Ambient reading: new technology, new style of reading, new litterature.


Reading will never be the same. With new access to our new mobile devices, our reading  experience may be different with what it used to be.

With audio books, and eboooks, we consume more and more words, faster and faster.

We also have an opportunity to bring our own personalised experience to our own reading.

This is what writer Nathalie Moris called ‘ambient litterature’ the new way to read. Having the ambiance of our real life soaking, and interacting with our reading bring a fresh appeal to the narrative from the author.

Our mobile reading experience is touched, personalized, and individualized by where we are, the time, and the weather.

This whole combination makes reading a whole new experience.

 

 

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Do something. Blame no one. Make no excuses.


I was visiting my son Axel this week-end in Tallahassee, FL., when I saw a poster tapped on his wall with these slogans: Do something. Blame no one. Make no excuses.

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First, I made a selfie and asked him about the poster which exhibits a photo of the new coach Willie Taggart known in the college football community for his mantra and social media hashtag “#dosomething.”

“Coach is doing well,” he told me, having his latest victory in Louisville. “We are preparing the big game this coming Saturday against Miami,” he added.

University of Miami and Florida State university are long time football archrivals.

Searching more on Taggart, I found out he has made the #dosomething his life’s motto.

“I just look at myself, my journey, I never blamed anyone,” Taggart told an audience in Tallahassee reported by the Tampa bay Times.

“I never made any excuses for me not being successful. I just worked my tail off (…) So that’s been my motto my entire life: Blame no one, make no excuses. You’ve gotta do something.”

The guilt complex


We have within us, between our ears, a simple thing called conscience which teaches us there’s a right and wrong approach to life.

We know when we act contrary to our conscience we feel guilty, and this feeling impacts negatively our thoughts.

This behavior bestows upon us what author David Schwartz called the guilt complex in his book The Magic of Thinking Big.

The guilt complex is what in turn may  break our thought process becuase our mind is constantly asking, ‘will I get caught? Will I get caught?’

We have within us a deep desire to be right, think right, and act right. But our human nature, if let by itself, goes wild, derails us against our conscience to act in the wrong way, which derails the course of our life.

How can we take our behavior into our own hands to avoid situations that will cause us to ask ourselves, Will I get caught?, and instead of creating productive daily habits to live intentionnally for excellence,  we spend our mind capacity to imagine ways to get away with it.

The long run and the short runs


“It’s easy to look at the long run and lull yourself into skipping a day now and then. But, the long run is made up of short runs,” this is what I read from a blog posted by bestselling author and blogger Set Godin.

The following are some questions Set Godin asked in his post that I invite you to reflect upon:

Is there something you do every day that builds an asset for you?

Every single day?

Something that creates another bit of intellectual property that belongs to you?

Something that makes an asset you own more valuable?

Something that you learn?

“Every single day is a lot of days”, Godin says.

 

Tell your stories to connect and dicover: no shame, no blame!


I attended City Speaksa storytelling event, last night in Pompano Beach, Florida, which reminds me, back in the days in my homeland  Haiti, when my dad used to gather us together, just to tell us stories.

Sometimes, they were folktales of Bouki and Malis, the villain and the smart; and other times it was just about his personal stories, telling us about his day to day dealing with  this thing called “life.”

Last night, it was about life stories from folks in the city, telling us their narratives about their life segments, and how they intersect with us, the listeners.

There were tellers, there were listeners. Moods swang from joy to sorrow. It was a real life experience.

I enjoyed it. It was a person to person moment. I discovered myself in the stories I heard, and connected with the speakers.

As Mij Byram, an expert storyteller, who introduced the event, said :

“Storytelling is about the connection. That connection is not magic. It’s real. It is about touching the hearts and imaginations of listeners. It is opening them to adventures, feelings and possibilities.”

“In  a story,”Mij added, “we can walk through fear and chase the villain. We can experience sorrow and joy and do it in the safe harbor of a story. A story can change thoughts and ideas.  A story can touch your heart, make you laugh or make you cry, it can comfort or challenge. A story can help you see yourself and your world in a new way.”

That’s excatly what happened to me when I left Pompano Beach last night reflecting, thinking, and pondering about what I heard about immigration, illegal immigration, thick accent, police interactions with black people, depression, and anxiety.

It was fascinated. A great delightful moment. I loved it.

Be well,

Roosevelt

 

NB.: City Speaks is a 50 minute event followed by a time of public interaction and reflection. To know more about their programming click here….

The Top Five Regrets of the Dying


Bronnie Ware, an author who worked in palliative care, wrote “The Top Five Regrets of the Dying.”

They are:

1.- I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

2.- I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.

3.- I wish I had the courage to express my feelings.

4.-  I wished I had stayed in touch with my friends

5.-  I wish I had let myself be happier.

These are significant issues. How can we positively address them when we still have some time?

Can we be kinder towards ouselves and others and be more determined to live the life we are truly here to live?

Be well,

Roosevelt

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The art of ladder climbing out of a slump in six steps: something needs to change!


The following is part of my underlining notes of my recent re-reading of the book Life Leadership Essentials Series Ladder Clibimg Out Of a Slump that I have been studying for the last two days in the context of the great comeback of Tiger Woods. (Read my yesterday post for more on that.)

Sooner or later, you’re going to go though a slump. Slumps are natural part of life. We’ve all been there, at the end of a tunnel,  or on the verge of failure. When it’s time to climb out of the proverbial hole you have settled in, that when your true strenght and perseverence come out to shine.

“Wake up!” a slump yells at you. It’s time to go deeper, do better, and get going. A slump’s message is telling you that something needs to change.

Stand up, and get going; take charge of your life; keep striving for greatness; embrace the difficult things that will bring real, lasting, postive change.

This book as a tool will help you take action immediately and effectively. It will help you hurdles slumps in the first place.

The art of the Ladder climbing out of a slump consists simply of knowing to accurately hear the real message, and get out of the foxhole by taking the following six steps ladder to the top:

1.- Take Action. Get off the couch and get going.

2.- Plan the right kind of a two-day mini-vacation

3. Release the power of your dreams and motivations.

4.-  Have fun by filling your two-day vacation with positive thoughts, listening to lots of audios, and reading books.

5.- Act fast on your to do list and nail the first day, week, and month after your mini vacation.

6.- Beware of Addictions.

Voila what I read from this material. Let’s unleash the power within us. We all have it. Let’s make our true ascent from the bottom all the way to the top.

But above all, let’s make sure our ladder is leaning against the right wall.

Be well,

#Rooseveltjeanfrancois (Rooseveltjanfranswa)

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