Promptness Is Important!

Daily Prompt: All About Me

Explain why you chose your blog’s title and what it means to you.

Daily Promptness is the name of this blog and (as you can probably guess) it didn’t take a long time to come up with it. I wanted something that would associate the blog with the Daily Prompts created by WordPress. And I wanted to make the point that there is some discipline involved in doing this sort of thing. Promptness suggests being on time, as in writing on a regular basis. The word prompt, of course, has at least two different meanings. It can be a catalyst for writing. A verbal cattle prod in some cases. Or it has a meaning similar to promptness.

I started this blog a few weeks ago and was writing every day. But then last weekend I went for a hike and missed a day. Then I returned and didn’t like the topic on that day. And so by yesterday I had developed a new habit. Not writing! Promptness was “out the window”. And so here we are! Struggling to write something without much luck. Discussing the difference between prompt and promptness. Putting everyone to sleep (including the author).

I would much rather be discussing cattle prods and their uses. Poor little cows. And people too, sometimes! But that’s just the old ADHD acting up. We need to stay on course and finish this thing.

Promptness is an important virtue. Being on time is a step in the right direction. I’m trying! Here’s a question for my dwindling audience. What would happen if, suddenly, everyone in the world decided to forget about promptness in their daily activities. What if no one was on time for anything? It’s probable that a lot of things would stop working.

What if there were no air traffic controllers on duty for the first hour of their shift? What if Starbucks didn’t open on time? What a nightmare! I can’t continue to think about this. None of us can. So get back to work! All of us (retired folks) are counting on you!

A Phone Can Save Your Life

Call Me, Maybe

 Describe your relationship with your phone. Is it your lifeline, a buzzing nuisance, or something in between?

I feel a slight panic if I have driven off somewhere and suddenly remember the phone is home on the charger.  How did I manage to survive those many years before the mobile device was in common use?

There was a time when we were frequently alone.  No one would know where we were if we did not show up for dinner. Those days are over.  When my grandfather was a boy it could take days or weeks to send someone a message.  Now it takes seconds.

When I first met my wife 12 or so years ago we were having fun one day playing with our mobile phones.  We were having a conversation on them as we stood next to each other.  There was a short delay as the words went up to the satellite and came down again.  Sound passed through the air a little quicker.  It was an experiment.  We enjoyed doing these when we were dating.

Two years ago I was very much overweight.  But I noticed this very neat app on my phone that would connect with GPS and track a walk around the neighborhood.  It played my favorite music and spoke about distances traveled and speed.  It compiled stats about  walks.  And so I lost 60 pounds.  My stomach no longer has folds in it when I stand up.  It’s flat and pretty hard.  The yearly blood test shows everything in a normal range.  I can wear shirts and suits made specifically for thin people.

So this little device has pretty much saved my life.  I love it.  But it can still stay home once in awhile.  Because it’s good to have time alone.   Leave a message.  I will get back to you.

Making Change Happen In Our Lives

Daily Prompt: Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

You need to make a major change in your life. Do you make it all at once, cold turkey style, or incrementally?

It can take awhile to make a significant change in ones life.  Because a new habit needs to be formed.  And that takes time.

I suppose there are odd cases where someone changes instantaneously.  For example, Sidney Carton, a main character in Tale Of Two Cities by Charles Dickens comes to mind.  Sidney  does an about face and sacrifices himself so that another man may live.   A selfish man by all accounts he changes places with a prisoner of the French Revolution, Charles Darnay,  and is guillotined for his trouble.

This is a fictional work, of course, but it suggests that such a thing is possible.  And it is inspiring to think that we can make dramatic changes in the way we think and act.  And so this book has been read and made into at least one movie over the years even though it is not an easy read.

In most cases we do not have the opportunity to change so dramatically in a short time.  We are given many opportunities to fall back if we decide to give up a bad habit.  Try to lose weight, for example, and someone is offering you apple pie and ice cream at least twice a week.

I did manage to lose 60 pounds in the past 18 months just by walking on a daily basis.  I have walked across the United States if you add up all the miles and a habit has definitely been formed that will (hopefully) prevent me from going the other way again.  I suppose if someone had chopped off my head I could have done the same thing in an afternoon.  But what would have been the fun of that?

For most of us the daily struggle is more important as an avenue towards becoming a better person.   There is too much drama all around us.  Books, television and the movies make us feel it is the most important thing.

It’s not.  Dickens was great author and his works are remembered by the world.   But we write the book about our own situation and few will read it.  Not enough drama!  Thankfully!