Monday, December 31, 2012

New Years Wishes for New and Old Traditions

What is your tradition?  I am grateful to have experienced several opportunities of joining in with other people’s traditions.  

Finding California Gold, miners searched in mountains, I simply walked in Santa Cruz - Photo by DW 

Perhaps I am I searching for the same traditions I learned as a young girl, or, it is the curiosity of what other people do, whether it is family or community.   I discard the old saying, “Curiosity killed the cat” – and I learn by watching and listening to the people around me. 

I searched the internet with the keyword “tradition” receiving 140,000,000 results.  I looked up the dictionary meaning of tradition – I found four descriptions:
a : an inherited, established, or customary pattern of thought, action, or behavior (as a religious practice or a social custom)
b : a belief or story or a body of beliefs or stories relating to the past that are commonly accepted as historical though not verifiable
: the handing down of information, beliefs, and customs by word of mouth or by example from one generation to another without written instruction
: cultural continuity in social attitudes, customs, and institutions
: characteristic manner, method, or style

Remember that traditions are different from habits, or behavior patterns acquired by frequent repetition (as written in the dictionary). Traditions and information passed to you through the years by your family and community.   I believe you may create new traditions to pass to people too.  

We inquire about our family ancestors we did not get to meet while growing up - these people are a part of us and our traditions.

One lesson I have learned is everyone has individual traditions – these are very important to each one of us.  Even people in the same families and communities hang on to different traditions - ones that may resonate with them. 

I have learned a great deal from sitting down and listening to people, actually listening to their thoughts, actions, and behaviors.  What is important about each person and their traditions they enjoy?  

Escape to my walking trail - Photo by DW

I return home and cherish my own traditions.  I have multiple traditions, some I grew up with like eating buckwheat pancakes on a cold, holiday morning (raised in the midwest) – some I am creating on my own like looking for unusual items on my walks by the ocean on holiday weekends after eating my buckwheat pancakes.  I follow this action of taking walking trips at home and in my travels in different regions.

Instead of resolutions this year - What tradition do you follow or have you made?  

2013 ~ I discard some unusual memories of the challenges last year ~ grateful to have an angel on my shoulder ~ and I am ready for the New Year ~ Smiles! The Fun Tour Guru

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Silicon Valley Story: Includes Traffic, LinkedIn Buildings

As I get caught in traffic on Highway 101 (the San Francisco bay area inner freeway) I find myself fighting my negative thoughts of traffic that I face.    I really do love this region – even with moments like this – laughing, I am repeating this out loud over and over until the traffic clears up.  

I remember something I read from an entrepreneur blog  this morning  - even though Silicon Valley is an open place to share – there are certain ideas we embrace that are found and shared only by the token (millions) few who live here.

I have not been as active writing – I am active gathering more stories.  I did want to share my new addition – I was grateful to attend a meeting on LinkedIn campus.  They have their branding present on the main building now.   The last picture I took in 2011 was of their front sign only. They now have their sign on the building. The professional place where people connect and link in to each other online. One of our favorites companies right now...

I finish my inbound trips returning to Silicon Valley by reading the following paragraph from

Mary Bowden Carroll “Ten Years in Paradise” (1903) :

Silicon Valley is a place of legend and hyperbole. Promoters have lauded it as “the center of a progressive force for global change" through technology. Social activists claim it to be “a place of warped and unrealistic financial expectations - where success is measured in terms of dollars, not personal happiness.” 

For most of its residents Silicon Valley is simply an exciting and challenging place to work and live surrounded by spectacular scenery with an unbeatable climate. They just have to share these considerable benefits with a large number of fellow residents, all of whom seem to want to travel on the same freeway at the same time.

Silicon Valley spills into Santa Cruz to San Francisco and beyond even to Sacramento
~ sharing our story ~  The Fun Tour Guru