TSA#37 – Write a letter

Jul 30, 2012 by

If you learned anything from watching the amazing film Summer School, it is the importance of writing a letter.  For those of you who haven’t seen it, you need to get your priorities straight and make it happen, but the lesson to be learned here is that if you have a defective product, write the company a letter.

I got a great pair of shoes for my birthday from my lovely wife, and they were great shoes, but they wore out really fast.  They started falling apart a couple of seams had ripped.  So I wrote Skechers a letter and sent them my old shoes and a week or so later they sent me a brand new pair.

Its just that easy.  And this works 90% of the time.

Here is how you do it.

First, be nice.  If the product has failed they will normally be more than happy to replace it.  There is no point in starting off yelling or being rude.

Second, in the age of email, this could not be easier.  Simply find their website and contact info and send them an email detailing the problem with the product.  Include any pictures if they are relevant.

Third, don’t abuse the system.  Most companies want their products to work and last and they want happy customers.  That doesn’t give you the right to use the system to get never ending supply of free stuff.  If the product failed you should let them know and give them the opportunity to fix it.  That’s it.  And remember to be nice.

So your summer school homework for this week is to write one letter.  If you have something you purchased that broke or wore out much quicker than it should have, write them a letter and let them know.  You’ll be amazed at the results, and please come back and share them in the comments.  Also see Summer School.

Ben…

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TSA#36 – Do Very Little

Jul 23, 2012 by

This one is really simple and yet the hardest for me to actually do.  I have a hard time slowing down or doing nothing at all.  I feel intense feelings of guilt for all the projects and chores and things I should be doing.  So I rarely just slow down or do nothing.  Except when I’m hurt.

That may be the universe telling me to slow down.

I threw out my back on Saturday doing nothing.  Just like the cartoons, I bent over to pick something up and it all went downhill from there.  So I spent the weekend horizontal and not moving around a lot.  That said we still all went to the beach, I just didn’t do much but lay on a blanket.  Sunday was spent in a movie marathon watching whatever we had around the house to watch.   It was fun.  It was kind of nice not doing anything.  I still get a little restless, but I have to force myself to slow down and enjoy the calm.  I’m also very fortunate to have friends and family who will help me while I am non-functional.

So summer is here.  The weather is nice.  Take a day off and do nothing…or do very little.  Head down to the beach or park and just have a fun lazy day with your family or friends.  Don’t pack every second of every day with things to do.  Force yourself to take some downtime and just rest.

Your Truly Simple Action for this week is to do very little.  Enjoy…

Ben…

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TSA#35 – Go for a Drive

Jul 16, 2012 by

One of the sad sign of our times is that people drive less.   Some of my favorite memories of growing up were the endless road trips we would take every weekend and the non stop driving back and forth to friends house during the week.  We would always be going somewhere and it was awesome.  We’d drive up to the mountains constantly, we’d drive to the beach, we’d drive to some random lake out in the middle of nowhere Washington.

There are many factors as to why people, and mostly younger kids, don’t drive as much anymore.   Social media has changed how we interact, they are using more public transportation, which is awesome, and also gas prices are sadly very expensive.  I remember often times raiding the ash tray for gas money and putting $2.37 into the tank to get me home.  Sadly, this is just not possible today, and I miss those drives.  I miss driving just to drive.  I miss driving hundreds of miles just to go see a sunset or a meteor shower.  I miss piling a group of friends into a car, turning on some good music, and just driving.

So this week’s Truly Simple Action is for you to go for a drive.   If you can afford the gas (treat yourself), get in the car and take a drive.   Pick a beautiful destination and take a scenic drive.  Don’t be in a rush, its not a race to get there and back.  Make a good road trip playlist and just enjoy the drive.  Take in the views, the curves of the road, the smell of the fresh air.

We had one of my great friend’s kid stay with us over the weekend and we took that opportunity to go for a nice drive.  We’ve been getting some crazy east coast humidity, which is rare for where we live, so we decided to hop in the jeep and head out to the mountains.

We put the Jeep in bad-ass mode by putting the bigger tires on it and taking off the top and doors, and we headed to Julian for the day.

The weather was hot and the air was beautiful as we drove up the mountains.

We found an awesome trail that had some great views.  We even bought some fresh local honey on the side of the road from a little box where you just put in the money and take a jar.

We stopped in Julian for some awesome BBQ lunch and some fresh apple pie.  It was spectacular.

So your Truly Simple Action this week is to go for a drive.  Pack up the car with some snacks, and drinks and load up the family or friends and get on the road.  Drive somewhere nice.  Drive somewhere scenic.  Drive somewhere, just to drive somewhere.   Enjoy the journey.  Enjoy the company.  Enjoy the time spent viewing the beautiful landscape in the area that you live.  Drive to the middle of no where and have a nice picnic or lunch at some little hole-in-the-wall cafe.  Just take a drive.

We had an amazing weekend that I will remember forever.  Go out and create some of those great memories for yourself.

Ben…

TSA = Truly Simple Actions The goal of the TSA project is to improve your life and help make this world a better place, one simple action at a time.  Take time this week to do this one simple thing.

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TSA#34 – Put the Phone Down

Jul 9, 2012 by

This is a big one for me.  I know I do this way too often and I try to work on it, but I often times am glued to my phone.

I use the excuse of multitasking so I can get more done.  Why not check my email when I am walking to and from the store?  Why not flip through Pinterest when I am waiting in line somewhere?   Why not Google something while I’m chatting with my friends?  And there is the problem.  I’m “that” guy.

I’m the guy who is never really present or always doing something else when I’m with my friends or family.   My wife and I argue about this as I think she does it as much as me, but it doesn’t change the fact that I know I do this way too much.  So I’m going to work on this again.

This week my Truly Simple Action is to get off my phone when I’m with others.  I need to put the phone down and be aware of my surroundings and those around me.  I don’t need to check my email, or Facebook or anything else that may seem pressing at the time.  It can all wait.  I don’t need to get more done, I need to enjoy what I’m already doing.

Does any of this sound a little bit familiar?   Join me this week in starting a new habit and lets put down the phone and be fully present with those in our lives.

Ben…

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