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Saturday, May 8, 2010

The Endurance Expedition lessons: 1. HAVE A GOAL 2. NEVER GIVE UP

Sir Ernest Shackleton's third polar expedition came in the
wake of the tragic death, in the Antarctic, of Robert Falcon Scott, the
famous English explorer, and as Europe was preparing for the First World
War. With England having lost both poles to the Norwegians, Shackleton
was determined to be the first to cross the Antarctic by foot and claim
the last prize in polar exploration for Britain. A week after the war
began, Shackleton and his crew of 27 seamen and scientists set sail on
the Endurance, not to be heard from for nearly two years.

It was a particularly cold winter, and the pack ice of the
Weddell Sea extended further north than anyone could remember. The Endurance
began following leads to navigate through the pack ice, on route to its
intended landfall. Just one day's sail from the Antarctic continent,
temperatures plummeted and the ship became trapped. Frozen fast for ten
months, the Endurance was about to be crushed by ice pressure,
forcing Shackleton and his men to abandon ship.

After five months of
camping on drifting ice floes, open water appeared, and the men sailed
their three lifeboats through stormy seas to a rocky, uninhabited
outcropping called Elephant Island. Knowing that his men would never
survive on the desolate spot, Shackleton decided to attempt an
incredible 17-day, 800-mile journey, in freezing hurricane conditions,
to the nearest civilization—South Georgia Island. The James Caird
lifeboat miraculously landed on the island, having achieved what is now
considered one of the greatest boat journeys in history. Once on land,
Shackleton and two of his men trekked across the mountains of South
Georgia, finally reaching the island's remote whaling stations where
they organized a rescue team, and returned to save all of the men left
behind on Elephant Island. Shackleton's words, written after the
expedition, express the enormity and the extremity of the adventure:
"Not a life lost, and we have been through Hell."

Falcon CI Saturday

Hi everyone!

Today I need to:

  • Go to the bank
  • Go to the office supply store
  • Go to the hardward store
  • Get groceries 

Tonight I need to either do some cleaning or some cooking or both.



CL daily overcoming

I know shakleton's story. incredibly inspiring. i hope i can match his perseverance.

and here i go trying, in my little life:

[got txt...]

the touch of the master's hand:

"fall down seven times, get up eight" - japanese proverb

J. DOe CI May 8, 2010

For today: 
- Do  my daily exercise and gratitude sessions (Done)
- Visit with my mother (Done)
- Finish making changes for client A that he has used a temporary workaround for now, but which he is anxiously waiting for my updates (Not yet finished)
- At least start on finishing some enhancements for client B who has been patiently, so far, waiting for me to finish for several month (Not started)

- John O.

Carpe Diem! (Seize the Day!)

J. DOe CO May 8, 2010

Although I got some more done on my work for Client A, I still find it very difficult to get past my blocks regarding working on it.  Unfortunately, it is not that easy for me to change my habits, attitudes, feelings, etc.  However, if I keep working at it, I know that I will get better at it.  Thank you to everybody on this site, especially pro for creating and running it, as this is helping me more than just doing things on my own only. 

- John O.

Carpe Diem! (Seize the Day!)

e's Saturday, May 8th

a lazy morning is followed by the realization that I have to get my act in gear. The dishes are washed, breakfast is eaten, the bed is made, dentist lists printed. The only really important thing I need to do today is to finish the GD taxes. I am not happy with myself; I missed my morning meeting with my sponsor because I forgot it and overslept. I have been spending too much time on facebook. I will go back tonight 7 and then will not return there until they are finished.

Today I pray for the willingness to have what I do be good enough, even if it isn't perfect. I pray for help in doing the next right thing. I pray for ability to praise myself for actions in the right direction instead of seeing only what is not yet done.

I am going to the chatroom and as I am feeling like not doing any of this reach out in the right direction in the knowledge of past experience that any little action helps.

Success is not final, failure is not fatal

Hope-Faith CI 11:20

Hi All,

Journey 11 am

Gotta work tonight, so today will be about doing the most important chores and still being rested enough to work.   I slept late, finished the novel I was reading, and now it's time to head out to visit mom and do the grocery shopping.   I haven't quite finished the grocery list but I'm going to finish up the list while I have a nice quiet lunch by myself somewhere!    I feel guilty that I'm not having the family over for Mother's Day, but it was either work this weekend or Memorial Day weekend which is my daughter's bday, so there ya go.  I'll have them over next week.  

One thing I've learned in the 2 years I've been hanging around this site, is that you can't do everything.  You must do the most important things, give yourself time for rest and relaxation, and let the rest go.   That's hard for us anal types but it turns out that if you only try to do the important things, some of them actually get done.  As opposed to feeling that you must do everything, and actually doing nothing.  

Have a productive and enjoyable weekend everyone, think about your MITs (Most Important Tasks) and be sure to plan downtime for yourself.


"Bless the present. Trust yourself. Expect the best." --Steve Nobel

kromer 11:05 CI

Nice lazy morning.

This week I've worked hard, so today is going to be mostly about chores and relaxing.

One big task--I've wanted to start a garden, so I'm going to get the plants, soil, etc. I need for that.

Some smaller MITs: work on expts, notes from thesis comm mtg, call home, email about grading and harambee, order book

And some lower-priority tasks: organize closet, grocery shopping

OK, off to look up where to shop for garden supplies. 

Rexroth Check In

Up prayer and reflection
Check emails
Out to DA meeting and meeting afterwards
Buy food and cooking things on way back
No mail so easy to deal with it

Phone friend to arrange when to meetup tomorrow
Cook food for tomorrow
A little tidying up

Regards Rexroth

Rexroth Check Out

Above and a bath etc.

Prayer and reflection
Bed and sleep

Night All


Huma CI

Have a great, productive weekend everyone! Cool

I'm rarin' to go for a good Saturday.

  • gym
  • groceries
  • TDC 2
  • TDC 3
  • TDC 4
  • PHP proposal
  • ask T
  • buy Mom present
  • bills
  • empty trash
  • laundry

"A year from now, you may wish you had started today." - Karen Lamb

"Fall down seven times, stand up eight." - Japanese proverb