Work? The more the better

Working can be rewarding. I volunteer at a cemetery and that is kind of the most important thing that I do. If I had my way, I would work more in fact. I would want to work full time in order to feel that I am spending my time with facility. I know some people are satisfied with a good day’s work, and some people are even workaholics. I would be happy with a regular full time schedule to feel that I am learning all the time and keeping on top of a business.stones_in_snow_fe_22

I am reading an Irish blogger these days, named Carthage Buckley. I subscribe to his blog and I see a good number of his tweets. His blog is full of good advice for someone who is working throughout the week. He is a personal coach and many of his tips relate to productivity as it is understood in the work place. I enjoy what he has to say.

Carthage often writes in a style that suggests he is putting into place his own guidance, that it works for him and that he is sharing what he knows with others. He suggests that what works for him, can work for you. Whether it is a focused task management strategy or a list of goals, he writes comprehensively in his blog about these kinds of work options and what you can do in your own role on the job to be fulfilling. I agree that working can be rewarding

tractor_dig_apr_30Carthage also writes about a number of communication strategies in his blog. He offers help to people needing to give feedback to others, on how to craft arguments and even how to liven up. Many of the points he makes on both productivity and on communication I find interesting. I read from beginning to end when I see a new post by Carthage and sometimes it is more than once that I am reading his post.

He also talks about anger management and offers insight into how someone getting angry can cope. I don’t feel I have a significant problem with anger but some might. I know from my own reading that anger is a complicated subject and can have a myriad of outcomes. It is best to look outside yourself for aid if you are experiencing undue anger.

Managing anger – 8 tips to make it a positive experience

The idea of goal setting recurs again and again in Carthage’s blog. He insists it is necessary. I haven’t take many of the first steps necessary to making goal setting work, but I may attempt that someday. Carthage writes about goal setting enough that I believe him that it is an important component of success, both personal and professional. The right goals can pave the way and working can be rewarding.

Goal creation: 5 helpful rules

Carthage occasionally recommends his favourite books in his blog posts and while I haven’t read them, I believe they would be good reads. Reading is a pleasure in which I take part sparingly and many of his book choices aren’t books I know, but I trust Carthage’s judgement. I haven’t talked to the Irishman in person but he recommends books frequently enough that I know he enjoyed the ones he mentions.

Last, Carthage talks about positive thinking enough that I know he does his best to make the practice (of positive thinking) work. I feel I am a positive thinker and Carthage has a fresh perspective on the subject of positive thinking. Positive thinking is a great mode out of which to work if you are able to make a success of yourself with positive thinking and bring that to the table leading to the possibility that working can be rewarding.

7 Beliefs that support a positive mindset

I like the work that I do manage to get done and I make the most of it. Some of my values match those in the writing of Carthage Buckley. Since I have been reading his blog, I feel better about my chances in the future. His writing is intelligent and articulate, and I am glad I am on the e-mail list he maintains.

The Name’s The Thing: findingenvirons

Playing Dungeons and Dragons is something I enjoyed as a child. I named my Twitter findingenvirons. My wordpress is findingenvirons1. The name findingenvirons is two words, finding environs. The first initial of each of the two words combined is Fe, the designation for iron. But that isn’t the reason.

cemetery_wilderness8058The idea of finding environs refers to mapping. I had a basic nineteen-eighties edition of the game Dungeons and Dragons. As a matter of fact, naming game characters is part of the game, but that’s not the reason for findingenvirons, instead of my actual name or the name of my organisation. The reason is that in 1987, the game company TSR, Inc, published the volume In Search of Adventure, by Aaron Allston. It was culled from game dungeons that had preceded, and remade into an expanded game format for the purpose of playing Dungeons and Dragons. It was fascinating.

In Search of Adventure was about going from the town of Threshold to the city of Specularum. The way through the wilderness between the two dominions was threefold, and fraught with peril. In Threshold there was a merchant named Clifton Caldwell. He had a small castle controlled by monster goblins, and that was an example for the game. Meeting the goblins there was the game.

Another possibility for game play was going to the desert to play in a sand city, which was elaborate and dangerous. The sand city was the long way around between Threshold and Specularum. It was a complex city in the desert, and many hazards were contained within. It provided many hours of play.

A famous tournament among players of the game was provided as well. In this case, the game took place in a forest where witches held sway over a fantastic castle which stood tall into the sky where lived a fabled dragon. The witches’ castle was rife with danger, and the tournament from the mainstay of the game’s popularity could be recreated for fun.

If the game was a success, and the players good at the game, the city of Specularum would be found and the evil guild The Veiled Society would challenge the players. There was intrigue in Specularum, and saving the life of Archduke Stefan was ultimately the order of the day, as the heroic players walked hand in hand with royalty.dungeons_dragons

These adventures were all in the context of playing Dungeons and Dragons.

So, finding environs to me is safety, and findingenvirons the name of my Twitter, and a year and a half later findingenvirons1 the name of my wordpress. Why the 1? The number one is a homonym to won and my wordpress parallels the idea of finding environs won, for the times the players of my childhood game earned their safety and accolades, in the grand duchy of Allston’s In Search of Adventure book. Some of my best times having fun as a child were behind my cardboard game screen rolling polyhedral dice playing Dungeons and Dragons.seeker

New Wrinkles: ten years older than you were

Losing ten years in the wink of an eye would be a dramatic life change. If I were ten years older than I am now, I would be forty-seven years old. If my life hadn’t changed in all that time, I wonder if I would be able to steer my life. If all of a sudden I were forty-seven, what would I do? I should think eHarmony™ would be a much more attractive proposition for me at that age. Maybe I’d sign up, filling out my profile with such designations as:

Age: 47

Seeking: a woman

My occupation: cemetery volunteer and social media addict. Facebook would be as much interesting as it is in my thirties!

Interests: Watching EastEnders–I wouldn’t mind jetting to England to be an old boy in London!

Enjoying the wisdom of getting old

Hopes for the future: Keeping aware of changes and developments in the world

And so on, ad nauseum.

I’d be aware of the shorter length of time left in my life. I’d want to pay more attention to what’s printed in the Saturday paper, instead of hurrying through it. My astrology chart designation would seem all the more pressing, I think. Try this and try that–I would try to be more aware that there is only so much time in the day and it goes in the wink of an eye.

Other than looking for love, I’d be all the more set on my vocation. There would be fewer opportunities, I believe, so getting additional education would be all the more remote a possibility. Upgrading a skill set would be all the more unfathomable as well. But I think I’d be satisfied with what I’ve managed to do so far. I’d be all the more persistent in making a success of work. Maybe something like that would go on my eHarmony™ profile!

I don’t think I’d be any more keen than I am on the ongoing changes in technology; I’d be all the more typical growing old, putting my faith in the past instead of the future. I know I would write on my profile that I want to stay informed about what’s new, but I think as a guy I’d be saying that in order to demonstrate a certain character of the rube in my personality, seasoned by the years but not astute.

I think I would want to devote some time to reading literature. I am sure there are many fascinating books, and in my late forties I would want to delve into a few more than I have. I wouldn’t be optimistic that I would learn much more than I have, because time spent in a book can go in the wink of an eye. That being said, there’s an illumination that goes with looking at the pages of important books and fun books and strange books.


Live in the moment and be happy there

Coaching Positive Performance

Coach and trainer Carthage Buckley reminded me this year on the Internet that Wayne Dyer wrote in Dyer’s book Your Erroneous Zones that guilt and worry are useless emotions. Carthage writes this in a Coaching Positive Performance post discussing goals. Carthage argues in the post there is no goal worth too much sacrifice. Even if I’d missed the last ten years of my life, at the age of only forty-seven, I would still find happiness in what remained to be lived.

Of course, at this time, I’m still only 37. If the next ten years disappear somehow, I will try not to be too disappointed. At later stages of life there are still many joys to experience. You might know more about those joys than I. Ten years is a long time, but in a human life, it can go all too quickly: in the wink of an eye.