Masks and Critical Thinking

Masks and Critical Thinking

Masks and Critical Thinking #CriticalThinking #Research #Mask #Mindset #Awareness #Options #Lesson #Learn #Life #Health   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN@shawntrautman Wait, what?? I spent the last 6 hours today at a college campus. I observed students, by the hundreds, and watched...
Getting What You Paid For

Getting What You Paid For

Getting What You Paid For #GettingWhatYouPaidFor #DeliveringOnPromises #BirthdayEarrings #Tenacity #Awareness #Options #Balance #Lesson #Learn #Life #Parenting   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN @shawntrautman Here’s a story about getting what you paid for (getting what you want),...
Job Well Done

Job Well Done

Job Well Done #JobWellDone #CheckYourWork #AsLongAsItTakes #Mindset #Awareness #Homeschool #LearnToLearn #Lesson #Learn #Life #CleanKitchen   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN @shawntrautman Y’all have no idea how big this moment was for me. “What’s going on?” you say. Well, this is...
Tackling Big Projects

Tackling Big Projects

Tackling Big Projects #BigProjects #GettingItDone #KidPower #CrownMolding #GoodbyeAvocado #ItsGoingToBeHuge #ElbowGrease #Lesson #Learn #Life #TeamWork   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN @shawntrautman For the first time in nearly 4 years we actually enjoy looking out this set of...
Customer Satisfaction

Customer Satisfaction

Customer Satisfaction #JustForLaughs #SomeAssemblyRequired #WinterFun #SnowDay #Balance #IKEAAdventures #Lesson #Learn #Life #Health   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN @shawntrautman We got a notification from UPS that our Igloo, Snowmen & Snowballs were all delivered from IKEA....
Is Seeing Actually Believing?

Is Seeing Actually Believing?

Is Seeing Actually Believing? #SeeingIsntAlwaysBelieving #Truth #FakeNews #Mindset #Awareness #TrustButVerify #ChallengeBeliefs #Lesson #Learn #Life #ReadTheFinePrint   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN @shawntrautman I believe what I believe is, for the most part, correct.  You...
Moment of Silence

Moment of Silence

Moment of Silence #PowerfulSilence #TooMuchNoise #Stress #Mindset #Awareness #QuietThoughts #Resilience #Lesson #Learn #Life #Creativity   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN @shawntrautman A moment of silence.  Perhaps for our nation? For our current leaders or future administration?...
Participation at Its Finest

Participation at Its Finest

Participation at Its Finest #ParticipationAward #PresentToWin #PresentNotPresent #ParticipationFail #DistanceLearning #HomeSchool #RealLife #Lesson #Learn #Life #ProudPapa   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN@shawntrautman We had a first yesterday.  And, before I share the story, let...
Quality Time Worth Remembering

Quality Time Worth Remembering

Quality Time Worth Remembering #QualityTime #Mindfulness #LovedOnes #Mindset #Awareness #SharedExperience #SharedGoals #Lesson #Learn #Life #TeachingKids   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN @shawntrautman Spending time versus spending quality time. This looks like it could be me just...
A Neat little story about cards

A Neat little story about cards

A Neat little story about cards #ThankYou #NeatStory #CustomerAppreciation #ArtBiz #LifeLessons #LearningTheRopes #Lesson #Learn #Life    by SHAWN TRAUTMAN @shawntrautman Here’s a neat little story… I watched, on-and-off, as my two eldest  girls spent nearly 20...
What does it matter?

What does it matter?

What does it matter? #Reaction #Decision #Stress #Mindset #Check #Checkmate #Awareness #Options #Rebound #Lesson #Learn #Life #Health   by SHAWN TRAUTMAN@shawntrautman “What does it matter?” “What’s the point?” Twice this week I’ve had these questions hurled at me...
CHECK! What’s Your Move…

CHECK! What’s Your Move…

CHECK! What’s Your Move… #Check #Checkmate #Stress #Mindset #Awareness #Options #Rebound #Lesson #Learn #Life #Health by SHAWN TRAUTMAN @shawntrautman What’s the right move? Sometimes we’re in situations where there’s not a good solution. A no-win...
Fighting Gravity is a Losing Game

Fighting Gravity is a Losing Game

Fighting Gravity is a Losing Game #Gravity #Posture #Stress #Mindset #Problems #Progress #Attitude #BabySteps #Life #Health by SHAWN TRAUTMAN @shawntrautman Fighting gravity is a losing game. Naturally, we all fight it from the day we’re born. The longer we live, the...
What is a bad word and why?

What is a bad word and why?

What is a bad word and why? “Different strokes for different folks” – I’m using this picture to illustrate differences of opinion on a single topic. The story that accompanies this was not between Joanna and I, it was a guest we had for Christmas. Please read...
The Balancing of Life

The Balancing of Life

The Balancing of Life #Balance #Worry #Stress #Cortisol #Dopamine #Serotonin #Endorphins #Lesson #Learn #Life #Health by SHAWN TRAUTMAN @shawntrautman Ebb & flow, yin & yang, give & take, plus & minus, positive & negative, left & right,...
What do you learn from others?

What do you learn from others?

What do you learn from others? What do you learn from others? In other words, where do you get your stories? Stories that are worth telling others. Meaningful encounters are so much more than small talk. Talk. Ask questions. Real questions. Not “how’s it going?” with...
The Agony of da Feet!

The Agony of da Feet!

The Agony of da Feet! Do you have back pain? A lot of people do. Mine wasn’t as bad 3 weeks ago as it is today. I’ve done a LOT of walking (probably 4 to 5 miles a day) as I’m in the process of building my legs back up after a couple of weeks of being on the road and...
You can’t win ’em all

You can’t win ’em all

You can’t win ’em all Playing the hand you’re dealt doesn’t mean you’ll win. Sometimes you win. Sometimes you lose. Sometimes you have a really good hand and get beat by someone with a better hand. Sometimes you win with a hand you shouldn’t have. It all...
It’s all about perspective

It’s all about perspective

It’s all about perspective Well, which is it? 1/2 full or 1/2 empty? The answer is all about perspective. Recently, I poured a 1/2 of glass of orange juice for my youngest daughter and she completely threw a fit. She was in no frame of mind to be short-changed...
Why is he going so slow?

Why is he going so slow?

Why is he going so slow? My daughter pulled out and onto a highway the other day as we had about a 15 minute drive to get back home. She quickly accelerated only to find herself hitting the brakes within seconds as the car directly in front of her got super close,...
The perfect coffee cup

The perfect coffee cup

The perfect coffee cup I now have the perfect coffee cup! This morning, for no reason at all, our black cat (the mischievous one) walked by my coffee on the counter, looked at it, tilted his head back and forth, and then proceeded to “help it get over it’s fear of...
Thanksgiving Thoughts

Thanksgiving Thoughts

Thanksgiving Thoughts Quiet introspection may just be one of my most utilized self-examination tools of 2020.   Come to think of it, I’m not sure what other self-examination tools I use.   Maybe a bathroom mirror? A looking glass? Photos?   Yeah, no, it’s the...
Fog vs. Clarity in our lives

Fog vs. Clarity in our lives

Fog vs. Clarity in our lives I’m impressed with how clear this picture is compared to what I just saw with a naked eye.  I could barely make out the telephone pole and, though I probably should wear glasses when reading, I don’t have any trouble seeing things at a...
Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned I had a lengthy conversation with my family the other day about keeping track of lessons in all we do. You see, I was fortunate enough to be a part of some fascinating teams at Raytheon, EDS & the VA and also in some of the small businesses...
A problem worth solving

A problem worth solving

A problem worth solving “Now that’s a problem worth solving!” Solving problems is how I spend most of my time so it’s no surprise that a picture like this (with my ‘analyze then solve’ face) surfaces. And, it’s where I get the most satisfaction. Truth is, we all have...
Random Acts of Kindness

Random Acts of Kindness

Random Acts of Kindness This guy completely caught me off-guard today at a Wal-Mart. At first, I thought he was mad. He looked angry and his eyes were glossy. He walked up to my youngest daughter and said something that thoroughly confused me. She didn’t know what to...
Fault Vs. Responsibility

Fault Vs. Responsibility

“It wasn’t my FAULT!!!’”
We had a long conversation, as a family that started last night and made it’s way to the breakfast table this morning, and then to the couch.
Our talks was on the difference between fault and responsibility.

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