Saturday, April 24, 2021 (Day 114)
Meditation Music: Adagio for Sleep: Liquid Mind (7:36) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bXByXUHTqg
Question: Make a list of 10 possible things you could do the next time you feel bored.
Answer: Since I’m okay with being bored and doing nothing every once in a while, I can at least share a few constructive things I could do once boredom sets too long.
- Read a book (which is typically my default).
- Watch inspirational videos/TED Talks.
- Come up with a new tool based on something I read – or modify an existing tool to make it better.
- Put a puzzle together.
- Go out for a walk, either with Laci or by myself.
- Answer emails (I get a lot of them).
- Either play a round of golf (9 or 18 holes) or go practice chipping and putting.
- Hit tennis balls with my ball machine.
- Watch a movie/TV.
- Play some type of game (pinochle, block puzzle, etc.) on my IPAD.
Lately, I’ve had this quote in my head, “create instead of consume.” So, what can I do to add value to others, instead of spending time doing more for myself. The down time is good because it allows my brain to clear and reset, because it’s pretty much constantly going. I’m pretty focused now on creating a “place” to do life design catalyst work; I wrote a proposal to create an Office of Transitions and Transformation on my campus, but now I think I might propose a Transitions and Transformation Community Center, where we could be housed on a campus (preferably a community college) and serve both the campus peeps and the local community with a variety of services to move people forward – or train others on how to move people forward. Now, it’s just a matter of pitching the idea to others. Now that I think about it, I don’t think I’ll be bored for long…
As you know, I’m always interested in learning more about myself. I just found an assessment that called “Principles You” by Ray Dalio, author of the book “Principles: Life and Work” (https://www.amazon.com/Principles-Life-Work-Ray-Dalio/dp/1501124021/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1619278556&sr=8-1-spons). I’m fond of his work because he’s a no-nonsense kind of guy. I read an article this morning,
- Ray Dalio is offering everyone a window into their own fragile psyches, free of charge – https://www.marketwatch.com/story/ray-dalio-is-offering-everyone-a-window-into-their-own-fragile-psyches-free-of-charge-11619131032
Of course, I HAD to take the assessment – and you have the option of taking the short version (about 8-10 minutes) or continue and finish the longer assessment (about 20-25 minutes). I opted for the longer version. And yes, it’s a pretty extensive report on knowing yourself in LOTS of different ways. It’s kind of a kick-ass view on what you are like, as long as you answer honestly. Answer not how you’d like to be seen, but how you are right now. It may slap you in the face (like it did me), but it’s good to know. We will be using this for our class “What Could I Do With My Life” classes, that’s for sure! Here’s a link to the self-assessment:
- Principles You Self- Assessment – https://principlesyou.com/ (once on the page, click on “Take the Free Assessment”)
If you have the opportunity to take it, please send me your thoughts as I ponder this for all of our first-year students.