The Site of David Gustys


Believe it or not, today, I read a few articles on "threatening animals".
The reading spree was brought on by our neighbour, who complained and indirectly threatened to kill our cats.

As it turns out, our cats have been defecating in his property, so his anger is understandable. The "killing" part, on the other hand, is not.

The conversation with him got intense in a few instances, but overall we kept it civil. From our side, we will seek a solution to mitigate our cat access to his property.

Blahhhh, this was a downer of the day. 😔

Today I went to a shopping center to replace a trampoline three times.

It was due to the warehouse workers' error.

  • The first time they game me an incomplete item
  • The second time they gave me the wrong item.
  • The third time was the charm, and everything worked out.

Driving three times back and forth took me close to two hours.

I was pissed. I tried to constrain myself, but my family felt that I was on a short nervous trigger for a few hours afterward.

Time, for me, is a precious resource as it is for many.

It was hard for me to believe that such inefficiencies are still happening in modern countries and modern shopping centers.

In the end, I guess it is not totally surprising. I probably haven't run into many cases like this; that is why it was shocking to me.

I can eat two hotdogs. If you walk for five kilometers, you burn around two hotdogs worth of calories. I got that from an informational stand next to the sandy beach of the Baltic Sea. We spent a good part of the day there.

After the beach visit, we focused our activities around or in the house.

  • We played computer games - Crash, Rayman, etc.
  • Ran around the house
  • Backed cookies
  • Play outside with nature (searched for bugs, dug some dirt)
  • Drank tea and eat cookies on the porch

It was a fun day, it sometimes sad to me, how easily my mind defaults to "work" thinking - I do enjoy family time very much.

And I can definitely eat two hotdogs today.

I was reminded today of this fascinating, but bad behavior that we can all learn and adopt it as a habit. It is called - "Learned helplessness".

To put it shortly, "Learned helplessness" is when a subject (not necessarily a human being) perceives (or actually has) no control over the outcome of a situation.

For humans, this repeating "lack" of control then often leads to depression and other mental illnesses.

I find this very interesting, and suggested you give it a read, Wikipedia has good content on this -

Today I thought about companies that I would like to join (including the ones that sent me job offers). In the end, for me, it comes down to leadership's vision and the values of the company.

Think about what you value, how would you wish the company leadership would behave in a specific situation. Think about what company culture traits are welcome to you. And don't be afraid to play out some cases during interview calls, just by asking - "what would you do?; is this encouraged?; do you have a lunch culture?; how do you keep remote workers engaged?"

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