Archive for September, 2011

if money didn’t matter.

Posted: September 30, 2011 in Uncategorized

I would be working at blockbuster video. I don’t know maybe, there or a movie theater or a newspaper. I have always loved the movie theater. The smell of over priced pop corn, the overly cold screening rooms and the decadent lobbies. There is just something about a show and the show and the show room.  A trick employed by guidance counselors all over the nation is to ask a student what they would choose as a career  if they had a million dollars.  The students answer then helps the guidance counselor mold the students career path.

There is a pop song out called “price tag” it is sang by Jessie J., great song.  Three lines of the song go:”We don’t need your money, money,money. We just wanna make the world dance. Forget about the price tag.” despite the vapid nature of pop music these are some insightful words.

So  I have to ask you are you working for a paycheck? It’s ok if the answer is yes a lot of us are. I like to say we have to work for a paycheck, but we should find some work and feed our passions. One of the best ways to do this when you are not working in your passion is through volunteerism. Volunteering helps the volunteers as well as the community.

for ideas on where to volunteer see here: http://www.volunteermatch.org/

peace

john3c

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The real golden rule

Posted: September 29, 2011 in Uncategorized

Growing up my parents and Sunday school taught me about the golden rule. “Do unto others what you would have done to you.” It wasn’t until I was 21 years old and finishing up my enlistment in the U.S. Army that I was introduced to the real golden rule. “He who has the gold makes the rules.” 

When you are enlisted the US Army (and I am sure other branches of military service) provide you with a service at the end of your enlistment. When I was getting out it was called warrior transitioning service. A major part of the service is job training and job placement. The job training and placement set up soldiers with trainers and counselors to help with getting jobs in the civilian world. The counselor was the person who introduced me to the “real golden rule”. She explained that on our quest to find a civilian job we had to understand that the recruiters and employers where in charge. If they requested we fill out applications in black ink that was what we should do. Learning this new golden rule has helped me immensely, and while I was grateful for being introduced to this new rule I felt a little put out by my parents, sunday school teachers and pretty much everyone else who taught me the old golden rule.. Until I realized that the old golden rule was a tie in to the real golden rule.

Gold is the resource and the one who controls the resources makes the rules. A major part of control is respect and the “not real” golden rule taught me to respect others and their property. You see the “real” golden rule let me in on why respecting others and their property is more than just an altruistic humanitarian venture and somewhat of an investment. So now are you ready for it?? It doesn’t matter because here it is. “Respect everyone. It’s an investment in all of us” –john3c

peace

john3c

This title is not mine (yep that is a confession) it was suggested to me, and I liked it so I figured what the heck. I typed the title into the title text box and began to think about the question and I realized that the eras I find most interesting I find that way because they seemed to be full of discovery and the pioneering spirit.  My next realization  was like a flash of  lightning! We are living in the time which could be part of the one of the most fascinating era’s in the history of the world. The act of discovery and the spirit of pioneering need not be bound by the time you live in. I am a firm believer that we are the writers of our destinies and with education discipline and above all love for our fellow-man discoveries will be made by pioneering men and women. The big question is are we those men and women?

peace john3c    

I was in 11th grade and I knew everything. Well I thought I did, by the end of the schooll year I realized I didn’t know everything I also realized that no one knew everything. The first day of my 11th grade US History class Mr. Miller introduced himself to us the proceded to split us all into groups he then handed each group a plain brown cardboard box with puzzle pieces in it. The pieces where mismatched puzzle pieces each group  was to piece together the puzzle they had then decide and report to teacher and class what we where looking at.

Mr. Miller explained to us that history was much like the puzzles. Know one really knew what ha penned but every one had an idea of how and what happened.  Of course with an introductory lesson like this we where ready to take on the confusing “Gulf of Tonkin incident and resolution” history lesson.   To this day it seems no one is sure what happened in the Gulf of Tonkin between the US and the North Vietnamese. I often wonder about what my oldest will be discussing in US history. Maybe he will learn about the weapons of mass destruction that never where. The only thing that seemed certain from Mr.Millers US History class is that men who seek war and men who seek peace always seem to find what they are looking for.

peace

john3c

Without rain…

Posted: September 26, 2011 in Uncategorized

Go ahead you want to say it. I will do it for you. Ready? Here it is: there would be no rainbows. There we did it. Rain is important however it can get people down sometimes. Most people look for (myself included) sunny and seventy. We would love nothing more than to sit and bask in the sun, feel the cool breezes blowing by us while we sit out on the patio enjoying a nice cold ice tea. Rain kinda kills this mood. Actually sometimes rain can create this mood. The rain will absorb the hot air and when it clears create sometimes the sunny and seventy the majority of us crave.  Sometimes in life we can feel like “rain clouds are hovering and it’s pouring”. What I can tell you is that the rain will pass and after the rain. Yeah you guessed it. After the rain you will get a rainbow and if your lucky you may get the sunny and seventy. So next time we see rain it may help if you can picture the rainbows and the sunny and seventy.

peace

john3c

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I know this is a short one (post) but it’s the second one of the day and I am getting kind of tired

 

Certain protocols are followed

Posted: September 26, 2011 in Uncategorized

This morning I was watching a news show and the anchor was interviewing a celebrity and her fertility expert. The subject was freezing the eggs of this celebrity so that she could start a family later on in life. The anchor the celebrity and the expert went on and on about the popularity cost and safety of the procedure.  What caught my attention was the part of the discussion focused on the safety of the procedure. The expert mentioned all the side effects that could happen but she added to the side effects the caveat that “if certain protocols are followed, many of these side effects are never experienced”.  Protocols are customs and ways of doing things and in the case of this egg freezing process (it seems) very important.

Often in life we are taught a way to do things from our elders. It is tempting to at times cut corners and do things with fewer steps. We are like the stars of “Fiddler on the Roof” and we shake of customs and traditions. Before we shake off the customs and traditions I think we should first see why these traditions or customs were used in the first place. What we may find is instead of a “shake-off”, maybe we would need to engage in a “shake-up”. Modify the traditions and custom as opposed to throwing them out completely.

peace

john3c

That 1 percent

Posted: September 22, 2011 in Uncategorized

When one bases his life on principle, 99 percent of his decisions are already made.  ~Author Unknown.

This truth is a well-known one. I have often said that every man needs rules. (have you ever seen NCIS?) One of my favorite shows NCIS has a hero by the name of Gibbs who has a list of rules for every man. The list is an ongoing source in the series often referred and used by his partners. Although the show is fictional many men and women during their lifetime will by way of religion and social pressures of ones sphere of influence will create a list of rules and principles. The odd thing about these principles is that despite the variety of religions and social settings most people share the core principles which are a respect for human life. The fact that most people share these core principles makes the first quote true, and brings us to the title.
It is the one percent that is called the moral gray area. The moral gray is when we have conflicting moral policies. For example self-preservation is a necessity however there are times when we may be called on to put ourselves in harm’s way to help others this is a gray area. 

What a man or woman does when pushed into these gray areas speaks far more to their character then when they are operating in the 99 %

peace

john3c