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Mondays are a great for drawing a line in the sand.  The weekend is done and it's the start of a new work week, so the cycle begins again, allowing you to do something different, until the next line in the sand.  

Sure, lines are great. Drawing lines in the sand is a way of creating finish lines and starting points.  A way of allowing you to play the 'new card' over and over, but if you draw too many, for too many things, they will probably begin to override your ability to create something spectacular.

What would happen, say, just this once, you didn't create a new line.  Lets say instead that you took that moment, instead of drawing a line, to actually go the extra distance to do something truly special.  


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Iced Coffee in a Large Cup

I don't know about you, but I LOVE coffee.  I can't get enough good coffee.. I stress 'good' because some types just don't agree with me.  When we go to our local Asian Grocers, we always pick up a few cans of something called Mr Coffee Mountain Blend iced coffee.  It's a thimble full to me.  The cans are 1/2 size.  I need more.  At the request of my wife, and the need for a cheaper alternative (3 cans were $8 CDN).  Here's the recipe that we've made at home that is the closest thing to it.

In Windows, this is a pretty common issue.  I've run afoul of it myself a number of times, either by forgetting or just not knowing.  Truly, though, it's this easy:

open notepad as an administrator *on Windows 10, it's (winkey)+ type notepad*
-- or find Notepad and then right click and "open as administrator"

at the top of Notepad, click file, then click open 
%windir%/system32/drivers/etc/    <-- this is the directory and folder you want to navigate to.
change file options for documents at the bottom right to *.*
open the file simply named 'hosts'
edit what you need
save & close
you're done.
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This is plainly a simple communication fault.  It can become a habit from experience.

"Whoops, I broke something of yours, but I forgot to tell you."

"I made a decision that involves you, but I forgot to tell you."

"I incurred this fee/debt, but I forgot to tell you."

If something happens that affects someone else, it's your obligation to let them know as soon as possible.  They may not like it, though.  The importance of the event is a matter of perception and theirs is most likely different from yours.

The trick isn't so much as to how to word it, it's how to time it.  

So when they do find out, though, you shouldn't be so surprised at the result.

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This is part of my 're-framing'.

Become a Friendlier Person

  1. Don't criticize, condemn or complain.
  2. Give honest, sincere appreciation.
  3. Arouse in the other person an eager want.
  4. Become genuinely interested in other people.
  5. Smile.
  6. Remember that a person's name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language.
  7. Be a good listener. Encourage others to talk about themselves.
  8. Talk in terms of other person's interests.
  9. Make the other person feel important - and do it sincerely.

About Ian G. Lang

profileThis is my personal journal.  I'm a designer developer on a mid-life journey of discovery. 

You will find me on Facebook often, and, once-in-a-blue-moon on Twitter.  My grammar isn't perfect, my English comprehension is decent, and I don't really do anything that strikes me as world changing --at least in my mind anyway.  You might find a nugget or two of interesting takeaways in my ramblings.

The opinions I put on here are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of my employer or associates.