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Why are you sitting in Shit?

A conversation sparked the thought that as humans we tend to adapt to our environment and learn to live there.

People adapt to living in poverty. Seemingly they see no path out of poverty. Their entire view on life tells them that they have no options – that someone is keeping them in poverty – that someone or some group is “taking” what is theirs.

People adapt to working in a company and at a job that they really don’t enjoy. They grow comfortable with their salary, even if there salary isn’t what they want. The grow comfortable in knowing how to deal with the dysfunctional processes they have to work within. They blame management for keeping them down, for not seeing their potential, for not promoting them to a better job. They blame anyone except themselves for their position.

People adapt to their communities, to their political environment, to their leaders. They accept that they cannot change the world around them. They accept that there are no good leaders to rally behind. They accept what it is is what it is.

You see, these are just a few examples of the great adaptability of the human species.

We tell ourselves that our lot in life isn’t our fought – someone is taking our part of the pie. We tell ourselves that we can’t make our job better – the boss is the problem, the system is the problem. We tell ourselves that politicians are the problem – they lie to us and are beholden to the money people.

We tell ourselves anything but the truth.

Sure, there are many things in this world that a single individual cannot fix. There are many things in our life that in the past we didn’t have a good solution or option – so “we had to take what life gave us.”

Yes, we have real excuses for where we are right now – a bag full of excuses that we can feel comfortable with – that we can carry around on our back and live with.

Why are you living and sitting in shit?

The world will tell you that YOU HAVE NO CONTROL of your life. That your destiny is written by someone else. That your lot in life is un-changeable. That you job and the company you work for cannot be changed. That YOUR LEADERS cannot be good and beholden to the electorate (you!)

The world tells you this everyday. The world wants you to stay comfortable in the shit you abide by.

But the truth is that the naysayers out there in the world are FULL OF SHIT. And if you accept what they believe, you are the only one to blame.

So, get out of the shitty rut you find yourself in and start doing one good thing at a time and keeping doing good things until all you have is good around you and do not be weary in doing good, for in due season you shall reap good – if you don’t faint.

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Listening to Someone You Don’t Even Know

The Internet has changed the way people communicate ideas and has impacted humanity in the same way the printing press changed the world so many hundred of years ago. Ideas flow instantly from keyboard to brain in a blink of an eye. Words, images, sounds travel around the world in a never-ending frenzy to be seen, to be read, to be absorbed.

We get access to ideas instantly if we can latch onto someone interesting. With seven billion people in the world and at least 2.4 million people accessing the Internet there are a lot of opportunities to listen to someone you don’t even know.

The key, as it has always been since ideas started traveling from community to community by weary travelers is to figure out if what you are hearing makes sense, if the idea has validity, if the information can be trusted.

With so many people accessing and contributing to the Internet, I wonder if at some point there will be a technological innovation that changes how we absorb information in a way that we can’t even comprehend today.

But for today, I have found that I can only trust and give attention to a limited number of sources of information.

I’ll find a blog or podcast or Youtube video channel of someone interesting and give them some of my attention. If they continue to say interesting things, I’ll keep them around. If they go astray, I hit the little unsubscribe button.

In today’s world, we only have so much attention capacity in our heads. It is important to use that inventory wisely.

Here’s some good words of wisdom and words of encouragement from someone I don’t even know.

Proving the Skeptics Wrong by Seth Godin
July 10th 2013

"It’ll never last…"

"Someone with her background will never make a go of this…"

"Are you kidding me?" "Pathetic! Delusional!"

"Social media is a fad, the iPad is a toy, you’re never going to amount to anything…"

Here’s the thing about proving skeptics wrong: They don’t care. They won’t learn. They will stay skeptics. The ones who said the airplane would never fly ignored the success of the Wright Bros. and went on to become skeptical of something else. And when they got onto an airplane, they didn’t apologize to the engineers on their way in.

I used to have a list, and I kept it in my head, the list of people who rejected, who were skeptical, who stood in the way. What I discovered was that this wasn’t the point of the work, and my goal wasn’t actually to prove these folks wrong, it was only to do the work that was worth doing. So long ago I stopped keeping track. It’s not about the skeptics. It’s about the people who care about, support and enable.

Instead of working so hard to prove the skeptics wrong, it makes a lot more sense to delight the true believers. They deserve it, after all, and they’re the ones that are going to spread the word for you.

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Are You Going To Awaken In The Morning?

The past few weeks have been full of change for me in my life. Changes that ask me to reflect on all that life and this world has bestode to me.

During this time of change actions of others and incidents have shown me that life is but a chorus of constant change. Even if you live in a small town or big city, even  if the change is slow or the change is fast, change is constant in our universe and constant in our lives.

Sometimes the change is abrupt and uncomfortable and then sometimes we welcome change like we welcome a fresh spring morning.

A friend of mine commented the other day that they were sad and depressed, that life’s changes hasn’t been so gentle on them and that they were ready for the blessed reunion with the father. My answer at the time was re-actionary and full of grit. I remember defiantly remarking that no matter how hard life may get, there is still tomorrow!

But the more I’ve thought about this conversation, the more these words came to my heart “Are You Going To Awaken In The Morning?”

A simple question that sometimes brings into focus that which seems blurry and obtuse. If you are depressed, work in a lousy job, have no money or otherwise are very sad, ask yourself this simple question – ARE YOU GOING TO AWAKEN IN THE MORNING?

If you are not, as calous as this may sound, you will worry no longer. Either you’ll be 1) with the divine God of man, 2) DRT (dead right there) 3) In the place of perpetual pain and suffering (Hell) or 4) Somewhere else yet not known to man!

In any case, you’re pain and suffering here on Earth and in this realm of reality will be over.

But if you do plan on awakening in the morning a suggestion I have – MAKE TOMORROW A BETTER DAY THAN TODAY in whatever is aflicting you. Even if you only make tomorrow one percent (1%) better than today, in exactly 365 days you’ll be about 37 times better off. Yes, in one year you’ll be making more money, have lost weight, have reduced your anxiety, have become more joyful, have found a friend or two, have found greater peace of mind or any other thing you want to change in your life.

All this can happen IF and only IF you only want it to happen. You don’t have to make the change happen over night to have an impact – you just have to make a decision to wake up in the morning and make a change a little bit at a time.

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A Purpose Filled Life

All human beings have a purpose – ALL!

Without any doubt, no matter if you believe in God or have no belief in a higher power, each human life has a purpose for living.

What is your purpose?

Here’s an interesting discussion on the subject…

http://www.ted.com/talks/rick_warren_on_a_life_of_purpose.html

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Fundamental Change In How We Think About Governments

In free societies we often forget that the government we place ourselves under is actually a creation of our collective self. We come together and determine the structure and representatives who form our government entities who are then chartered to do things that the collective (us) needs done.

Over the last couple of thousand years the role and structure of government has changed – sometimes dramatically.

Often, consumed by the problems of today, we forget to think of the longer term structure of governments. It is important to step away from the present and think of where we want to go in respects to the natural evolution of our governing structures.

Here’s a talk to get you thinking of the future:

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Cynicism Is Hard, Action is Easy

As the years roll under my feet and so many scandals erupt I find it so easy to be cynical to the activities of humanity.

In general, television news has become a twenty four hour cycle of “whack the mole” where the mole is anyone or any event that can garnish the most eye-balls at that particular moment in time.

Some would say that the problem with the news today is that most of what is reported really isn’t news. Stories are not being vetted properly and getting the scoop is more important than actually getting the story right.

Maybe it is just human nature as we grow older to develop an attitude of scornful or jaded negativity and general distrust of the integrity or professed motives of others. Is it possible that it is a survival tactic?

My wife barked at me the other day because I was being cynical of what CNN happen to be reporting on at that time. She later explained that all she really wanted was to watch “the news” without side commentary.

This started me thinking about my attitude and actions, especially during the Christmas season. Over the past couple I days I’ve thought ‘you know, it becomes harder and harder to be a cynic if you allow yourself to go down that road.’ You start to get tired of the petty little dumb things people do. Your patience shortens and I think eventually you become an isolated, mean, grumpy, old soul.

So what do you do about this “affliction”?

You take action to at least change things you find you don’t like.

Don’t like poverty – help people in poverty learn to get out of it.
Don’t like bad politicians – find a good politician and support them like no tomorrow or even better become a great politician yourself.
Don’t like bad drivers – learn great defensive driving techniques and stay the hell away from them.

Whatever your don’t like – ACT and do something to either fix it or buffer yourself from it as much as possible.

Seattle_XMas_2003__076-s During the last couple of days thinking about this my mind reminded me of a trip to Seattle. Traditionally, when I go to Seattle, I go down to Pike’s Public Market. I like to hang around, buy things and in general soak up the atmosphere.

In 2003 while down there a guy came up to me and asked for five dollars. David, as I later learned his name, was this tall, gentle soul who looked like he hadn’t slept in a warm bed in months or even years. He told me of his plans to get back to school via a scholarship to play basketball. My wife still remembers the big, new, high-top shoes he was wearing. Although I wasn’t so sure of his story and not really wanting to give him five bucks to be spent on booze or such I told him “David, are you hungry?” to which he said “yea, I am.” So I said “I’ll tell you what, pick a restaurant here and I’ll buy you a lunch and don’t worry about what you get, and get you something for take-out.”

Seattle_XMas_2003__069-sHe picked a Chinese restaurant there and we went in and ordered for him. After getting his food we left him alone. Later I came back by and asked the lady at the restaurant if he finished his food and she said “yea, nothing was left over.”

Looking back at that story I realize that moments like that are what makes us all human. Those moments are what separate us from the beasts of this world. In moments of despair when we ACT to help each other we not only help those in need, but just as important, we show ourselves what life is truly about.

Life is about living as human race, working on ourselves to be better humans, helping others that want help become better humans, comforting each other and loving each other.

I believe that living life through cynical eyes becomes very, very hard over time. ACTING, on the other hand, to make life easier for one’s self and humanity, that is easy!

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What Would You Change

I’ve been listening. Listening to the world murmur. Listening to the republicans, listening to the democrats, listening to the independents, listening to the Muslims, listening to the Christians, listening to the world.

Just listening.

It seems like everyone has something to say. And if you listen long enough it doesn’t seem like any two groups have the same thoughts or opinions in common about issues that we all need to deal with.

So I listen. Yes, sometimes I grow impatient listening, sometimes I get mad, sometimes I laugh and sometimes I cry. But I still listen.

For you see I’m trying to figure out what the truth might be. I’m trying to figure out what we should do to solve the problems that plague our society.

I decided a while back to listen more to what people are saying. At some point maybe I can figure out why they say what they say.

Although I don’t have ten thousand readers of my blog I would like to listen to what the readers of my blog think.

So my question today is “What would you change about America and why?”

Even if it is just one thing, what would it be.

Besides you leaving a comment with your thoughts, tell your friends to stop by and leave a comment with their thoughts.

I’m listening…

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