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"When we get rid of inner conflicts and wrong attitudes toward life, we will almost automatically burst into joy."

- E. Stanley Jones

"It is a remarkable thing that some of the most optimistic and enthusiastic people you will meet are those that have been through intense suffering."

- Warren Wiershe

Inscrutable happenings...

Have you ever wanted something so badly that your perception of the situation became distorted? I have. We can force situations so much that we lose perspective. Patience is a virtue...but damnit why? The great Aristotle once said, "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." Well I will tell you what I find myself doing repeatedly through life....making bad decisions. After all of the time and effort I put into college why am I not in a better situation? Should I dwell on this? On to my point... I will tell you why...everything happens for a reason and as long as we are constantly learning then we are living a fruitful life that will eventually pay dividends. Many of you know that I am part native American; Choctaw Indian to be exact. One of my favorite old proverbs from that heritage is this: "Every struggle whether won or lost, strengthens us for the next to come." How awesome is that? So the next time you are sitting and wo

"Character is both developed and revealed by tests, and all of life is a test." - Rick Warren

We are exactly where we need to be right now.

It is good to be reminded that we are where we need to be, particularly if we are prone to think we are missing out on some opportunity or fearful that we are not making significant progress in our careers or other areas. When we doubt that we are doing enough in any regard, this principle helps us quiet down and ready ourselves to peacefully do the next thing. It will always surface. It is comforting to realize that there are no accidents, no coincidences happening in our lives. What we need to experience, to learn, to teach, in order to complete our journey home, will spring forth when the timing is perfect. We will never have to search in vain for our next assignment. It will capture our attention. There is never a need for lamentations. If we have not fulfilled some task to our satisfaction, we can redo it. Now. If we have not treated a companion or co-worker respectfully, we can make amends. Now. There is not anything complicated about how to move through this day or these

It's been a while...

...here is a survey. 1) Favorite hobby? I honestly do not know anymore. I suppose surfing the 'net. Sad and pathetic? I know, I have no life. 2) How do you feel about your ex? I feel that she is a wonderful woman and I wish her the best. 3) Do you own guns? I do not but I would and hope to one day. Or I could just rent them at the shooting gallery. 4) What flavor do you add to your drink at Sonic? I do not order drinks at Sonic I have my  Nalgene  bottle of water. 5) Do you get nervous before doctor appointments? No, I no longer have insurance so there is no need for doctors appointments! 6) What do you think of hot dogs? I think that hot dogs are fairly disgusting; but I can not say that I never eat them. 7) Favorite Christmas song? I have no idea. 8) What do you prefer to drink in the morning? I prefer water over anything; but coffee can help kick start a rough morning. 9) Can you do push ups? Perfect  ones... 10) Can you do a chin up? I can but, no

The exhortation of Google...

I noticed that the ads showing on AdSense were not very uplifting so I am producing a positive and optimistic blog entry in an attempt to counter the ads being shown. Because we all know that love and devotion will lead to immense happiness and the glass will be half full. OK I am tired and going to bed. Let us hope I included enough keywords to help the pendulum swing back into positivity.

PC vs. Mac the final edition...

Bill Gates vs Steve Jobs Flash Game

Sirius embryonic growth...

It is official, the FCC approved the acquisition of XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. (XM) by Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. (Sirius). I for one am happy, relieved and a bit confused as to why it took so long. Sometimes I believe our government spends far too much time on matters other organizations could take care of and resolve. For example, while Congress is holding cases about steroids, and presidential nominees are running around as though they election has already been won; we have a credit crisis on our hands, large financial institutions folding, and other countries (primarily India and China) on their way to surpassing us in technology and medicine in the next 10 - 15 years. Oops...I digress... Many of you know that I have been a lifetime Sirius subscriber for several years now (glad I locked in my lifetime subscription before the acquisition...lol). Both companies have been experiencing severe losses annually since their inception into the entertainment industry. I think that th

Why go to church?

A Church goer wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday. "I've gone for 30 years now," he wrote, " and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 sermons. But for the life of me, I can't remember a single one of them. So, I think I'm wasting my time and the pastors are wasting theirs by giving sermons at all." This started a real controversy in the "Letters to the Editor" column, much to the delight of the editor. It went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher: "I've been married for 30 years now. In that time my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals. But, for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals. But I do know this.. They all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work. If my wife had not given me these meals, I would be physically dead today. Likewise, if I had not gone to church for nourishment, I

PUSH...

A man was sleeping one night in his cabin when suddenly his room filled with light, and God appeared. The Lord told the man he had work for him to do, and showed him a large rock in front of his cabin. The Lord explained that the man was to push against the rock with all his might. So, this the man did, day after day. For many years he toiled from sunup to sundown, his shoulders set squarely against the cold, massive surface of the unmoving rock, pushing with all of his might. Each night the man returned to his cabin sore and worn out, feeling that his whole day had been spent in vain. Since the man was showing discouragement, the Adversary (Satan) decided to enter the picture by placing thoughts into the weary mind, 'You have been pushing against that rock for a long time and it hasn't moved.' Thus, he gave the man the impression that the task was impossible and that he was a failure. These thoughts discouraged and disheartened the man. Satan said, 'Why kill yoursel

Inspirational quotes in film mode...

This is pretty cool and can help you relax if stressed. All I ask is that you really sit back, relax, and enjoy it . Seriously... Take a couple of moments to breathe deeply and get in a calm place before you watch it . I'm just sayin'

"It is character that communicates most eloquently." - Stephen R. Covey

or "...what we are communicates far more eloquently than anything we say or do ."

Admonishment of excuses...

I want to challenge you all today to make yourself aware of your surroundings. No I am not tripping on acid; just stay with me here. Really tune in and focus on everyone around you today. Keep track of how many excuses are made by individuals. Maybe a co-worker was late to work, maybe your spouse forgot to run an errand for you, or maybe you did not go to the gym (again) and make excuses for your self. The possibilities are endless as I am sure you can imagine. Anyway...my point is this; I think we will all realize (and further affirm) that excuses are abundant in our lives. How we got to this point with such a lack of accountability is beyond me. It is like the old saying about the frog. Throw him in boiling water and he will fight and jump to get out. Put him in cool water and slowly turn up the heat he will swim around gleefully until well done. I think this is how our society has gotten to where it is because the change has been so gradual over several decades. I digress... What

I need a new horse carriage...

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because I have a long journey ahead of me now. Today it was confirmed that I am a father! Now why a new horse carriage? Because I need something durable, I have missed out on the the first three and half years of his life. It has not completely sunk in so I have a lot to do which is obvious. This will truly be a turning point in my life that God will have to guide me through in order to do things as quickly and efficiently as possible. His birthday is three days after mine! Oh how I wish I could hold him now. My own flesh and blood...how crazy is that? One of the greatest things about this entire situation is his mother is approaching this situation with the mindset of collaboration, not isolation. How amazing is that? At a point in my life where I was beginning to humble myself and possibly take it too far by it leading to a feeling of insignificance, I am given the good news. There is nothing insignificant at all about being a father! I am working to control a dollop of desperation t

Kiddie pools and Waffle House...

Well went to a raging pool party last evening! (More photos coming soon). It was a good time. I got to see my best (male) friend Kevin for the first time in several months. Last time we hung out we were in Richmond, Virginia at our friend Nikki's house. We continue to follow one another around the country from state to state..lol. I digress (that will have to be for another post). Anyway I had good times, with good people, and made some new friends. Then this morning I went to Waffle House for the breakfast of champions...lol. Two eggs scrambled with cheese; hash browns covered, smothered, and peppered; with dry wheat. That is the same thing I have ordered and eaten at the Waffle House since first going there back in the days they had "all you can eat. Anyway, I went into the bathroom to wash my hands and it felt like I was in an airplane lavatory. Very strange. Also every word that every customer and employee was saying into the entire joint seemed to be funneled into the

Tribal neophyte...

I feel that the title explains where I am at in life currently. I feel much like a neophyte... For over a decade I used drugs, sex, alcohol, and other things to be what made me whole in life. All the while fighting and denying what I knew was right and going with the wrong. Now...do I have regrets? NO. Do I wish I had done things differently? Oftentimes I do. Do I dwell on the past and let it affect where I am currently. NO. Did I learn from my past? Absolutely! Do I have a TON more to learn? OH Yeah! My point is that we all have done things we should not have done. We have all done things that we may not be proud of. (If you try to say that you have not done the aforementioned...you are lying, which you should not do) . Well I wish I could make more of a point here but I can not. I guess this post is more for me to look back on in a few years and say "hmmmm" *Update*: the whole reason I started to write this post was to mention how great the show I saw to night w

Contradictory oxymoron?

Notice that I stated I was being lazy in my previous post? Well, I have spent the last several hours working on my blog design now. Did I snag a free template from the web? Of course I did but I have since been tweaking it to make it my own. I also stated in my previous post that I did not want to post two posts today...well here that is. Anyway... the reason I am writing this post is because I almost went back and deleted a couple of my recent posts. Just as I was about to permanently remove them from existence I stopped. Is that not part of the greatness of blogs? A few months, years, or decades down the road we can look back and reflect on these periods of our life. Who knows one day I may become a good free lance writer...LOL. If that does happen to occur then I can look back and laugh at these posts. (although I am sure I will either way) Now that I wasted more of your precious life I am going to bed.

Professional implacability that leads to divorce and Mattel Electronics...

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They truly have nothing in common but I am feeling lazy today and did not want to add two new posts. And honestly I have been waiting for a while to blog about Intellivision in hopes of coming up with some witty/comical post for you all to read. Well, sorry...I got nothin'. Suck it up and keep reading folks, you came this far did you not? I ran across some interesting information today...Medical field(s) with the highest divorce rate: psychiatrists and marriage counselors. I just found that interesting (however not surprised). ...on a lighter note... Golly, gee, Wally Do any of the rest of you remember (or did you also own) the kick ass gaming console called 'Intellivision'?I did and it was awesome!! It played very well on our 18 year old RCA television as well. Remember the RCA TVs that would outlive your family pets? Yeah, those were cool too. Then some genius notified our consumer electronic companies that if they build them to last for so long we will not purchase more.

Google is watching...

anyone that knows me in real life knows that I am one of the biggest Google advocates on earth. In fact most people that meet me also ask me why I do not work for Google in their marketing department. Well, I wish I knew...I am sure the several times I have sent in my resume just blends in with the other 4,000 resumes that they receive daily. Additionally, I am sure that my resume is highly unimpressive to them. On paper I would not appear to have anything to provide as far as being an asset to their marketing department. I am an extrovert, a people person, I need an outside marketing position...lol. Anyway...the whole point of this post was not for me to toot my horn about how I am such a wonderful (self proclaimed) marketer for Google. The reason for this post is this hilarious video I cam across. We all (I hope) know abnout the controversy of the cars that take the street view pictures for Goole maps/earth. Check out this video. *UPDATE: You have got to go check out the other (G

Are baby names indicative of the times?

Find out here . Whereas I do NOT intend to have any children any time soon. I still found this application very intriguing.

Borrowed wisdom from Sigmund Freud...

"The pedant is he who finds it impossible to read criticism of himself without immediately reaching for his pen and replying to the effect that the accusation is a gross insult to his person. He is, in effect, a man unable to laugh at himself." - Sigmund Freud, The Ego and the Id. This can also be found at Meg's blog ....that is where I got it!

Google and its elitist pleasures....

I thought this was cool. Google teamed with Radiohead to make a video with lasers in lieu of cameras.

Vehement denial...

sometimes I think that this is what individuals are trying to push one into doing. Call it human kind or call it the devil; but it seems that when someone lives in a sanguine manner you can be approached in droves with people questioning your integrity and motives for what it is that you do. The best part is how they will all have pow wows and discuss YOU before discussing the said topic with YOU. Can someone explain how that works? At that point I am certain that opinions are being shared and in turn manipulating the opinions of those around them. The next thing you know you have a group of people that all have a dark and twisted opinion of an individual that was simply living a positive life all the while minding their own business. Oh there I answered my own question. People should learn to mind their own business or to approach the individual or group in question...there is no better place to go for answers than the source!

Psychoanalysis...

Psychoanalyze Yourself; Don't read ahead, just answer the following questions with the first thought that comes to mind. Then read which each answer means at the end. 1. You are not alone. You are walking in the woods. Who is with you? God 2. You are walking in the woods. You see an animal. What kind of animal do you see? Wolf 3.What interaction takes place between you and the animal? A brief stare off before it walks away... 4. You walk deeper in the woods. You enter a clearing, and before you is your DREAM house. What does it look like? A simple house run on solar and wind power with irrigation running on rain water. 5. Is your dream house surrounded by a fence? Absolutely not 6. You enter the house. You walk into the dining room and see the dining room table. Nothing. 7.You exit the house and a cup is on the ground, what kind is it? A measuring cup I dropped at the last BBQ 8.What do you do with the cup? I take it back into the kitchen. 9.You walk to the edge o

Travel...

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Existential life...

I have been called "a good leader"... I have been called "charismatic"... I have been called "sinner"... I have been called "hypocrite"... I have been called "highly intelligent"... I have been called "ignorant and blind"... I have been called "spiritual"... I have been called "worthless and weak"... ...and you know what? I agree with all of the statements that I have heard containing those adjectives describing me. Why? Because I am human. I never claim to have not screwed up. I screwed up numerous times each and every day. Let me ask you this; have you ever made a change in your life and life begins to go REALLY well? But then you slow down or stop doing what turned your life around? Yeah me too. I just did in the last two weeks of my life.

Honor Roll!

In chemistry , He turned water to wine. In biology , He was born without the normal conception; In physics , He disapproved the law of gravity when He ascended into heaven; In economics , He disapproved the law of diminishing return by feeding 5000 men with two fishes & 5 loaves of bread; In medicine , He cured the sick and the blind without administering a single dose of drugs, In history , He is the beginning and the end; In government , He said that he shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Prince of Peace; In religion , He said no one comes to the Father except through him; So. Who is He? He is Jesus! Join me and let's celebrate him; He is worthy. The eyes beholding this message shall not behold evil, the hand that will send this message to everybody shall not labor in vain, and the mouth saying amen to this prayer shall smile forever. Remain in God and seek his face always. Amen! In God I've found everything! The Gre

It is so easy...

to make a difference in this world. At what point did our society begin to believe that it was so difficult? The smallest things can make the biggest impact in our world. There is a story from someone I know about how a flight had been overbooked and the employee of the airlines responsible for getting everyone taken care of was positive, nice, and encouraging to everyone. Evidentially, once on the plane he was helping an elderly woman to her seat and once he had done so the back of the cabin erupted in applause. At that point a gentleman sitting in first class then stood up commending the young man and telling him that he was not paid enough and that he should be in management for the airlines. Now you want to know what he did that made everyone so happy? Do you want to know the secret? He was kind and joyful. Yes that is it. He was simply doing his job but being kind and joyful while doing so. That is all it takes. I believe that we all underestimate our powers as human beings. We

"Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle." - Anon

Wash Day

Monday WashDay Lord, help me wash away all my selfishness and vanity, so I may serve you with perfect humility through the week ahead. Tuesday Ironing Day Dear Lord, help me iron out all the wrinkles of prejudice I have collected through the years so that I may see the beauty in others. Wednesday Mending Day O God, help me mend my ways so I will not set a bad example for others. Thursday Cleaning Day Lord Jesus, help me to dust out all the many faults I have been hiding in the secret corners of my heart. Friday Shopping Day O God, give me the grace to shop wisely so I may purchase eternal happiness for myself and all others in need of love. Saturday Cooking Day Help me, my Savior, to brew a big kettle of brotherly love and serve it with clean, sweet bread of human kindness. Sunday The Lord's Day O God, I have prepared my house for you. Please come into my heart so I may spend the day and the rest of my life in your presence.