The doldrums of January have arrived! January always feels like the longest month of the year to me. Okay, with 31 days in the month it actually is one of the longest months. But I mean how it feels. It’s dark when I go to work and dark when I go home and it’s a cold month. And this causes the month to seem like it’s dragging,to me. I usually hammer through it with work because January is the busiest month in my line which is oil and gas well drilling and completions. Unfortunately things are very dire in the oil industry right now which has made this January all that more difficult.
In 1990, Alberta’s then Premier, Don Getty, introduced “family day “as a statutory holiday and is taken on the second Monday of February. So instead of that old long haul from January 1 to Easter, usually late March, we have a long weekend which has been a very welcomed break during our long and cold winters.It helps me get through January knowing a long weekend is coming.
It’s a pretty slow week when I whine about January. Let’s look at the bright side; the Patriots will not be going to the Super Bowl! Haha
Yesterday, January 27th was International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the day that Auschwitz was liberated by the Soviet army in 1945. Lori and I watched a show that had a woman look back on her time at Auschwitz , when she was a young teenage girl. She took 2 teenage British girls for a tour of the camp and reminisced about her time there. It was quite disturbing to watch and listen to as she talked about all that happened. I said to Lori at the end of the show, “Can you imagine the looks of disbelief on the young Soviet soldier’s faces when they arrived at and liberated Auschwitz?” By 1945 ¾ of all European Jews had been killed. I also read last night that at Auschwitz, among the murdered were 150,000 Poles, 15,000 Soviet POW’s and 400 Jehovah’s Witness. All disturbing and all sad.
Today is the anniversary of the Challenger Space Shuttle disaster which happened on January 28, 1986. I was in college at the time and a few of us were in the cafeteria when we first watched it. It was another one of those “I can’t believe that just happened “moments. We watched it live back then. Not recorded. 73 seconds into flight the Challenger broke apart killing all 7 crew members.
My new favorite business leader, speaker and author who I discovered about 1 year ago is Simon Sinek. Here’s a great short talk I heard just this week by Simon about training your mind to perform under pressure. Described by TED as “a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership all starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?”‘. His first TEDx talk on “How Great Leaders Inspire Action” is the 3rd most viewed video on TedX.com. Here is the talk I heard this week about performing under pressure
Lori and I are heading to Seattle to see John Prine on March 5th and I am excited about it. I’ve been listening to Prine since I was about 15 but I have never seen him live. My first LP of his that I owned was “Sweet revenge”. He has so many great songs, albums and performances. Songs like Sam Stone, Illegal Smile, In Spite of Ourselves, Donald and Lydia and too many more to list. Every John Prine song is a great song according to me!
The song this week is one of my favorite John Prine songs, Donald and Lydia
The quote this week is:
“I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.”
That’s it. I hope to see you next week……………..