Does Trump’s Earthy Language Mean Something?

This is not meant to be a political comment, but just seemed to be apropos to the reports of the president’s recent comments about Haiti and immigrants from the Caribbean region. You can look those up for yourself if you have not become numb to the over-reporting of his potty-mouth. (Image from Gary Markstein)

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But this article from just a week earlier seemed timely.  So what exactly can one glean from the less-than-polished statements (totally ad libbed and off-script, as if he -ever- uses a script) from 45?

“People who swear may be more trustworthy, according to researchers.”

The study concludes:

We set out to provide an empirical answer to competing views regarding the relationship between profanity and honesty.

We found that a higher rate of profanity use was associated with more honesty.

Because I’m a QUEEN, dammit!

‘I’m a queen and I demand to be treated like a queen!’ How Congresswoman involved in race row on plane was chauffeured a block to Congress and was nearly banished from an airline before

  • Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a Texas Democrat, has a storied history of bad behavior on planes and in automobiles 
  • Previous news reports have captured Jackson Lee berating flight attendants over not getting a seafood meal in first class 
  • As well as making her Congressional aides, she sometimes referred to as ‘you stupid motherf***er,’ drive her one block to work 
  • This week the congresswoman suggested a white woman was being a racist when the woman complained after United gave Jackson Lee her first class seat
  • The airline has stated that the woman had canceled this leg of her flight, which was how the congresswoman was able to be upgraded to the passenger’s seat

Could We Be Related???

Not you and I, sorry if that got your hopes up.

No. Alexander Graham Bell.

I was reading a fascinating article about his secret to greater productivity, figuring (of course) that I could benefit by availing myself of that secret.  (I’m told that a lot.)

Here’s an excerpt from that article, bolded highlights are where I think we have kinship:

Whenon to some new idea and feeling a surge of inspiration, he could work with obsessive focushe hadperiods of restlessness when my brain is crowded with ideas tingling to my fingertips when I am excited and cannot stop for anybody.” During such times… [he] asked that no onedisturb him, lest such interruptions burst the gossamer threads of his emerging ideas. “Thoughts are like the precious moments that fly past; once gone they can never be caught again.”

However, while [his] focus could be laser-like when he was chasing down a eureka moment, much of the time his mind was in fact quite scattered and distracted. While he liked to tinker and dream, he hated getting down to … brass tacks…; he detested dealing with details, the painstaking effort required to verify … He enjoyed intellectual exploration more for its own sake, than any concrete results.

Part of [his] difficulty buckling down also simply had to do with his resplendent imagination and wide-ranging curiosity. He was interested in so many different things that he had trouble thinking about a single idea for any span of time. His mind wished to jump from subject to subject and from observation to observation; he enjoyed reading through encyclopedia entries before going to bed [note: these days that could be replaced by incessant internet surfing], and carried around a pocket notebook to jot down his frequent and varied insights (he had a knack for finding inspiration in any setting).

[You] like to fly around like a butterfly sipping honey, more or less from a flower here or another flower there.”

[His] “flightiness” was actually a big part of his genius, which largely rested on his ability to find novel connections between disparate ideas. But his desire to work on many things at once also greatly hindered his progress in moving forward on any one project.

[Note: I make no claim or implication regarding genius, it’s just that we have so-much-in-common.]

To bring a little organization to his often fragmented thoughts, Bell came up with a method of using what we’ve chosen to dub “location-based prompts.” “Convinced that his physical surroundings induced specific trains of thoughts,” his biographer explains, “he established particular workspaces for particular purposes.”

And that’s what I’m going to try next.  Location-based prompts.  As soon as I get more of my flood-lost home office furniture replaced.  There’s just so much you can get done on an old door resting atop sawhorses.

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The Importance of Doing … -nothing-

In these days of constant work and connection, taking time to do nothing is one of the most difficult agenda items. But it’s more important than ever.

Having too much to do is a national epidemic and, in many ways, a status symbol. Americans work more hours than citizens of any other developed nation in the world, according to the International Labor Organization. On average, we annually work 137 hours more than the Japanese, 260 hours more than the Brits, and 499 hours more than the French. We’re so busy that many of us don’t even take time for vacation. According to a study by the US Travel Association’s Project Time Off, 54 percent of Americans didn’t use all of their vacation time last year, resulting in 662 million unused vacation days. “We are working more and more,” says Katie Denis, Vice President of Project Time Off. “Being the last car in the parking lot is no longer the metric. Now it’s who answers email fastest and latest.”

While it might seem comforting to know that everyone struggles with the constant tug of activity—misery loves company, after all—[some] actually find it depressing. If the collective sense is that we need to work more, do more, go more, that just makes it harder to stop.

In these days of constant work and connection, taking time to do nothing is maybe one of the most difficult agenda items. But we’re continuing to discover that’s it’s more important than ever. Not only does down time bolster mental health by giving our brains time to unwind, it replenishes drive and creativity. Which is to say, working less and doing nothing can actually make work time more productive.

[Once you rediscover] a slower rhythm, [you may] also [remember] the second part of Newton’s Law—that an object at rest stays at rest.

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Aaron Gulley