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Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—Loco Moco

Sep 22, 2016 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

It’s Wednesday, and I’m still fighting that sad feeling that our trip is almost over. I remind myself that we still have today. If I let it, today could be a wonderful day. As usual, we are all wide awake very early and ready to go. By starting at the break of dawn we sure are making the most of our days here. Kevin sleeps in while Mom, Dad, Terri, Cindy, and I head out to a restaurant that Cindy has found. It’s called the Hawaiian Style Café and is known for serving traditional Hawaiian breakfast. I love trying new types of food and can’t wait! I’ve already decided I’m going to go for the Loco Moco! I’ve never had it, but am game for the experience. There are many variations, but the traditional Loco Moco consists of white rice, topped with a hamburger patty, a fried egg, and brown gravy. Yum! We arrive just as they open. There is already a small line waiting to get in. We get our table with no problems and start looking over the menu. Special thanks goes to Dana, our server for her friendly and “with it” service. Hawaiian Style Café is known for serving huge portions. We are all hungry but are no match for the enormous plates of food that arrive shortly after we order. Dana could tell we were worried about leaving so much food on our plates, so she let us know the pigs at a local farm get all the leftovers. Midway through our meal, the restaurant has filled. There still isn’t a line, but I can tell one will be forming later this morning. The house-made Loco Moco was a hit. I will definitely come back the next time I’m in Hawaii. As we sit side-by-side so early in the morning eating our wonderful meals, I’m quietly grateful for this time together. I have such a wonderful family. Thanks, Hawaii, for this magical time together. By the way, if you want to give Hawaiian Style Café a try, here is the address: 65-1290 Kawaihae Rd, Waimea, HI 96743. If you want to read more about my Hawaiian family vacation, check out the previous blogs in this series: Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—Live in the Moment Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—Perceiving Is Alive and Well Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—The Krakken Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—A Three-Hour...

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Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—Live in the Moment

Sep 20, 2016 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

As we head back to the hotel for some downtime—nap, pool, walks along the beach—I start to feel that little bit of angst that our time together is going by too fast. It’s already Tuesday. We just have tonight and tomorrow together, and then our trip will be over. This happens to me on every vacation I go on, especially when I’m having a wonderful time. Instead of living in the moment, I let my preference for Intuition take over and start thinking about the future. Doing this can really take me out of all the wonderful things happening in the present moment. While I’ve done this all my life, I’m getting better at not letting this take over today. As I come back to the present, suddenly all the sounds in the car flow over me. Mom and Terri talking about life back home. Cindy sharing stories about her husband, Dave, and their dog, Stewie. Kevin humming to Hawaiian music playing on the radio. There is so much to experience in this world of Sensing if we just make the effort to give the present moment the time it deserves. After some time on our own, we all come back together for dinner. Tonight we are going just down the beach to the Lava Lava Beach Club. Situated right on the beach, the place is alive with people laughing, eating, and drinking. A guitarist is playing Hawaiian music in the sand nearby while a women dances next to him. Dinner is good, and we are all just enjoying the relaxing time together in this perfect setting as the sun falls beneath the ocean in the distance. Cindy and Terri are a treat! I have such wonderful sisters! They have been on board with this trip from the beginning and have been wonderful to be around every single minute. Being with them makes me want to schedule more time with the family again soon. If you want to read more about my Hawaiian family vacation, check out the previous blogs in this series: Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—Perceiving Is Alive and Well Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—The Krakken Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—A Three-Hour Tour Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—Early Morning and Ready to Go Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—Dining by the Sea Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—A Life of Love Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—My Preferences Do Not...

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Companies Would Benefit from Helping Introverts to Thrive

Sep 15, 2016 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

This article appeared in The Economist on Sept. 10, 2016. To read the article on the original website, click here.  MOST companies worry about discriminating against their employees on the basis of race, gender or sexual preference. But they give little thought to their shabby treatment of introverts. Carl Jung spotted the distinction between introverts and extroverts in 1921. Psychometric tests such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator consistently show that introverts make up between a third and a half of the population. Susan Cain’s book on their plight, “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking”, has sold more than 2m copies; the TED talk based on the book has been viewed just over 14m times. And yet, if anything, the corporate approach to introverts has been getting worse. The biggest culprit is the fashion for open-plan offices and so-called “group work”. Companies rightly think that the elixir of growth in a world where computers can do much of the grunt work is innovation. But they wrongly conclude that the best way to encourage creativity is to knock down office walls and to hold incessant meetings. This is ill-judged for a number of reasons. It rests on a trite analogy between intellectual and physical barriers between people. It ignores the fact that noise and interruptions make it harder to concentrate. And companies too often forget that whereas extroverts gain energy from other people, introverts need time on their own to recharge. The recent fashion for hyper-connectedness also reinforces an ancient prejudice against introverts when it comes to promotion. Many companies unconsciously identify leadership skills with extroversion—that is, a willingness to project the ego, press the flesh and prattle on in public. This suggests that Donald Trump is the beau idéal of a great manager. Yet in his book “Good to Great”, Jim Collins, a management guru, suggests that the chief executives who stay longest at the top of their industries tend to be quiet and self-effacing types. They are people who put their companies above their egos and frequently blend into the background. Many of the most successful founders and chief executives in the technology industry, such as Bill Gates of Microsoft, and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, are introverts who might have floundered in the extroverted culture of IBM, with its company songs and strong emphasis on team-bonding. In penalising other people like them, firms are passing...

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Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—Perceiving Is Alive and Well

Sep 13, 2016 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

Shave ice is on our mind as we depart the boat and head to our SUV. Kevin, Terri, and I are still a little wet, but we don’t mind. It’s Hawaii after all. As we drive just across the street, we see a large crowd has surrounded the Original Hawaiian Shave Ice stand. On one side of the Blue Dragon Restaurant parking lot the small and colorful stand waits for us to join the crowd. Mom, Dad, and Cindy grab a place to sit. Kevin, Terri, and I get in line and immediately see the delicious looking frozen treats coming from the window. While long, the line moves fast, and suddenly we find ourselves at the counter ready to order. The pressure…How do I decide? My Perceiving preference is alive and well, but it’s not helping me right now. I need to decide. So…I just ask the person at the counter what he likes best and order that. Why not just let someone else just decide for me? One by one our shave ice comes out. I join Cindy, Mom, and Dad while Kevin and Terri play courier. Another family has joined us at our table by now and we all have a pleasant conversation about how wonderful Hawaii is. Cindy is still excited about getting in the water. It’s fun seeing that kid side of her when talking about it at the table with the family that has joined us. Since we have been here, I’ve noticed how nice everyone in my family is during this trip when interacting with other families. I see it again today when talking with this other family. My parents have always been this way, and I really believe they have done a wonderful job of passing that along to Cindy, Terri and me. Of course, being in Hawaii makes it very easy to be nice. The air, sun, smell…it really feels like paradise. By the way, if you want to visit Original Hawaiian Shave Ice just drive 20 minutes north of Waikoloa—amazing! Tip: order the small size; it will still be huge. If you want to read more about my Hawaiian family vacation, check out the previous blogs in this series: Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—The Krakken Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—A Three-Hour Tour Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—Early Morning and Ready to Go Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—Dining by the Sea...

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Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—The Krakken

Sep 8, 2016 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

After swimming with dolphins we head over to a secluded snorkeling site. No other boats are around, so we have the place all to ourselves. Kevin and I stick together. I love being in the water, but have to admit to being a bit intimidated as well. Staying near Kevin makes me feel safe. Terri swims out to sea, so Damon (our first officer) has to go out to bring her back. I love how adventurous Terri can be. I love how she is making the most of every minute. Terri has this beautiful and open attitude about life that is contagious. Cindy, Mom, and Dad stay on board taking pictures and chatting with Captain Bryan and Liam. I can tell that Liam is just aching to get in the water. We then take a fun ride on…the Krakken! Not really a many-tentacled beast, the Krakken is a large raft that Captain Bryan ties to the back of the boat. Kevin, Terri, Liam, and I get on, and away we go. Cindy even gets on and talks about how exciting that was for her the rest of the day. Cindy is not an ocean person. She likes swimming pools but not a big open sea. I can sort of relate, though love it when I’m in. I can’t remember laughing so hard in such a long time. We are all acting like kids again as the Krakken throws us side to side and then plunges us head first into the water. It’s nearing time to leave. Before we get out of the water. Liam says to Kevin, “You are the best group we’ve ever had on our boat.” Whether he means it or he is really good at selling it, I don’t care. We really are having an amazing time. On board are lunch and drinks. This really is a perfect excursion. We head back to the pier as we sit in the sun and enjoy our food—sandwiches, chips, pineapple, and rum punch! Oh, my! If you want to read more about my Hawaiian family vacation, check out the previous blogs in this series: Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—A Three-Hour Tour Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—Early Morning and Ready to Go Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—Dining by the Sea Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—A Life of Love Celebrating a 60th Wedding Anniversary—My Preferences Do Not Limit My Behavior Celebrating...

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