At the end of the last year, I marked my calendar for a vibe check on February 14th.
As we rolled into Feb, the mess of The Other Guy’s administration was still playing out. So I pushed things to March 1st.
How you doing?
I’m really proud of my family. Lots of personal growth for us.
Current best guess is I’ll get my first shot of the vaccine before Easter. Our governor shuffled the eligibility and, as a 50+, I’m going to get green lighted before they declare open season to the entire population.
That’s one year after we battened down the hatches. We’ve scheduled a COVID birthday party for March 13th. Cake will be served.
American life-science tech is absolutely amazing. Getting back to a somewhat normal life this summer will be a payoff for relocating myself to the USA.
Take time to notice good judgement.
Who were the least reliable sources of information over the last year?
I’m always fine-dining my filters. Now would be a good time to dial some folks down, and others up.
Our bad sources of information are obvious. Let them go.
What generates feelings of gratitude?
This surprised me.
I get more benefit from good science fiction than the legacy media.
Over the pandemic I read Dune (1-8), Three-Body Problem (1-3) and Foundation (1-7). Science fiction generates feeling of gratitude in me – gratitude for my routine life, gratitude for my wonderful marriage and gratitude for the opportunity to educate my kids.
An unexpected bonus, from venturing outside my typical reading genres.
What areas of your life uncovered blindspots?
I do a little public service work in our local community.
It can be frustrating because I’m not very good at interacting with groups of live people! Zoom was a blessing – especially as my default is submitting written comments, in the chat.
I stick with it because people respect tell me I’m helpful, despite my limitations.
If you don’t step up then someone else will, and they might be clueless.
You can see this effect in the major US cities where a large chunk of the smartest parents have opted out of the public school system, and their school boards appear to be losing their minds.
Second, and third, order effects.
What’s on your must-keep list?
I’m reading No Rules Rules about Netflix’s corporate culture. I’m reinterpreting for ideas about leading multigenerational families.
One of their rules for employees is you need to be on the must-keep list to stick around. Good enough is not good enough.
- What habits are holding me back from excellence? Still anger management.
- What’s on my pandemic must-keep list? Pick one thing. I’ll go with “challenging strength training 2x per week.” It’s the one thing, where its absence, will make a big difference when I’m 60.
- What are you doing when you feel serene? Spending time with my wife – she has a heavenly vibe that calms my soul.
1,000 days from now, the pandemic will have faded from collective memory.
If you feel like you lost a year then be sure to keep the lessons.