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It’s All About Perception!

Posted by gottabkd on Thursday, November 30, 2006

The thing about life is that, at times, it can be oh so strange. There are times when we think everything is going right and then there are times when we think that everything is going wrong.

What is that and why don’t we trust ourselves?

It’s about perception. Our perception of what is happening, when it is happening is what triggers us to react in that particular way, at that particular moment. Right or wrong, our perception is the trigger!

Sometimes our instincts kick in and certain defense modes become apparent. Like when our survival is at stake, or our children are in harms way or our families are being threatened. These are normal and natural and are not what I am talking about.

Our perception of the events that are happening, is the key to whether or not, in our heads at least, it is really happening. Take for example someone who give you a compliment, saying something flattering to you. Your perception may then in turn question the validity of the comment. We may respond with a question to probe deeper into the meaning of what was just said, in order to decipher whether the compliment is genuine or not.

Why is it so hard to just accept it for the compliment that it appears to be and just say “Thank you” thus accepting it for what it is. And if our doubts stem from doubting the person themselves, then why can’t we be honest, up front about that, instead of hiding behind the question?

I often wonder if being more up front, more blunt shall we say, is the better way to go. I don’t mean being rude or mean. Just taking things at face value and accept it for what it generally appears to be, thus not worrying about nor allowing our insecurities to get in the way, that often lead us down the incorrect path of improper perception?

If you don’t like it change it, if you can’t change it, then change the way you think about it!

Hmmm I wonder….

Till next time


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Blog Desk

Posted by gottabkd on Wednesday, November 29, 2006

After spending many days reading the forums of WordPress I came across a forum on editing your blog, where Blog Desk was recommended, I think by Timetheif .

I just want to say thanks for the link and I am so glad I found it. Blog Desk works really well, is easy to use, is accepted by WordPress and will make any blogger’s life much easier.

I recommend this product to everyone who blogs, experienced or not as it is so simple to use. And you can blog straight from your computer desktop to boot!!

Thanks again for the excellent forums and the good recommendations.

Till next time….

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Grinch, Scrooge or Santa’s little helper?

Posted by gottabkd on Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Sing along with me now:

Tis the season to be jolly, fa la la la la, la la la la.

Decking the halls with boughs of holly, fa la la la la, la la la la.

Is this your favourite time of year? Do you just love shopping for everyone on your list? Rushing around to find the perfect gift? Have you started shopping yet or are you one of those who do this early in the year, thus leaving time for baking all kinds of delicious yummies that no on else has time for?

Or are you a Scrooge type? Do you get annoyed with all the hoopla that starts well before Halloween has even passed? Are you miserable like the Grinch , and rain that misery on those around you who love this time of year?

I, myself fall somewhere in between. I have come to realize that although this is not my favourite time of year, I can and often do “get into it” when it is absolutely necessary for me to do so.

I would prefer to not continually hear the Christmas tunes in every store I shop, from November 1st till the New Year. I would also prefer if everyone stayed at home and shopped on the Internet, so my experience in the malls… well to put it bluntly… is less crowded and less stressful.

This year I have taken another route, in order to avoid all the hype that Christmas brings and keep my sanity as well.

I’m leaving the country for warmer climes where I will know no one and feel no obligation to buy anyone a gift. I know what your saying “Well how does that let you off the hook?” Trust me it does! After all, if I leave well before Christmas and come back in the New Year, it also let’s everyone else off the hook as well.

This is my gift to me and I deserve it. I have been wanting to do this for many years, and now I am “just going to do it!” My friends know me well and most of them have no issues with this, or have chosen not to express it to me if it bothers them. But I know they love me and want me to be happy.

If you’d like to contribute the my anti-Christmas-going-away fund, leave a comment and let me know where I can reach you. I do take PayPal.

22 days and counting down…

Till Next Time….

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And I survived

Posted by gottabkd on Saturday, November 25, 2006

I can’t believe it…. one month until Christmas day….. one month!! And yet on this sunny November day when the temperature is way above the zero mark…. double digits in fact, I still hear the roar of motorcyclists in my neighbourhood.

This, at a time when I wonder how I will make it through the cold winter months, here in Southern Ontario that seem to go on forever. This is the time when most, if not all bikers are comtemplating the winter storage of their favourite passtime indulgence. Putting their babies to bed for this unpredictable season which ultimately always does come.

Yet, low and behold…. the die hards still ride. You know the ones….. they really don’t want the winter to come…. they want to ride, at least one more time, to possibly extend the season and get in one more joyful thrill of the open road and the wind in their faces.

Way back when I was young enough and feeling indestructable (or just plain foolish), I rode 11 months of the year. Straight through one of our toughest winters. Without batting a mascara covered eye lash I would get on Arnold and head off to wherever I was going. Then February hit, and hit hard. My street was not cleared regularly and therefore I ended up waiting for March come in like a lion.

But up to that point I would put on as much clothing as possible, plug in the heated vest, cover the face with a balaclava and off I would go. As long as I could get off my street I would ride. To work, to friends, to the store…. did not matter where, I would ride.

Looking back while watching the brave-hearted go out this November, I think to myself how silly that was. Yes I can actually say “Hey I rode 11 months one year!” and add to it “And I survived.” I do feel a sense of accomplishment coupled with stupidity. Sillyness to think that here in Canada 12 months of riding could actually happen….. NOT!!! I did have to try though…. But still, it was an accomplishment that not many riders would think of doing let alone try, especially with our whacky and unpredictable seasons.

Being young sure helped. So did stuborness. Also the “I can do anything attitude” didn’t hurt me. But being young gave me the courage to try anything… at least once. For the most part, I still carry that spirit with me today.

But as I gaze out the window and the lone motorcyclist passes me by, I return to my computer and find myself writing this, and wondering why I am not out there doing the same thing…. Is it the cold? The lack of courage or an age thing that says it’s smarter to park early than get caught freezing your nickers to the metal?

Till next time

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