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Our e-files are so fragile that they can be gone in a moment’s notice

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Many people retain all of their text messages with their various correspondents. My daughter Valerie, for example, has more than one hundred text message correspondents — in other words, a running dialogue for each of the people with whom she sends and receives text. I only maintain two such longitudinal files, and one is with Valerie. With friends, relatives, clients, and acquaintances, I save the text streams for a few days or weeks, but then clear them out.

One evening, my sister Nancy texted me, and I texted her back. We went back and forth for a while. So, my message roster now included both Valerie Davidson and Nancy Davidson. After a while, I decided to clear the Nancy Davidson file, and you know what’s coming. I hit the wrong “Davidson,” file, and in an instant, more than a thousand texts between my daughter and myself were gone.

These texts included photos she had sent that I hadn’t yet downloaded, the picture of her new ring,  emojis that we passed back and forth, and everything else that transpired between us.

Our Texting History, Vanished

I was beyond crestfallen. I felt as if I had lost something near and dear to me. It was devastating. I sat down in the big chair in my office and contemplated the possibilities. I contacted my computer guru and asked him if a deleted text message file was retrievable. He said with my Android system there was no such capability, only on iPhones. I called my sister and explained what I had done. She commiserated.

Then I sat down again, for a long time, and I thought about a friend who had lost her 23-year-old daughter and only child, seven months earlier…

I called my daughter, and I gave her the news. She didn’t seem concerned. I explained to her that she was the only one with whom I had maintained the longitudinal text trail. She told me that she maintains the text trail with everybody. “It’s not like you’re going to run out of room.” I asked her if she knew of any way that it could be retrieved. She didn’t know, either. We parted company.

Eureka! If she never deletes text message histories, then she has everything that’s transpired between us. I called her back, and she said she did have them all. So, on another day, when we figure out how to transfer what she has back to me, or least downloaded them into some text file, barring her losing her phone or accidentally hitting the delete button like I did, our texting history will be intact on my device.

A Fresh Start

I feel like I’ve been given a new lease on life. The greater question now is, what kind of technology and what kind of lives do we lead when a longitudinal history can be wiped out by mistake in single second?

It is not comforting to know that critical files can be gone in a flash, but this is a condition of our era. For thousands of years, people simply spoke to each other with no way of recording anything, or even knowing it would one day be possible. Relationships right up to the 1960’s were based on real time conversations in person or on the phone. Answering machines existed in the early 1960’s but were not widely available until the mid 1980’s.

As technology became more and more powerful, as we all know, everyone has the capability today to save and store virtually every encounter that they have with anyone else in the world. Still, it is disquieting to know that our e-files are so fragile that they can be gone in a moment’s notice.

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Jeff Davidson is the world's only holder of the title "The Work-Life Balance Expert®" as awarded by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is the premier thought leader on work-life balance, integration, and harmony. Jeff speaks to organizations that seek to enhance their overall productivity by improving the effectiveness of their people. He is the author of Breathing Space, Simpler Living, Dial it Down, and Everyday Project Management. Visit www.BreathingSpace.com for more information on Jeff's keynote speeches and seminars, including: Managing the Pace with Grace® * Achieving Work-Life Balance™ * Managing Information and Communication Overload®



 
 
 

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And Then There Were Three: A Look at the Three VP Finalists

Here are the pros and cons of each…

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**The Red Report: A Conservative Perspective on Potential VP Picks for Donald Trump in 2024**

Check out Chris Widener’s new video looking at the three VP finalists. A deeper look in print below the video!

As the 2024 election approaches, the political landscape is abuzz with speculation regarding who Donald Trump will choose as his running mate. Three names frequently mentioned are JD Vance, Doug Burgum, and Marco Rubio. Each of these potential vice-presidential candidates brings unique strengths and a conservative vision that aligns with Trump’s agenda. Let’s delve into the qualifications and appeal of each candidate from a conservative viewpoint.

**JD Vance: The Outsider with a Powerful Narrative**

JD Vance, author of the best-selling memoir “Hillbilly Elegy,” has emerged as a potent force in conservative politics. His life story, rising from poverty in Appalachia to becoming a successful venture capitalist, resonates deeply with many Americans who feel left behind by the political elite. Vance’s candidacy embodies the American Dream, making him an inspirational figure for a broad swath of the electorate.

Vance’s conservative credentials are robust. He is a staunch advocate for economic policies that prioritize American workers, a critical issue in the Trump agenda. His focus on revitalizing manufacturing and curbing the influence of globalist policies appeals directly to the heartland voters who were instrumental in Trump’s 2016 victory. Additionally, Vance’s critique of Big Tech aligns with the increasing conservative sentiment against Silicon Valley’s unchecked power and perceived biases.

In the Senate, Vance has proven to be a strong voice for conservative values, consistently advocating for pro-life policies, Second Amendment rights, and a strong national defense. His ability to articulate these positions with clarity and passion makes him a formidable candidate. Vance’s outsider status, combined with his eloquent advocacy for the working class, would complement Trump’s message and broaden his appeal.

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**Doug Burgum: The Businessman and Problem-Solver**

Doug Burgum, the Governor of North Dakota, is another compelling choice for Trump’s running mate. Burgum’s background as a successful businessman before entering politics mirrors Trump’s own journey, suggesting a natural synergy between the two. His experience in leading a state with a strong economy and low unemployment rates demonstrates his capability as an effective administrator and problem-solver.

Burgum’s governance style emphasizes fiscal responsibility, limited government, and economic growth—core tenets of conservative ideology. Under his leadership, North Dakota has seen significant advancements in technology and energy, particularly in oil production. Burgum’s expertise in energy policy would be invaluable in an administration committed to achieving energy independence and reducing reliance on foreign oil.

Moreover, Burgum’s pragmatic approach to governance, coupled with his ability to implement conservative policies effectively, showcases his potential to appeal to a broader electorate. His calm demeanor and focus on results over rhetoric could provide a stabilizing influence, balancing Trump’s more combative style. This blend of business acumen and political effectiveness makes Burgum a strong contender for the vice-presidential slot.

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**Marco Rubio: The Experienced Statesman**

Marco Rubio, the Senator from Florida, offers a wealth of experience and a deep understanding of both domestic and international issues. As a former presidential candidate and a prominent figure in the Senate, Rubio’s extensive political background would bring a seasoned perspective to the ticket.

Rubio’s conservative stance on key issues aligns closely with Trump’s platform. He is a vocal advocate for tax cuts, deregulation, and strengthening the military. His expertise in foreign policy, particularly in relation to Latin America and China, would be an asset in addressing complex global challenges. Rubio’s Cuban heritage and his consistent support for freedom and democracy resonate with many Hispanic voters, potentially broadening the Republican base.

Rubio’s communication skills and ability to articulate a clear, conservative vision make him an effective campaigner. His youthful energy and commitment to conservative principles would appeal to both the Republican base and independent voters. Moreover, Rubio’s legislative accomplishments and his work on bipartisan issues demonstrate his ability to navigate the complexities of Washington, D.C.

In conclusion, JD Vance, Doug Burgum, and Marco Rubio each bring distinct strengths as potential vice-presidential picks for Donald Trump in the 2024 election. Vance’s compelling personal story and advocacy for the working class, Burgum’s business background and effective governance, and Rubio’s extensive experience and foreign policy expertise each offer unique advantages. From a conservative perspective, any of these candidates would complement Trump’s vision and enhance his chances of securing a victory in 2024. The choice will ultimately reflect Trump’s strategic priorities and the direction he wishes to take his campaign and administration.

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Bite-Sized Motivation

The insights or wisdom we need to get us going often don’t have to be more than a few words

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I’ve spoken to 1075 audiences at conventions, conferences, and meetings, and have had the opportunity to hear probably 800 other speakers as well.

The insights, perspectives, or wisdom we need, to get us going often don’t have to be more than a few words. Here are 52 of my own six word “speeches,” drawn from my keynotes and breakout session on the topic of work-life balance. Some of these likely will resonate with you:

Choose from what you already have.
Everyone needs breathing space, especially you.
Information overload obscures meaning and relevance.
Deep breathes are essential for well-being.

Make every day an organized day.
Allow your natural rhythms to rule.
Stay confident and in control daily.
Manage your time, manage your life.

Slow down to plot your course.
Look for the best in others.
Make yourself indispensable on the job.
Compete with yourself, not with others.

Learn to take control of today.
Manage your time to make time.
Take control of your desk clutter.
You’re the best when you’re fresh.

Do something to take control now.
Major projects often require a jumpstart.
Methodically pare down your paper piles.
Don’t attempt too much at once.

Evaluate your situation and what’s important.
Narrow your priorities to stay focused.
Avoid making promises you can’t keep.
Learn to embrace your many talents.

Take the time to become organized.
Become aware of how you react.
Arrange your space; help isn’t coming.
Manage the flat surfaces in life.

Periodically challenge yourself to perform better.
Take long, deep breaths as needed.
Reclaim your places, spaces, and graces.
Start big projects well in advance.

Don’t rush the truly important things.
Make the best use of today.
Schedule accordingly: plan for your future.
Be kind, cut yourself some slack.

Opportunity knocks, but are you answering?
Conventional wisdom has diminishing value.
When practical, substitute time for money.
The market for top talent lives.

The self-reliant survive and thrive.
Leadership requires forethought and super-vision.
Learn from and capitalize on mistakes.
Firmly face the future with confidence.

“Now” holds a lot of opportunity.
Control but don’t curb your enthusiasm.
Treading water won’t propel you forward.
Have you ever really tested yourself?

Life goes on; do your best.
Continually seek out the higher ground.
Luck is distributed evenly, but disguised.
You must be doing something right.

 


 

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