Posts Tagged ‘quotes’

I was raised watching GI Joe and Transformers. The GI Joe cartoon had a special unit of the United States military called GI Joe. The special unit would fight Cobra Command. Cobra Command was a top secret highly organized terrorist  organization.


In the Transformers cartoon there was a group of aliens called transformers, they would fight another group of aliens called Decepticons. The Decepticons were bent on enslaving the human race and taking control of the earth.

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So growing up on this diet of polarizing cartoons I was certain that there were good and bad guys. There were cowboys and indians. Everyone could be judged and summed up. As I have grown, what I have learned is that there is really no such thing as a good guy or a bad guy. I know at first it sounds harsh. No such thing as good or bad? No not that no such thing as a good or bad guy just men and women who do good and bad things.

Part of growing up is establishing ones moral principles. We do this based on many facets of our lives. What makes something right or wrong varies from person to person. Some hold fast to the dogma of their religious faith, others adhere to social norms and practices. Each person finds their own set of principles which help them determine what is right or wrong. Then that person tries to live the best they can.

So having typed that it may seem that, I am for Nietzzsche and the whole “no such thing as good or bad philosophy”, this is not my philosophy at all. I really feel that there is good and bad. I like to try for myself to keep things simple and simply put good is something which helps you and others and bad is something which would hurt you and others.

There are no good or bad men but there are good and bad actions done by men and women. I am also convinced that many men and women commit bad acts when they are not aware of the consequences of their actions. So at first the absence of good or bad men may seem a little depressing it should be freeing. If there are no good or bad men then with a proper education everyone can learn how to help. So there is hope, but only with education and wisdom.





“Be social: Interacting with others supports cognitive health by exercising diverse areas of the brain.

Every time I turn around I cannot help but see or read something that points to the benefits that come from helping and working with other people. I guess that ― Mahatma Gandhi had the right idea when he said: “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Our lives are going to get bumpy and messy and tough that is just the way it is. We can plan for everything and something will still come up and catch us off guard. When this happens we feel helpless and out of control. What can we do how can we feel better? Even after we do gain back control and weather the “storm” we feel empty sometimes and wonder is this what life is all about? Some look to religion and others get lost in hobbies habits or work. I challenge you today to make and effort to help others.

Trust me with the tumultuous nature of life there will be no lack of people to help. Not everyone will want help and that is fine too. But you will get the opportunity to help today, and I say do it! Helping others will make you smarter more sympathetic and hello, it is helping. So it will make all of us together better.



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You have to make it

Posted: August 29, 2013 in Uncategorized
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You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it. – Charles Robert Buxton

“John, I am not looking for a candidate with spare time I am looking for a candidate who does not have any time. Because that type of candidate knows how to make time.” I was listening to the sales pitch for a part time job with offered low pay yet high autonomy. I worked it for three months but then I found a replacement. The gig wasn’t for me. The concept of making time though has been a recurring thought for me.

There is an interesting story,  about a new element added to the periodic table. The element is Uup and was discovered when scientist made it through smashing atoms together. If you are a super geek this is exciting because of many reasons but for laypersons, the act of creation should always be exciting. Humans can make something out of nothing.

As soon as we understand this concept of creation and realize you hold the power to create, you will be truly empowered and the excuse that I ran out of time will leave your lexicon. If you need time make it! Everyone who does something great never ran out of time. Some of the most accomplished in their fields and the most influential mothers and fathers lived relatively short lives. Time didn’t stop these men and women from doing good and helping others. Think back to the influences in your life and the moments they influenced you. Aren’t you glad they made time for you? I know I am.

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You can create time. You have to be able to create time if you are not… Well than you are out of luck and out of time. So today take away the words I don’t have time and I can’t because you can do anything. Even make time!




Good morning afternoon or evening. I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July yesterday, and celebrated the United States freedom from the British oppression in a grand way! I enjoyed the day off a holiday. This morning I woke up and while awaiting my departure for work read an article on the internet, ( isn’t that were everyone gets their news now?)  which outlined 10 great movies in which the heroes are doomed.  I read the article because I love movies and I also love lists. Doesn’t everyone love these things?

The article does a great job of showing how even after the heroes triumph at the end of the well-known movies there is so much more unanswered and harrowing circumstances to their existence that one can only assume that the heroes are doomed. When you get the chance you should click the link and read the article, it is really good. The good article got me to thinking about the movies, the heroes aftermath, my life and a very cheap paperback I read in middle school. The paperback was titled “after the fireworks”. Now I am not sure what religion you adhere to or practice but I was raised Baptist and despite the older generations staunch objections there are many in the Baptist faith who use charismatic approaches to religious events. The book spoke to what happened after the event was over. When the fireworks burned out, post honey moon. There is a lot of life which is not a chaotic crescendo pitting good and evil. A lot of life in which we as the protagonist can seem doomed, however I am convinced that 90 % of our reality is based on our perspective of that reality and if we can find some way to cultivate a positive perspective on our life we will be just fine.

I am not worried about our protagonists in any of the 10 movies mentioned because they understand that life is  a gift, a journey and they embrace it.

Embrace it




To not forget

Posted: June 3, 2013 in Uncategorized
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I plan on doing some traveling this summer and because of the nature of this travel I will need a passport. The passport finally came in the mail the other day. I have to admit it was a little exciting opening the envelope, and rifling through the unmarked pages of the passport book.


Dreams of international travel raced through my head. The book was full of images and quotes from United States history. The images and quotes were nice but I wondered why.

Yesterday , the minister preached again from the book of Joshua. It seems that Joshua was a great military leader. He inspired his troops and encouraged them and as the congregation learned yesterday, Joshua observed rituals and ceremonies of his people. These ceremonies and rituals were not observed in 30 years, prior to Joshua observing them. The minster mentioned that observation of these ceremonies is important, not because they hold some type of mystical power because they do not but because they remind the people of certain things.


The images and quotes on the passport pages, hold no magic powers,but can and should serve as a reminder of the importance of, Liberty, Freedom Equality. It can be easily forgotten how important these values are. It can be easily forgotten how expensive the right to exercise these values is.See the images on the passport and the ceremonies of the nation should remind us that,    “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” — Thomas Jefferson.

It can seem easy to relinquish your freedoms and rights for the facade of fiscal or physical safety, but do so to give up something so precious for something not real seems wrong. remembering the past through ceremony and narrative is very important without it we may forget and then we know what happens…  “Those
who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” –George Santayana

John Gray wrote “Men are from Mars women are from Venus”. He has helped through this best seller novel many husband and wife teams understand and acknowledge each other. John Gray is an author (as mentioned earlier) as well as a relationship expert and John has given us a quote which can be applied to any relationship.

“To offer a man unsolicited advice is to presume that he doesn’t know what to do or that he can’t do it on his own” John Gray  

I love this quote!  One of the only changes I would make to the quote, would be that man can be applied to man or woman. Now matter how well-intentioned we are, when giving an adult unsolicited advice we are being rude. Rude: discourteous or impolite, especially in a deliberate way.


When you offer an adult unsolicited advice you are interrupting that adults life, Impolite check and you are doing this deliberately so deliberate way check.

“Manners don’t cost a thing” unknown

The quote origins are unknown but the quote is true.  Being respectful and polite is free and goes much further in our adult relationships than any unsolicited advice you plan on rudely giving to another adult today. 

I will end with a quote about unsolicited advice from one of histories most influential men

““Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?  How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?” Jesus Christ



I was listening to an interview with Larry King and when asked about his secrets, he said that he has always felt that, “everyone is interesting”.  This feeling can be seen through watching or listening to any of the myriad of interviews Larry King has or is conducting now on Hulu + . Larry is the king of the interview for a reason and I can’t help but think his interest in people has made him the king.

Larry listens and usually doesn’t speak when his guests are speaking. The new host on CNN seems to not do much listening and a lot of talking. While Pierce Morgan speaks the popularity of CNN plummets. If you have read any other posts of mine you may realize I am not a usually a fan of what is popular or the majority but in this case I may have to agree with the majority.  The replacement on CNN has accused guests of being stupid and exploited children of tragedies for ratings. 

Larry said “everyone is interesting” not everyone is stupid. We can often become consumed with the selfish and egotistical mind set, but when we do  we miss out on understanding and hearing other perspectives and ideas. When we speak over and accuse people of being stupid we are not allowing ourselves to enjoy our guests company.

You can argue that causing harm may be enjoyable but I would fire back with this wonderful quote:

The bottom line is that insulting and unhealthy competition should never have a place in a person who wants to positively affect the world, and Larry is right everyone at the very least, is interesting.