Let's Not Get Physical – Exercise #10

I’ve got to admit it. I am tired. The problem with writing that rant of over a thousand words on branding and such is that it wasn’t my exercise. It was extra. Now I have to do my exercise or I will get my knuckles rapped by the dominatrix of word count. (Now there is a mental image for you.)  So, for exercise number ten we shall be discussing why my cat stares at Cat Stares at Pictureblank walls. Wait, no, we are actually discussing “What’s your best physical feature?” Ha! At least this will be a quick post to write – well after I figure out if I have any decent physical feature at all.

Damn, this is hard. Not only am I going to have to do a bit of introspection to overcome all those body self-image things we all supposedly have. But then I have to figure out which ones of them are true or not so I can decide what the best, or least bad, of my physical features is. It sure would have been easier to talk about the cat staring at the wall. Why do they do that anyway?

All right, all right, back to physical features. I am going to be a coward and say my best physical feature is my height. I like being over six feet tall. 6’2″ to be exact. I don’t like a lot of the rest of me including the normal complaints of weight, hairline, MPAL (Male Pattern Ass Loss), and so on. So it is kind of unfair that as I get older I will probably get shorter, or perhaps I already am. Not saying that there is anything at all wrong with being short, you know as in shorter than me, but I do like being a little on the high side of the vertical curve.

Honestly, I really don’t have much else to say on the entire physical feature issue. I don’t hate my body, though at times I think it hates me, but I don’t have major parts of it I love, admire, or think are best. Just call me democratic in regards to body parts – I consider them all equal under the law. And I hope they will just continue working as a single cohesive unit.

[Note: If any of you think I put the reference to my cat staring at the picture in this post just so that I could use that photo in a way that would be otherwise totally un-connected, well … it’s my damn website so why not?]


The Walls Are Transparent

You have one life. Whether you believe in rebirth, reincarnation, or just darkness after death, you still have just one life to lead. You do not get a life for work, a life for family, and a separate one for everything else. This has always been true, but increasingly it is becoming more evident, and people are starting to wake up to the fact that it is this oneness that can help bring happiness or despair.

There is a saying that you can only be content when what you say, what you do, and what you believe are all the same. Mind, body, and spirit in agreement. When you try to say one thing but do another, you introduce stress and discontentment into your life. For proof, just look at Elliot Spitzer, Ted Haggard or John Edwards. Not only did these men all have great public trials to face when the news of their actions came out, even greater was the inner turmoil they faced.

Other examples can be seen in companies that talk about fiscal responsibility but still cling to wasteful ways of private jets and corporate perks. Or groups that preach green behavior but still waste paper, food, or gasoline. Or the individual who goes to church and prays for the poor on Sunday and then walks silently past the Salvation Army bucket on Monday. And how many people are there who say we should help the immigrants but still won’t hire them or who recoil from them in social situations.

All of these actions create turmoil within us and cause us to be less than content. And in no greater place is this evident than the Internet. As social media becomes more and more pervasive, our different roles in life become increasingly visible without borders. When I go to hire a new employee and Google her name, I do not separate that this Facebook profile is personal while this LinkedIn profile is professional. Which one should I use to evaluate this future employee? I am going to use both. And when I look up a new acquaintance on MySpace and see what he is talking about there and then follow him on Twitter and see what he is saying or doing, I do not separate these things into different areas of my mind. No, it all goes in there together.

I find it interesting that some prospective employees still find it hard to believe I would use Google or other methods to look them up on the web before doing an interview. Wouldn’t you investigate a prospective employer before going to an interview? If no, you should. Shouldn’t you know if the company you are looking at has any good or bad press? What about civic awards or criminal prosecutions? Or maybe since those things happened in a different area of the company then they don’t apply to you. Nope, didn’t think so.

See what I am saying? The Internet makes what few walls there are between parts of are lives increasingly transparent. I have always prided myself, for better or worse, on being one person. The Michael you see at works is the same one you will see at the soccer games and the same one you will see at home or church. There is nothing on my work related sites that my friends shouldn’t see and nothing on my personal sites that I wouldn’t want an employer or colleague to know. And I will tell you what, living that way makes life a lot less stressful.

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