Tuesday, October 15, 2019

What If You Didn’t?

We do things because we’ve done things. I put my left leg into my pants first, every time. 

Our lives are built on a simple formula:

When X happens, we do Y about it. 

That is until we decide, when X happens, we do Z instead. 

Idk what things need changing in your life, but what's one thing you can do differently? Instead of doing what you always do, getting what you have always gotten, what if you didn’t? 


Monday, October 14, 2019

Thoughtleaders Are Still Employees

It’s rare to see someone on TV that wants to change the status quo. Major media companies are owned by wealthy people. The host, is usually a millionaire as well. How likely is it that someone in power will actively try to reduce their power? Before we take someone at their word, we should look at standing in society. 


Sunday, October 13, 2019

Regrettable Habits

What’s something you do and almost always regret?

Become aware of this habit. Do your best to stop.

You may even need to get help for this. Professional help isn’t the only answer. Getting a friend or trusted acquaintance to be your Accountability Partner can be quite effective.

If you’re past the oblivious and denial stages in your regrettable habit, the next step is to do something about it. Reach out for help if you feel like you need it.


Saturday, October 12, 2019

What’s Wrong With Judgment?

People say, “Don’t judge me.” I ask, why not?

“Don’t judge others unfairly,” is something I’ll argue for. Imagine living a life without judgment, you wouldn’t last long. You need to make calls from the time your eyes open in the morning to when they close at night.

Fair judgment is based on things like actions and words, where a choice can be made.
 
So judgment isn’t the issue, the issue is judgement when the other party has no blame in the matter. It’s why people get defensive, especially when they’re in a position of privilege. It’s not their fault, just as it isn’t a colored person’s fault for the color of their skin. Now, the actions that are taken in conjunction with that privilege, fair game. But don’t make the uncontrollable factors a point at all, you can’t win that argument.


Friday, October 11, 2019

Where Are The Solutions?

People are strange. In one breath they say they can’t complain and in the very next they complain about something. 

I don’t know if complaining about something without offering a solution is healthy but it doesn’t seem like it would be. Bringing pure negativity into your life hardly ever is. 

If you want to change the world, start. 


Thursday, October 10, 2019

Complaining Can Be Productive

Progress comes from complaints. The first person to invent something has a complaint about the current state of affairs. 

A bag was probably one of the first inventions, dry out this animal hide, roll my stuff into it and all of a sudden I can carry more than a handful of things. But then someone tied that to their back, freeing their hands, changing the game. 

But what if we stopped complaining and said everything is as good as we need it to be? Then this will be as good as it will ever get. 

Complaining without changing something is borderline insanity. I don’t want to live in a prison of negativity built by my own thinking. 


Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Easy Is Interesting

What’s the easiest thing you can do? How will that get you to success or happiness?

What’s the hardest thing you can do? Will that get you to success or happiness faster? 

We always like doing what’s easy, because it’s easy. I hope I can do what’s hard, what’s purposeful. Short term sacrifice, long term gain. It isn’t easy saying no to instant gratification. However, by doing what’s hard, it will make your life much easier in the future. 

Imagine what your life would look like if you did what you knew you should be doing. 


Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Nonprofits Should Expire

If someone starts a homeless shelter, should there be a plan for it to be ultimately converted into something else?

When a nonprofit becomes a business all of a sudden ending the problem doesn’t seem that good for the employees of that business. 

I think a better model would be something with a definitive goal. House 100 people for example. Once they do that the non profit would shut down and sure the same people could start another but we’d see the numbers.

 We’d see that it took in $2,000,000 to house those 100 people. But there’s another nonprofit that housed 100 for $600,000. So, where would people want to put their money in for the next one?

Are we looking for cures or treatment plans? 


Monday, October 7, 2019

Judging Consideration

Courtesy. Is someone thinking of you or not? 

Too often we think about what someone does for us and not what they didn’t. If someone knows you’ve been outside in the heat all day and the first or second thing out of their mouth isn’t “Can I get you something to drink?” then you might have a problem. 

Someone explained this to me much better a long time ago, but it’s worth pondering. What is someone not doing that would be nice if instead, they were doing?


Sunday, October 6, 2019

Ratings Over Everything

We’re sheep. Being herded.
They control what’s on the screen, picking what will make us watch the most. Even furthering theories to entice people to act more in the future so that they can create more “news” stories.

The self-creating self-eating serpent. What a world.

Media companies have one job, to get ratings. If they lie for it, so what? If they create narratives that lead us to war, so what?

We have to at least acknowledge that some people value money over human life. What happens when they own the media?


Saturday, October 5, 2019

Be A Fan

It’s easy to hate on and make fun of something. 
It can be just as easy to praise and appreciate as well. 

Be a fan. Wish for people to succeed and they’ll probably wish you well in return. 

The world has enough haters, be a fan for a change. 


Friday, October 4, 2019

Kids Can Do Almost Anything

Consistency. 

If a child does two years of this or that, here and there throughout their academic life not much impact will be created. Imagine instead, that same child doing 10 years of math club. She’s going to Harvard, Yale, CalTech, pretty much guaranteed. 

Focus. 

You’re not a kid, but you probably know one. Just because your ship has sailed doesn’t mean you can’t be the wind in someone else’s sails. 

Even if your ship has sailed, in five years you’ll be five years older. How will you grow or shrink?


Thursday, October 3, 2019

Nine Cop Cars

I’ve been in the back of nine cop cars. My only criminal record consists of two DUIs. When I see police, I see my freedom at risk. My first interaction with them on the street when I was 11 or 12 and got stopped and frisked, a short, mexican boy with a backpack walking in a mostly white neighborhood. Did it matter that I lived there? No. I was a suspect, automatically.

When others see police, they may not feel the way I do and that’s probably because of their experiences with police in the past. Cops need to do better. We need to make their job easier as well. One day at a time, all we can do is try to change the laws so that people like me and victims of much worse can live a little easier.


Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Paying For Labels

People pay for labels. People will pay you if you have the right label attached. People will pay you if you will give them a label they want. 

Either with money or attention. 

Some people don’t want to be labeled, that in itself, is a label. Labels are inevitable. Embrace the inevitable. 


Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Question Negativity

I recently read an article about a cartoon show I liked, Rick and Morty. The author broke it down simply. The show is about a grandpa abusing his family for laughs. 

How is that entertaining? Why is that entertaining?

Moving forward I don’t plan on watching this show again or shows similarly making light of serious and deplorable behavior. 

Maybe it is just a show, but I can’t come up with a better answer than that.