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Miki’s rules to Live By: Mastering Your Spoken Word

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

https://www.flickr.com/photos/scottchene/7330424504/Words are incredibly powerful.

If you’ve ever doubted that the recent election is absolute proof.

Words reflect who you are.

Words can bring people together or drive them apart.

Words can wound or empathize; they can build or destroy.

You are the only person responsible for your words, there is no way to pass the blame for things you say — or don’t say.

Knowing that, I kept these Anon quotes foremost in my mind, until they became unconscious habit.

The first

Be quicker of mind than of tongue.

leads directly to the second

I am the master of my unspoken words and a slave to those that should have remained unspoken.

There is a third, that is far less eloquent, but sums things up nicely.

Be sure to start brain before putting mouth in gear.

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Miki’s Rules to Live by: A Quick Reminder

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

You may find this surprising, but the phones you texted to arrange getting together for dinner are not sentient.

In reality, they are the property of sentient beings whose face2face company you enjoy (or did at one time).

Since you planned a meal with them, I’ll assume you still do and suggest you follow the advice below.

no wifi 46716

Buon appetito or, if you prefer, bon apetite.

Image credit: Anonymous email

Miki’s Rules to Live By: Who is Normal?

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016


I am an inveterate article-sender, although to a very select list.

I sent the story of the guy who took a vacation from being human by becoming a goat to my sister.

After some discussion, she asked me if I thought he was normal.

I responded that years ago someone I knew said that normal = average = the top of the bottom of the well.

Based on that I am not normal nor do I have any desire to be so.

And I added one of my Rules.

We are each of us our own normal, i.e., he is his normal, as I am mine.

And its corollary.

We are all kinked and our friends are those who are kinked synergistically.

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Miki’s Rules to Live by: My Way

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016


A mistake is simply another way of doing things. –Katharine Graham

I make a lot of them, I’m told, because I do it my way.

Flickr image credit: BK

Miki’s Rules to Live by: About Rough Times and Relationships

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015


Rough times is not a function of what happens, but to whom it happens.

Relationships are measured by caring; caring about you as you are, instead of as they think you should be.

Flickr image credit: Ivy Dawned

Miki’s Rules to Live by: Just Because…

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015


It happens to all of us.

Family, friends, colleges.

They let us down and we have no idea why.

To protect yourself from the disappointment keep this rhyme in mind.

Just because they could

Just because they should

Doesn’t mean they would.

Flickr image credit: Celestine Chua

Miki’s Rules to Live by: Diffusing Disappointment

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

https://www.flickr.com/photos/fatbwoy/2380628441There will always be people who disappoint, whether in your personal or professional life.

If their presence is outside of your control and/or they are part of your long-term world there is a simple-to-understand, but difficult-to-implement approach to dealing with them.


You can not control other people’s words or actions.

You can only control your expectations and reactions.

Any form of self-control is a hands-on effort that can’t be outsourced or multi-tasked.

And while both involve control, investing your energy in the second type will provide far higher ROI.

Flickr image credit: fatbwoy

Miki’s Rules to Live by: the Best Way to Share Information

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014


Long before I had a career and ever since I have lived by the following rule.

Whatever information, knowledge or even wisdom you are looking to teach, share or impart, whether as official teacher, mentoring manager, friend or just interested party, is more likely to be absorbed if you follow this advice.

“People learn more when they are laughing.” –Confucius

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Miki’s Rules to Live by: Who is Your Real BFF?

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ksavo/3995615036/In this age of hyper connectivity it is easy to forget that when all is said and done the only person who will always be there for you is you.

Rather than fearing this truth, embrace it.

Doing so will give you the courage to follow Mark Twain’s wise words—instead of chasing the approval of others.

Continuous improvement is better than delayed perfection.

Flickr image credit: Kyra Savolainen

Miki’s Rules to Live by: No Regrets

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013


Looking back in my life, I can honestly say there is only one thing I truly want to change.

I can think of two more if I was granted the proverbial three wishes, but only one serious regret.

I couldn’t find a link, but according to my notes this Rule tracks back to Barbara Kerbel and in the San Francisco Chronicle in 1996.

What can’t be undone
shouldn’t leave you unstrung.

Good advice, considering how short life is.

Flickr image credit: TheeErin

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