Hello! Once again we had a great Master Key Experience session this week with much to think about and even more to accomplish. I like writing this later in the week because there is much more to comment on. Hopefully more has been completed, so there is more to report. Certainly more time to think things through and not just bang out the first thoughts that come to mind.
Do you have your compass? What direction is it pointing? Is your path clear? The fog is lifting and the way is getting easier to see. Can you see it? Are you visualizing the future you? Will you follow the path or stay where you are? It is nice and safe, even familiar and predictable where you are. It is new, unpredictable, uncomfortable and maybe scary down the path. Which way have you chosen? Word has it that many have dropped out of the Master Key Experience over the last few weeks, either by choice, pressure from others or by neglecting homework assignments, causing a loss of their scholarship. Congratulations to those who are still striving and thriving.
Have you noticed any changes this week? I have. Are things getting cleared for you? They are for me. Is your confidence up? I am feeling more control. Are you feeling the excitement? The excitement is real. Why does this guy have so many questions this week? He can’t hear your answers anyway. Did you get your reminders up around the house, the car and at work? How many comments did you get?
My wife has a certain sense of order. Maybe you have someone like her in your life. She is not a fan of signs and things stuck to the walls, mirrors, etc. This created a need for me to get creative, but I made it work. I don’t know about you, but a reminder here and there is always helpful for me.
Speaking of reminders, this was week 2 of not offering opinions. It is one of the toughest parts of the this week’s assignments. Just when you think you are in the clear, it is announced that there will be no opinions offered again this week. Come on! Can I get a quota? I am really good at giving opinions. You don’t have to even ask. Can you tell this continues to be a challenge for me? I would tell you that I have excellent opinions, but then I would be offering an opinion again. Can’t win. I should have set a reminder for this assignment. First the Dodgers were playing for the World Series and had a couple of bad games and a game 7 loss. It is real tough not to express an opinion on that -during or after the game. While it is easy (and ok) to speak about the facts, it is not far from there to an opinion. Is an opinion wrong if I agree with you or if the opinion is a positive thing? I believe we are assuming opinions are a negative thing. Is that necessarily true? Isn’t a compliment an opinion?
I know that all the times that I slipped up this week, at least those that I caught were not compliments and should have been kept to myself. Ok, it could be said that it is true that those who cut me off in traffic really are bad drivers. Really those other words were just adjectives for those who missed the display of driving expertise presented by others. It is true that many opinions should be kept to ourselves. After all, your mother told you, “if you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything.” I am going with that approach.
While writing this blog each week I can’t help but wonder if anyone will ever see what I wrote and if so, will they like what I wrote or get anything out of it? Well, this week I got an answer to some of that. I am actually receiving feedback and it is encouraging. Some have even understood my jokes and odd references. Can’t believe it, but some have even read more than one weeks posting. Wow! Thank you! It’s good to know that you are out there. Thank you for what you have written and the thoughts and feelings shared.
That’s all for me this week. Until next week. In the words of Kaiser Permanente, Thrive!