Encourage Everyone, and Don’t Multi Task

Have you ever wanted to call one of those “How am I driving?” numbers on the backs of commercial trucks, just to say, “This guy is driving great! He seems very aware, he’s keeping a consistant speed, not running into anyone and following all traffic laws.”

Don’t just call to complain. Sometimes people enjoy and welcome encouragement. I bet a lot of the calls placed to the truck driver comment line have to do with some kind of complaint or flaw with the driver. Perhaps he could use some positivity. I know I appreciate it immensely when the fine Pulse readers go out of their way to say they enjoy a piece they saw in the paper, they pick it up each time, it has added something to their life. I don’t need an award or anything; I just want observers to genuinely say, “That Pulse bunch seems to be a pretty creative and goodhearted group; they always do their best and live up to their potential and promises.”

I am thankful that God put Derek Minor, Sonya Nobles Dukett, the good folks at Batey Farms and Oliver Langston in my life and made it pretty obvious I should share their stories this month. I need obvious sometimes.

I am done feeling rushed and overwhelmed and worried. Done. No more stress or feelings on incompleteness. It does no good.

I am exactly where I need to be, and I am doing exactly what I need to do. I should feel only peace and completeness. This philosophy has served me pretty well lately, and I will continue to follow it until it does not.

“Multi tasking” has become one of those ridiculous buzzwords; so many people seem to have the impression others want them to be “multi-taskers.” I think I’ve come to the conclusion that multi tasking is foolish, and practically impossible. One can switch between tasks, but have you ever really, effectively, done two things at once? From now on, my to-do list is one item long. I will accomplish that one thing, and then I will move on to one more thing. When I get tired, I will take a break, and then when the break is over I will have one thing to do, not hundreds.

If you say you can drive and talk on the phone at the same time, I say you are probably not doing either one very well.

So, just wait until you get home to call the comment line to offer the truck driver some encouragement.

Bracken Mayo
Editor in Chief


About the Author

Bracken, a 2003 graduate of MTSU’s journalism program, is the founder and publisher of The Murfreesboro Pulse. He lives in Murfreesboro with his wife, graphic artist and business partner, Sarah, and son, Bracken Jr. Bracken enjoys playing the piano, sushi, Tool, football, chess, jogging, spending time in his backyard with his chickens, hippie music, climbing at The Ascent, bowling, swimming, soup, tennis, sunshine, revolution, defiance and anarchy. He can cook a mean grilled cheese, and can fry just about anything.

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