The Traditional Song and Dance (Excerpt 1)
The days of wheels and waves… music has always been a great medium for me to express my thoughts and feelings as a human floating on this rock. In a time where our band is feeling the pressure of everyday living, we continually strive to sharing the sounds of soothing the angst and tension in today’s American culture. The song Breezy rides the tide of America feeling like a place of nowhere and potentially somewhere at the same time with a faint heart beat of human life…
“…it seems that everywhere you go, yeah people complain about people that they don’t know and even neighbors are becoming strangers when you don’t look them in the eye when’s the last time that you made a friend…”
For two years (and even long before that) I've always been curious as to how I would incorporate social media into my life. Now that I am soon to graduate with a Masters in Psychology, I need to now reflect on how to incorporate this wealth of information into my life.
I went to grad school to further study the phenomena of what we call social media. Below is the link to the paper that summarizes my studies and the possible future for Millennials and social media addiction. The current research shows negative effects associated with frequent social media use, but maybe some information can turn these around...
I often get overwhelmed with thinking about social media. In the sense that I feel this constant feeling of not only FOMO, but also what the hell I'm actually supposed to be doing with it.
And often I get entangled with too much theory as postulated by the Shallowing Hypothesis in psychology that "fast" pace communication styles (aka social media) are crippling our ability to utilize "slow" thinking methods. But instead of viewing it as a negative thing, why not take a glass full or glass empty approach and realize that both air and water exist. And that's pretty cool.
Where have the simple "please", "thank you", and "you're welcome" gone? Did you say them when you passed around the dishes this past Thanksgiving?
Everything is potentially a click away online and we all realize that our phones has made an impact on the way we communicate with others. There is next day delivery. There are faster internet speeds and stronger WIFI signals. People on the road seem to be driving quicker. Horns are louder. Phones are always on with faces buried in them.
And the gestures of honking horns, flipping the finger, and ignoring the presence of another with your face buried in your phone, has become not only more common, but part of our culture it seems. Is a text with an emoji sufficient with a "thumbs up" like in acknowledging something someone has done for you? I don't know the answer, but I get this feeling that our manners are disappearing collectively.
Despite NADCAP being a requirement for companies that provide services for the aerospace industry, what I took away from last week's training surprised me.
Today in a capitalistic and individualistic mentality culture, competition is expected. Increasing profits, minimizing mistakes, and cheaper prices with higher quality over your competitors. However, at the NADCAP conference last week in Pittsburgh, PA, one of the instructors stated that even though companies like Boeing, Bell, Lockheed Martin, and so on are in competition with one another, they all agree over one thing and will actually fly in all over the world to discuss it.
Last week's meeting was about the guidelines to practice the most efficient ways to produce quality service and product. It almost seems appropriate that quality would be something we could all agree on, because don't we all want a better quality of life?
Every step counts in running a race or even running a business.
Marathon running has always created a space for me to let my mind and body run free. But free to the extent that the race course has specific turns to take and that the race has certain rules to follow. Similar to when I compare my running to that of helping run a business, that space to "run" free must be created. That even though it feels like many rules are needed to be followed, I still try to find that "zone" to work in.
Organizations want stability and change, but realize that it takes creativity to innovate solutions to problems that deter stability and change.
However, creativity often is associated with taking risks towards solutions of problems. Individuals must find a way to be creative in every aspect of their workday. Even it if it technically isn't "given".