What’s on the iPod: The Last Time by Taylor Swift with Gary Lightbody
Yesterday was an exercise in getting absolutely nothing done. I tried. Plenty. However, I couldn’t get the internal engine going. The goal was to get the portfolio for the conference completed. I started it, but there was a lot of distraction.
The largest distraction was the publication of my latest article, which was then posted on a few LinkedIn groups. The topic — Is risk management obsolete? — appeared in a risk management magazine. The editor knew it would start conversations, but I think we’re all surprised just how much conversation.
There were just a few people who didn’t agree, and most got the point of the article, which was to point out the shortcomings of the profession and give pointers on how to get to a better place in the career. One person thought it was a “rehashing” of the same old thing. That would be true if they ever talked about it. I commented once and stayed out of it from that point.
Partly fueled by a rainy, miserable day and partly due to a number of things going on privately, I feel it’s time for a Things that Make My Head Thump post. Feel free to add your own peeves in the comments section.
Here are the things making my head hurt this week:
The double-standard view. I don’t give a flip about celebrities and who they’re dating/not dating, but I do care when I see a pile-on that makes no sense. It would seem Taylor Swift (see the link above) is dating around a lot. That’s a problem because…. well hell, you tell me why it’s a problem. The girl is 23. She dates. Apparently, that’s not just news, but it seems it’s heinous news. Let’s ask this — how often did Jack Nicholson take heat for dating the lines of women he’s been with? Never. It’s “Atta boy” for him. For a girl who’s probably the same age as those he’d date, it’s the chopping block. Lay off, people. She’s a kid. Let her have her fun and mind your own business.
News coverage thick with speculation. I get why you stay on the air for hours — there are people just turning on the tv or the radio, and things are developing quickly. But for the love of gawd, do not repeat unsubstantiated reports. Consider it nothing more than gossip until you have verification. And they wonder why journalism is dying…
People who skim and then comment like authorities. That article I wrote? At least one comment was so off-base from what was presented that I’m convinced the poster didn’t read the entire article. He couldn’t have or he’d have seen that it said exactly what he was saying it should say. Don’t denounce something or push your agenda until you have the facts.
Brownie cookies. Think of the taste of brownies but the consistency of a sugar cookie, made by the grocery store bakery. Now you know why I’ve increased my workout schedule. I bought them yesterday for the writers’ group meeting. I’m inches from throwing them out to avoid the temptation. Almost.
Hunger. Did you know 1.4 billion people worldwide live below the poverty line? That’s extreme poverty conditions. Now an organization is challenging you to live on what these people live on — $1.50 a day — for five days to understand just how poor this kind of poor is. Go to LiveBelowtheLine.com for more info and to take the challenge. Help them raise money and awareness, because this kind of poverty is sinful and we shouldn’t be putting up with it.
Things that Make My Heart Smile:
Ah yes, why not spread a little joy along with the headaches?
Resilience. As witnessed in Wednesday night’s Boston Bruins hockey game:
Dancing like no one’s watching–just 50,000 people (not including YouTube). This kid just couldn’t help himself:
What’s bugging you? What’s making you smile this week?