Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Paradigm Shifts

The best experiences I have had in my life have one thing in common.

Paradigm Shifts were the end results. I have had a few and hope to have more. This is what life is about. At least it is for me. Empowering was it for me to understand that I created the reality that I chose to live in. I alone was responsible for my happiness and what it looked like to me.



If there is something in my life that challenges my serenity? I can choose to take steps to address the problem or I can choose to do nothing and suffer the consequences. I try to live in a solution based perspective.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Lets play connect the dots...

Why is it that politicians are so bent out of shape to make education Out Of Reach for most Americans? We have to look no further than the state of Texas to find the answer.

It has been a red state for some time now. The exception being my hometown of Austin. Which has weathered the storm and remained a bright blue beacon in the state? What makes Austin different?  It has a higher percentage of people who have continued their education past the 12th grade.

Educated people have a tendency to question authority and not take what they hear as the gospel truth.

In recent days. The president and Congress made advances in putting continued education out of reach from most Americans. Giving tax breaks for the very rich while eliminating the write off provision f0r student loans. Who tends to benefit from this environment? Politicians backed by the corporations who have their own agenda. One where the American citizens are more pliable. They are creating a country populated by sheep.

The wolves are running the country. And I'm calling them out.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

You put your chocolate in my peanut butter...

Or was it the other way around "you put your peanut butter in my chocolate"? 
I know I'm dating myself by paying homage to that classic Seventies commercial, one that always had me craving for Reese's peanut butter cups. But there is a method to my madness. It can be a wonderful tool for people of all race and ages. We can stay true to ourselves and be safe in the reality of our own making. Drawing comfort by surrounding yourself with like-minded people. Choosing to take the path less-traveled. Experiencing life outside a comfort zone. A thirst for knowledge and the wisdom gained from the exchange of ideas and life-lessons when traveling or playing host to someone different. All of this just to find out we have more in common with each other than not.
Thanks

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

What would you say is your greatest attributes?

What would you say are your greatest attributes?
Buster_Sly:
Active listening is a skill set few are taught. When I was a trainer for the customer service department of one of the big three car manufacturers in the USA. I would tell a story to 30 trainees and ask them to write down what they thought the story was about. I would usually get 10-15 different answers from a group of people who heard the same story at the same time. The only difference was that none shared the same life experiences.

Life experiences shape who we are today. What is important to one may not be to another. Properly executed, the listener is engaged in the conversation without the person sharing feeling as if they are talking to a wall and equally as damaging is when the person sharing gets annoyed from constantly being interrupted. In its absence the one listening risks losing the person trust because they feel the person in front of them were not listing, They did not care enough.

It also saves a lot of time when I everyone is on the same page.

What would you say are your greatest attributes? A question recently asked of me.

What would you say are your greatest attributes?
Buster_Sly:
Active listening is a skill set few are taught. When I was a trainer for the customer service department of one of the big three car manufacturers in the USA. I would tell a story to 30 trainees and ask them to write down what they thought the story was about. I would usually get 10-15 different answers from a group of people who heard the same story at the same time. The only difference was that none shared the same life experiences.

Life experiences shape who we are today. What is important to one may not be to another. Properly executed, the listener is engaged in the conversation without the person sharing feeling as if they are talking to a wall and equally as damaging is when the person sharing gets annoyed from constantly being interrupted. In its absence the one listening risks losing the person trust because they feel the person in front of them were not listing, They did not care enough.

It also saves a lot of time when I everyone is on the same page.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Top 10 life lessons I have learned to date.

1. Learning to pick my battles. Not every fight is worth fighting for especially when the person you are trying to share your experience/opinion with has a closed mind. Unwilling to hear alternative views.
2. It's about the journey, not the destination. I'm here on this planet to experience, learn and grow. There is a difference between ignorance and stupidity.
3. Knowledge is not to be hoarded but shared with any who would seek it. In a fellowship, I heard it phrased differently. "You can't keep what you have unless you give it away".
4. Balance is the Holy Grail. Rarely is this achieved in all aspects of my life, but it is a goal that I strive for on a daily basis.
5. Is it better to understand or be understood? You decide on your own which one is most important or if they both are equal in their importance.
6. Being present or at the moment. Another lesson of life where Improvement and not Perfection is the goal.
7. Growth comes from doing things outside of my comfort.
zone.
8. Failing should never be feared. It is a powerful tool used for learning.
9. Compassion empathy, understanding all love based emotions are the only tools I have found to break the cycle of hate and violence both derived from fear. It would be foolish of me to forget transgressions brought against me. The act of forgiveness is not for the other person. It is a gift I give to myself.
10. Happiness is an inside job. People places and things will never fill the void.

In no particular order are these placed and I continue to add much more as long as I stay open to the possibilities.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

"I do the right thing" not because of a promise of a brighter future. I "do the right thing" because it is in my heart to do so.

Not too long ago a person born in the United States of median income could choose to live a life similar to their parents or take a different path by continuing their education and be who they wanted to be. That was the "American Dream". It was albeit brief period obtainable to most Americans born in the United States. The Federal Government went so far as to encourage this movement. Pell grants to offset the expenses for the families who could not shoulder the entire burden. Student loans at low-interest rates gave hope to many of a brighter future. All we had to do was work for it.

The United States that once offered a promise of a better life for most Americans has been circumvented by the top 5% of the wealthiest Americans and the politicians they control through campaign financing. Why else would a sitting President allow a grant used to assist students in need to end? When he chose not to sign when it came up for renewal. The ever-increasing cost of continued education. Soon to be unattainable save for the uber-rich Americans. Look not into the recent past to see the truth of it. In the here and now we have politicians who no longer bother hiding behind the guise of a public servant passed into law by way of the recent restructuring of taxation. The removal of a tax break for people who took advantage of a student loan with the hope of a brighter future. Do they want indentured servants upon completion of one's education? Or/and to discourage most from even trying.

If the politicians and those behind them think of us as sheep. "We The People" need to stop being compliant and take our heads out of the proverbial sand. There is a reason behind this attack. On more than one front are we under siege. I understand the fear and its paralyzing effect. When I was a child laying in my bed at night. I might have been inclined to stay perfectly still hoping against hope maybe he would not notice me and pick someone else. The truth I came to understand was even when I was not singled out? Still was I damaged by the sounds of another being victimized while I did nothing. I learned a valuable lesson early in my life new to this world. They never just go away. Not until I learned to turn the light on them. Dismissing the lies and half-truths. Are we to stand alone or together? The answer for me is simple. I stand.

It is not just our country that is suffering under this current regime/administration. What is being done across the globe in our name (United States of America) is shameful at best. I grow tired and will speak my truth more on this subject later.

I know full well what this country does to one who would be the bearer of bad news. Throughout history, it never ends well. Yet I am compelled to speak my truth no matter the consequences and the suffering that at times follows.

Search This Blog

Followers