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Finding Meaning in Tragedy

I shared these thoughts with my FB friends yesterday and it was well received, so I thought I’d repost here for those of you who missed it.

In an effort to find meaning in tragedy, let us hope that the death of gifted and much beloved actor Robin Williams will shine a light on the darkness that is depression.

Let us not resort to blame and judgement in our attempt to make sense. Suicide is not an act of weakness or selfishness, though it may seem both to those who cannot understand. It is an act of desperation, an attempt to end the oppressive, all-consuming emotional pain of a lost soul who feels desperately alone and helpless in a far too apathetic and self-absorbed world.

Who among us has not been touched in some way by depression. It sadly remains a complicated, often misunderstood, and difficult condition to treat.

Let us open our hearts, seek to understand and offer a hand, an ear, a shoulder. Perhaps the greatest help that we can offer to those who suffer from depression, is simply awareness, empathy, and the simple message that you are not alone, your suffering matters and there is always hope.

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Profile of a High paying, Low expectation, Dream job…”

Hurray we did it!

Position Profile: High pay, Only work part time, Results not required…

 

Ability to run the company into the ground

Freedom to lay off 800,000 workers at will

Capacity to balance a budget not required

Spend workday arguing with coworkers while accomplishing absolutely nothing productive

Act like a child posturing on the playground for “King of the hill status”

Job security based on popularity, not results

Get paid no matter how crappy job performance

 

Skills not required – Financial aptitude, ability to compromise, innovation, accountability, critical thinking…

 

Oh wait…all of these positions are filled…by Congress

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Rethinking the Bucket List

How would you live every day as if it were your last?  Go skydiving? Attempt to ride a bull for 2.7 seconds?

This TED talk is so good it begged to be shared!

Kathleen Taylor has spent over 20 years as a counselor and community engagement facilitator for the dying and has found that in the last chapter of their lives, most people become their authentic selves. They become courageous – they change their minds, apologize, forgive… they find joy in the smallest moments. In this TEDx talk, Taylor urges us not to wait until we are at the end of our lives to find our true selves.

Video from KarmaTube

 

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Don’t Fall Victim to Google Death: Time is Running Out to Save Your Feeds before it’s Too Late

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Google holds all the cards… Or at least they like to think so. But in reality when they mess with their programs, we as users are greatly affected. When they announced a while back that they were eliminating Google Reader, I admit I whined and bitched a little. I like Google Reader, it’s always been solid and dependable…but alas as of July 1…it is no more.

If you don’t subscribe to any RSS feeds of your favorite blogs, news sites etc., then feel free to pass along to someone who does? (I really hope that you are alternatively subscribing via email…please don’t tell me you are checking the sites directly – who has the time.)

So, what are you going to do with all of your RSS feeds?

It’s actually really simple…takes just a few minutes…

 

Option 1 — Subscribe by email

RSS is a wonderful technology — but it isn’t for everyone. Many readers don’t want to check RSS feeds; they just want their favorite posts to appear in their email inbox so they don’t have to go looking for them.

That’s why — if you enjoy ProductiveLifeConcepts posts — you should subscribe via email.

Email is not going away. Neither are email subscriptions. Unless you want them to. Control is a wonderful thing.

 

Option 2 — Find an alternate RSS reader

There are many other RSS readers to choose from. Feedly is my favorite, and that’s what I have been using in anticipation of the shutdown. Luckily, Feedly has a handy one-click Google Reader import, so they make is very easy for you. They also have more detailed migration instructions here: Tips for Google reader users migrating to Feedly.

If for some reason Feedly doesn’t strike your fancy or suit your particular needs, Marketing Land has published a useful list of other options – 12 Google Reader Alternatives.

*If you do not migrate to another reader, all of your feeds will be lost!

 

How you choose to get your favorite information is up to you.

You have three choices…

Subscribe via email.

Choose a new RSS reader.

Or lose access to all of your feeds…

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Are You Waiting For a Sign?

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If you’ve been waiting for a sign to get started…with whatever… Allow me to give it to you…

Whatever the decision…whatever the dilemma…now might be a good time.

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