Daily Ramblings – Ted Talk Tuesday – How Do You Know You Exist?

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Here’s another great TEDEd talk. Today, we’re going to be shown a cartoon about Descartes, a philosopher who questioned reality and existence. Watch this short, entertaining video that explains what he came up with.

Until next time…

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Workout Routine – Week of November 10th

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I’m posting this early because tomorrow is Veteran’s Day and I’m going to enjoy my day off.

Monday – Saturday

This week I will be doing a 10’s workout. Here’s how it works.

1 rep, 2 reps, 3 reps, 4 reps, 5 reps, 6 reps, 7 reps, 8 reps, 9 reps, 10 reps, 10 reps, 9 reps, etc.

Monday

  • Quads, Hams, Abs

Tuesday

  • Back and Biceps

Wednesday

  • Chest and Triceps

Thursday

  • Shoulders, Calves

Friday

  • Cardio

Saturday

  • Cardio

Sunday

  • Off

See you at the finish line!

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Happy Veteran’s Day!

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I’m posting Monday’s posting early because I’m going to be enjoying my day tomorrow and will be doing another “Do Nothing Day” to celebrate. There are quite a few restaurants serving free meals and other goodies and I always try to take advantage of that. Subsequently, this posting will be my Monday Motivation post instead.

I wanted to express my thanks to all veterans, past and present, for their service. As a veteran, it’s great to see all the messages posted to social media. It makes you feel good about what you did for your country and I wanted to pass those good feelings along.

Our servicemen and women are everywhere providing security and support to the nations they are assigned to. They are enduring separation from their families, fear, stress, and in some situations, performing the impossible. Thank you for all you do. Your sacrifices will not be forgotten.

I’d also like to say Happy Birthday to all the Marines out there. Your 244 years of service has spanned every major war this country has seen. Your service has been exemplary. When the job is impossible, the Marines are called. I salute you.

I would also like to thank the families of our veterans. You share their burden. You worry. You miss our husband, wife, son, daughter, brother, or sister. The one thing that got me through my deployments were the letters you sent. We also enjoyed the care packages sent by random K-12 schools. We also enjoyed the USO shows when they came.

I will never forget my 20 years in the U.S. Army. I know those of you who are still serving will also never forget your experiences while you serve. I hope each of you a safe return.

For those that have lost a loved one, I thank you and your loved one’s for their sacrifice. Without the veterans of our armed services, none of us would be able to enjoy the freedoms, many of us take for granted from time-to-time.

Happy Veteran’s Day!

Until next time…

Dave

 

Daily Ramblings – Spread Your Wings Sunday – Weekly Challenges

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Challenge #1: My best friend is_____________. Give them a small gift. Just because (courtesy Five-Minute Journal)

Challenge #2: Set aside time for your favorite hobby. If you don’t have one, do some research and find one you are interested in. Commit to doing something with your hobby this week. (courtesy https://embracingsimpleblog.com/fifteen-30-day-challenge-ideas-will-change-life/)

As always, if you complete one of these challenges or both, reply in the comments section what you did.

Until next time…

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Spiritual Saturday – There is Always a Way

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There is always a way

You are stronger than anything standing in your way. Because you have a purpose that cannot be denied.

Often that purpose is difficult and inconvenient to follow. Yet it is never impossible to follow.

There is always a way. If the path you’re on is blocked, look for another route, because it is surely there.

You can be flexible, innovative, determined and persistent. You can imagine any possibility and then work to make that possibility real.

Every moment, every circumstance, every turn of events presents you with an opportunity to act. Take those opportunities, make those actions come to life, and express the purpose that is uniquely you.

Step up and embrace the responsibility for moving your life forward. Whatever may come, there is always a way.

— Ralph Marston

Read more at http://greatday.com/motivate/080929.html#prk6ZXlVeXED788d.99 

Ralph Marston provided the prompt for today’s Spiritual Saturday. A fellow blogger got some bad news yesterday and I hope this helps her in her current situation.

I think all of us can think of at least one time in our lives that were dark. These dark situations appear on the surface to be impossible with no way out. Yet, over time, they loosen their grip on our emotions. This moment is when we begin to think about potential solutions to our problem.

I can’t explain it, but the situation I found myself in late 2016, was one of these situations. Some have labeled this the “dark night of soul”, when we are suffering, scream out for help, and nothing comes. I won’t get into details, but over time, my answer to this problem was surrender. I surrendered to God. I told him that I was horrible running my life and that I would follow whatever guidance he sent me. Then, I let my problem go and lived my life. When you surrender to a higher power, the key to getting some answer you can work with is to be patient. Another requirement is to keep an open mind.

My patience and openness paid off. The solution presented itself. I followed it and everything worked out. Part of my solution was to drop my preconceived notions about what my life should be. Another part of my solution was to drop all of my reactions to the various social pressures I succumbed to throughout most of my life. This combination was exactly what I needed.

It is hard to explain the mindset I have now. I don’t relish toys anymore. I have what I need. I don’t relish making a lot of money anymore. I have enough. I could go on and on about this, but when you become secure in your faith for whatever your religious beliefs are, life smooths out. This doesn’t come free. You have to follow the disciplines required by your religious faith. You get nothing for nothing. Your faith and belief grows from these disciplines.

This was my solution. It may not be yours, but it was for me. The result from my dark night of the soul was a stronger faith-belief that was never available before. I surrendered. I pushed my ego out of the way and admitted that God could run my life better than I could. That was all it took. I continue this today. God knows what I need. God knows better than my limited human senses do.

Follow God’s guidance. It is always there. You just have to listen.

Until next time…

Dave

 

Daily Ramblings – Funny Friday – My Favorite Funny Sources

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Comedians – Bill Burr, Dave Chappelle, Whitney Cummings

Funny Cartoons – Looney Toons, The Simpsons, South Park

Funny Acts – Three Stooges, Laurel and Hardy, Martin and Lewis, Abbott and Costello

Funny Movies – Anything Jim Carrey, Black Sheep, Tommy Boy

There are lots of other funny things I enjoy, but this list should suffice for those of you who are seeking a quick hit. All the comedians are on Netflix or Amazon, you can find the cartoons on TV, and YouTube has videos of the funny acts available. Speaking of YouTube, the Fail Army and any funny animal videos are hilarious.

If you’re bummed out, stressed out, or sad, hit any of these up. They are all hilarious.

I hope each of you has a great weekend!

Until next time…

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Thankful Thursday – Laughter

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“A day without laughter is a day wasted.” – Charlie Chaplin

I don’t know about you, but I love to laugh. I enjoy finding the funny things that occur every day. I also like reading the comics in the paper, finding funny memes, and even catching a comedy show on Netflix or Amazon from time-to-time. It’s a great feeling to laugh so hard you can’t breathe. I don’t reach this level every day, but I do try.

I’m truly thankful for comedy, funny jokes, puns, funny memes, comedy shows, and even the funny animals or fail videos on YouTube. It’s a great thing to laugh. It just feels terrific.

If you’re down in the dumps, stressed out, or in some mental turmoil, take a few minutes to watch your favorite cartoon, read a comic strip, watch a comedy on Netflix or your favorite sitcom. Get those giggles going and you’ll feel a tremendous lift in your mood, even if it is only for a short time.

Bill Burr and Joe Rogan are my go-tos on Netflix. Looney Tunes are my favorite cartoons (I grew up with them). Funny movies? Dumb & Dumber, Caddyshack, and Liar, Liar, to name a few. Comics? I love The Oatmeal. He is a genius. For political satire, there’s The Onion. There are so many funny things on the Internet it would be impossible to list them all here.

Starting today, laugh, giggle, chuckle. Keep an eye out for funny things. Seek them out. Make a habit of laughing. It is a great thing to laugh. I never feel bad when I’m laughing. I hope you strive for the laugh today. It will do wonders for you.

Have a great Thursday, folks.

Until next time…

Dave

 

 

 

Daily Ramblings – Wisdom Wednesday – Practical Work

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“The cycle of creative action begins with a concept we carry in our minds of what we wish to do. The next step is to outline on paper some plan of how to accomplish this. The final step is action in carrying out the plan.” – Harold Klemp – The Language of Soul

Stephen Covey discusses the first and second creation in his book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. He discusses this while covering the second habit: Begin with the End in Mind. The first creation is what we visualize in our mind. It is the pictures, sounds, feelings, and smells of our end product. This end product could be a goal, a destination, or a situation. The second creation is when we breathe life into the first creation by taking all the actions necessary to make our vision a reality.

If you examine Harold Klemp’s process, it is simple. Visualize. Plan. Act. If this were so simple, why do so many people fail to accomplish their goals? My guess is that they can visualize a better life, but ignore the planning and acting parts of this equation.

What’s the reason? Why do people dream about things to do, achieve, or accomplish, yet fail to do anything about these dreams? FEAR.

We fear trying new things. We fear failing. We fear we aren’t good enough. We fear we lack the skills, time, or money. We fear what our social network will think. We are so fearful of these things we continue to dream and hunger for change, but just don’t get around to it. We are so comfortable with our current situations that we prefer this comfort zone, rather than those scary “wilds” outside that comfort zone. These wilds are so scary we just can’t step into them to pursue something that could transform our lives for the better.

How do we overcome this? First, your desire has to be stronger than the fear that is holding you back. When your desire is stronger than fear, you’ll act. Second, your current circumstances are no longer comfortable. Here, your discomfort outweighs the fear you have of the wilds.

You are the only person who can make a decision to act. You are the only person that can risk venturing into the wilds to find your personal pot of gold.

One thing you can do, if you are still hesitant is to take small steps into the wild. If you have a good visual of what you want, start with a brainstorming session. Don’t commit to anything, just begin exploring what you would have to do if you ever got around to doing something. This is the first step. Once you begin brainstorming and thinking about potential solutions, the wilds will be less intimidating. They will be less scary because your brainstorming session will begin to show you what actions you could take to get where you are going. In other words, the wilds become more familiar because you are starting to chart a map through the wilds to your vision or goal (plan).

Once you have brainstormed, you can begin to evaluate and organize these steps into an action plan. Then all you have to do is the act. This action is like sticking your toes in the cold water. Commit to taking one action on your list. Once you’ve done this, take another, and another. Before you know it, you’ll be closer to your goal and those scary wilds will be less intimidating. You are acting and getting closer to your destination.

Eliminate fear by taking small steps. Brainstorm, plan, take small actions. You will bring that dream into reality. The first time you explore the wilds, it will be uncomfortable, but the more you do it, even if they are small excursions, the more this discomfort will dissipate. The territory you thought was scary is not so bad. In fact, it is less dangerous than the predictable, boring, and complacent comfort zone you now occupy.

The people that attain their dreams are not better than you. They just took a leap of faith before you did. They have failed more than you have been comfortable with. They have failed so many times, failure no longer has a hold on them. They’ve figured out what everyone figures out. Failure is part of the growth process. You’ll never learn or do something new without screwing up. So enjoy failure. Enjoy the process. Every time you fail you learn something–you learn what doesn’t work.

I hope you have a terrific Wednesday!

Until next time…

Dave