Monday, December 31, 2012

New Years Wishes for New and Old Traditions

What is your Tradition?  

I am grateful to have experienced many opportunities through other people’s traditions.  

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

Perhaps I am looking for the same traditions I learned as a young girlI am curious of what other people do.  Out with the old saying, “Curiosity killed the cat” – and I learn by watching and listening to people around me.  

Definition of Tradition

Internet searches with the keyword “tradition” receives 140,000,000 results.  The dictionary meaning of tradition has 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 

Traditions, not Habits

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

You may create new traditions to pass to people too.  Family ancestors are a part of us and our traditions. 

Individual Traditions

One lesson I have learned from spending time with people is that everyone has individual traditions – and very important to each one of us. 

I have learned a great deal from sitting down and listening to people, actually listening to their thoughts, actions, and behaviors.

Escape to my walking trail - Photo by DW
 My own Traditions

I cherish my own traditions. I grew up eating buckwheat pancakes on a cold, holiday morning (raised in the Midwest) – and I combine this with new traditions like going to unusual places to explore on walks by the ocean after eating my buckwheat pancakes. 

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

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2013 ~ let go 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

When I am 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

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