A Big Deal (For Who?)

In this week’s episode, I talk about the need to understand relative impact. From seat reclining and font sizes to access ramps and viral infections, I discuss how empathy is an effective tool in understanding how things that aren’t a “big deal” to us can be huge issues for others.

“Being a calming voice in a sea of panic is one thing. Being reductive and dismissive is another.”

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CN Podcast: Retrospective #23

In the latest retrospective,  I share my latest experience with equipment failures abroad and how rewards/punishment have been affecting my weekly commitments. Whats a bigger motivation, 500 burpees or apple pie and ice cream dessert?

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The Ending Of Things

I’ve had to learn to become more comfortable with the ending of things.

I haven’t always gotten the endings that I’ve wanted.

I’ve often tried to keep things going just to avoid an unpleasant ending.

I’ve also returned to situations I should’ve left alone in order to “fix” the previous ending.

But that’s not how things work.

Some things end on a high note. Some things end in a messy way.

But regardless, they’ve end.

I’ve had to accept the fact that sometimes, the last conversation I had with someone is the last conversation I’ll ever have with them. 

Sometimes, it’s because it’s not possible to have another conversation.

Sometimes, it’s because there’s nothing left to be said.

But I still had to move on.

There’s always another ending to face.

Until the last one.

And getting comfortable with that may be the hardest thing.

Casual Spanish Conversations

At Monterrey waiting for my laptop repair when I saw this sign at a coffee stand. I took the photo because it’s only the 2nd one I’ve seen in my time here. As I took the photo, a woman and her friend approached me and asked me to explain it. It’s one thing to have a conversation about the weather in Spanish and quite another to try to explain crypto currency and digital wallets. I explained that I don’t currently have any and she jokingly replied that she’d let me know how it works out for her. 🤣

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