More questions. More help. Introducing Mastering Table Topics Second Edition.

Getting out of your own way

I started going to the gym for the first time in years. I go in the morning before work. Some adjustments needed to be made. I gave up on recording the late night talk shows and watching them the next morning. And there are the public showers, something I haven’t used since high school. I’m still not fully comfortable walking around naked with other adult men, but the sight no longer jars me. (Being nearsighted helps.)

One thing I’ve had to struggle with is the negative self-talk that fills my head. I know others struggle with this too. Here are some of the ways I’m working through my negative self-talk.

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The story behind the tweet

My tweet didn’t break the Internet, but it may have left a scratch. Like any tweet, there’s more to be said than what fits in 280 characters. There’s a history behind it, and it goes back to the late 1970s when I was the same age as today’s Stoneman Douglas students. This was when the so-called Moral Majority got its start. And back then, I knew there was something wrong with it.

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Moving forward

One more thing to say about anger (or frustration or worry). At some point, you’ll decide to move forward. You’ll seek to overcome powerlessness by finding areas where you have power.

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You have the right to be angry

Lewis Black's character in Inside OutI got into a discussion on Twitter about the value of social media. It included the issue of anger.

We feel uncomfortable about anger. It makes us feel out of control. It causes us to say and do things we regret. It can also be addictive. We can find ourselves trapped in a cycle of outrage.

But we cannot deny our anger, and repressing it can make things worse. You have every right to be angry. Here are the reasons why.

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If a feature isn’t documented, it doesn’t exist

Owner's manual for a new adjustable bedMy wife and I were shopping for a new adjustable bed. We found the one we wanted and got a demonstration about the importance of technical writing.

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