I said I wouldn’t bombard your inbox when I started this and I missed sending a newsletter last week, just to prove that point. Ok, not really, life gets in the way sometimes, and I just didn’t get to writing it.
I still wrote several articles talking about Elon Musk (again) and some political tactics that less than reputable political actors use to get their candidates elected, but for the most part, my attention was focused on the coaching course I’m taking and what comes next.
I’m in the process of creating a website for Maple Belief; it’s the coaching practice I’ll be starting. First, it will be a side business, but I’m anticipating it becoming full-time as it grows. I don't know if it will be after one, two or five years, I don’t know, but it seems I’m pretty good at it, and I really enjoy it. Something is satisfying about helping people find their best selves.
I will give more updates when I can, but if you’re interested, please reach out, and I will tell you more. Because I’m working towards my hours to be credentialed, I have a limited number of free or very inexpensive slots available.
Word of the Week - Ouroboros
I am in a few political groups on Facebook, ugh. Nothing is resolved, or minds changed, but it does give me a decent understanding of what politically active albeit non-influential people are thinking and saying.
One friend, who was generally a conservative but with the changes in the political landscape over the past few years, has firmly pushed back against the hard-right lunacy. He shared an explanation of ouroboros, and I’ll share it here.
Today's word is "ouroboros." The ouroboros is most often depicted as the snake eating its tail. It is mostly used as a symbol of a process of perpetual motion that is at once self-sustaining and paradoxically, self-destructive.
There are many kinds of ouroboros in our society, but none are quite as fun to watch as the "outrage ouroboros." And this is a great example of the outrage-ouroboros. A very small amount of people profess the belief "x." A slightly larger amount of people are outraged that the first sample of people professes belief "x."
This group expresses their outrage about people being outraged to groups, some of whom are outraged about the outrage, others who are outraged about the outrage of the outrage. As the snake eats its tail, the ability to determine how and why the cycle started is irrelevant as the outrage ouroboros accelerates to the point that nobody is outraged about "x" anymore but instead becomes outraged about the outrage.
Coaching -Emotional Awareness
About 20 years ago (yikes), I managed an online casino, and I spent most of my time talking to the high rollers, making sure they were treated well. One of the best parts about the job is speaking with a broad range of people who have often enjoyed sports or casino games as their only commonality.
I spoke with a VIP, and as they often did, the conversation would turn to our lives and other non-casino things. This one conversation was about our favourite books. The VIP didn’t hesitate and said the best book he’s ever read was Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman. I’ve been reading self-improvement books since my mother bought me Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People while in high school, so I made it a point to grab a copy of Emotional Intelligence.
I won’t say it was the best book I’ve ever read, but it helped me tremendously in my personal and professional life.
I am proud to say, in 2021, I completed an Emotional Intelligence Practitioner course.
I won’t write much more about it here, but it will have a dedicated section on Maple Belief once that site is ready.
Reading - I took a break from the textbooks and started reading Comedy, Comedy, Comedy, Drama by Bob Odenkirk. I was a huge fan of him and David Cross’s Mr. Show sketch comedy program and enjoyed his work wherever else he’d pop up. I’m patiently waiting until Better Call Saul is available on streaming to see season six.
It’s no secret, but the guy is an incredible talent, be it in comedy, drama, or action films. If you haven’t watched it, check out Nobody, it’s streaming on HBO.
Listening - The Coup - I enjoyed them in the 90s, but they fell out of my playlists a long time ago. With Winning Time using the Oakland group's “My Favourite Mutiny” as its theme song, I decided to go back and rediscover their greatness.
Watching - I need a new series to get into. Please help!!
Until next time, later gators.