One Fine (Work) Day


How’s your work routine? Do you find yourself getting tired after staring at your computer screen for too long? Have you figured out the best time to eat your lunch?

The way you feel at work is just as important as the work that you’re doing, and finding a healthy balance between work needs and mental/physical needs is key. The Huffington Post just posted an interesting article about the “ultimate routine for a perfect work day” — understanding, of course, that everyone’s routine will be a little different, since your day may be filled with meetings, you may work a night schedule, etc.

I especially like the presentation — and I appreciate the variety of tasks that it suggests incorporating into your day, such as meditation, a power nap, and making note of your daily successes. And, of course, getting enough sleep to feel well rested and ready to tackle the next day!

(h/t Huff Post)



There’s No Place Like Homewood



If you could go into the past and tell yourself something to change the future, would you? Should you?

I recently discovered an episode of the “Twilight Zone” that deals with that very issue. It’s called “Walking Distance“, and the focus is on Martin Sloan, an advertising executive who stops to get his car serviced, only to realize that his hometown — named Homewood — is 1.5 miles away. He decides to walk there, and when he arrives, he discovers that it’s just like when he was growing up. But it quickly dawns on him that it actually IS when he was growing up — as in, he’s gone back in time by 30 years!

Once the confusion wears off, Martin finds the child version of himself (we’ll call these Martins “Lil Martin” and “Big Martin” for the sake of clarity). Big Martin tries to tell Lil Martin to stay young and enjoy childhood, because his life as a working adult is awful. But Lil Martin isn’t interested and is actually creeped out by the whole thing, as are his parents. It appears there’s room for only one version of Martin in Homewood.

I won’t give away the ending, since there are some special twists, but the essence is: You can’t relive your childhood. There’s an especially profound conversation that takes place between Big Martin and his dad, who, thanks to the wrinkle in time, is about his age:

DAD: Martin, is it so bad where you’re from?

BIG MARTIN: I thought so, Pop. I’ve been living on a dead run, and I was tired. And one day I knew I had to come back here. I had to come back and get on the merry-go-round, and eat cotton candy, and listen to a band concert. I had to stop and breathe, and close my eyes and smell, and listen.

DAD: I guess we all want that. Maybe when you go back, Martin, you’ll find that there are merry-go-rounds and band concerts where you are. Maybe you haven’t been looking in the right place. You’ve been looking behind you, Martin. Try looking ahead.

It’s incredible advice: Try looking ahead. It’s natural to want to revisit happier times and to feel like things haven’t changed. And don’t we all wish we could go to the past and do things a little differently? But that’s what makes “Walking Distance” great: It reminds us that we can’t go into the past, and the only way to feel better and happier about ourselves is to focus on improving how we are now.





I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I’m just now getting around to seeing “Serpico”. It’s one of the best police movies ever made — not to mention that it’s a true story. But it’s also a cautionary tale of the isolation and stigma attached to being a whistleblower.

If you haven’t seen it, here’s a brief synopsis: “Serpico” follows Officer Frank Serpico after he graduates from the police academy and enters the force as a wide-eyed, well-intentioned cop. But he quickly realizes that many of his fellow NYPD officers don’t play by the rules, and he develops a burning desire to stop corruption as far and wide as he can. Of course, it’s a major undertaking — at the cost of his sanity, his relationships, and his street cred. In fact, when he was shot in the line of duty, his fellow officers wouldn’t even help him out. (And this is all portrayed in a landmark performance from Al Pacino)

The real Serpico still lives in New York state, and he can still tell the tale of being a beacon of truth. But he’s lucky to be alive. While “Serpico” makes for an engaging film, it also brings up a lot of questions: Did Serpico do the right thing? Did he make a difference? Did he go about it the right way — or could he have been more methodical and calculated about his approach?

It’s worth a watch, because it shows the dangers of doing the right thing at all costs and it’s a reflection of how easy it is to not do the right thing. Do you find that your profession is the same way? Are you held accountable for bending the rules, or is it easy to follow your moral compass? No matter how you answer, “Serpico” will make you think hard about your actions.

Building Your Float in the Parade of Life


I had a chance to see the Rose Parade floats today for the first time, and they’re awesome! These floats were in Thursday’s parade, and they remained on display through today. As with all Rose Parade floats, they’re covered entirely in plant materials — such as flowers, seeds, and grasses. The detail that goes into them is inspiring and humbling… thousands of little pieces that turn into a moving, beautiful collage of all shapes and sizes.

They’re a good reminder that our lives are much the same as these floats, filled with thousands of little pieces that make each one of us unique… the people we know, the things we do, the choices we make, the choices we don’t make, etc. What you put on your float is up to you, especially how it’s shaped and what it looks like.

Here’s hoping that you’re constantly working to make your float the best it can be!