Archive for November, 2013

I’ll be back (never give up)

Posted: November 29, 2013 in Uncategorized

This morning I read an interesting article. The article explained how a comet believed to be as old as the solar system named ISON, flew close to the sun. Astronomers observed and tracked ISON they knew the pass by the Sun was happening and the knew that ISON would soon be gone. The comet began it’s Icarus impersonation and then it was gone. I wasn’t there but I can just see all the sky watchers seeing the comets approach and then something happened! ISON reappeared, the scientist are unsure but it seems that the comet did not burn up and die. It reappeared. I don’t know about you but that is simply incredible. Ok I admit it I may be a little bit if a geek, bit really let’s review.

ISON got within 724000 miles from the sun, the Earth is 93 million miles from the sun! The amazing part is that ISON seems to have survived. I can’t help but think of the tragedy of Icarus. The son who failed to heed his fathers warnings flew to close to the son and drowned in the sea. Hubris was the young mans downfall, blind ambition was his undoing. Do we have a new story? One that rewards ambition? I can’t say, but if ISON can survive the sun you can survive whatever it is you are going through!
Peace
John3c

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How will you celebrate?

Posted: November 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

Tomorrow will be the 214 observance of the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States of America. To those who argue that Thanksgiving is older I would concede in that, the religious thanksgiving is 3 years older but, the celebration is still younger. How will you celebrate? Will you sleep in, then cook clean treat family and friends to a huge meal in which turkey is the main course? Or maybe you are visiting some family. Some folks will celebrate at work. Yes there has been a new trend in which more and more businesses are staying open on thanksgiving day. This idea is a hard sell. At least for me, it is.
There has to be a line were people matter more than profits. “Profits made out of the distress of the people are always much smaller than profits made out of the most lavish service of the people at the lowest prices that competent management can make possible” Henry Ford

This morning I read an article about some states which made it illegal for retail operations to open on certain holidays. The idea that litigation had to be put in place to keep thanksgiving sacred may say much to the current psyche of the North American business culture. It may say that greed has crept in or has always been there overpowering things like tradition and gratitude. I certainly hope not. My hope is that these laws are in place to prevent the companies on the fringe. I guess time will tell.
Peace
John3c
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Happy thanksgiving everyone!
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After a post like this I cannot post tomorrow. So I will see everyone on Friday.

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I decided to follow him

Posted: November 26, 2013 in Uncategorized

Last see, two, maybe three weeks ago I had a whole bunch of fun running my first half marathon. That is a 13.1 mile run through the streets of savannah ga. I finished my half marathon in 2 hours and 24 minutes. As I mentioned earlier this was my first half marathon. I was cold and nervous from the start. I wasn’t sure if I would finish and if I did I wanted to have a really good time. While I was waiting at the start line I noticed a really tall gentleman wearing a shirt which read “I never quit”. So, of course, I followed this guy for, the first two miles. Shortly after the two miles I found my stride and I didn’t quit.
I like the idea of never quitting. We can be tempted to quit or give up but when we don’t quit when we don’t give up that is what makes is learn new things about ourselves and others. Not quitting is what makes the reward sweeter, our accomplishments build up and work to empower us. By not quitting we help ourselves and others. My advice for everyone, is don’t quit. If you are thinking about quitting find a tall guy wearing a cool t shirt and find your stride.
Peace
John3c

It’s the law

Posted: November 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

Three weeks ago in church the minister was speaking about prejudice and how this was against the law of god. James 2 was the ministers scripture for the sermon. In James 2 the author speaks about how prejudice is not of the new law. The minister spoke about how it is easy to pre judge someone. We can make judgements when we learn of someone’s past, or see their clothing or their friends but when we love someone we tend to judge less.
This non judgement of our loved ones is called “the law of love”. The minister then challenged us too employ the law of love with our interactions with everyone. I really like this idea. I wonder how much better the world would be if everyone employed this new law. The law of love.
Peace
John3c

the power of knowledge

Posted: November 22, 2013 in Uncategorized

awareness or familiarity gained by experience of a fact or situation. That is the definition for knowledge. I am not sure what you do for a living. You may be a mechanic or a doctor an architect or an archaeologist. I make my living using computers. I ran into a very troubling problem with a system just the other day and  had no idea what to do.  I went through all the regular trouble shooting steps and I was still stumped. I was chatting with a colleague of mine and mentioned being stumped. He had encountered the same problem before and let me know what worked for him. I followed his advice and the problem was solved. I love the power of knowledge.

You know I had an English professor who told me once that he had a problem with a certain North American idiom.  The one he had a problem with was “experience is the greatest teacher.” He said this idiom was incorrect because, unless one analyzes experience and learns from it than all you get is scars but if you analyze and learn from experience than the experience is the greatest teacher.  See I have to agree with him and I would like to change the idiom. “analysis of experience is the greatest teacher.”download

So a great teacher  imparts knowledge on his students and since analysis of experience is our greatest teachers there are often many experiences that we do not need to have to learn from. For example analysis of a drug addict will teach us not to do drugs

I guess today’s message is never stop learning. Always employ analysis and develop an understanding and life will be more rich and full, with or without, a lot of experience.

peace

john3c

Too short.. as in life is too short.  Actually it goes like this “life is too short, to not go for broke.” — eminem

Love him or hate him you have to admit that he has a point.

Go for broke is a phrase meaning to wager everything. Go for Broke was the motto of the 442nd Infantry Regiment. The 442nd was awarded eight Presidential Unit Citations and twenty-one of its members were awarded the Medal of Honor for World War II.[3] The 442nd’s high distinction in the war and its record-setting decoration count earned it the nickname “Purple Heart Battalion.” The unit truly did wager all and the world owes them a debt of gratitude.  It is no secret that I truly believe the men and women from WWI and WWII are some of the most amazing people on the planet. I shudder to think of what society may be like now if these men and women did not “go for broke”.

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We all have a limited time here on earth. I think Steve Jobs said it well when he said “Life is brief, and then you die, you know?” I am sorry as I am typing this I am realizing how dark this sounds. This was not my intention what I wanted to do was let everyone know that if you want to do something you should do it. If for no other reason than the simple fact that life is short and it is way to short to spend any time lamenting over what we may think could have been. If only I would have taken that new job, asked out the prom queen. Don’t do that. Go for broke. You have a short life that is the way it is. Some of us take chances and get lucky and that is great if this is the case enjoy what you have press on and keep taking chances.

If this is not the case make sure you take chances and keep going for broke.

peace

john3c

 

 

What type of person?

Posted: November 18, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Have you been to the site http://www.jezebel.com ? If not you should it is a pretty good site. Just yesterday I was listening to an interview with the sites founder, Anna Holmes. She was commenting on how she started Jezebel so that women could have a media outlet that catered to them.

She pointed out how many magazines and websites fail to do this. I have to say I agree that many sites and media outlets fail to do this for woman and as a man I would say that the mainstream sites and magazines fail to do this for men as well. I am not sure why but a lot of the websites today try so guard to focus on one type of person that they fail to accommodate the well rounded person.

The well rounded man or woman is of course someone interested in many things. Art, business politics. I try to stay as well rounded as I can. Shouldn’t we all

peace

john3c