I’m going total geek this week, with a short video about what’s inside your computer. Check it out. When you think your computer just works, this will show you how the complex components inside your computer actually work and react to things as simple as a mouse click. Enjoy!
Here we are again! It’s Sunday folks. I hope each of you are having a great weekend!
Weekly Challenge: This week’s challenge is a simple one. Take one hour away from all technology (cell phones, laptops, computers, etc.). In today’s overly technical world, this can be tough, but the key is to stay away from your mobile phone, laptop, or computer for just one hour. Evaluate how you feel at the end of the hour and drop a comment on how this impacted you.
I put the link to an article that provides some data on religion today across the planet. Religions with the largest number of followers are Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism. Interestingly, 16.3% of the world’s population are not affiliated with any religion, a higher number than the number of Hindus presently.
There are many advantages to religious practice. Religion provides a community of support that individuals can depend on in times of trouble. Religions offer the ability to connect with other like-minded individuals in a social context. These organizations also offer a system of values that one can rely on when moral dilemmas arise in one’s life.
If you consider yourself non-religious, that’s ok. As the above information shows, there are many who do not affiliate with any religion. I would recommend pursuing a religious belief system if you find that your life is missing something or is empty. You can’t put your finger on the “why” of this emptiness, you just know that it exists.
If you believe you would like to try religion or explore religion as a solution to this emptiness, I would recommend learning about the various religions to figure out which one fits you the best. Learn about Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, and any other religion you have an interest in.
There are many books out there that can give you an idea about the basic tenets of each religion, what they believe, and how each one operates. Next, you could visit a religious institution and meet with the religious leader of that organization to discuss when they meet and so on.
If you attend the meeting, get to know people in the group that attend the meetings. Ask them why they believe what they believe. Read through the books they use. Once you have been there for a while, you can make a judgment about continuing your attendance and pursuit of this religion or decide to move on and try something else.
I’m confident you’ll find something that aligns with you. If you are still in doubt, about the benefits of having religion and spirituality in your life, do a Google search on benefits of spirituality, benefits of religion, or something along these terms. Test out what these articles claim.
If you find something, congrats! If not, keep searching. It is a worthwhile endeavor. I enjoy the religion I follow. It provides many benefits to me and my family.
For most of my adult life, I have lived in big cities. My first big city was Berlin, W. Germany. It was the first time I lived in a major metropolitan area and the change was exciting. So many people. So many things to see. So many things to do. It was amazing to have access to literally anything I wanted and get something within a bus ride’s distance.
After living in West Germany, Kansas City, Los Angeles, and Phoenix, I have to say that I am enjoying the calm and peace of a small beach town. My hometown of Port Huron, Michigan is a terrific little place along the Michigan coast. We have our beaches, we have our unique restaurants and coffee shops, and most of all, we don’t have traffic jams or smog.
After watching all the craziness in places like Los Angeles, Chicago, Portland, Seattle, and New York, I am happy to be here, tucked away in this quaint beachside town and living a normal existence. It is a blessing.
Do I miss having access to tons of different cuisines, museums, sporting complexes, and other venues? Sure. It was terrific to be able to get in my car and have access to some of the luxuries available in a large, bustling city. But when I look at heavy traffic, long wait times for a restaurant, long wait times for a movie, or navigating my way through a large parking to find parking, those luxuries fall away. Now it takes me roughly 15 minutes to get to any part of town. If I want something that is not available in local stores, I order it on Amazon and it’s here in two days. If I go to a restaurant or movie theater, the wait time is maximally 15-20 minutes to get seated or get into the theater.
So today, I’m thankful to be living in a small town–my home town. Life is good.
Well, here we are. Yet another Monday to tackle. Since retirement, the days have taken on a different meaning. Each of my days is roughly the same, unless I decide to pursue something new and unique. I enjoy consistency, but also like to add in some variety now and then.
The three things I missed the most during the lockdown are my libraries, coffee shops, and gyms. Libraries are still closed, and coffee shops are still pretty locked down, so I only have the gym. Getting out on the road, interacting with people at the gym and Starbucks is really nice. You never know who you’re going to meet or what will happen.
I’m really glad my gyms are opening back up. I missed going to them. My routine won’t be any less intense than my home workouts, but it’s the feeling you have when you’re on a machine or bench pounding away. That makes all the difference. I also miss the chance meetings with people, asking about how to use a machine or asking if they can work into my sets.
Now that the gyms are open, I’ll begin going again tomorrow. My schedule is in place, and I’m ready to get back at it.
Here’s my weekly schedule:
Spiritual Exercise Daily
Social activities Daily
I hope all of you have a fun-filled, productive week!