I have survived another Birthday Week at the Arens’ Household.
No mistake, I did add the word week to birthday. If there is one thing that I am sure of it is that I don’t get too excited about birthdays anymore; mine specifically. Might be my father in me.
So, I marry one who makes it our family tradition to celebrate birthdays all week long. It gets exciting for everyone else in the family and it was a fast-paced week. Birthday Girl requested a donut cake (technically it should be doughnut but I choose the Americanized form out of patriotism).
Turned out it was an easier cake to produce. We went to the donut shop and she picked out her selection.
Birthday morning came and we stacked them up, placed a candle on top of the pyramid, and she blew it out after her wish. The donut cake was our venture into completing the something new challenge from last week. I can’t believe that all the Girls are teenagers!
We are in the information age. Of course, you know that from your knowledge of the American Periods. Classic, Early, Baroque, Spanish hegemony (fancy word for dominance), Reconstruction, Gilded, Progressive, Jazz, and our current age are all periodization used to pigeon hole history in hopes of creating a simplified explanation; more so an interpretation. This method of inane enlightenment fabricates exponentially and draws us away from a simple discussion. I suggest we just put ourselves in their shoes and ask what their emotions and feelings would be. I wonder what this new era of sad politics will come to be labeled?
Let’s broach the topic of personal development. It isn’t the first time that this theme has been discussed here and it will not be the last. I ran across this definition in Wikipedia. Personal development covers activities that improve awareness and identity, develop talents and potential, build human capital and facilitate employability, enhance the quality of life, and contribute to the realization of dreams and aspirations. I wonder if this definition has all the bases covered? I do know that it should be and will be a lifetime pursuit for those brave, willing, and dedicated enough to discipline themselves in its schooling. I think of it as a little simpler; it is the aptitude to lift another while experiencing the satisfaction it generates in your attitude! This is my stretch of ‘walking in someone else’s shoes’ or more commonly the ‘Golden Rule.’ It is a win-win thing. My challenge this week is to improve your personal development by seeking someone else’s opinion. Look to improve in those areas that caused disagreement. Oh, the places you’ll go!
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