Archive for November, 2016

The thing about Hope and Energy

Posted: November 30, 2016 in Uncategorized

I only circled the parking lot once this morning before parking and coming into the office. No, my space was not taken, and there wasn’t a penny or quarter on the ground, I was listening to a song. I know that I could have simply plugged in my headphones and finished listening to it while walking into the office but I don’t know, this song is a good one and I didn’t want to break it up like that.

The song was Ronan by Taylor Swift and it is a tear jerker folks. The song is based on a website that Taylor Swift read about a four-year-old boy, Ronan Thompson, who died from neuroblastoma in 2011. The song is a series of quotes tied together from the blogs author Ronans mom.

There’s a line in the song and the quotes of Ronan’s mom; ” I remember the drive home, when the blind hope turned to crying and screaming why. ”

I didn’t study a lot of physics but I know about “the Conservation of energy”. I am sure you do too but I will explain it again for my own edification because it is pretty cool. Energy can neither be created nor destroyed; it remains constant in the system. So, energy transforms from one form to another.

Allow me to wax philosophical here, is that cool? thanks. Hope works in the same way as energy it’s just harder to see. We hope that we can protect our loved ones from all harm especially our children, then when we can’t we hope that others can, then when they can’t we hope for others to do that protection then when death comes in we hope that we will see them again in eternity and that we will honor their legacy. Hope didn’t go anywhere it just changed form.  It’s really hard to find it sometimes when it changes quickly and drastically and changes hands but it is still there, you may just have to look really hard or get some help from your family and friends. It’s there though all is not lost all is never lost it’s just different.





You will never get it back 

Posted: November 29, 2016 in Uncategorized

It’s Tuesday and chances are good that, you spent yesterday at work. Eight hours or more were spent at work I’m sure you were reimbursed but one thing you will never get back. Don’t get me wrong I think work is important and I understand that it has to get done but I have to stop and question the way we work. Why 8 hour days why 40 hour weeks? Between Monday and Friday the average American will work 40 hours. Between Monday at 9am and Friday at 6 pm there are 105 hours we should get at least 6 hours of sleep per night so that means we sleep for 24 hours so there are 64 hours of 100 between sleep and work and now we only own 36 hours. I’m not accounting for commutes and overtime either. Pretty depressing right? I did not intend to create a depressing post, that is not me. But, in traffic coming home yesterday, late afternoon I realized two things first was, that we sell a lot of our time away and should be judicial with our money. That money represents our time and time is something that we can never get back. Before we spend we should definitely consider what we are getting in return. will what we buy for an hours wage give us an hours worth of pleasure? The second thing I realized is that time is precious and it should also not be wasted. We never get time back and yet we waste so much on awful things like; anger, jealousy, and pettiness. Instead we should live life as if it is a celebration. Hug the ones we love and be grateful for everything.
I hope you have a great day today all 24 hours of it




That’s what it looks like

Posted: November 28, 2016 in Uncategorized

I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts, This American Life. If you haven’t definitely visit the website right now and listen to the show.   Go ahead I will not mind at all, leave this post and go to the website. If, you are a fan of This American Life stay put and keep reading this post.  For those who left, and are now back start reading this post here –>

One of the episodes of This American Life was a story about a son who, went to Florida to save his alcoholic mother, and towards the end of the episode there was a line that really resonated with me. It was “maybe this is what salvation looks like for her”. The quote was in reference to the current state of his mother and I really appreciate this.

People are diverse unique and special, everyone matters and everyone has their way. When someone straps on their superman cape and attempt to rescue the lost they are often disappointed with the outcome of their heroic deeds. After feeding the hungry they will become hungry again, after sheltering the homeless for the weekend they may become homeless again, once an alcoholic or addict always an alcoholic or addict. What is the trick to avoiding disappointment, when one is in the rescuing business? Oh man, I don’t know, I want to say get out of the business now and avoid disappointment but for heroes this is not an option so let me say this then. Do good for goodness sake. Don’t feed the hungry or shelter the homeless or help the addict recover because of them do it because it is the right thing to do for you and realize that salvation looks different for everyone.




Precautionary Principle

Posted: November 22, 2016 in Uncategorized

Precautionary Principle: the principle that the introduction of a new product or process whose ultimate effects are disputed or unknown should be resisted. It has mainly been used to prohibit the importation of genetically modified organisms and food.

It can be easy to get comfortable, with our homes, careers and lives in general we can be comfortable and complacent. I like running in the morning. Running in the morning is never comfortable there is always some level of pain and discomfort but, when I finish that 3 mile run I feel accomplished and I know that there is nothing the day can throw at me. I try to welcome change and progress.

No progress happens without risk or without moving from ones comfort zone. Life does not happen without risk or moving. See my problem with living life within the confines of the precautionary principle is two fold.

First it is impossible to mitigate away risk. No matter what you do there will always be risk of failure or adverse effects. Instead of a precautionary principle one would be better served to employ a Risk reward management.

Second is that, because of the impossibility many who employ the precautionary principle are living in an altered state of reality.

So, I wish you luck with the inevitable change and  I hope that the reward is always greater than the risk



America, Religion and blue jeans

Posted: November 21, 2016 in Uncategorized

I went to the mall and picked up a pair of shoes from the True Religion jeans store. I really liked the shoes, the looked great and where very comfortable, I also thought that the brands name was fun. True Religion…

Religion, an organized system of beliefs, that’s one definition for religion. Honest, that’s the definition for true. Interest or belief, another definition for Religion.

What do you think when you hear the word religion? I think of symbology and the United States. The United States of America is a nation full of symbols and ideas. A democratic republic is an amazing ideal in and of itself. The largest export of the United States is financial services and what are financial services if they are not an ideal?

America and Americans take part in what I call the American Religion. There are lots of pieces and parts and symbols to the American religion but the most important part for me is that of the importance of each and every citizen individually and in a gestalt nature. The motto of the United States passed by congress in 1956 was “E Pluribus Unum (“from many, one”) “, granted, the modern motto, signed into law is, “In God we Trust” the motto passed by congress and the original religion if you will was E Pluribus Unum (“from many, one”).

I like the original better than the modern. Because you and I matter. We are important and if we work together we can do anything!




The consequence of Knowledge

Posted: November 18, 2016 in Uncategorized

Ten days ago the United States had a presidential election. I found the results of the election quite disturbing. My 17 year old was happy with the election results. He was a bis supporter of the man who won.

I’ve played sports and I know how to deal with loss but this election is a little different. See I am a firm believer in the power of knowledge and education but there is a consequence to knowledge.

In a chess game it is bad form to continue to play when you know that you are beaten and there are points in a game when you know that mathematically speaking you will not win.

In the United States, most presidential candidates make good on 70 % of their campaign promises. If the president elect makes good on 70% of his campaign promises than, the United States will be a poorer, divided and unstable, the world will be unstable as well. See my 17 year old didn’t really know the policies and promises of the candidate so he is not burdened with the consequence of knowledge but I am.  If this were a chess game I would now bow out but it’s not a game and there is the huge consequence of knowledge.

I must now rely on, magical thinking and the compassion of others and that is tough.

I am of course the eternal optimist and it’s Friday so, I will not leave on a low note.

The United States is one of the most giving nations in the world so this tells me that there are some really good people out there and when good people get together mountains can be moved. So I think that it will be hard but I think the United States will prosper in spite of the awful leader I think and I hope and we will all see shortly here




Like it is the Last thing

Posted: November 17, 2016 in Uncategorized

I remember reading about Robin Williams and his movie rider. The rumor is that in his rider he required that a certain number of homeless people be hired for every movie. I am not sure if the rumor was true or not but I love the idea.

Robin Williams committed suicide in August of 2014 and I got to thinking about how, some of Robin Williams last actions on earth may have made a huge difference for good.

Thinking about the rider made me wonder how much better would my life be if I treated every moment like it was my last?