Daily Ramblings – Thank you!

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Thanks for following Daily Ramblings! I appreciate all of the new followers this week. I hope all of you continue to enjoy the content that drew you to the site in the first place.

Announcement!

I am heading to Phoenix, AZ on Wednesday, the 28th. I’ll be there until the 13th of December. My family and I are going to my niece’s wedding. It will be great fun!

I’ll do my best to keep up my schedule but wanted to forewarn you that I may miss a day or two hanging out with my friends and family in Phoenix.

Have a great Sunday all!

Until next time…

Dave

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Daily Ramblings – Spiritual Saturday

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“Sometimes our light goes out, but is blown again into instant flame by an encounter with another human being.”―Albert Schweitzer

I think the “light” Schweitzer discusses in this quote is about the spark or motivation we carry with us to meet the day. When life beats you up on multiple fronts, it is hard to be motivated to do anything at times. Then you meet someone or interact with someone who inspires you, invigorates you, or shows you that you may not have it as bad as you thought. These people are those people who are the “heart” people.

Heart people or the people who center their lives around the aspect of love are those who can withstand hardship because they know they are loved. They give love because in many cases it is all they possess. They give without thought of gain or advantage. They give without expecting anything in return. They give. They are grateful for the small graces sprinkled upon them.

When you run across a grateful person, you find they do not believe in a lack of abundance. They believe that there is enough for everyone and are always willing to give what they have to others, particularly if they believe the person, they are giving to needs something more than them. Grateful people do not advise others, they teach through example. They show the world that what they have is enough. They show others that happiness is internal, not an external thing subject to the whims of chance, the weather, or what other people do.

I am eternally grateful for the heart people I have come across. They have taught me. They have helped me. They have given to me. They arrived at times in my life that were not so great. I befriend people who are like this and keep them close. I, in turn, have tried to cultivate this same aspect of character. I try to help those that I can. I try to teach others the things I have learned that have been helpful to me. I try to show other people that they can have a better life by working on themselves. Some folks listen—others don’t. That’s ok.

I thank God for the family, friends, mentors, and teachers that have graced my life. They have taught me persistence. They have taught me discipline. They have taught me a great many things that benefit me. I reciprocate the grace they have brought to my life and try to do the same for others.

I hope each of you has had the privilege of knowing a heart person. I hope you are emulating these people and pursuing a life of being a “light” for others. It will make a huge difference in another person’s life.

Until next time…

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Funny Friday

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“Once you can accept the universe as matter expanding into nothing that is something, wearing stripes with plaid comes easy.” ­Albert Einstein

Only Albert could give us something to ponder while being funny. This brought up a point about the importance of giving yourself a break. You are human. You will make mistakes. You will goof up. You will fall.

Will your mistake end the world? Will your goof destroy your progress? No. You can fix mistakes and goofs. Just realize that making mistakes and goofs are all part of the learning process. Learn from your mistakes. Learn what didn’t work. Learn why it didn’t work.

After re-wiring my brain toward coding again, I realized how silly some mistakes are. Software development languages are quite unforgiving when you screw up syntax. They are also maddening when you think they should do something, and they do something else. Between syntax and logic errors, logic errors are the worst. But, like every other developer before me, there are little hacks to learn, little “tricks of the trade” that allow you to avoid plenty of errors or have a process for finding logic and syntax errors.

The same thing that a software engineer uses can be used in real life when looking at your other projects. Look at the big task, break it down into little tasks, and execute each little task. This is what a computer programmer does because a computer can only work through little tasks to accomplish bigger ones. You must build the code, so your computer knows the variables it will have access to, the functions it will execute, and told when to execute a function or line of code. All these little tasks build up to an end goal, like allowing a person to play a game, do a calculation, or learn if they had enough sleep last week.

We do the same thing when we are looking to accomplish something. We look at the goal. We visualize what the end-state of that goal’s accomplishment looks like. Then we begin breaking the goal down into actionable steps.

I’ve really enjoyed getting back into programming. I haven’t done it seriously since 2005, but it is all beginning to come back quickly. I like the way software engineering requires us to think about what we want to accomplish. Only then can we build code to help us fulfill our desired end.

When you make a mistake and get down on yourself, take some time to contemplate the bigger picture. Each mistake you make helps you move forward—you find out what NOT to do. Learn from these mistakes. They’ll make you stronger—better. I hope all of my readers in the US had a terrific Thanksgiving!

Until next time…

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Happy Thanksgiving

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Today, we’ll be bypassing Thinking Thursday for a Thanksgiving Day Post. Today, in the United States, we celebrate Thanksgiving Day. It is the start of our holiday season in the U.S. and is always a nice time of year. Today, there will be parades, big meals, and football.

Thanksgiving is a day we Americans take the time to think about what we are grateful for. I believe Thanksgiving is a daily affair because it makes me feel good to isolate those things that I am grateful for daily.

Here is my list:

I am grateful for my family.

I am grateful for my friends.

I am grateful for God’s love.

I am grateful for the abilities I have.

I am grateful for my health.

I am grateful for the family dogs.

I am grateful for this life.

For those of you that celebrate, Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you enjoy some time off with your friends and family, eat some great food, and share some well-deserved time off. Take a moment today to write down or think about the things you are grateful for–it is a great exercise and you’ll feel terrific.

Until next time…

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Wisdom Wednesday

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“Pain is a pesky part of being human, I’ve learned it feels like a stab wound to the heart, something I wish we could all do without, in our lives here. Pain is a sudden hurt that can’t be escaped. But then I have also learned that because of pain, I can feel the beauty, tenderness, and freedom of healing. The pain feels like a fast stab wound to the heart. But then healing feels like the wind against your face when you are spreading your wings and flying through the air! We may not have wings growing out of our backs, but healing is the closest thing that will give us that wind against our faces.”―C. JoyBell C.

https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/wisdom-quotes

If you spend any time reading through other blogs in the WordPress.com blogosphere, you see a great many people in pain. Mental pain, physical pain, the pain of loss, the pain of failure, the pain of addiction, the pain of poverty, and so many other types of pain.

We all experience pain in our lives. Without pain, we cannot feel its opposite—pleasure. Both have to exist for us to feel one or the other. The same goes for beauty and ugliness, love and hate, laughter and crying. These opposites are here so we can distinguish one from the other. Once we have learned what pain is, we tend to run from it and pursue pleasure.

Pain is a double-edged sword. Wallow in it and you are in hell. Use it and you can sometimes find a way out of it. Pain identifies when I’m at my limit in the gym. Pain tells me I should be careful with my back. Pain tells me what I’ve lost and to treasure regaining that again in the future. Pain teaches me contentment when the pleasure returns.

Pain, like pleasure, is fleeting. Pain and pleasure revolve around each other. They are finite. They come and go.

Don’t get me wrong. I realize there are some folks out there whose pain is so deep that the only escape is medication and psychological help of one sort or another. I am not trying to minimize this.

The pains we feel in life are teachers. There is a saying, “Things are not done to us but for us.” – Harold Klemp. Pain can be a great teacher.

Have you ever come out of a challenging situation in your life and failed to learn something? I, like most, have had my share of troubles. When I go back through my journal and read some of those entries, I am almost brought back to that point instantly, reliving the pain, the fear, and the absolute despair I was experiencing at the time.

When I take the time to really examine these periods, from a more balanced and neutral point of view, I can see the lessons that I learned from those experiences materialize. If I had not gone through what I did, I wouldn’t have learned what I now know. In fact, my greatest learnings over my lifetime have been initiated by painful circumstances, painful relationships, or painful experiences. I am not advocating that you seek out pain to learn, just to be aware that when life gets hard or you are presented with a problem that appears to be unsolvable that there is a way out. “There is always a way.” – Harold Klemp.

For those of you who are experiencing loss. For those of you who are experiencing physical pain. For those of you afflicted with mental pain of any type, I send you good thoughts. I hope your pain passes. I hope that one day you can regain some semblance of normalcy in your life.

Until next time…

Dave

 

Daily Ramblings – Ted Talk Tuesday

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Today’s Ted Talk is provided by a writer. A writer who has seen the peak of success and the pit of defeat. She discusses a really important point about her craft. It is not about making money or being successful. It is not about the failure of a book. It is about doing what you love, a thing she calls “home”.

“Home” is the one thing that you love more than yourself. When it comes to writing, I have found so many quotes and stories discussing the same thing. Stephen King, Lee Childs, and James Patterson all offer the same advice in their books, articles, and interviews. When you look at any person who does well at what they are doing and works hard at it, you know there’s love. You couldn’t put in the time these people put into their work if they didn’t absolutely love what they do.

I challenge each of you in my reading audience to take a few moments and reflect. Where is your “home”? I obviously love to write. I do it every day for this blog. Am I the best? Far from it. I love it. I have also recently discovered my passion for programming. You see I started a course on Codecademy on a whim. Programming is on my bucket list. I really enjoy it. I love watching the magic of code. How anyone can make that computer do what they want. It really is magical to me.

Think about the things you do for the sake of doing it. My Mother gardens. My Father loves to work with wood. My brother likes Guitar Playing and technology (he does it for a living). My Wife has a passion for bodybuilding and teaching. My friend has a passion for playing vintage video games.

Each of us has that one thing we could do 24-hours a day without pay. We truly love doing this one thing or maybe a few things more than we love ourselves. This thing is what God put us on Earth to do. It is the one thing you can do that truly wakes you up in the morning.

I hope you enjoy this video. It really sparked something inside me when I watched it. I hope it does the same for you.

Until next time…

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Motivation Monday

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The Story of Two Wolves

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”

He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.” – Author Unknown

We make decisions every day. We choose to do what we set out to do or we choose not to. Do you really have control of your life? Do you do the things you know you need to do, or do you talk about doing things and just never get around to them? Do you have any friends who are like this? The guy or gal who “talks” but never really does?

I used to be that guy. I’d talk about doing this or doing that but never got moving on anything. Whether it was diet, exercise, writing a book, reading, learning something new, or pursuing a life-long goal, I just talked. No one likes living with a liar—not even you. There is that one wholesome, truthful, perfect version of yourself (the good wolf) that accomplishes what it sets out to do. There is also an unwholesome version of yourself (the evil wolf) that talks about doing things but never gets around to doing them, preferring porno, video games, binge-watching television shows or movies, or reading meaningless information. The evil wolf loves a sloth. The evil wolf loves laziness and a lack of self-discipline. The evil wolf loves excuses, complacency, and procrastination. The evil wolf loves getting lied to.

Each time you tell yourself you’ll do something, you make a promise. The good wolf wants to get moving and do the task because you promised yourself you would. The evil wolf intervenes. If it is being fed more than the good wolf it will win, and your promise is broken. The evil wolf is easy to feed. Do nothing, pursue nothing, achieve nothing, take the easy path, blame everything around you for your troubles, never take responsibility, and lie to yourself.

The good wolf is harder to feed. The good wolf will only accept good food. It will only accept consistency, truth, responsibility, dedication, and discipline. If his food comes in any other form, it will snub its nose at the food bowl and walk away.

Feeding the Good Wolf

Make one promise to yourself. Maybe it’s to make your bed every day. Maybe it’s to take a walk every day. Maybe it’s about putting together a cleaning routine for your home. Maybe it’s rebuilding a relationship. Maybe it’s beginning the process of learning something that you’ve always wanted to learn.

Start small. Very small. Make a promise to do that one thing today. Begin feeding the good wolf. You’ll discover that over time, the good wolf’s voice will be louder. As it gets louder, the evil wolf’s voice will become softer. It will have less strength and less influence. You’ll know when this happens. You’ll feel more in control. You’ll feel happier and more accomplished, even by doing just one little thing and keeping your promise.

Once you have built one habit of keeping a small promise to yourself, the good wolf will get stronger. It will guide you to do more. Perhaps you do another small thing, make another small promise to yourself. This is all it takes. Small, little steps. Each step brings you a little more self-control, a little more self-discipline, a little more accomplishment.

Feed the good wolf and ignore the evil wolf. The evil wolf’s voice will become ever quieter and quieter, just like the good wolf’s voice has been for so long. The good wolf will hunger for more and more productive, self-building things. The good wolf’s voice will guide you to good books, good music, good activities, productive actions.

The evil wolf will always be there, just like the good wolf was. If you break a promise to yourself, you feed the evil wolf. The evil wolf will come back, and his voice will again become stronger. Always be vigilant, stay true to the promises you make to yourself. Develop healthy habits and keep building more. Over time you’ll find that you do not have time for bad habits. Like the evil wolf, they will fade away, once you have discovered how great it is to have the good wolf in your life. I wish you well on your journey.

Here’s what I’m up to this week:

Physical:

  • Still working through Jim Stoppani’s Shortcut-to-Strength routine.
  • Intermittent fasting (16-hour fast/8-hour feeding window)
  • Low-Carb, high protein/fat diet Mon-Friday, carb loading on the weekend

Mental:

  • Finished the HTML and CSS courses on Codecademy. I just started the JavaScript course yesterday—great fun!
  • I’m reading the first book of the 2136 trilogy. I’ll give you a review on a thinking Thursday after I’ve finished it.

Social:

  • It’s Thanksgiving this week and I look forward to a quiet one with my Mom and Dad
  • I’m also coordinating with friends and colleagues in Phoenix for my upcoming trip there between the 28th of November and the 13th of December. I can’t wait to hang out with everybody.

Spiritual:

  • I read my bible daily (The Shariyat-Ki-Sugmad)
  • I meditate daily
  • I do a spiritual exercise daily

Entertainment:

  • I’m watching the series Fortitude on Amazon Prime. It is good so far.
  • I’m playing a few game apps on the iPhone – Tune Blast and Candy Crush Friends

If you’re a consistent reader of my blog, you’ve probably figured out that I have a passion for helping people improve their lives. It is tough. So many people out there lost and suffering for no reason. I am continuing to refine my message so that people will get off their butts and do something to improve their lives.

I hope this blog helps people. If you have any suggestions or would like to suggest different types of content, please leave a comment.

Have a great week everybody!!

Until next time…

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Thank you!

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Well, it’s the end of another week! I hope all of you had a great weekend and are getting ready for the upcoming week. Life is an adventure, isn’t it?

I wanted to thank all of the new readers for following Daily Ramblings this week. As mentioned in other postings on my blog, I am shooting for 500 followers by the end of this year. If you know of anyone who would benefit from this blog, please pass this along. I’d really like to hit my goal!

I would also like any of you who would like to see different topics or discussions to make suggestions. I’ll entertain all of them. Simply leave a comment and I’ll give you word personally whether I’ll use that or not.

For those of you who are new, my weekly writing schedule is as follows:

Motivation Monday

Ted Talk Tuesday

Wisdom Wednesday

Thinking Thursday

Funny Friday

Spiritual Saturday

Thank you Sunday and Series Sunday

Well, that’s it! Have a great rest of your weekend!

Until next time…

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Spiritual Saturday

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“The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life – mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical.” – Julius Erving

Read more at https://www.brainyquote.com/topics/spiritual

How do you know what to pursue when you are setting goals? Should you only pursue those goals that provide you with the ability to make more money or should you invest in your time to your church, synagogue, or mosque? Should you spend time learning more or work more on your physique in the gym?

I recommend that you pursue a balanced life by pursuing the four areas “Dr. J” provides us in today’s quote. Dr. Stephen Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People agrees. We should learn new things (mental), cultivate and sustain relationships (emotional/social), pursue a life of service and goodness (spiritual), and build strong and healthy bodies.

We are all different. We possess certain skills and abilities. This characteristic is not limiting; it is liberating. We all have the opportunity to do great things in our lifetimes. We have the ability to improve our knowledge and skills, we have the ability to create, we have the ability to improve our physical bodies (regardless of age). We can also improve our relationship with our loved ones, future friends, and God.

When you begin adding to your list of goals, take a quick look at your list. Is it balanced? Is it pursuing multiple areas to improve, all of which are synergistic in nature? Some that can learn new things will always find employment or be enabled to provide for himself. Being rich is vacant, if your body is broken, you have no one to share your wealth with, and you ignore the finiteness of your life. At some point, you will leave everything behind. The only thing you will leave this Earth with is you, the toys, loved ones, things you know, and all the rest will be left behind. Pretty dark thought, right?

If you take any one of these areas and improve that while ignoring the others your life will be pretty vacant. I’m not suggesting that we shouldn’t specialize in areas where our strengths already exist. I’m suggesting that each area should have some of our efforts. This provides us with a balance in our lives and allows us the ability to truly live a rich life.

If you are healthy, your brain will work better and allow you the ability to pursue all of the things you want without limit. If you are intelligent, you can learn new things. You can also apply that knowledge to the other areas. If you have a strong social network, you will be more resilient when life’s “surprises” show up at your door.

Religious beliefs, in my opinion, bring everything together. Regardless of your path, believing in something greater than yourself, pursuing a life of love, charity, and service are valuable goals. This is also one area where improvement is not something you can measure. It is more about consistency and practice. If you are a Christian, your daily acts will be guided by your denomination. If you are a Buddhist, Muslim, Zoroastrian, Taoist, or Eckist, each faith has requirements. These requirements could be meditation, reading of holy books, celebrating certain holidays, and following certain creeds or rules required by your religious pursuit.

Each week look at each one of these areas and determine what actions you can take to move each of these areas forward. What could you learn? What exercise could you participate in? Who would you like to spend time with? What spiritual events are required of you this week by your path?

I use Sundays to take inventory. Then I set out and begin putting my week together, looking for opportunities to grow in each of these areas for the week. Nothing huge, just little things that move me forward.

I hope you are having a terrific Saturday! Enjoy your weekend!!

Until next time…

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Bonus Content – Self-imposed Rules

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“When you think this pain is all you deserve, you are right. You are the only one that can decide how long you will walk in hell.” – Shannon L. Alder

From time-to-time, I am prompted to write something. Today, I was prompted to write about self-imposed rules. Think about your life as it is. Are you living your life or someone else’s?

Are you in the job you want because you wanted it or because you felt that society expects you to do that work? Are you buying things because you really want them or are you making purchases mindlessly because it’s what will make you the “cool kid on the block”? Are you afraid to be yourself because of outside expectations of who you should be, what you should be, or how you should act? Are you failing to act because you are so afraid of failing that you do nothing instead? Do you automatically assume you cannot do something before you even start? These are all self-imposed rules.

We all impose rules on ourselves. We tell ourselves what we can do and what we can’t do. We tell ourselves we are good at this or bad at that. We tell ourselves we should wear this or wear that. If we violate these rules, we become uncomfortable. Something inside us says, “Whoa, what are you doing wearing that color?”

I’m currently reading a book called, “How to Be an Imperfectionist”, by Stephen Guise and it discusses a great many of these self-imposed rules. Some of us have so many self-imposed rules we are actually paralyzed. Rules that tells us:

“You can’t do that.”

“You aren’t strong enough to do that.”

“You aren’t smart enough to do that.”

“What if she says no?”

“What if I fail?”

These questions are derived from our personal set of self-imposed rules. Much of what we do is not derived from what we really want. Much of it is derived from what everyone else wants.

A few years ago, I found myself in a really dark place. A place where I envisioned myself walking off of a cliff—a place where I felt something chasing me, all the time. A place where I could feel a web of knots wrapping themselves around me, providing me a situation where I had fewer and fewer options.

The only option I had was to change. I had to change the way I was thinking. I had to change the way I was looking at the world. It is at these dark times that change really becomes our only option.

What happened to me was truly revolutionary. I realized that all of my self-imposed rules guaranteed my failure. They guaranteed my results. They guaranteed my misery.

I’d like you to picture something in your mind. Picture a new you without constraints, without limits, without any potential to fail. Picture yourself totally content with what you have—totally grateful for everything in your life. Picture yourself doing something you could only dream about before, not with any strings attached like “I want this or that because of this effort” but doing this thing for the very act of doing it. Doing something you know will benefit you whether you are a master at it or remain a neophyte forever. Liberating isn’t it?

If you can’t visualize this, practice it for a bit. Read some books for inspiration about what type of life you would like to live without any ability to fail. Just act “AS IF” anything you wanted was yours, act “AS IF” you had already arrived. Act “AS IF” anything you wanted to do, you could do.

Many will balk at this type of thinking, assuming it is just total BS, “pie in the sky” thinking. I get that. This is where self-imposed rules become detrimental. If you think something is the way it is—IT IS. Just try and visualize doing something you’ve always wanted to do but didn’t because of a self-imposed rule.

I do this exercise each time I am writing out my goals. Guess what? These goals change all of the time, particularly when you begin checking your older goals off of your list. Write down 100 things you would do right now without thinking of failure. Just write down all of the things you’d like to do before you die—Your bucket list. Once you’ve written down all of the things you’d like to do. Start working toward one of them.

Think about what it would take to cross the finish line. Then, start writing down all of the discreet action steps you would need to take to get there. Then, one by one, work on these action steps. If you find yourself resisting one of these steps it means it is still too big. Take that action step and minimize it even more. Then, get right back at it again tomorrow.

Get rid of any rules that limit you. Get rid of any constricting rules or influences that are imposing their will on you. Just begin executing and acting on your list. Start small. Take one step each day. You’ll get there—promise.

The rules we impose on ourselves are just that—rules we create. We can uncreate them. We can write new rules. If you’re stuck, if you’re afraid, if you’re in a place that allows you less and less freedom to act, the only way out is to change the way you are thinking and re-write the rules that have created the prison you built. Just, re-write the rules.

Until next time…

Dave