Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Makeover Your Environment - Breathing Space Blog
When I moved to North Carolina years ago, one of the first things I wanted to do was visit the Dean Smith Center. Named after their former coach, it is where the University of North Carolina Tar Heel Basketball Team plays its home games.
The 21,572 seats each have a marvelous view of the court. There are no posts, banners, or other obstructions. The sound system is wonderful -- no reverberation or static, just clear, crisp tones of the speaker. The lighting is perfect, as is the scoreboard, the ventilation system, and virtually all other aspects of the facility.
As impressive as this structure is, there's something even more notable, and it hangs from the rafters. I'm talking about the retired jerseys of former UNC basketball greats and the championship banners acknowledging successful seasons. You'd think that having such banners installed would be old hat to a coach like Roy Williams. Yet, whether it's an Atlantic Coast Conference regular season championship, tournament championship, NCAA tournament participation, second-round, final sixteen, final eight, semi-finals, finals, or NCAA championship, which happened most recently in 2005 and 2009, everything this team has accomplished hangs from the rafters for the fans to see.
Dean Smith, Roy Williams, and the University of North Carolina athletic department profoundly understand the importance of environment. Those banners, hung chronologically and neatly from the rafters, are continuing psychological boosts
to the coach, the team, and all of those who are associated with Carolina basketball. They tell new recruits, "We have tradition here. We are winners, and we will win again."
Labels: atmosphere, basketball, college, entertainment, environment, space, success, tradition
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Incredible Shrinking Offices the Breathing Space? - Breathing Space Blog
An article in in BusinessWeek revealed that less than 30% of white-collar workers
still have private offices, according to a poll of 9,300 people by office furniture maker Steelcase. However the typical office has shrunk. It was about 16 by 20 feet a few years ago; it's about 8 by 10 today.
So, 320 square feet versus 80 square feet...where is the Breathing Space?
Labels: breathing space, noise, office, privacy, shrink, space, workday
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Water, Water Everywhere - Breathing Space Blog
On your path to increase fitness and better health, drink a lot of water. Often when you're pooped, you need water more than sleep. Guzzling a glass of water can keep you active longer. When you're in a shopping mall for example, and feel the need to sit down, take a seat if you have to, but first look for a water fountain. That in itself might be enough to rejuvenate you and prompt you to walk for another 10 or 15 minutes.
Drinking more water results in more frequent urination, which is good. Most of us don't drink enough in the course of the day. Whenever you feel thirsty, your body already has experienced a prolonged water deficit.
Working out, as well as dealing with others at work or with your family at home, can be rigorous. Your body is giving up a lot of fluid via perspiration, even if you don't know it. Drink more water more often and whenever you even suspect that your body needs water. Drink, drink, and be merry.
Labels: fitness, fluid, health, hydrate, hydration, perspiration, perspire, thirst, water
Tuesday, September 02, 2014
What is Wealth - Breathing Space Blog
"Wealth is the ability to fully experience life." -- Henry David Thoreau
Labels: Ability, fully experience, Thoreau, wealth
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
On Being "Fully Present" - Breathing Space Blog
"Be fully present”
Samantha Power, U.S. Office of Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights
Excerpted from Occidental College commencement address, years back, and the situation has gotten worse:
IN WHATEVER YOU do, try to be present, fully present. As Satchel Paige put it, “Work like you don’t need the money. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody’s watching.” You gotta be all in. This means leaving your technology behind occasionally and listening to a friend without half of your brain preoccupied by its inner longing for the red light on the BlackBerry.
I have gotten some glimpses of modern learning: In many college classes, laptops depict split screens -- notes from a class, and then a range of parallel stimulants: NBA playoff statistics on ESPN.com, a flight home on Expedia, and a new flirtation on Facebook....I know how good you are at multitasking. You have developed the modern muscle set. I know of what I speak because I, too, am a culprit.
You have never seen a U.S. government official and new mother so dexterous in her ability simultaneously to BlackBerry and breast-feed. But I promise you that over time this doesn’t cut it. Something or someone loses out. No more than a surgeon can operate while tweeting can you reach your potential with one ear in, and one ear out. You actually have to reacquaint yourself with concentration. We all do. We should all become, as Henry James prescribed, a person “on whom nothing is lost.”
Labels: alert, alive, attend, attention, awake, here, listen, now, present
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Stress and Travel - Breathing Space Blog
Simply getting to the airport has become more stressful in the last few years. (Nevermind TSA), consider the following:
1. You have to pack the night before or very early that morning, and that in itself is an unusual burden. Then, largely because people are going to bed later and sleeping fewer hours per night you need to get to bed at a reasonable hour and get up on time.
2. Unless you've allowed plenty of time
to get ready in the morning, you have to dress and groom yourself more quickly, and get out the door at a specific time.
3. Then there's the trip to the airport. If you're driving, you have to make sure your car is in tune, hope that the traffic won't be too bad, and that there will be no other circumstances that prevent your timely arrival. If you're taking a taxi or shuttle, you still have to hope that it comes on time, and that it doesn't experience the same problems on the road that you might have.
Labels: airlines, packing, stress, taxi, traffic, transportation, travel
Monday, August 04, 2014
Vacation Time Shrinking - Breathing Space Blog
"The U.S. Travel Association
, which has been gathering data on American
vacations for decades, has seen the length of vacations steadily
decline, even as people take them more frequently. In 1975, the
association reports, vacations lasted on average more than a week. By
1985, the average vacation had shrunk to 5.4 days, and by 2010,
according to the group's latest data, the average stood at 3.8 days."
Labels: escape, relax, rest, shorter, travel, vacation