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Monday, July 26, 2021

Speaking and writing (thoughtfully)

When people speak without thinking, they're speaking thoughtlessly. Very literally so.

When people write without thinking, they're writing thoughtlessly. No sense arguing about that. It's just better to work on being thoughtful.

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photo by Ester Siroky

Friday, January 1, 2021

Wait; think; choose

Here's an idea that will work with just about every aspect of life:
Every time you make a decision, wait until you've thought of two choices and choose the better one.

It seems simple, but I was surprised, when I thought of that way to ratchet the quality of life up, to find how many times I was acting without really thinking.
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photo by Holly Dodd

The text of this post has been used three times before, starting in 2011. It might be the best advice ever, though, and could be read every day. This, or one of those other three, might be worth printing out and sticking on a fridge or mirror. (The link will show all four, or someday maybe five.)

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Better than perfect

"Better" is better than perfect.

Don't be competitive, with yourself or others.
Aim for peace and improvement.
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photo by Gail Higgins

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Growth is good

Principles are beliefs, touchstones, things a person bases decisions around.

The idea that one can't make a choice without considering two or more options isn't a principle. It's a logical fact.

The idea that choices can lead a person nearer to the way she wants to be might be the principle that growth is good and growth is possible.
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photo by Noor JontryMasterson

Friday, December 29, 2017

Better than perfect

"Better" is better than perfect.

Don't be competitive, with yourself or others.
Aim for peace and improvement.
SandraDodd.com/betterchoice
photo by Gail Higgins

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

A better choice

"My suggestion to you is to focus on making a "better" choice each time you can. I think that was the most helpful advice I got as a parent of younger kids—it was surprisingly practical and
encouraging to simply consider at least two choices and pick the better one. The next time, try to think of the one you did choose and then one other—pick the better one. If you make a choice you're unhappy with, after the fact, think then about what would have been a better choice—have that one 'on hand' for next time.

"Don't expect to be perfect, but expect yourself to be improving all the time."

—Pam Sorooshian

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photo by Sandra Dodd, of something Keith Dodd carved

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Quantity and quality

Here's an idea that will work with just about every aspect of life: Every time you make a decision, wait until you've thought of two choices and choose the better one.

It seems simple, but I was surprised, when I thought of that way to ratchet the quality of life up, to find how many times I was acting without really thinking.

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photo by Sandra Dodd

Monday, July 4, 2016

Choosing not to whine

Sometimes I want to whine. Sometimes I do.

It never helps.

When making a conscious decision about how to respond or how to react, it will be rare that whining will be the best choice.
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photo by Elise Lauterbach

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

When it's working...

Don't expect to be perfect, but expect yourself to be improving all the time.
—Pam Sorooshian
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photo by Colleen Prieto

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Layers of an onion

My response to "Sometimes I think I've started to understand something but instead it's like an onion and there's another layer I didn't know I needed to understand."



That's how everything good is. Every hobby, skill, pastime, has a surface and has a depth. Some things can be just surface, but parenting and unschooling last for years. And if a family can't resolve to be and do and provide better for the child than school would, then school is better.

If a family resolves to provide a better life experience then school did, then their decisions and actions should be based on that.
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"Getting It" has some layers-of-onion discussion, too.

photo by Sandra Dodd

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Step up

No matter where a person is, a step up is a step up. Happier is happier.
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photo by Sandra Dodd

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Monday, August 22, 2011

Better Choices

"My suggestion to you is to focus on making a "better" choice each time you can. I think that was the most helpful advice I got as a parent of younger kids—it was surprisingly practical and
encouraging to simply consider at least two choices and pick the better one. The next time, try to think of the one you did choose and then one other—pick the better one. If you make a choice you're unhappy with, after the fact, think then about what would have been a better choice—have that one 'on hand' for next time.

"Don't expect to be perfect, but expect yourself to be improving all the time."

—Pam Sorooshian

SandraDodd.com/betterchoice
photo by Sandra Dodd, of something Keith Dodd carved