The Awesome Gnome Letter: Towing Away Negative Reactions

Sometimes people try to help, and sometimes we respond not in kind.

I was trying to warn someone that if they parked on a street that they would be towed. This was a specially designated Tow-Away Zone during a sporting event. The authorities watch this street during sporting events. The reaction I got from the individual was….not pleasant. I just went on my way at this moment. It’s weird though, it stuck with me since then.

I kept trying to figure out did I say the wrong thing? I wanted to help them avoid a tow. Sometimes I’m in a frame of mind and not ready to hear something. This individual was trying to get to this event. They were frustrated. My comment wasn’t offering a solution, it was barring them from their destination. I almost went on by this individual. I wanted to avoid them getting towed, as I have gotten a ticket in a similar situation. I didn’t want to be that bystander who does nothing either.

I hope my initial reaction in a situation isn’t to be like the individual. I can’t say that there is no situation where I haven’t or wouldn’t respond like this. That’s the other part that still is tugging at me. Others have tried to help me, and I have brushed them off.

Where are the tow-away zones in your life? Who are the people trying to help you? What is your reaction? Maybe, just maybe, we can tow-away negativity, remove that initial gut-reaction that wells up inside of us in moments of frustration. I mean, I want to avoid parking fines. Things are expensive enough as it is.

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The Awesome Gnome Letter: Where’s The Bluetooth?

Sometimes the simplest answer is the one you don’t think about.

I assist with a check-in desk at an organization I volunteer with. We have added a self check-in kiosk with an iPad and a printer. This has been a good thing for the line, but yesterday I could not get the iPad to see the printer.

I turned the printer on and off using the Power Button, I removed and re-added the printer, I even restarted the iPad. Nothing. I started looking up anything. I was thinking maybe the printer factory reset itself. Was going to go get my supervisor’s laptop and try setting up the printer again.

Then, something dawned on me. Try unplugging the printer. In my head this seemed so stupid, as I had already turned the power button on and off. Yet I decided to try this approach. So I unplugged the power cord, and plug it back in. What happened next is that the iPad saw the printer!

This week, don’t let a problem stop you, as sometimes the simplest answer is the one you don’t think about.

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The Awesome Gnome Letter: The Long Road

My degree has taken many twists and turns, but I am now 10 courses away.

I have been on a long road of working on my degree in Communications since 2010. I am now a College Senior as of Friday morning after passing my most recent course. This has been a long-road, but thankfully it also has not put me into college debt.

I even made a video back in 2010 at the start of my degree to explain how I have been pursuing it.

The point of this letter is to think about how some projects in the beginning look incredibly taxing, scary and intimidating, but now I am merely 10 courses away with 90 credits acquired.

There are many projects that we take in the beginning, seeing the mountain, I experience this every week with editing FrazlCast especially. I see a mountain on Friday that I must climb. However, when you get onto the other slope of that mountain and start heading down to the finish line, it feels so good.

You also grow along the way. I have grown a lot through my degree. In knowledge, perspective and the ability to complete courses of varying complexity. It even caused me in 2017 to finally begin podcasting again. I’ve applied my learning’s in my various pursuits. Even helped put together a store’s network infrastructure while studying Information Systems (Basically IT, but the textbooks were OLD!)

This week, look at what long roads you have in your life. Some you are about to begin, some you in the midst of and some you are about to finish. It may look harrowing in the beginning, but don’t forget to also enjoy the journey along the way.

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The Awesome Gnome Letter: Make Someone’s Day Better

I believe this is a very important thing to do.

I had a chance to chat with Anastazja this past week. One of the takeaways was about getting to know others better. Developing stronger friendships. How everyone has a need to be heard by someone else.

Which brings me to today when Curious Cat asked me “If you were ruler of your own country what would be the first law you would introduce?” and my response was “Your Daily Goal is to make someone’s life better each day.”

My abilities are motivated by the fact I want to perform for the edification of others. One reason I LOVE Facepalms is because if someone facepalms something I say, hopefully they are laughing and their day is better. That’s why I podcast, I want to make people’s lives better.

This week, what is one way you can make someone’s life better?

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