What’s in your pet’s food?

Prompt for the day: Tell your friends an outlandish lie such as ducks are not technically birds. Insist that you know this from a reputable source and write down the argument.

Before the sun comes up every day on country roads, bulldozers come and clear animals off the road that have been killed by passing cars and trucks. The meat from these animals is then used for pet food.

You don’t hear about this much as animal activists are who manage this in an aim to stop animals being bred for pet food. A friend of mine is part of the operation. They don’t share the information because it creates confusion for their cause but it’s simple really. Road kill isn’t intentional but happens regularly. Using the animal’s meat for human consumption isn’t possible but it is okay for your pets. All the meat and bones get minced together along with some filler and vitamins and sold to pet food companies. It’s been happening for years.

Sliding doors

Writing prompt for the day: Remember the last time you refused to do something that somebody suggested. Imagine you didn’t refuse. Write the outcome.

As the alarm goes off, as it has every 10 minutes for the last hour and a half, I listen to it for a little longer considering whether I should actually get up.

I struggle to open my swollen eyes, pat the cat and decide that if she gets up, I will too. She does, so I head to the shower and get in before the water has time to warm up, letting the cool water run across my face and sooth my tear filled eyes.

After showering I cover myself in massage oil scented with essential oils of bergamot and clary sage. I look in the mirror, my face is tired and sad. I force a smile and say aloud an affirmation for the day, “My work is exciting, my talented colleagues and I are working on projects that will make a difference to society. I am a worthy and a valued member of the team.” I laugh aloud and then repeat it with more vigor and humour.

As I walk into the office building, waiting for the lift, I look at my colleagues, their eyes dull and staring blankly. I smile at them, compliment one on their necklace and how it makes the colour of her eyes sparkle. Her face changes immediately as she tells me how she bought it in New York, smiling reflectively as she remembers her holiday. She goes every year to buy a new wardrobe.

As my day continues, it gets harder to maintain the illusion of lightness.

I start organizing lunch dates and after work drinks ready to say what I really feel about work and to complain yet again about how unfulfilled I am.

Later that day, after a few wines, I can feel the tears well again so I head home, thankful that I am walking, music in my ears, so I can forget and not regret when I refused the option to put my hand up for redundancy package that would enable me to explore my passions.

I try to remember, as my friends say, of how lucky I am to be in such a well-paid job but my heart still doesn’t want to hear it.

Back to work for 2013

My office for the day

Back to work today, although still on holidays so it’s not such a challenge. Great work environment for getting the mind going. It’s a pity that this isn’t my usual place of work, at home today it’s 40 degrees celcius and I have no air-con.

The day wasn’t all work though. Finished off the day with comedy at the Byron Bay Workers Club – Austin Tayshus and Megan Nolan followed by midnight snacks on the deck.

029 | 365 My friends are awesome and inspiring but what does that mean?

I like to be challenged with things that are thought-provoking and my friends are important to me in this regard. For example, if they ask me what I’m are doing and why, and I can’t answer, I need to ask myself “am I doing what I want to do to get me where I want to be?”

It is good practice to question what you are doing and reflect back on your work, whether it is of professional or a personal nature. It maybe that you are on track but you may need to reevaluate your goals and purpose for doing what you are doing.

Over coffee with my friend Matt, we discussed the use of certain words. Matt, a very creative and funny writer, editor and publisher (see his website at Pure Slush), is irked by certain words, one in particular is the word awesome but there are others such as inspiration. For him, he thinks some words are overused and often not used with their correct meaning that he believes that they have lost all meaning altogether.

I start to reconsider my use of some words. Am I using them in the right context? Do I overuse them? Do these words no longer mean anything to those who read them?

I checked the meaning of awesome on Google:

Awesome (adjective):
– Extremely impressive or daunting; inspiring great admiration, apprehension, or fear.
– Extremely good; excellent.

Awe (noun):
– A feeling of reverential respect mixed with fear or wonder.

I have used awesome in my post on New York and I feel happy that I am using awesome in it’s correct context. New York is an impressive and daunting place, it is big and busy in so many ways. In fact, awesome is a perfect word, based on the definitions above, to describe this city. Happy to hear others feelings on this.

Matt and I then talked about my blog after me mentioning how I had used awesome in a post, and he asked me what the purpose of my blog was (having not had time to read it himself). I said that I wanted to write about something that inspires me each day for a year. My friend then asked what I meant by inspire as he felt that this word was overused through its use as a marketing term in the self improvement  industry.

This made me question my understanding of what inspiration meant. Had I got it wrong? Was I using it in the right context? Was my purpose of this blog wrong?

I go back to Google for the meaning of inspiration:

Inspiration (noun):
– The process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, esp. to do something creative: “flashes of inspiration”.
– The quality of having been so stimulated, esp. when evident in something: “a moment of inspiration in an otherwise dull display”.

Inspiring (verb):
– Fill (someone) with the urge or ability to do or feel something, esp. to do something creative: “his enthusiasm inspired them”.
– Create (a feeling, esp. a positive one) in a person: “inspire confidence”.

I went back and read my About statement on this blog and my first post which explains my reasoning for starting this blog. I think if my friend had read this then he wouldn’t have questioned me as I think it is clear that I am using the word in the correct context. I also check that I have done what I set out to do which is to write about something inspiring each day for a year.

My reason for doing this blog are to:

  1. seek inspiration everyday
  2. improve my writing
  3. build confidence
  4. be creative.

In starting my new business, Fresh Ginger Consulting, my purpose is also to inspire others, to help them freshen up their business, project or brand to reconnect with their current clients/staff and to connect with new clients. So I think I am on track, even though it is early days.

My friend Matt is an inspiration to me through his own creativity. He is very funny and clever. Sometimes he is so clever it’s scary. He’s awesome!

I am blessed to have a number of friends who inspire me in different ways. I admire each and every one of my friends, they are all awesome.

What inspires and is awesome to you?

Are you heading in the direction you want to go?