I did try to do a proper brainstorm this morning, people ask, “what is a way to get good at something?” I usually replay, “simply get up and start, and then continue on with the discipline to do it each day.” what transpires most of the time is people are really thinking or verbalizing a desire to do something – fewer – much fewer will do much to change anything. It is like society wants to ingest some magic pill to bring about change that can only come from within.
in the past few months, I have learned I am not in the business of convincing anyone that the track they are headed down is actually a train heading right at them because of a whole lot of real-world work and experience I had to walk through. “but I want this!”
“you can have that…actually you can have anything with enough time, and money…you are providing neither time nor money…so what exactly do you expect to happen?”
Perhaps I was sitting yesterday at a table of kids in the united states. It was fascinating and a bit sad at the same time. Fascinating at how a young mind works. Sad in that mommies and daddies basically seem to be sucked into some consumerism society about keeping up with the jones. I am not sure what the modern day version of this odd phenomenon is called.
Right now I just got the Wi-Fi hooked up to help a friend finish something he could not get to before he had to leave. I am stung in the middle of a tiny empty room typing away. This is my 10 minutes that usually happens a few hours earlier. Why? Because the sooner I get this problem solved for my friend, the faster I can use the time in my day for my work…of which, I have to confess, when I was younger, the idea of globalization really was terrific, fun, and you never wanted to sleep. Today…I think the best impact we can do for people is direct. I have seen the result of market capitalization and scale versus a legitimate P/E ratio (sans all the interesting footnotes buried in the back of the annual reports)
There is nothing wrong with wanting or desiring a lot of stuff. It is how much of the world works. I am going the other direction, and have been for some years.
Yesterday my uncle who is a priest looked at me with his aging and tired eyes, but ones full of wisdom and living out what most people don’t see. He mentioned the more you improve yourself and learn about God, the more significant the burden seems.
I smiled, and I understood….the more you work on not lying to yourself and really learning and trying to love – beyond yourself. You will get great riches in that a powerful force will come into your heart that is basically real love. The more you learn about that unconditional love, the more you look at humanity in the world, our quirks, beliefs, and behaviors with each other, and yeah…it is easy to get sad at the human condition.
But for me? I look into nature and the design of how it all works, the night sky in the desert where there is no light pollution from man and think, “wow….haw many people never take the time to see this because they are too busy telling everyone how wrong they are while never realizing how broken we all are, just living in our land of self created illusion and calling it freedom?