The Best Part Of Baseball

Last night I went to a Mariners baseball game. It was an intern event, sponsored by Amazon. Initially, however, I wasn’t too excited to go–I’m usually not at all a sports fan. But I’d never been to a major league baseball game, there was going to be food, and they went to all the trouble of setting this up for us, so I went. I ended up really enjoying myself. The weather was beautiful; the grass was green and the sky was blue. The game was fun to watch, too. The Mariners soundly beat the Tigers 9-3, with two home runs and a number of nice plays. What really made the evening enjoyable, however, was the company. I sat with another intern working at Amazon, also from BYU. We touched on the news and trends in the tech industry. We chatted about the projects we were working on and our impressions of Amazon. We swapped notes on the classes we’ll be taking next semester and our plans for after graduation. All the while enjoying a nice game of baseball far below. Nothing especially deep or personal, but enjoyable all the way through. I stayed until the 9th inning before deciding to beat the crowds, head out early, and get to bed. What made the game, though, was attending with a friend.

I Don’t Have to Make Everything All Better :: Gary Lundberg

This is a book on human interaction. Being trapped in ourselves as we are, and largely limited to our own experiences, interacting _well_ with others is not natural for most of us.

The entire book is devoted to the principle of validation. Lundberg describes what it is, how it is used, and the miraculous effects it elicits in others. Although the book focuses solely on this, it is a principle which affects every kind and level of human interaction. Lundberg proves this by spending the later half of the book describing the effectiveness of validation in many different situations, giving tips on the how of the matter as well. The repetition became noticeable at times, but is valuable in learning to make validation a natural response.
Initially, and even a little into the book, I was concerned that Lundberg was indirectly advocating abdication of responsibility. This is not his point, however, but rather to make us aware of our limitations while still being as helpful as possible.

The simple yet powerful principles in this book will help you respond to others the way they want to be responded to, while keeping your boundaries firm.

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