I attend a Focus Group every second and fourth Wednesday. Although the reason has never been stated, the name was changed from Masterb- — I mean Mastermind. The first question: Rate your life, one to ten, in the areas of business, personal and health. We’ve all learned that unless you want to be the focus of the group (get it?), you’ll give minimums of seven. It’s the fake it ’till you make it theory – or it could just be, “I don’t feel like getting my head slammed by the rest of the group today.”
After the rating is done, the moderator then asks if anyone has any urgent issues that need to be discussed; they’re prioritized. Before we delve into the detail of the angst, we each give an update on our business.At my turn, I so proudly announce that I received an Odysseus nomination for one of my blog articles – although I didn’t think it was that good and apparently neither did Greg. “Blog? How do you do that? What do you mean?”
Gayle, previously having been food, happily went on to describe blogging; it’s a commitment to consistency, it’s not for everyone, Vicki’s the best blogger, she’s so funny – you know, the regular.
I had one of those –it-eatin‘ grins on my face, not for the accolades – well, maybe a little – but for the fact that almost everyone at the table had been food for my posts.
Yesterday I heard the story of a mysterious sound in the house. My friend arrived downstairs to the kitchen while her husband and daughter were studying for her spelling test. “There it goes again!” “What?” “That noise.” “What noise? I don’t hear anything.” “It’s intermittent.” “There it goes again.” “I don’t hear it!” “Maybe it’s your phone.” “I think it’s the smoke detector.” “Maybe it’s your phone.” Upstairs. Downstairs. The garage. Can’t find the noise. Turns out it was her phone! The battery was going out. “You’d better not put that in your blog!”
That’s how posts are created. Someone says something, an event occurs and my mind goes on a spin cycle. It starts percolating. This is the only warning you’re going to get: Be careful. You could be the next food for thought.