Instructions

abstract-art-blur-bright-373543.jpgI was just reading a posting from Ramblings from Retirement which I just re-posted below. So many things struck home. His comment about how tea came in one flavour, tea flavour. My favorite was some of the difficulties in connecting his new type of TV to his system.

My favorite tea is now a white tea called Buddha’s blend. A series of different flavours combined with things that were never considered tea in the past.

I realized that life now comes with a lot more in the way of instructions than it ever did before. That level of complexity appears to be necessary in order to achieve this retiring life of simplicity we are now aiming for. Thoreau said ‘simplify, simplify, but I don’t think we can get there from here anymore.

 

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Recycling Reboot

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I just toured Winnipeg’s single stream automated recycling facility, also called a material recovery facility (MRF – pronounced murf). This facility processes all the paper, cardboard, aluminum, glass and plastics collected from the curbside collection program (homes and apartments) and the recycling depots.
The vast majority of people appear to engage in Wish-cycling. This is where everything goes into re-cycling without a solid critical thought as to whether it should or not. I saw a small electrical motor going up the conveyor belt. The amount of plastic going through the plant was amazing.
We all need to do a better job on dealing with our waste and what can be recycled.

Still young inside

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Think back to your first gig starting out in whatever you were doing.

Circa 1982. First moot court. Complete with long hair and mustache. The cheek protector glasses that darkened automatically when you went outside. Blue pin stripe with vest. Classic.

We all still have that youngster inside of us.

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Curmudgeon

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We were talking about Microsoft office today. Our teams website pushes out a fair bit of notifications on various matters of interest. However, some include things like there are brownies in the staff room. Now, I signed up for the brownie notifications. Others don’t care about who’s child just won best in whatever category.

I asked our IT department if they could include a curmudgeon button for those that don’t want to hear about things.

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Inspiration Sunrise

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Inspiration appears elusive.
Thrash and Elliot parse this even further in that inspiration requires evocation, something without intention, transcendence, rising above the mundane, and approach motivation, the desire to actualize this thought. Brain wise, firing neurons attempt to connect to other neurons, exploring adjacent connections. Random firings connect with one another. Hopefully eventually.
Approach motivation requires intrinsic drive. Extrinsic rewards, money, does not have the same effect. More money might attract a larger team of people capable of inspiration, but once you have them, even more money would not cause even greater inspirations occurring. Having a team of inspired people together can cause a cascade of even more inspiration. Negative nellies, can damper the inspirational spirit. 
Inspiration requires privacy, downtime, and abstract thinking. Possessing the ability for abstract thought allows the individual to breakdown a problem or opportunity into its component parts and identify the patterns or themes giving rise to the problem or opportunity.
Inspiration requires mind preparation.
Sundays can do that for you.

Chasing Inspiration

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Do you ever wonder where the inspiration for innovation comes from? It can be like chasing a 6 month old puppy in the park. It’s better for them to come to you. I suggest bacon treats in your pocket.

Dogs are great. Our office has a welcome dog policy. We have two golden retrievers, McGuire and Seamus. They constantly remind me how to facilitate inspiration.

Do you ever walk into the kitchen, and forget why you went in there?

McGuire and Seamus experience life like that. Every change is new and exciting all the time. It’s transcendence.

Coping skill, when you enter the kitchen, just keep moving, and you will pass by whatever it was that you were thinking about and the thought process will be rebooted.

 

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Delayed Gratification

adult-beautiful-blur-799925.jpgBeing able to delay gratification apparently provides an indication that those people will do well in life. They are prepared to obtain more education and do more market research before leaping into the fray based on gut instinct.

Well while working at the cottage, I started dinner prep a bit late. I started the stove top and preheated the pan. I already planned to have the ice cream after dinner. Since dinner was another 20 mins, why not have the ice cream first. Life is short right? Right?!

At age 62, I finally succumbed and had my desert first. The benefits of this is that you can always have dessert again. After.

But watch the gut instinct aspect. It is always watching.

 

Before Meat

beef-beef-chuck-beef-steak-1539684Ok. I had to look into this further as to why Tim Hortons dropped beyond beef.

I can understand the need to make a Pea Protein Isolate look like beef in order to entice the non-belivers to give it a try. The beet juice extract for that rich blood like color had me sold.

When eating beet salads, just be wary of the next morning constitutional when it might look like you have a bleeding ulcer when you are actually trying to do the right thing.

Their website has a nice breakdown of what they do to make it look like meat. So good on them to entice people over to the kinder side of life.

Water, Pea Protein Isolate*, Expeller-Pressed Canola Oil, Refined Coconut Oil, Rice Protein, Natural Flavors, Cocoa Butter, Mung Bean Protein, Methylcellulose, Potato Starch, Apple Extract, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Vinegar, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Sunflower Lecithin, Pomegranate Fruit Powder, Beet Juice Extract (for color).

A little laid back research did not tell me why they dropped it. Just didn’t attact a sufficent market perhaps. Perhaps Vegan people don’t like mass produced coffee.

I did have one thought of the product name, Beyond Meat. Usually the peas and other plants go into the animals before they are slaughtered. So a more appropriate name would ‘Before Meats’.

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