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The 9 Sagacities of Mining Your Snapshots

The 9 Sagacities of Mining Your Snapshots

Sagacity is all about your perception and insight, and old family snapshots can reveal many surprising things. While we rely heavily on digital images now, our old, boxed-up, hard-copy snapshots seem to capture those special life moments that we didn’t appreciate or remember at the time. Our reflections with the benefit of further life experience can give new meaning and insight to those old moments. So get to it and find those boxes of snapshots and uncover those golden moments because here are nine things they will reveal to you.

1. They set a baseline

Each snapshot marks the beginning of a very special timeline from then to right now. It is our “baseline” for us to measure many things back then, such as what the world was like, what we were like, and what seemed most important to us. After you have reflected on all of that, you can measure how much you have changed over time. That’s a good thing because it can tell us where we are headed.

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2. They help you understand how meaning changes

What was important then may not be important today and may not be important tomorrow. Or maybe those things are even more important today now that you have added some more years to your life. Reflection is good for us and helps us stay in touch with our soul.

3. They record important relationships

Now this is where things can really get interesting. If you are looking at a snapshot of a person who was important in your life back then, ask yourself if they are still important today? Many relationships change over time and so do our views of them. If you have the courage, pick up the phone and call them right now! You may be surprised by the enriching conversation you have with your old friend.

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4. They make the passing of time more tangible

Now, time is a very, very powerful thing because it can change things in the direction we want or not. And time is part of the cycle of life. You should always embrace it with eyes wide open and drink in every second that you have! Many times you will see an old picture of yourself and wonder, “Did I really look that young then?” Trust me, you did!

5. They remind you not to miss the precious things

Sometimes we miss those precious moments. Wherever our mind is, our eyes usually are. Life speeds past us so quickly that we miss some of the good stuff! It happens all the time. Snapshots are like a rose garden so slow down and “smell the roses.”

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6. They help you to not forget

We forget what we looked like over time. Snapshots will jar our memories and those experiences will come back and wash over us like sunshine on a beautiful summer’s day!

7. They give you the chance to share your past

Take the opportunity to share your pictures with someone who is important to you now. Many times, that person was not even in your life way back then. Believe me, good times are just waiting for you if you get to sharing!

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8. They are worth more than 1,000 words

Pictures are worth a thousand words. And if you really get a snapshot gem, the conversation will grow into way more than a thousand words. Story after story will come rushing out of your memories and great conversation will ensue!

9. They are a record of “The Good Old Days”

The “Good Old Days” are usually not noticed when they actually occur. They are only fully appreciated in retrospect.

So get to it and start your treasure hunt. Make sure you save every box of your old family pictures in your parents’ and grandparents’ attic or basement. There’s gold in them boxes!

And leave your comments below and tell me what you found!

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    My grandfather, Rene Voisin, orchestral musician, in his beloved garden!

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    Last Updated on March 13, 2019

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

    You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

    Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

    1. Work on the small tasks.

    When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

    Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

    2. Take a break from your work desk.

    Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

    Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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    3. Upgrade yourself

    Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

    The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

    4. Talk to a friend.

    Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

    Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

    5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

    If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

    Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

    Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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    6. Paint a vision to work towards.

    If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

    Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

    Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

    7. Read a book (or blog).

    The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

    Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

    Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

    8. Have a quick nap.

    If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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    9. Remember why you are doing this.

    Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

    What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

    10. Find some competition.

    Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

    Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

    11. Go exercise.

    Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

    Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

    As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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    Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

    12. Take a good break.

    Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

    Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

    Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

    Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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