Empowerment

Empowerment · July 01, 2020
If you plan on having an effective CrankaTsuris practice, it is important to know your history. It is true what they say. Those who do not learn history tend to repeat it. When it comes to thinking about your CrankaTsuris practice, one history lesson to learn is the story about the Straw that Broke the Camel's Back. Now, there have been many camels who have had someone put a straw on their back. Unfortunately, many of these poor camels suffered the same fate. It broke their backs, and they...
Empowerment · June 25, 2020
Throughout my blog posts, I have laid out various strategies to effective crankiness or what I have coined "the CrankaTsuris Method". Here, I like to lay out the five steps you can employ to lay down the foundation, and begin your own journey to effective crankiness. 1. Rename your "crankiness" as a "CrankaTsuris." The crankiness comes in all different kind of forms. It come from anger. It comes from fear. It comes from frustration. It comes from depression. These are just a few. These are real...
Empowerment · June 14, 2020
People would come to me, and ask me about "effective" versus "ineffective" crankiness, and when I try to explain, some like to argue with me that there is no such thing as "ineffective" crankiness. I am told "You know what? I just want to blow off some steam. And when I blow off a little steam, I feel a whole lot better. There's nothing wrong with that!" Yes. We absolutely all have to blow off some steam. But, steam can still burn. Who are you to be the expert on what is the exact amount of...
Empowerment · March 19, 2020
"Sir? Would you like to have a wake up call?" There is nobody who actually likes getting wake up calls. You would never say that you are sleeping in till Noon, and even though you probably will be awake, you then tell the hotel concierge: "Why don't you give me a ring sometime around dinner time? Or, maybe a bit earlier so I can catch a bit of happy hour. I always look forward to the wake up call because it is the best part of my day." "In fact, the only reason I am staying in your fabulous...
Empowerment · March 01, 2020
In my first book, The Last Surviving Dinosaur: The TyrantoCrankaTsuris, our hero, the TyrantoCrankaTsuris got bullied by three mean bigger dinosaurs, and did not fare too well with an alligator. Ultimately, she used her own voice, and with the help of the TyrantoKvetchaTsuris, they both cranked and kvetched happily ever after. Back in those days, there was no computers, and no cyber-bullying. And, when I grew up, we didn't have computers either. But, we were bullied, and we did some bullying of...
Empowerment · November 23, 2019
I spend much of my day answering the same question, both in person, and on the phone: "How is it going?" or "How are you doing?" or "What's going on?" or "How was your weekend?". And, the answers are typically the "non-answer". "Hanging in there!" "Almost Friday!" "My weekend was too short!! I noticed that when I gave the typical "sitting in neutral" response to the question, when I ask the same question in return, I get the exact same response. "Hanging in there too." And, then we part ways....
Empowerment · September 18, 2019
In the end of The Last Surviving Dinosaur: The TyrantoCrankaTsuris, the father tells the daughter, "So we learned to be careful not to express our inner TyrantoCrankaTsuris or TyrantoKvetchaTsuris too often. Just the right amount to keep the planet happy and not too cranky." So, I bring up Hansel and Gretel. Because with these two kids, there was tsuris to be sure, but CrankaTsuris or KvetchaTsuris was nowhere to be found. At least with them. To recount the story, apparently Hansel and Gretel's...
Empowerment · August 17, 2019
I have a friend that I would like to tell a story about. His name is Mr. Schlemiel. Now what makes Mr. Schlemiel so special is that he is one of those people that has lots and lots of Tsuris, but amazingly enough, he had never experienced CrankaTsuris. The reason for this is quite simple. He just spends his entire life letting people take advantage of him, and he always just thought that was the way it always was. He just did not know any better. But, one day, believe it or not, he woke up, and...
Empowerment · July 30, 2019
Yes. As a kid, I watched professional wrestling. It was a chance for me and my older brother to bond. We would watch the matches, and afterwards, my brother got to try out all of the wrestling moves on me. The sleeper hold does not really put you to sleep, but I did discover that it made it awfully hard to breathe. My favorite matches were the tag team matches, and the best tag team matches to watch were the ones that involved wrestlers who pretty much wrestled as a tag team: The British...
Empowerment · June 22, 2019
CrankaTsuris Kyrptonite. We all know what that is. Somebody, usually a family member, will say something, or do something that triggers a very big CrankaTsuris. There is even anxiety before you face this because you know it is Kryptonite, and you happen to come from the planet, Krypton. Unfortunately, it is not only that. When you arrived from Krypton, you did not come with all the super powers. Superman, oddly enough, was never curious about Kryptonite. So what if, in the previous episode, he...

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