Monday, September 21, 2009

Does a Body Good

It just hurts. Hurts to keep my insides from busting into laughter when I watch people struggle to stay professional once an unexpected humor bug strikes. For instance, take this talk show host (hyperlink below) who once you think he's got it in under control, can't clench his teeth hard enough to keep the fit from spilling out. This healthy spasmodic behavior does a body good.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Tips for Worker Productivity

It has been said that if you're not confused, you're not paying attention. Well that would perfectly describe my day at work; a day-long conference full of power point slides busting at the margins with too much information. The poor gentlemen sitting in front of me (who I found out later was a genius) kept nodding off during the presentations. It took all the control I had not to focus on his bobbing head, and for a moment I felt as if I had finally prevailed, but then like the yank of a lawn mower cord his head would jerk back up only to tragically repeat history once more.

So this brings up a good question: how do you stay awake at work? Let me share a few exercises that can be done right in the privacy of your own cubicle; however, if that's not an option, try the parking lot or an abandoned elevator shaft. First, raise one foot and try balancing while periodically bringing one hand to your nose. This will probably look silly so you should only do this if you are not overly self conscious and/or have a sweet headband:

And if exercise isn't your thing, then perhaps eating is. Raisins get the saliva glands pumping, ripe apples always have a good kick and opening a can of tuna is like opening a can of 'Hello World' ocean potpourri. Crazy as they sound they all work and will keep you working, right up until it's time to go to the restroom.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Hurrah for Israel!

If there's one thing I love about my church, it's that the apostles and prophets say it how it is. For example, in this month's First Presidency Message about the 'Influence of Righteous Women,' president Heber J. Grant was quoted as saying "without the devotion and absolute testimony of the living God in the hearts of our mothers, this Church would die."

This afternoon, a most amusing sight caught my eye:

It would seem that this male behavior stems from the void of certain femininity. Look how still these male specimens lie on the pavement as if immobilized by the thought; "What's for dinner?" Surely left to their own devices, men would slowly solidify into statues, and some hungry statues at that. But honestly, where on Earth would we be without the righteous women in our lives? Most likely up the creek, paddle-less, and hopelessly lost despite the extra concentration of iron in our noses.

Elder Uchtdorf sums it up well, ".. you [women] are endowed with a divine birthright. You are the real builders of nations wherever you live, because strong homes of love and peace will bring security to any nation. The virtue of your own life will be a light to those who sit in darkness, because you are a living witness of the fullness of the gospel."

Thursday, September 3, 2009

My (little) Mountain

At just over 6800 feet above the fishies stands Green Mountain, the doorbell to the Rocky Mountains. Having spent much of my youth frolicking on it's lower steppes I felt like I was connected to my eminent friend; however, it has been only in the past few years that I have discovered my new playground of trails and stunning panoramic views.

Prophets in the scriptures would on several occasions climb to the tops of mountains and other high places to speak with God and receive His divine counsel. In somewhat similar fashion I too have trekked the heights seeking answers to prayer, and come away with a thankful heart.

After several days of haze, the clouds finally parted and I took full advantage of the weather to share a few pictures to y'all (click on the pictures for greater resolution):