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A what?

Posted: October 31, 2011 in Uncategorized
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“The doctor says I have an irregular heart beat due to mitral valve prolapse.”  I am convinced, to this day that part of my mothers therapy was to regularly tell me, her 14-year-old son, about medical conditions she was treated for.  It was until much later in life that I understood what an irregular heartbeat or mitral valve prolapse was, and honestly the latter of the two is still somewhat of a head scratcher for me.

But the first, the irregular heartbeat or, as the more learned will call it, an arrhythmia I understand. The beating of our hearts, the ticking of a clock, the rising and setting of the sun these are familiar things that move at a steady pace and can at times be comforting.  I remember in middle school learning about the scientist and prisoner and later ground breaking scientist Galileo Galileo. Beside having a really cool first and last name combo Galileo studied the swinging pendulum and the changes in our constant heart rate. This study is amazing and was radical for many reason but it shows that our heart rates change and can be controlled. When we meet someone special, when we are placed in a fight or flight situation, when we hear really good or bad news and as we grow older the heart beat that seemed constant and unchanged changes, sometimes drastically and other times gradually.

In our lives we can get stuck in routines or ruts that become comfortable and we feel contentment. These can be healthy routines and there may be nothing wrong with them however it is important to always be mindful that, despite how content or comfortable, god, the cosmos, the universe, life, define it as you may but the fact remains our heart beats, clocks and lives are not as steady and regular as we would like them to be; for example this is my second post of the day. ( I usually only do one post a day… so there’s that).

peace

john3c

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One with out the other

Posted: October 31, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Ok yesterday I did something. I retweeted I’ve done it before and I will probably do it again. I try not to retweet often. Most of the time I tweet this post and an original or funny thought, but there are moments when I read something someone else has tweeted and I feel I can say this no better ( in 140 letters or less) so I retweet yesterdays retweet was a tweet from JasonOkuma. Jason is an internet entrepeneur and gives advice and motivation for anyone trying to establish an “internet presence”. The tweet (and I retweet one more time) was; “Failure is not the polar opposite of success, but the foundation to attainment of success.”

Jasons tweet came just in time last week I was discussing this same topic with someone I worked with. I came to the conclusion that one cannot truly enjoy and experience success if he has not failed he disagreed. Based on the tweet Jason agrees with me and based on every example I see in the natural world it seems that there has to be failure before true success. Even in the supernatural world this seems to be the order of the day. How does the quote go?

“You have to die to get to heaven.” I know morbid right? Sorry I didn’t make the quote and I am not sure about the need for failure but I do know it exists and everyone will at sometime experience it. The most important thing is to accept, learn and know that unless you quit everyone will also succeed, because you cannot have one with out the other.

peace

john3c

Paper or plastic

Posted: October 27, 2011 in Uncategorized
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I was born at the end of the 70’s and raised by a stay at home mom. On many trips taken with mom and sisters I heard the phrase “paper or plastic” uttered at a many check out lines.

I am not sure exactly when the choice was taken away but lat time I was at the local grocery store I was asked, “f I wanted to bag my own groceries or allow the checkout woman to do the work. When I began to bag the groceries I was hard pressed to remember the last time I used paper bags at the grocery store. Plastic bags are cheaper to produce last longer and more groceries can be put in them.

As well as remembering when the plastic bags beat the paper bags I can also remember when Amazon.com  first introduced the Amazon kindle. Amazon has revamped the kindle and now offers a device that is something like a kindle, called the Amazon Fire. Reading books on an electronic device as opposed to hard or paper back is a different experience. You still get the information and you are still reading but despite that fact the media has changed. The jury for me at least is still out on which is better. I really don’t feel that one form of “exposure” is better than the other. What I am sure of though, is that we now live in an age where there is a wealth of information available in many mediums and this some of this is of  quality some quantity and now we can say that “ignorance really truly is no excuse”.

peace

john3c

Walk it off

Posted: October 26, 2011 in Uncategorized
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I have heard and uttered the statement that I used as the title of this post, many times. I heard the statement as a child and have made the statement to children, however I am inclined to believe the statement can and perhaps should be applied to adults.

I read a book by one of my favorite authors (I like to say one of because to say my favorite author is so inhibiting in this day when a decent education is given to everyone it seems new authors crop up every 3 months and to say “this is my favorite” well it’s inhibiting) his name is Max Barry and the book is Syrup. The book Syrup is being made into a movie, if you have the chance, buy or download the book, read it then go and watch the movie, those are steps for some serious fun. The book Syrup is the story of a young man named Scat, and his adventures with a young woman named 6 and the Coca Cola company. Scat is in marketing and a statement he makes about  marketing is “perception is reality”.

Perception may or may not be reality but it is important . The way we see ourselves and situations we are involved in will influence what we do. “Walking it off” is a good way to reset our perception and get a few different views and maybe “change” our realities.

I hear a lot of people speak about the importance of focus. A focused mind can be a sharp and powerful instrument, however a closed mind is not a far cry from a focused mind and a closed mind is a detrimental aspect that has destroyed families organizations and lives. When we began to change from focused to closed we should do our best to “walk it off”.

peace

john3c

Confession time the title for the post was stolen from lyrics to a  song by The Fray, titled “All at once”. It’s a great song by a great band. The song like many other songs, written and yet to be written deals with the dynamics of a relationship that is full of doubt pain and is in question. This theme for a song is nothing unique it is a story played out a la Shakespeare  “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players” , time and time again.

What I would like to do today is, take the title of this post, which is a line in a really good song “out of context”. Growing up we are often wrongly admonished for “taking something out of context”. But really isn’t that what we do with all information? (Another post for another day) So back to today’s post title. 

There was this man named Lou who I used to work with  in an old office space. Lou like many of the other “inmates” in the cubicle farm would decorate his cubicle with cutouts from magazines he found interesting.  One of the few cutouts Lou had hanging on his cubicle wall was one of a Marine in Somalia and a story underneath the picture.  The story detailed an event in Soamlia in which the marines unit began to harass a local woman and throw things at her the marine cpl in the picture stood up to his fellow marines and got between them and his comrades in arms.

What this marine did may seem like an easy call, but it was definitely not without consequence, or really easy to execute. The marine was right to stand up for the defenseless but going against men you could very well face death in combat with is tough. In the for mentioned story the right thing to do was most assuredly  not the easiest ay.

Today tomorrow and every day we will be faced with choices there is the hard way, easy way, right way and wrong way. Usually the right way is the most hard thing to do not always but usually but, the right way is always right

peace

john3c

That word

Posted: October 24, 2011 in Uncategorized
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So I oopened my e mail this morning and staring me in the face was today’s word of the day.  Todays word is anoesis. I like it I have read it before in literature but have never heard it used in conversation. Maybe as a challenge to myself I will try to jam it in somewhere. The fact that I do a lot of talking now becomes, for once, an asset. I am sure I can make it fit.

(Ok here is a geek alert) I enjoy reading the word of the day. The north American vernacular is very interesting. It is a language which, we find in studying it’s etymology, has much like the culture of its people developed holistically and is truly a melting pot of the world. Learning new words every day  helps remind me of how amazing the history and people who make up the country I live in are.

I find this word  very interesting because of its definition. Aneosis is a noun and means: A state of mind existing of pure sensation or emotion without cognitive content. 

I can’t remember if it was a bumper sticker, t T-shirt, billboard on the rad side or some other medium people use to express themselves, but I remember reading somewhere a quote that I can truly identify with. “I run because it is cheaper than therapy.”

I started running when I joined the U.S. Army. I signed up at  the age of 18 for service. I was going to take on and see the world and of course I did, however taking on and in the world has its shares of stress and despite how I felt 18 may not be the best age to burden ones self with this stress. What I realized was that by running I could feel and experience this aneosis. Reaching this state is something sought out by many. The path to it is found by few and it is different, but reaching it is hard to describe other than the word itself… anoesis.

peace

john3c

Stalled not stopped

Posted: October 21, 2011 in Uncategorized
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My parents where brave souls, they had four kids starting in 1977. It was the eighties and despite the political hyperbole and rhetoric economically times where tough in the U.S. Recession and inflation loomed in the future and in the now. Mom and dad navigated the course well though. One thing I remember growing up was experiencing an engine stall. My parents didn’t get a new family car until I was in middle school. All the family cars where used and all the family cars had a carburetor. Now there are many reasons cars stall but one major reason for stalling had to do with carburetor problems. The fuel injection system replaced carburetors and put to bad some of the engine stalling problems (I said some not all I know that fuel injection can have it’s problems but it sure beats carburetors). I remember both mom and dad “flooding” the carburetor and having to wait before they could start the car or experiencing a stall at a stop light. By the late eighties most American and foreign cars had fuel injection and by the nineties my parents had their hands on a car that did that and I really don’t remember experiencing a stall again.

For those who haven’t read or can’t recall, I have recently set of on the 101 in 1001 challenge.  This acceptance was the highlight of my post lists are a good thing.  If you haven’t read let me explain: the 101 in 1001 challenge is issued on the day zero project website. You create a list of things you would like to accomplish in 1001 days the you can use the resources of the website oto accomplish your tasks and change the to do list to a done list.

I crafted my list, looked it over and decided to set off ona mission to learn backgammon.  Seems simple enough right? Back gammon was always “that weird game on the back of the checkers set” that I had never learned as a kid. I watched a tv series called “LOST” and I remember one of the shows main characters playing this game and going on and on about how great a game it was. backgammon is a lot of fun though (so says the guy who has played one game in his life). The game is ancient it is said to have originated in Iran around 3000 BC. 

When I added learn to play backgammon to my list I thought, this will be a breeze. I will simply grab one of the kids checker set flip it over, do a google search grab instructions play a game and scratch one thing off the to do list and add it to the done one. Yeah you can probably tell, judging from the posts title that this did not happen that way.

First the checkers games I had as a child are not like the ones my children have so I had to buy a back gammon set. The town I live in has a population of just under 100,000 and I am convinced that this low population dictates that the  local stores selection has to be minuscule. It took two days to find a backgammon set (and the one I bought is not even a nice one really I would like to get a better one this weekend). After conquering the first obstacle I was faced with the second. Learning backgammon turned out to be a little more complicated than checkers (and I am convinced I am not at all totally versed in the game yet (like I have no ide what the doubling die means, the set I bought didn’t even come with one)). I fired up the internet machine and went to the fount of the world’s knowledge, most people call it google and typed in backgammon and holy cow. Links popped up like acne on a teenager the day before prom. I swam through the plethora of information and then with someone who will remain unnamed but is a really great person played my and her first game of backgammon. Now I can scratch and move something from one list to another and I think I am going to like this game.

See I had stalled in accomplishing what I really expected to be a simple task but I didn’t let that stop me. This happens a lot in life and when it does it is important to understand what is going on and not let it stop you.  Albert Einstein and Winston Churchill are well-known men and both had much to say about not giving up.  I think I will end todays post with a quote from the brilliant Swiss.

“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”

~ Albert Einstein

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john3c