Archive for September, 2017

He got back up

Posted: September 29, 2017 in Uncategorized

I grew up watching the Rocky movies. Sylvester¬†Stalone played the boxer, Rocky Balboa. Rocky would get hit in the ring again and again and again. Rock would fall down and get up, he would fall down and get up…..

Life is cyclic, whatever experience we have now is not here to stay, we will have good experiences and bad ones. We will be knocked down and lifted up. A person who is a champion, a person who others aspire to lift themselves up. I watched the Rocky movies and loved the character of Rocky because he got up. No one reached down and picked him up.  If someone stood up Rocky and pushed him forward the movie would have taken on a different dynamic and I may not have gravitated towards it.

It is against the rules to help a track athlete¬†who has fallen.¬† Garth Brooks sings a song called standing outside the fire. The song was dedicated to Special Olympics¬†athletes. In the music video for the song a young special Olympics¬†track athlete¬†falls.¬† He is surrounded¬†by people who want to help him up but the boys’ dad won’t let anyone touch his son. His son has to get up on his own and finish the race. The video brings chills to me everytime¬†I watch it.

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I have a really hard time understanding people who do not get up. I don’t understand what that is because I know, you will get back up. The question is how did you get back up.

Get yourself back up,  and help others get up today!

 

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What I want and What I want…

Posted: September 28, 2017 in Uncategorized

Can you say tautology? I know the title is a confusing tautology but life is confusing. I listened to a radio show about happiness. The man on the radio mentioned how, many people when asked the question, what will make you happy answered the same way. I will be happy when I am on a beach sunbathing and drinking.  The man on the radio then went on to explain that many people who were given the chair and the drink on the beach still were not happy.   We think we know what will make us happy but we are often wrong.

A friend of mine asked me something and I answered honestly. “Will running ever stop sucking?” “No, but I love it.” I lied to her. I should have said “No, but I love it because after I complete my run I feel great! Nothing can stop me at the end of my run.” That is why I run in the morning. My days can be long and pretty tough but no matter what happens today, I can handle it.

I was 13 years old and at a summer day camp. There was a lake with a floating dock in the middle of it. I swam far as fast as I could towards the floating dock. I swear this was the hardest I had ever swum. I didn’t¬†stop swimming till I reached the dock. I pulled my self up onto the dock and sun warmed my body as I lay on the dock. The sun I felt on the dock was the same sun I had felt on the shore of the lake but on that dock, the sun brought me so much joy. I was happy because I earned that happiness.

 

Image result for you have to go through hell to get to heavenLet’s get something straight here, I am grateful for my life. I understand that every day is a gift but I also understand that not living out my life by not earning my happiness is one of the biggest acts of the ungrateful.

In the Christian religious text, the Messiah tells a parable about three servants that were given talents, Matthew 25:14-30.  Some servants used the talent and multiplied them, these servants were rewarded others simply hid the talents, these servants were punished and deemed bad stewards.

A good steward earns their happiness through grateful dedication and hard work and service for others and their self.

Get up say thank you, find out what is needed and go to work!!

peace

john3c

 

Eternal

Posted: September 27, 2017 in Uncategorized

What do you want that has eternal significance? That was the question asked by the minister in church this Sunday. The minister then read a passage from the book of Isaiah. The passage was a prophetic one concerning the Messiah of the Christian faith. The minister then began to preach about the power and importance of the Messiah. As a believer, I am sold on the power and position of the Messiah.

What do you want that has eternal significance? This question was an odd one for me, and I found myself fixating on the question for the entirety of the sermon. I know that this was not the sermon’s theme¬†but I did seem to find a way around my fixation.¬† Why the fixation you may ask? I also asked myself the same question, and I guess the reason for the fixation was a matter of personal philosophy. See I believe that everything we do has eternal significance. In Meditations Marcus Aurelius mentions this. In the Christian Bible, this is also mentioned Matthew 9:35-38.¬† So it seems to me that the question is rhetorical¬†because everything we do has eternal significance.¬† This philosophy¬†should cause self-reflection. Steve Jobs said in a moving speech that, “Every morning he looked himself in the mirror and asked himself,”If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today? And whenever the answer has been no for too many days in a row. I know I need to change something.” What everyone does matters a lot and forever.

 

 

I challenge you today, to live like what you are doing matters and like today may be the last day of your life. Living this way will be scary but it should also be freeing and empowering.

peace

john3c

 

 

 

What we do now echoes in eternity.

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.¬†36When he¬†saw the crowds, he had compassion¬†on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.¬†37Then he said to his disciples,¬†‚ÄúThe harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.¬†38Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.‚ÄĚ

Nothing came that way

Posted: September 14, 2017 in Uncategorized

Nnamdi Asomugha, played professional football for the Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles, and the Sanfransico 49ers. After his football career Nnamdi became a professional actor, he is starring in and producing the film Crown Heights. As part of the Crown Heights build up Nnamdi was on one of my favorite talk shows.

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The host of the talk show brought up Nnamdis’ success and his various careers. Nnamdi then mentioned something that really resonated with me. ¬†He mentioned how he worked hard at football and now works hard at acting and producing. Nnamdi is a really good actor and as a football player, he was called a “shutdown corner” (meaning that he was really good). Nnamdi said that he worked hard because nothing ever came easy for him and then he asked if anything was easy? My answer is no.

Nothing is easy, everything takes effort.

‚ÄúPractice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.‚ÄĚ

‚Äē¬†Malcolm Gladwell,¬†Outliers: The Story of Success

In Malcolm Gladwell’s¬†book, Outliers: The Story of Success he takes much effort to point out the importance of purposeful practice. Practice and hard work make you good and keep you good. Practice is hard and not fun and no one wants to do it but that’s why there are very few good people at things. ¬†Practice and hard work paying off are also why anyone can become a success. Anyone willing to sacrifice and work very very hard can be a success.

I am not disillusioned and I understand that many children start life at a much lower rung than others but if you read Nnamdis’ wiki page you should notice how much he participates in philanthropy and I¬†encourage you to do the same. ¬†Helping others realize just how valuable¬†they are is something that makes a huge difference in your life and theirs. ¬†Guess what? Philanthropy is hard to, why? Because everything good is hard. ¬†When you’re ready to quit I encourage you to remind yourself of this fact, everything is hard. ¬†Dig in those heels and push forward my friend.

Peace

john3c

 

 

 

Thinking causes complications but

Posted: September 1, 2017 in Uncategorized

The pursuit of truth should stop nothing short of insanity. Humans look for the truth, some create their own truths but they are the weak ones. The strong humans, the ones who make a difference in their own lives and those of others, they find the truth. Finding the truth is going to require some thinking, actually, it will usually require a lot of thinking. Thinking causes complications, but when the reward for thinking is big. Those who do not quit thinking are rewarded with the truth and it is truth that gave us Newtonian physics, Aristotle’s¬†logic, modern medicine, ¬†the combustion¬†engine and almost everything good in the world.

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Do not quit, keep thinking and learning. Our society needs to do a lot more thinking, and it is because we do not have the truth yet. Not completely as a society not yet. How do I know that our society does not have the truth? Simple, there is way too much racial violence, no good answer for climate change and there are still people starving to death. The truth should prevent much of this from happening.

Peace

john3c