Saturday, March 2, 2013

BITE BOOKS
At the seaside with my best friend, Anthony Rover
Last week I mentioned that I wake feeling happy and since then my human clients have been telling me they feel exactly the opposite. I’ve been analysing why we have these opposing responses and concluded as follows: I don’t have any responsibilities; don’t have to pay for anything; and I don't go out to work.
I know that the workplace can be the setting for stressful interactions between humans and where personal boundaries are constantly tested.

Let’s take just two examples of annoying behaviour in a colleague. Perhaps they’re someone who steals your ideas and then passes them off as their own. Or, worse, they raid the biscuit tin and use the last of the milk in the communal kitchen without replacing them.

I’m offering a choice of strategies that will help you defuse anger and stress (the first should probably only be used once or twice a month):

  • Pretend that an emergency has developed at home and that you must leave immediately. Instead, meet up with a relaxing friend and go to the seaside or a teashop.
  • Keep a Bite Book. When someone’s making you angry, write down some choice words that describe the person and how you’re feeling about them. This technique can be used as many times as you like during the day and at home too!


Working at home with MOIRA WAUGH on her book about me,
SMALL WHITE DOG




THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
Keep your Bite Book safe from prying eyes or you may get fired.
SONG OF THE WEEK
ICE CREAM DREAMS by Jeris featuring Leza Boyland








10 comments:

  1. Bite book... love it! Very studious photo with Moira...Great! Thanks for the ongoing advice, Tony.

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    1. Thank you for your ongoing support, lovely Ms Kara. Yes, Moira keeps my attention focused on our collaborative novel but sometimes it's very hard for me when I have the urge for a custard cream or to play with Monkey. Strangely, although he is just an inanimate toy, he is becoming quite popular with some humans in his own right!

      With warmest friendship

      Tony Russell

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  2. Hello Tony ....

    Always of small blows, of sharp fangs about behavior, and about through humans .... again very realistic in your thoughts.
    Your glance of small white dog, captures with great realism ....

    Dan

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    1. Je vous remercie, M. Dan. Je sais que vous êtes un être humain perspicace et je suis flatté que vous pensez que mes stratégies sont au point et utile. Merci, aussi, pour visiter mon blog encore et encore et.

      Avec une grande affection

      Tony Russell

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  3. Dear Tony,
    I've used variations of your first advice hundreds of times during my career. The best example I can think of was when I was "sick" for two days while partying in Helsinki. As long as you're able to find a quiet spot for answering when the mobile phone rings you're safe. Simulating a sore throat while on a Whiskey diet is surprisingly easy.

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    1. I am increasingly impressed by your own insights and experiences, Mr Timberman. Perhaps when we get together in Stockholm or the Highlands we could discuss collaborating on a self-help book and the possibility of a world lecture tour?

      With warmest appreciation

      Tony Russell

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  4. Hello, Tony. Another inspirational blog this week - and nice photos. I wonder which seaside resort that is, in the picture of you and Anthony building sand castles? (And Anthony's foot wear is 'way cool', as your correspondent Pea-Wee Pearl might observe.) With regard to this Bite Book idea - as a cat, I wonder if I could use a Scratch Book as an alternative? Especially for anyone taking the last of the milk from a communal 'fridge...

    Cheers for now, and catch you next time.

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    1. How nice that you have returned to my blog, Mr ... KK? Anthony Rover and I have been to the seaside so often that I'm not sure which beach is pictured in the photo. It might be Pevensey Bay or it might be Seaford, both on the Sussex coast.

      A Scratch Book is an interesting idea. However, I suggested a Bite Book for humans because they are usually rather nervous of confrontations. It has been my experience that if a cat is annoyed, he or she will simply scratch or bite the annoyee, therefore rendering a Scratch Book unnecessary - just as it would be for us dogs.

      I do hope you come back for more of my posts. I enjoy the interactions which have started up with felines.

      Very best wishes

      Tony Russell

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  5. Like a canine version of the i ching, your sage advice always seems to fit the moment. Love the photos this week!

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    1. What a very pleasing compliment, Mr Mark. I think you have read every one of my posts and that makes me feel extremely happy. In fact, I am so excited that I feel a game with Monkey coming on ...

      With ongoing affection

      Tony Russell

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