What’s that smell?

grill  I’m not sure of that one smell I associate with summer, but I know a smell that is welcoming.   It’s not uncommon for the smell of one’s cologne to still be noticed in the winter or fall.  Unless someone lives in a bubble, there will always be contact with other individuals.  If they do or do not smell good, one will notice.  The smell of manure is certainly pronounced in spring. But how cool it is to walk along the coast and smell the ocean.  In conjunction with that is the aroma of food that resonates from grills.  It’s so amazing how smells catapult your thoughts and awaken other senses.  But truly, there is no other time that the smell of a grill is as strong.
Seasonal Scents

S’mores, salty ocean breezes, veggie burgers on the grill, sweaty people on the bus — what’s the smell you associate the most with summer?

 

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Can’t Blame Jerry

sleepytime

As much as I love my laughs, I do also love productivity.  And getting things done requires more than just know how or resources and such like.

I’ve recently started watching Scandal–yeah I’m late in society’s time but right on time for my course, and I’m noticing one of many things.  The one thing that is relative to what I’m saying, is the ability certain characters have in pulling themselves together and moving forward.  Do you know what it takes to do that?

There is a mental setting and re-setting to deal with rough cases and issues of life and operate sanely anyhow. Pushing oneself day in and day out is no easy plight, not at first anyway.  Yeah, things may get shaky along the way, but that’s where and when the re-setting of one’s psyche comes into play.  How do I do that? Affirmations.  Not the ones of reminding myself of the problems. No. I was created to be a problem solver.  My strength is in my ability to know who and whose I am without shame, doubt or apology.  And though I can never be paid, in this world, what I’m really worth, I encourage myself to act like it’s so.  So not only do I do that but I do much more, late at night when I should be sleeping because I have to get back up in 4 hours.  No matter how tired I am, I make myself watch and/or listen to people that are at where I want to be.

And if all of that isn’t enough, I make sure I check out a bit of CSI or NCIS (both cities) -even if I’ve seen them already- or related shows that often end up watching me.  I move a lot and so every chance I get a moment to view a little tv, mostly On Demand stuff or Netflix, I do.   Besides that I may look at a few clips people send me on social media for laughs; it sets the mind in a ready position by being happy and bubbly, light and free.

So this is my response to the Daily Post and I hope you liked it. Not as funny as you may have thought, sorry.  I’ll have a laugh for you shortly.  Maybe some of my fellow night-owls will have jokes for you:


 

More and more of us go to bed too late because of sleep procrastination. What are the nighttime rituals that keep you up before finally dozing off?

Ami

To Sleep or Not to Sleep

Keyboard Pizza

BarryJack’s Place

Sleeping Habituals

Thoughts

Relax

Serendipity

Thoughts from the Front

 

 

Ssh! Please

Ssh! Please

Daily Prompt: Set for Solstice
Today’s Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year (in the Northern Hemisphere). How are you taking advantage of the extra hours of light this time of year? Do you like it, or do you already miss earlier sunsets?

My wife thinks she’s funny, but whatever we’ll go with it.  Millionaires need rest too.  Don’t forget it.  You may be built like a well oiled machine, but even machines can overheat.

Sorry I didn’t give you guys the sound effects, but I think you get the picture.

Where’s your push?

Where's your push?

http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_prompt/rare-medium/

HUSTLE (verb)
: to quickly move or push (someone) often in a rough way

: to move or work in a quick and energetic way

: to play a sport with a lot of energy and effort

hustle-plan

hustle-dream freehustle-side

It’s crazy how things can be misconstrued. If understanding serves me right, the places we love is all as a result of hustlers. Most of the big money makers were/are hustlers. Like…


Mimi

Journey 2dfuture

Hooray4rae

Hope

Youth of a nation

 

 

Finger Lickin Good

Finger Lickin Good

Finger Lickin Good

At the age of 65, Sanders was left with nothing but a Social Security check and a secret recipe for fried chicken.

In 1955, confident of the quality of his fried chicken, the Colonel devoted himself to developing his chicken franchising business. Less than 10 years later, Sanders had more than 600 KFC franchises in the U.S. and Canada, and in 1964 he sold his interest in the U.S. company for $2 million to a group of investors including John Y. Brown Jr. (who later became governor of Kentucky).


 

I love the story; the grilled version of the glory ain’t so bad either.

Before us we have one of the reasons so many people have no excuse. We also have another great reason why people still risk their lives to come to the USA.

OPPORTUNITY.  It’s never too late to achieve success.  Age is still, just a number.

I think what hinders us is the enemy of control. Changing from certain degrees of this kind of thinking will help us from wanting to give up when things don’t happen according to our desired time and/or desired way.  If we’re not careful we’ll make control a type of god.  Control acts as a god that cruelly judges one’s life and keeps one imprisoned by shoulda-coulda-woulda.  In this head-space, one does not proceed through life with delightful expectation or passion.  I’m gonna have to re-visit that another time.

Anyway, as oppose to trying to control the unknown, maximize every here and now.  In other words, RE-INVENT you.  From the look of things, Colonel Sanders wanted success early–not intending on finally “making it big” at the age 65; nonetheless, he did.  What do I mean?

He was a sixth-grade dropout, a farmhand, an army mule-tender, a locomotive fireman, a railroad worker, an aspiring lawyer, an insurance salesman, a ferryboat entrepreneur, a tire salesman, an amateur obstetrician, an (unsuccessful) political candidate, a gas station operator, a motel operator and finally, a restaurateur.

This man re-invented himself, continuing to move forward.  Why? You never stop.  You never quit.  Things don’t always workout but that’s the spice of life.  You may never have started your successful business had you not been laid off or fired.  You may have never rediscovered who you are, if you did not get divorced.  We can’t control every aspect of our lives, for instance – we can’t necessarily stop a bird from flying over our head but we can certainly stop it from landing or making a nest.

If I had the chance to dig into is his apparent never give up mindset, which led to the re-invention of himself, life would be enhanced.  Where did he get the determination from, the perseverance?  Though I would love to sit and pick his brain in person, I guess I’m just going to take what I know to gather the possibility of what I would find out if face-to-face with him.  Looking at his resume, he had some tough jobs.  One job title is repetitive – Salesman.

I heard a gentleman say this:

Selling and gold mining are very much alike.  The people who remove the most dirt, who work thru the greatest number of No’s that uncover the greatest number of Yes’.

Salesman need to be tough-skinned.  They have to face rejection, whether it’s a kind or rude version, and keep a smile on their face.  There’s the thought that the odds are stacked against them, but the craziness to defy those odds.  Many successful business today were built on the sticktuitiveness of salesmen who realized that when life gives you lemons, make a meal with some lemonade and chicken and make it finger lickin’ good.


 

Response to Daily Prompt

You can choose any person from history to teach you any topic you want. Who’s your teacher, and what do they teach you?

 


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Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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Wandering Storyteller

Parents are People Too

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Life is Great

From one crazy life to another

 

 

Pursuit

Enjoying another walk today. While I’m walking, I come toward a hill.  I think to run/jog it and then I think of my knee that’s ace bandaged at the moment. To say I’m apprehensive is right.  There’s the EIK! moment; the uh-uh moment; and the What If moment.  Now the knee isn’t nor ever was broken but it’s been swollen, and the doctor suggested wrapping it, among other things. So a light jog should be fine, in my opinion.  But as always there is more for you to see here.

I began thinking of the relationship (be it small, almost non-existent, for some) that we have with our finances/money. We’re afraid to move forward because of current insufficiency.  We’re afraid to take a chance because of the possibility of something bad happening.  We cower from prosperous opportunities that are not overlaid in gold or adorned in gems.  Moving forward may be a bit painful, but in fact the old saying – No Pain, No Gain – still applies.  Don’t be imprisoned by fear, pain, anxiety, criticism, past, present,…Nothing.

Apply pressure and know that you were built to stand.  So what you’ve buckled before-made bad decisions and more-

Be strengthened in education

Be strengthened with time

Be strengthened in knowing, you’re not alone

Be strengthened for pursuing what may not be now but certainly may be in tomorrow.

Don’t think negatively either. Look if you’re going to have anything in life, you’re going to have to put aside what was, even what may be for your dreams.  Quit thinking that everything is a gimmick.  Quit thinking that everybody knows what they’re talking about.

Bankruptcy is not the end and for others of you it doesn’t have to be a beginning.

Your ‘being careful/cautious’ is really procrastination – tell the truth

We don’t encourage being gullible, so be informed – still look before you leap.

 

Did I jog? Yes. Was there pain? Yes. Did I stop? Kinda – stopped jogging but kept walking.  Oh yeah!  I just thought about people who complain about taxes.  Some do overtime to make more but then get angry about the taxes as a result.  Okay, so there are taxes, but are you also one of those sets of people who has their OT going toward their pension? Gain.  There’s also a biz/tax tip that I’ve learned from many where you make taxes work for you.  You can make all your money work for you.

 

Did I jog again? Yes. Was there pain again? Yes. Did I have to stop again? Kinda again.  Could I have pushed through it? Yep, if Jillian Michaels or Duvet or somebody was pushing me.  Sometimes having the right person pushing you helps in a pursuit.  For those that work out with weights, we know that our spotters are not just there if we need help but also to challenge us. Is it possible that maybe you do better with someone than on your own?  Well, do that.  That requires homework too, because some people are not in it for you but for themselves.  Still no reason to not pursue.