Posts Tagged ‘nature’

Man vs Nature

Posted: August 31, 2016 in Uncategorized
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One event on my bucket list is hiking the Appalachian trail. The Appalachian Trail is a 2,200 mile trail that starts in Springer Mountain GA and ends at Mount Katahdin in Maine. Every time I mention this to my girlfriend, she reminds me that I hate nature. Now, before you go judging me let be more clear I don’t really  hate nature I respect it and understand that it is out to kill me. Man versus nature is so true.

I have a love hate affair with nature. I respect and see nature as an awesome powerful, visceral, rejuvenating and apathetic force. Nature is indifferent it survives and propagates. Nature has no moral code, it doesn’t show compassion for weak. Nature is opposite in that respect to humanity and yet we are all part of nature. I do not hate nature I just am intrigued by it.  Many writings  have tried to make nature more like humanity but it isn’t. Nature is a simple calculation and I do think that humanity can live in and survive with nature especially through applying the concept of game theory, however attitudes like specisim, hubris and blatant disrespect for nature stand in the way.

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We should encounter nature in a pragmatic way. It is important to understand the effects we have on nature and what these effects have on life. If, humanity intends on growing evolving and even surviving as a species we have to come together and realize how and where we fit in with nature. Hiking the Appalachian Trail may help me do that and it would make for some really cool stories.

peace

john3c

 

Nature is indifferent

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The hustle

Posted: September 11, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Things may come to those who wait, but only what’s left behind by those that hustle. — Abraham Lincoln

If it was good enough for Lincoln it is good enough for me.  I coached a few little league teams and plan on coaching a few more. Besides team work another word that is tossed around and drilled into the kids heads is hustle. Hustle:

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to proceed or work rapidly or energetically: to hustle aboutputting a house in order.
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to push or force one’s way; jostle or shove.
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to be aggressive, especially in business or other financialdealings.
“Every morning in Africa, a Gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a Lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest Gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn’t matter whether you are a Lion or a Gazelle… when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.”
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We like to believe that we man as a species are better than the animals, and maybe at times we are but one thing remains true man is an animal. We are an amazing animal who as a species has and continues to accomplish much, but we are animal. We employ abstract reasoning and have self consciousnesses but man is an animal member of planet earth and as such he has to stay mobile if he wishes to survive.
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It is easy to become stagnate and complacent. We can go to work come home eat a great meal and then veg out in front of the tv or with a good book. We are not moving and helping ourselves and others we are like the Gazelle who stops to take a drink or a breath it is ok as long as they are vigilant to drink and eat and sleep.  There is nothing wrong with some recreation or leisure time as long as it is in moderation as long as we life life through applying some form of temperance we should expect to keep from being eaten and to be feed. But the slothful life’s reward is one of destruction and starvation.
“Sloth makes all things difficult, but industry all easy; and he that riseth late must trot all day, and shall scarce overtake his business at night; while laziness travels so slowly, that poverty soon overtakes him.”
― Benjamin Franklin

Saturday the local soup kitchen had a rather weak turn out. the weather was pretty rough out between the hours of 5 and 7 pm last Saturday and when the majority of your clients are walkers you can’t expect many of them to brave the rain to get some food, but five did. Most of the local destitute seek some shelter when the rain comes down like it did last Saturday.

We served the five who came out and then waited. When 7 rolled in we started cleaning. I am not sure why but I was contemplating only sweeping the floors and shrinking on my moping duties. I began to consider how no one would know if I didn’t do it. The floors looked ok, but it is part of my job and I would know it wasn’t done.

It is important to never sell yourself short. I spent a little longer in the kitchen on that Saturday but when I was done I knew I had completed the job and there is much to be said for knowing you did all that you should have.

We should always do our best and complete job no matter who the audience and aren’t you one of the most important people in the audience?

I think so. If you don’t agree get to know yourself a little better.

peace

john3c

 

What time is it? Or better yet, what is time? Are you focused on present, nostalgic for the past or hopeful for the future? Time flies, time stands. Everyone process time a little differently. Saturday at a popular water park I found myself frantically looking for young Connor. No one knew where the toddler was. I knew where I had last seen him but he was not there. The minutes seemed to last an eternity. He was found and time fell back into it’s normal cadence I of course am assuming I had in my panic knocked a few years off the end of my life, but I will deal with that when I get there.

The fact remains that the existence of time is challenged  by scientist and philosophers alike. We can see effects on real and tangible objects of the abstract concept known as time. Gray hair, wrinkled skin, taller kids.

So whether it exists or not doesn’t really matter, the fact remains we are constantly moving through life. Call it time, the circle of life or whatever. What matters is that we appreciate this thing.  All aspects of this thing called life or time. Remember the past live in the present and look forward to the future. This balance of time and life will make and keep you happy.

peace

john3c

 

I get up and get ready for work, almost every morning, and almost every morning I can hear and see birds in the tree that I park under singing and flying. The sound really is something. I may not be the most pleasant person in the early morning but the cacophony coming from the foliage canopy shading my car is great. I almost look forward to it.

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Yesterday was a rough work day and I thought about the birds and their singing and how they seemed so happy. Of course the birds are happy they don’t wake up and go to work. Then I remembered the poem…

The free bird leaps
on the back of the wind
and floats downstream
till the current ends
and dips his wings
in the orange sun rays
and dares to claim the sky.

But a bird that stalks
down his narrow cage
can seldom see through
his bars of rage
his wings are clipped and
his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings
with fearful trill
of the things unknown
but longed for still
and is tune is heard
on the distant hillfor the caged bird
sings of freedom

The free bird thinks of another breeze
an the trade winds soft through the sighing trees
and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn
and he names the sky his own.

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams
his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing

The caged bird sings
with a fearful trill
of things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom.

Maya Angelou
 
Life can get tough and we can feel hopeless and like we are standing on the graves of our dreams (that is a great poem!) but, we should never stop singing.
 
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john3c
 

What makes something perfect? Hard to answer isn’t it? I was reading about one of the deepest studies of the universe. There was an image generated of the universe and something startling was discovered. The universe is lopsided. Yeah crazy huh?

It is often that we look for perfection. I find myself looking for perfection many times a day, week month year but I am beginning to realize that perfect doesn’t exist. Even the universe is lopsided.  Once you stop seeking perfection life slows down and for me became more enjoyable. Instead of trying and failing for perfection I reach what I like to call pragmatic perfection. “That will do for government work.” Words my dad would utter as a joke but that will do is a classic example of pragmatic perfection. The universe may be lopsided but the sun rose yesterday and today and I guarantee it will be here tomorrow.

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When you get discouraged about not reaching perfection take heart. No one is perfect even the universe is lopsided.

peace

john3c

I am not sure about where you live in the world but here in Georgia it feels to me like the winter season does not want to leave. Today the high will only reach 60 degrees. Tomorrow we should see sunny and 70. I love the warm and hot summers. The sun feels like it brings with its heat a rejuvenation to everything and an energy with it. The winter season brings a harsh cold breeze and usually dark blue and gray skies. The winter just for me feels like an energy drain. But, especially here in the south the winter season doesn’t last long. We are now well into spring and should be seeing blooming flowers longer days more bright and sunny skies.

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Most people are pulling back the shades in all the rooms in their house and letting the sun spill in. Screen doors are getting a work out and kids are discovering new bugs and meeting new buds at the neighborhood playgrounds.

When the shades are pulled back and front door opened many will find hidden by the darker months some dust bunnies and cluttered shelves. Start spring cleaning. Some have their own spring cleaning rituals which involve a certain uniform of oversized clothes that can have cleaner spill and ruin them and maybe a bandana to keep their hair up and out of their eyes.  Some start with the outside sweeping off the patio and cleaning leaves from the gutters. Others are opposite, inside than outside. Others wing it with no rhyme or uniform to their spring cleaning, but everyone seems to do some type of spring cleaning.

Spring cleaning is great it helps get our homes in order and makes life that much less stressful and spring cleaning is not just for our homes. The spring time is as good a time as any to take a look at our homes, inside and outside,  work finances and family. You would be surprised how many of the little things can pile up. How many memberships to clubs you may want to cancel, how many unread e-mails have important information in them. 

When I was a kid I hated spring cleaning but now as an adult I almost look forward to the spring cleaning. But not as much as I look forward to Summer.

peace

john3c