Hard Fun and Beautiful – Ripped Web Edition

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Where we are free to talk about the hard, the fun, and the beautiful of our work week.

This week has been uneventful. I realized that I kept trying to make it more exciting by creating more worry. I needed a little more drama to keep things interesting.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been noticing this pattern lately. I’ve been feeling the need to spice up my life with larger emotions. Next week I’m going to try to focus on relaxing with what is going on. Because this is it. This is my life, and it can be a good thing or a bad thing, all depending on my perspective.

Ok, let’s begin…


Pushing and pulling all the right buttons. As I’m writing a blog post or working on my book, I notice that I get upset if the feelings aren’t quite right. I want action and beauty to just mold together perfectly. Work doesn’t happen that way. I know this. I just want the perfect mix to keep happening. I talk about developing my ability to cope with my emotions, but it’s hard. Dealing with my emotions is a journey in itself.


Working with my dad on my house. I see where I get a large part of my work ethic. I feel the need to keep pushing for a little better or a little more. Constantly striving for more is a part of having fun. We have to keep wanting just a little more in order to get better at our jobs. It was fun to see a reflection of myself in my dad.


A spider web. On my walks, I kept running into a spider web. The next day I would come back and forget about it and run into it again. On the third day I remembered. I looked for the spider in the web and it was huge. Its body alone was as big as the tip of my thumb to my first knuckle. This spider just kept building his web back each time. It didn’t care how many times I destroyed it.

What about you?

What has been hard, fun and beautiful in your life? I’ll see you in the comment section.

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Terry Starbucker has been one of my favorite bloggers these past few months. I always find some little nugget of wisdom to take with me. One of his latest posts really made me want to dig a little deeper in my own working life. It was called Wanna Be a Success? Turn Over a Few More Rocks.

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11 thoughts on “Hard Fun and Beautiful – Ripped Web Edition”

  1. Karl,
    Very cool, this time you’ve had with your father!

    Hard: Preparing for a presentation earlier this week, where the subject matter was very much not easy to grasp. And then trying to present that to a big group of 7th and 8th graders.

    Fun: Charades! To break up the above presentation – I had small groups do charades. Fun to watch and work with the kids on how to act out some of the words we used.

    Beautiful: A moment, early in the week – receiving an unexpected card and note. And it reminded me, once again, of how powerful a short note can be to someone else.

  2. Hi Karl!
    I love how you said we tend to create drama to keep things interesting. I know I do this and maybe because the status quo needs some “action”?
    Great points you’ve made!

    The hard for me is always focus! The fun is always lack of focus! The beautiful is always when I really open my heart to the present moment.

    That spider web story is the BEST! I’m so glad you let it be after awhile and saw how despite everything, nature gives us such beauty and wonder and fortunately for us, replenishes itself. We need to replenish too, don’t ya think?

  3. Hi Eduard, Thanks.

    Hi Lance, Charades! Man, I haven’t played that in a while. We have some friends coming over tonight. I’m going to suggest it.

    Hi Suzen, Replenishing is a huge part of my needs. My two favorite practices is Yoga and going for walks in nature. I find these two to be my two favorite because one takes me into the deeper discovery of my body, while the other one takes me into the deeper discovery of the world around me.

  4. Hard: Technology, put up a new editor on WordPress and comments stopped. Any one else would think I’ll check spam…no not Tess!
    Two days later Wilma from Wilma’s blog emailed and set she submitted her 4th comment and none showed up. Augghhh! So after a tweak of the new editor all is well.

    Fun: Met a friend I have’nt seen for a while for coffee. Fun to reconnect. Projecting fun for tonight. We have friends from MI that recently moved to AZ. We’ve been here 2 years and sometimes it hits hard about our lack of support system here. So yeah!

    Beautiful: My granddaughter 15 year old Mackenzie recieved a scholar/athlete award at her Swim Banquet last night. This is a beautiful thing. In fact it will be contiued on my blog in a post. Karl I always get inspired by ideas when I come on Fridays. This is awesome. To be continued…

  5. Hi Karl –
    I get that, about creating drama for more excitement… Isn’t it great what we can learn from our parents!

    Hard – My husband was sick all week…and now I fear I may be catching it…

    Fun – Last night I went out with a girl friend I hadn’t seen in a while, we laughed a lot!

    Beautiful – Clarity is beautiful, especially when helped along by a supportive group of people.

    Have a great weekend!

  6. Hard….My first ever migraine-which is somehow still going after 4 days.

    Fun…80’s dancing for a friend’s 40th birthday all dressed in 80’s fashion

    Beautiful…laughing with amazing people in Chicago. Making a difference.

    Love this Karl. You are a cool dude. I like the scarf.

  7. Hi Karl

    No events or as they say, no news is sometimes good news. So definitely relax and just enjoy “being”. Sometimes we try so hard to fill our time with all these things we think we should be feeling or doing, but often we find that it really is not necessary…just be.

    As for me, well this was a different type of week for me as I had to travel. So…

    Hard – Leaving my husband to go on a trip. Yeah, I don’t want to sound too soft but it was the first time we had to be apart as he could not come with me on my trip and that was a little hard.

    Fun – The trip. I flew out on Friday to go to Long Beach for some “business” which I extended to fit in some pleasure, and it has been great so far.

    Beautiful – The weather in Long Beach – oh man did I ever miss the sunny weather and heat, and to think back home winter has only just begun…well officially not even.

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

  8. Hi Karl — yes, I’ve seen that in myself as well — that search for the perfect state of flow as I’m working — and in fact it’s that demand for perfect conditions that takes me out of the flow.

  9. Hi Tess, You made my day. I’m so glad I can inspire you to come up with new ideas. It’s why I love doing these posts.

    Hi Stacey, Good luck. Hope you don’t catch a cold.

    Hi Katie, Migraines suck. Hope it goes away soon.

    Hi Evita, I understand about leaving your husband. It’s not soft. I’m glad you care so much for him.

    Hi Chris, Trying to get everything just right, never turns out the way we hoped.

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