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What’s this?

Posted: September 27, 2013 in Uncategorized
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My nephew held out the VHS tape as he asked his dad the question. “Dad what is this.” He smiled and answered the question while he felt nostalgic and obsolete all at once.

Things change, quickly and it can become easy to get caught up in the details of something.  Are there still VCR and VHS tapes out there? Yes, but now the delivery method for high and low quality film production is more Blu-ray and digital. Perhaps blu-ray. The delivery method has changed but the need for good content has not. People want to be entertained, educated and inspired, that is what good stories and storytellers do. No matter what the media is, if you lack a good story you will lack an audience and you and your ideas will not be remembered .  I am not big on legacy or trying to be remembered (I probably should be more concerned with that) I  like to think I am more of a “right now, in the moment guy”.  Excuse the digression, whether you are in the moment or a legacy guy the fact remains, they was we receive information changes.

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The  idea that changing mediums change the message, is of course wrong and  makes me  think about  “nihil novi sub sole”, the Latin phrase for “nothing new under the sun”. That phrase is a strange and powerful one. When studying history we  may quickly ascertain that the  think that it is incorrect, we see all kinds of change and new things throughout time. There was the horse, the car, the airplane, the space ship. Many changes but still it is all travel right? The mode of travel has changed.   We still have the option to travel by all those means to today.  So what really matters, what really counts is not the way you or I travel it is traveling and you and I. man will always travel, man (and by man I mean mankind so man and woman) will always love and learn and be surprised. Man will always push the limits discover new ways of doing this traveling, loving, learning exploring until he or she doesn’t then there will be change then there will be nothing new, but this has not happened ever since life was introduced on this planet, it has always been learning, exploring traveling, loving.  Ever since the sun shined down on 3.6 billion years ago on the first prokaryotes life has been going on.

Sometimes when we feel our selves getting caught up in all the changes and becoming obsolete it helps to remember that we harbor life. We are living and life will never change. If you do your best to Learn, Love, explore, discover and travel you will truly enjoy living and through living you will realize, that you are not obsolete. Life is never obsolete. Life is an amazing ride and should be enjoyed!

Have a great weekend everyone!

peace

john3c

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“Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goals: my strength lies solely in my tenacity.”
Louis Pasteur

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Louis Pasteur, a French chemist who has probably saved the lives of millions of people through pasteurization,  was not a stranger to adversity. Pasteur was born into a poor family and did not excel at school. Pasteur failed, when trying to get his BSc degree in mathematics.  The failure did not stop Pasteur a year later he graduated with a poor degree in chemistry. After all of this Louis Pasteur went on to become a professor and father of five children. Only two of his five children survived to adulthood. Three died of Typhoid, in spite of this terrible tragedy Louis Pasteur worked harder to find cures for diseases and he was successful. Thanks to his research the medical world gained an understanding for germs and immunizations.   When many other men and women would have quit Louis Pasteur dug in his heels and fought back! Thank god he did too!

In 1992 Walt Disney founded Laugh-O-Gram Studios in Missouri. Laugh-O-Gram A year laughter Walt’s company went Bankrupt.  Walt sold his only possession, a motion picture camera, moved to Hollywood and kept on pursuing his dream.  In 2012 the DIsney company had over 73 billion dollars in assets!  The word Disney is almost worldwide, synonymous with a fun family time. Athletes who reach the pinnacle of their career  and win championships are asked what they are doing now and answer with, “I am going to Disney World.” Disney World is the Disney companies resort theme park. I would say that Walt was and is a winner. “It is good to have a failure while you are young because it teaches you so much.

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For one thing it makes you aware that such a thing can happen to anybody,
And once you’ve lived through the worst,
You’re never quite as vulnerable afterwards.”
-Walt Disney
Both Walt Disney and Louis Pasteur have known failure and success. Many, many more individuals have also known failure and success. The stories are endless but all have one common thread, a tenacious will desire that compels action and kinetic energy from someone.  I am not sure how well you are doing or what you are doing but I am pretty sure you have and will fail, the secret is that if you do not stop, you have not failed. As long as you are leaning forward and learning you are a success.
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We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.

Walt Disney

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john3c

If you have read any other posts you may recall that I enjoy listening to music in the morning on my i pad. I really love using the songza app to listen to streamed music http://www.songza.com . If you own an i phone, i pad or i pod and like music get this app. This morning though I couldn’t because my I pad was dead.  (Insert sad face here)

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I looked down at the I pad and saw the dead battery symbol then watched as the screen went to black. I imediately thought about my dads favorite song. American Pie by Don Mclean. I remember many days listening to the song sang by my dad while waiting at the school bus stop. At one time I had almost all the words memorized.

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There is a line in the song that says “The day the music died.” The rumor is that was the day that Buddy Holly died. Everyone has an opinion, trust me everyone has an opinion to this songs meaning. Just do a quick Google search for “the meaning to The American Pie lyrics” and you wil see everyone weighs in. Don Mclean wrote and performed American Pie in 1971 and fans throughout the ages have been entertained, confused and inspired to thought by the song ever since then.  The fact that there are many ideas and thoughts as to the songs meaning to me makes the song even better it is a wonderful mystery in that it is so close but so far away and can be applied to things like a legend in fiery plane crash, a beautiful woman with a raspy voice (Janis Choplin (I met a girl who sang the blues
And I asked her for some happy news
But she just smiled and turned away )) and an I pad out of juice. Well played Mr. Mclean.

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You wrote a wonderful song I hope my children enjoy it as much as I and my father have. The song tells some of the story of America. Story telling is important. With each story we tell we pass to our children concepts like resolution, endurance, compassion joy and sorrow. We equip the next generation through the narrative so that hopefully they will not make the same mistakes  as our generation (the trial of the Chicago Seven and the Vietnam war (The courtroom was adjourned
No verdict was returned)). The list of his the story telling in this song goes on and on and, this morning I heard nothing, on account of the Ipad being dead but I remembered the song the story and as I got ready for work I smiled so thanks dad and thanks Mr. Mclean.  Enough with my words I leave the rest to the great song writer singer…

 

“American Pie”

[Intro]
A long, long time ago
I can still remember how that music used to make me smile
And I knew if I had my chance
That I could make those people dance
And maybe they’d be happy for a whileBut February made me shiver
With every paper I’d deliver
Bad news on the doorstep
I couldn’t take one more step

I can’t remember if I cried
When I read about his widowed bride
But something touched me deep inside
The day the music died

[Chorus]
So bye-bye, Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry
And them good old boys were drinkin’ whiskey and rye
Singin’ “This’ll be the day that I die
This’ll be the day that I die”

[Verse 1]
Did you write the book of love
And do you have faith in God above
If the Bible tells you so?
Now do you believe in rock and roll
Can music save your mortal soul
And can you teach me how to dance real slow?

Well, I know that you’re in love with him
‘Cause I saw you dancin’ in the gym
You both kicked off your shoes
Man, I dig those rhythm and blues

I was a lonely teenage broncin’ buck
With a pink carnation and a pickup truck
But I knew I was out of luck
The day the music died

[Chorus]
I started singin’ bye-bye, Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry
Them good old boys were drinkin’ whiskey and rye
Singin’ “This’ll be the day that I die
This’ll be the day that I die”

[Verse 2]
Now for ten years we’ve been on our own
And moss grows fat on a rollin’ stone
But that’s not how it used to be
When the jester sang for the king and queen
In a coat he borrowed from James Dean
And a voice that came from you and me

Oh, and while the king was looking down
The jester stole his thorny crown
The courtroom was adjourned
No verdict was returned

And while Lenin read a book on Marx
A quartet practiced in the park
And we sang dirges in the dark
The day the music died

[Chorus]
We were singin’ bye-bye, Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry
Them good old boys were drinkin’ whiskey and rye
Singin’ “This’ll be the day that I die
This’ll be the day that I die”

[Verse 3]
Helter skelter in a summer swelter
The birds flew off with a fallout shelter
Eight miles high and falling fast
It landed foul on the grass
The players tried for a forward pass
With the jester on the sidelines in a cast

Now the halftime air was sweet perfume
While the sergeants played a marching tune
We all got up to dance
Oh, but we never got the chance

‘Cause the players tried to take the field
The marching band refused to yield
Do you recall what was revealed
The day the music died?

[Chorus]
We started singin’ bye-bye, Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry
Them good old boys were drinkin’ whiskey and rye
And singin’ “This’ll be the day that I die
This’ll be the day that I die”

[Verse 4]
Oh, and there we were all in one place
A generation lost in space
With no time left to start again
So come on, Jack be nimble, Jack be quick
Jack Flash sat on a candlestick
‘Cause fire is the devil’s only friend

Oh, and as I watched him on the stage
My hands were clenched in fists of rage
No angel born in Hell
Could break that Satan’s spell

And as the flames climbed high into the night
To light the sacrificial rite
I saw Satan laughing with delight
The day the music died

He was singin’ bye-bye, Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry
Them good old boys were drinkin’ whiskey and rye
And singin’ “This’ll be the day that I die
This’ll be the day that I die”

[Outro]
I met a girl who sang the blues
And I asked her for some happy news
But she just smiled and turned away
I went down to the sacred store
Where I’d heard the music years before
But the man there said the music wouldn’t play

And in the streets, the children screamed
The lovers cried and the poets dreamed
But not a word was spoken
The church bells all were broken

And the three men I admire most
The Father, Son and the Holy Ghost
They caught the last train for the coast
The day the music died

And they were singin’ bye-bye, Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry
And them good old boys were drinkin’ whiskey and rye
Singin’ “This’ll be the day that I die
This’ll be the day that I die”

[Chorus]
They were singin’ bye-bye, Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry
Them good old boys were drinkin’ whiskey and rye
And singin’ “This’ll be the day that I die”

 

peace

John3c

 

Changes happen, sometimes changes happen all at once. Often the changes that happen are unexpected and even when they are expected they are usually unwanted. We feel like we are getting thrown a “curve ball”, it can feel like we have embraced the changes faced them head on and then another change hits us.  This can make us feel like retreat is our only option. “Fall back, to a safe place”. We look back and realize that what lies behind us has changed as much as what lies ahead. That is when we truly feel as though life stinks.

We have lost what is familiar and what we tried to embrace isn’t exactly what we thought it should have been. That stinks and is no good. We can feel scared and upset at the same time. When life starts to stink and make us feel this way it can sometimes help to define life. I thought about giving you the dictionary definition here, but we all know what that is. No you fill in the blank here. What is life, besides stinky right now?

Some say life is a gift, others a curse some a happy mistake, some call it a miracle, some say it is long some say it is short. Life is really truly what you make it.  It can be a gift or a curse. People with less than you have been more happy, people with more than you have been sadder than you and vice versa.

I am convinced that we have little control over many things. We cannot change the weather, or other people’s personalities, but we can control how we define our lives and to some extent we can control how we influence other lives.

So what is life? For you how do you see your life? I could tell you just how amazing it is that you and I are here in this state… That the universe worked magic that is incredible and created this amazing organism that is you, but see you already know this, life stinks but you don’t have to let the smell get you down..

Peace

john3c

 

 

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”  –Walt Disney

What is up next? After we finish here where are we going? What is phase two? What do you have for next week? These are questions asked by children under 12 and ambitious adults. Sometimes there are clear answers. Up next we will go to lunch, followed by dinner. Phase two is an expansion with our internet marketing. Next week I have three meetings and one deadline.  At other times the answers are not so clear because what happens next often depends on what is happening now.

If we do not understand, respect and appreciate now our vision for later will be very murky. Instead of opening doors we will face locks we don’t have the keys for. We will not be doing new things, but instead repeating history. Our curiosity has to be feed and this can only happen when we understand and learn about right now first and then tomorrow. “Without today there can be no tomorrow”  — John3c

We may not be super excited about what is going on in our lives right now. Things may be tough, God knows they can get that way, and on the flip side things may be wonderful and sublime, but this moment needs to be appreciated and respected and understood by you and me. Tomorrow will come and then it will be today and if we do not learn to appreciate today we will never truly experience or appreciate tomorrow.

The trick to looking forward is to never stop respecting and appreciating this moment right now

peace

john3c

 

 

John Goddard passed away, he was 88 years old and known as the real life Indiana Jones.

John served in WWII, went on expeditions all over the globe broke both the speed and altitude records. He has sailed down the Nile river and was the first man to sail the length of the Congo river.

John loved people and was always interested in their culture and lands. When he was 15 years old he made a list of 127 things he wanted to do and John did most of them.

John said that “writing down a goal was important. Most people say something and that doesn’;t mean anything.”

You may or may not be 15 today but that doesn’t mean you can’t sit down and write out a list. I know I am!

Make the goals things you always wanted to do no matter how crazy. Do not sell yourself short (man has walked on the moon) then (and this is the important part) start checking things off the list. Enlist the help of friends and families, your inclusion of them, may help them check off their lists.

RIP John G and thanks for this great advice.

peace

john3c

I was in the work break room yesterday congregating around the water cooler and someone made a comment or criticism about my suit being wrinkled. I guess I am nothing more than an adolescent male because I immediately fired back at the person with my a comment about unsolicited advice or comments.

The person I had fired back at was already retreating and my shot landed short of its target and did not have what I felt to be the intended consequence. What my shot back did do was make me feel worse about myself than his first criticism did. 

 

I have no doubt that the intentions of my co-worker were not completely altruistic in nature. I think maybe he was criticizing in an attempt to help himself feel more value or worth.  Sometimes we can find value by criticizing others but at what cost?

When tempted to offer up unsolicited advice or as I like to call it criticism. I remember the words of the great Dale Carnegie “Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain but it takes character and self control to be understanding and forgiving.

I have used Carnegies words to try to curb myself from criticizing others, I mean I do not want to be a fool, but today I realized I can use his entire statement when dealing with criticism directed at me.  Do I have the character and self control to be understanding and forgiving? I hope so and if I don’t have it yet it seems that as judgemental as the world is I will have more and more opportunities to work on developing this.

peace

john3c