the recipient and whether it reaches your ultimate communication goal.  That letter might not have been sent because of the damage it would have ultimately done to the morale of the general.

2. Before you criticize, put yourself in their shoes. Second guessing/Monday Morning Quarterback evaluation may not be the best position for evaluation. As someone once said to me, “There is no constructive criticism. Those words don’t go together”.

3. If you’re angry about an outcome, give yourself an outlet for venting. Maybe the letter writing helped Lincoln deal with his anger. General Meade would have been the recipient of the letter. Instead,  he is now best known as the General who defeated General Robert E. Lee at the Battle of Gettysburg.

DID YOU KNOW that during the Civil War, glasses with colored lenses were used to treat disorders and illnesses. Yellow-trimmed glasses were used to treat syphillis, blue for insanity and pink to treat depression. That’s where the expression originated “to see the world through rose-colored glasses”.

And for pic o’ day, some unusal plans:

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“The End of Overeating”

Personal responsiblity is an every day discussion in the injury law world. Let me sidestep all that to describe a book that I am reading on personal responsibility… at the dinner table!

The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite is a long title for the short thought of eating less. For our monthly digital newsletter (yes, a shameless plug) the social media staff asks me to list a book for that I am currently reading.

If you grabbed my kindle right now, you would see that I have several books in “mid-book”. Usually, I only have one fiction and the rest are study, motiviation or leadership books.

Personal responsibility on the highways; Personal responsibility on the food intake.

Here is a teaser from the book. I turn to a couple chapter titles: “Sugar, Fat, and Salt Make Us Eat More Sugar, Fat and Salt”.  Now that makes sense.  Another chapter is titled “Pushing Up Our Settling Points”.  That chapter also discusses Robert De Niro’s method for gaining and losing weight  for a movie role.

Finally, this book discusses one study that required a group to keep track of weekly calories. Invariably, people underestimate calorie intake by roughly 400 calories per day. According to the book, that’s why people don’t lose weight.

See, you come to a legal blog for some legal stuff… you arrive to find a weight loss book recommendation.  Like Yogi Berra put it best, “You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going because you might not get there”.

DID YOU KNOW that Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia is the fear of long words? Yep, that knowledge is about as usual as knowing that Cleveland spelled backwards is “DNA level C”.

And for pic o’ day I went with some food:

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The Puppy Who Chased The Sun

We hear stories of the power of the Internet. Reportedly, a 31 year-old man used Facebook to help stir the masses to a revolution in Egypt. Now, USA Today reports that the State Department is also reaching out through Twitter and Facebook to reach Iranians. At the same time, China has said “No” to Twitter access for its citizens and has regularly demonstrated control to general Internet availability.

I try to blog on various topics that tickle my fancy, that have some kind of law connection. By now, sometimes I meander off the legal path a bit. A while back, I mentioned a book that I used to enjoy. I wasn’t exactly sure of the name of the book. My grandmother would read it to me over and over. No matter how many times she read it, I would say, “Read it again, Grammy”.

Part of my interest in blogging, is the fun in reading the resulting comments. Because of the power of the Internet, the blogs and comments never go away. When I blogged about my favorite book even though I couldn’t remember the book’s name, I did remember some of the dogs’ names in the story; which included “Toothy Perkins” and No-Tail Ryan”. I now know that “Emma Jones” and “Fido” were also friends of “Wilbur”, who was the star of the story.

When I wrote that blog about a year ago, one lady mentioned, in a comment, that it was her favorite book as a child. This past weekend, a man from England posted an Internet inquiry to say that he had just read the blog and wanted to let that lady know where she could purchase that book. He had seen it on EBay.

I now know that the book is titled “The Puppy Who Chased The Sun”. Because of this man’s help, I also located a copy of the book and purchased it. Hopefully, the lady he was trying to help, will also see this blog or happen upon the comments in the old blog.

My blog’s purpose is not to stir up revolutions in foreign countries. I do think that it is a wonderful thing that someone “across the pond” would read my blog; take his time to locate a copy of the book; and share it.

I write this legal blog to hopefully help and bring a smile to those that read. In this instance, this man’s thoughtfulness certainly was a blog encouragement to me.

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