Beach Walk 586 – Friendliness & Praise

W00t! The sun is out!

Praise be to the weather. Let’s face it: kind words and genuine praise just feel good. It is all too common when talented people take on a type of snobbery, as if they have earned some form of superiority. I much prefer to give my business to people who are competent and friendly, like the people I have recently discovered at J Salon. It is a good reminder to me as I myself can sometimes fall into the snob mode too. I talked about in Bitterness or Bliss.

Hawaiian Word:
Hoʻomaikaʻi: praise

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Beach Walk 574 – Claim It!

I noticed a couple things last night when I was editing the episode: I forgot the Hawaiian word (tho I added it to the post notes) and I used the word “you” a lot when I think I really meant “I” (as my friend Shaina recognized and commented on).

That’s one of my language pet peeves, so today is follow through on both of those.

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Hawaiian Word:
Like ʻole: different

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Beach Walk 563 – Just Being Here Now

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Beach Walk 562 – I Wonder

Someone recently turned me on to the Alan Watts podcasts and I am enjoying them.

Today on the treadmill I listened to one on the topic of “wonder.” I think being able to entertain or wonder about things is a useful trait. Today’s episode talks about the intrinsic dilemma of being smart as compared to leaving room for wondering, aka not knowing. Cheryl Colan recently wondered about a few things on her Hummingcrow videoblog and an enormous amount was learned by many people who contributed to the conversation both as speakers and listeners.

Hawaiian Word:
Kupaianaha: wonderful, astonishing

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Beach Walk 541 – Myth of Passion

I can’t remember what triggered this episode, but I do get tired of the same “find your passion” message.

It’s often issued by people who (a) have a lot of passion and think that everyone else should too or (b) people looking for their own passion, hoping it holds out some form of happiness.

If we are to really let it be true that people exist along infinite points on any topic or spectrum, then surely there are many who are most at home at every point between passion and lethargy. My sweet spots varies by day, by task, by all kinds of things – many of which are unpredictable. To find happiness that doesn’t require passion or the pressure to be passionate, that is my goal.

Hawaiian Word:
Kauna: passion

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