December Notes

I cannot control every aspect of the world around me; I can take control of how I interpret and deal with things in my environment. I believe in my resilience. Patience is everything.

This is interesting. https://nextgenradio.org

The person who understands principles can choose their own methods. – Warwick Schiller

Most children are amazing critical thinkers until we silence them. ~ bell hooks

Romjul is the period in the Norwegian calendar that starts on the third day of Christmas, Dec. 27, and ends on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31. Comes from the Old Norse adjective rúmheilagr ( ‘not holy by law’)

Work on turning your “me time” into a habit, and make it part of your regular routine.

Make it a priority to laugh when you can and add some fun to each day.

“I may be personable, but I assure you I am a lion.” ~

August Wilson

You may not think that a few minutes will make a difference but carving out a little time here and there can add up to a greater feeling of personal freedom to do what you’d really enjoy.

Tell the people in your life how much you appreciate them. From people in your family to sales clerks and postal employees you encounter in your day, everyone likes to know that they’re appreciated.

There is a story around every corner.

Practice writing your stories in a humorous way. You may first write them as you’ve experienced them, but then shift into creative writing mode and mine your experiences for the humor and rewrite in the style of your favorite author.

“As crimes pile up, they become invisible.”Bertolt Brecht

fragmentation,” Israel’s policy of keeping “Palestinian communities isolated from one another and surrounded by fences, walls, checkpoints, closed gates, roadblocks, trenches, and bypass roads.”

Intermittent explosive disorder, or IED, an impulse-control disorder characterized by sudden explosions of unwarranted anger.

om·nis·cient /ämˈnisēənt,ämˈniSHənt adjective knowing everything

Omnipotence means all-powerful or has no limitations. Omniscience means all-knowing.


A child is ready to go away for college if the answer to all of the next four questions is yes:
  • Does my child have the strength of character to say no?
  • Are they independent—really?
  • Would I feel comfortable leaving my house and letting them fend for themselves?
  • Could I go weeks without talking to them, secure in the knowledge they are fine?

The approach to anti-racist transformation must change in order for true progress to occur, and that starts with providing Chief Diversity Officers with the power and resources to do their jobs effectively.

The rule is you have to dance in the morning before you leave the house because it changes the way you walk out in the world. — Sandra Bullock

Pearson’s Law ~ “When performance is measured, performance improves. When performance is measured and reported back, the rate of improvement accelerates.”

“Involve me and I learn.”

Excessive optimism is a common cognitive bias.

immune escapability – ability of viruses to evade immunity that one has from inoculation or prior infection

intrinsic transmissivity – how infectious the virus is and how quickly it spreads

Go where the trip takes you and see what you can see along the way.

Reciprocation must be meaningful, unexpected, and tailored to the needs of the person receiving it.

Prioritize your downtime.

In South Asia, at least eight-known gender-expansive identities have historically been present in the subcontinent, the most well-known being hijrathird gender people of historical, spiritual, and cultural significance in South Asian society. Hijraand individuals of diverse gender identities have been well-documented in religious and cultural texts and legends. These individuals often form intentional communities for community as well as survival.

Your standard isn’t what you say it is. Your standard is what you do under pressure. Your standard is what you do when nobody is watching. Your standard is what you do when facing adversity. Your standard is what you do even when it’s inconvenient. Be who you say you are.

Self-confidence ~ your belief in your skills, qualities, and ability to succeed.

scarcity = “If I can’t have it, I want it.”

Tell the bad news first. Then describe what went well.

“You are the tom cat’s testicles.”

Omicron = small o in greek

Omega = large o in greek

egregious e·gre·gious/əˈɡrējəs/ adjective 1. outstandingly bad; shocking; offensive. 2. ARCHAIC remarkably good.

Victim-shaming is still very much a part of coming out as a survivor of sexual abuse.

There is a deeply concerning disparity in the way missing persons cases are treated and covered for people of color.

Make a plan. Stick to the plan. Review the plan. Make a updated plan. Repeat.


STEM learning will impart crucial knowledge to the workers of tomorrow. Maybe, or maybe not. Dynamic economies are defined by relentless change. In other words, the work of tomorrow likely won’t very much resemble the work of today.
If you worked hard enough over four years to get a STEM degree, the effort made obviously says something about you. In particular, it speaks to striving qualities that translate to energetic work ethic.


“Feedback is information about how we are doing that guides our efforts to reach a goal.”

Dunning-Kruger effect, in psychology, a cognitive bias whereby people with limited knowledge or competence in a given intellectual or social domain greatly overestimate their own knowledge or competence in that domain relative to objective criteria or to the performance of their peers or of people in general. The effect is named after researchers David Dunning and Justin Kruger, the two social psychologists who first described it. In other words, people believe that they are smarter and more capable than they really are. Essentially, low ability people do not possess the skills needed to recognize their own incompetence. The combination of poor self-awareness and low cognitive ability leads them to overestimate their own capabilities.

Fools are blind to their own foolishness. As Charles Darwin wrote in his book The Descent of Man, “Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge.”

People are not only incompetent; their incompetence robs them of the mental ability to realize just how inept they are.

The very knowledge and skills necessary to be good at a task are the exact same qualities that a person needs to recognize that they are not good at that task.

Cognitive bias ~ a systematic error in thinking that occurs when people are processing and interpreting information in the world around them and affects the decisions and judgments that they make. The concept of cognitive bias was first introduced by researchers Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman in 1972.

Metacognition ~the ability to step back and look at one’s own behavior and abilities from outside of oneself.

Heuristics ~ mental shortcuts that allows people to solve problems and make judgments quickly and efficiently.

Confirmation bias is a type of cognitive bias that involves favoring information that confirms your previously existing beliefs or biases.

Cognitive Bias vs. Logical Fallacy ~ A logical fallacy stems from an error in a logical argument, while a cognitive bias is rooted in thought processing errors often arising from problems with memory, attention, attribution, and other mental mistakes.

5 Steps of Problem Solving 1. Identifying a problem 2. Generating a list of possible solutions 3. Evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of each possible solution. 4. Choosing a solution to implement 5. Implementing the solution

Self-monitoring ~ keeping track of behaviors, symptoms, or experiences over time in logs or diaries

Goal-setting Skills ~ 1. identify your goal. 2. distinguish between short- and long-term goals. 3. set SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, time-based) goals 4. focus on the process as much as the end outcome

Set mini-goals because while small incremental goals appear to take longer to produce significant results, the opposite is true. This is because positive reinforcement accelerates performance and small goals provide more opportunities for acceleration.

Specific measureable goals combined with frequent feedback and positive reinforcement for improvement from a powerful combination for improvement.

Self-care ~ “a multidimensional, multifaceted process of purposeful engagement in strategies that promote healthy functioning and enhance well-being.” Self-care is a priority.

Knowing how you feel and why you feel that way is the first step in conflict resolution.

The words “journal” and “journey” comes from an Old French jornee ‘day, a day’s travel, a day’s work’ (jour being the French word for day, as in soup du jour, or “soup of the day”). The original function of a journal was to record day-to-day living which often included business transactions, weather, nature and travel observations, births, deaths, etc. In English, the meaning of the word journey originally meant something like “a day’s travel,” but eventually came to mean “a long trip.” [Classical Latin used diurnus for “of the day, by day,” and also as a noun, “account-book, day-book.”]

Journaling for Stress Management ~ Keep a daily diary or journal to explore thoughts and feelings surrounding the events of your life. Write in detail about feelings and thoughts related to stressful events and brainstorm solutions. End your journaling sessions with a few words about potential solutions to your problems, things you appreciate in your life, or things that give you hope in life. You don’t have to journal every day in order for it to work for you—a few times a week is still highly beneficial, and even journaling on an as-needed basis brings benefits.

Eustress ~ the type of stress we feel when we are excited.

Keep a Gratitude Journal for 30 days. List three or more aspects of each day for which you are grateful. Maintaining a gratitude journal makes it easy to get in the habit of focusing on the positive in your life. Your gratitude journal can consist entirely of lists. You can write a preset number of items per entry (10 per day, for example), or you can just resolve to write about whatever seems right for a particular day. Aim for once a day. Start by spending a few minutes writing something down; it doesn’t have to be a masterpiece.

Make a list of your core values, the top few things that are most important to you. Then look at all the activities that fill your schedule. Removing any activity that’s not in line with a core value.

Rumination ~ the habit of obsessing over negative events that happened in the past.

10-Minute Rule of Motivation ~ Give yourself permission to quit a task after 10 minutes. When you reach the 10-minute mark, ask yourself if you want to keep going or quit. Getting started on a task is usually the most challenging part.

Paradox of face recognition in 2021: The technology is banned in some places but increasingly normalized in others.

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