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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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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Leadership Vu à Curacao!


Je reviens de Curacao! J’ai passé 2 nuits au Marriott Resort. Un espace typique presqu’à la Kaliko Beach. Seulement, la franchise Marriott se vend bien et le service qui est associé à ce brand global est de meilleure qualité.

Je n’ai pas eu l’opportunité de me mêler à la population locale pour écouter, dialoguer et me faire une meilleure idée de la vie à Curacao. Je n’ai pas eu le temps parceque trop pris par ma participation à la conférence des médias de la Caraïbe.

Mais côté touristique, j’ai appris et observer des choses que je veux partager ici.

En tout premier lieu, le contrôle du citcuit touristique. Mon taxi m’a pris de l’aéroport au resort. La route est calme. Et ne je n’ai vu qu’une dizaine de personnes après avoir roulé près de 15 minutes. Je n’ai rien vu pour me déranger ni non plus pour m’émerveiller.

Naturellement, je peux ajouter la couleur vive des maisons et mon chauffeur qui m’apprend le papiamento qui est un mélange de l’Allemand, du Portugais, de l’Espagnol et de quelques langues africaines.

Mais c’est au départ, en quittant Curacao que j’ai vu un élément de leadership à copier pour Haïti. Sur ma carte d’immigration, j’ai été invité à répondre à 6 questions sur mon état de satisfaction.

La carte de départ me remercie d’avoir choisi Curacao pour mon séjour et m’invite à cocher la cause de mon séjour. 

Une deuxième question traite de mes attentes au niveau de l’attitude de la population locale, ma chambre d’hôtel, la nourriture, la propreté de Curacao et des autres pays que j’ai visités au cours des 5 dernières années. Vous pouvez voir la liste. Haïti n’y figure pas. Ou du moins serait dans le groupe des autre pays de la caraïbe.

Et pour terminer: dans quelle mesure  serais-je prêt à référer Curacao à mes amis, parents et collègues.

Je mentionne ces observations comme des leçons de leadership parceque la base du leadership est l’information. Voici donc, une méthode peu couteuse de reccueillir de l’information qui permet aux autorités touristique de Curacao de mesurer le degré de satisfaction de sa clientèle, de connaitre ses compétiteurs et de faire des perspectives de marketting.

Naturellement, Curacao se vend comme étant le territoire hollandais de la Caraïbe. La pluspart des touristes qui étaient au Mariott sont hollandais.

Les élections au Curacao sont prévues pour le 27 aout. A part des affiches qui sont plantées le bord de la route allant à l’aéroport, je n’ai pas senti la fièvre électorale.  Au du moins, la température n’est pas trop élevée pour une population de 150 mille personnes.