After their IPO Twitter decided that they would start sending push notification ads to mobile users.
What made anyone at Twitter think this was a good idea? Facebook has made some stupid decisions after they went public but nothing as obtrusive as this.
If nothing else I hope this article and the happenings in Texas at least start a healthy discussion.
Can You Be Pro-Life and Pro-Death Penalty?
Even though I have never met, or likely ever meet Donald Miller, he is a man that I look up to. Think of those questions that people ask as ice breakers, you know the ones – “If you could have lunch with one person living today who would it be?”. My answer would always be Donald Miller. Don has let us into parts of his life that others keep hidden. If you read his books you can’t help but be pulled into his life. I encourage everyone to read his books. Today, he had a tweet that I will be thinking about for a long time. It says something that I have been trying to say for years in other ways. I found that people just don’t get it and when I read this tweet I knew, Don Miller gets it.
For me doing work that ultimately doesn’t mean anything to the greater good has become a prison sentence. I am driven by my faith to be a good steward of my time and spending 8-12 hours a day doing things that don’t matter isn’t being that good steward. There are arguments against this and I am thankful and honestly, lucky to be able to make the money I make for my family. I also realize that this ultimately “matters”. I will never take that for granted. So, don’t get me wrong. At the end of the day I feel I am called to try and do good for more people than just my family.
My thirties, God willing, will be spend doing just that as I finish up my graduate degree in counseling and find my calling in the field of mental health.
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My Sub Plot for Donald Miller’s StoryLine can be found Here
Anger is an emotion that everyone experiences. Everyone knows how anger makes them feel and for everyone that is different. We can experience outward physical reactions and we can also experience inward emotional reactions to anger. All of these are natural reactions to anger. We need to experience anger and we need to have a reaction to anger.
Often times anger can become unhealthy. This occurs when we have reactions to the anger that get us into trouble. Sometimes that means hurting someone or yourself other times is means not experiencing life because we are fearful of our reaction to anger. Wrapped up in those two reactions is where trouble with anger begins. These two reactions can have long lasting impacts on our health, our relationships, or finances, and many other things.
So, the question is – what can we do to hopefully not allow ourselves to get to the point of a violent outburst? Recently I read an article by Christine J. Schimmel and Ed Jacobs called Ten creative counseling techniques for helping clients deal with anger. I found one of the techniques particularly impressive. They call it ‘The Three R’s’. The three R’s are React, Retreat, and Rethink.
Often when we encounter a situation where we are getting angry, we will react right away. As you can imagine, this often doesn’t help us or anyone else. It could escalate to us physically hurting someone. Once we have done all the reacting we can muster we will then retreat. We will isolate ourselves sometimes out of shame for what we have done or simple because we are now tired due to the chemicals released in the rage. Once we have retreated we often take the time to rethink the situation and will often times think of twenty other ways to handle the situation in a more productive fashion.
Schimmel and Jacobs recommend reversing the order in which we use the three R’s. If we can work on retreating first and allowing ourselves the time to rethink we will often have a better reaction. You see what they just did?
This is not something you can do right away. Especially if you deal with anger issues. It takes practice and hard work. Nothing worth doing is easy. Working on making this transition will only help with your overall quality of life. Just imagine how this would help every relationship in your life. Tell me it wouldn’t be worth trying?
Schimmel, C.J, and Jacobs, E. (2011). Ten creative counseling techniques for helping clients deal with anger. Retrieved from http://counselingoutfitters.com/vistas/vistas11/article_53.pdf
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My favorite writing application, Byword, has added a feature that allows user to publish straight from the application to many different blogging platforms including WordPress and blogger – to name a few.
For me personally this takes Byword from a great Mac minimalist writing app to the best. Others will have their differences but for me I couldn’t have asked for a better gift. Thanks Byword.