Posts Tagged ‘life’

Photo Friday: Red Street

October 6, 2017

I love the glow the street light cast on this sidewalk.

Red Light

First Look Photo: Where Beer Flows like Wine

October 4, 2017

Today’s photo is of a place that seems mostly inactive until the sun goes down.  One side of the street is made up entirely of bars.

The Bar Street

First Look Photo: Periwinkle picture

March 8, 2017

I took this picture for my assignment on macro photography.  I chose this because of the unusual design, naturally carved into it.  The periwinkle shell is home to both the snail, and hermit crabs.

Periwinkle Shell

It is What You Make it.

December 24, 2013

“It is what it is.”  This is a phrase I’ve been hearing a lot lately, and it drives me nuts.  Now, before you ask, I’ll tell you why.  It is another way of saying that the situation is forced on you, and you have no control, and therefore bear no responsibility, for the outcome.  If you know what I’ve been seriously researching this year, and committing to learn, you’ll know that I don’t believe that, and if you’re serious about success neither will you.

I’m not saying that you can control the actions of others.  Here’s an example from work that illustrates this perfectly; one of my jobs is to sort the load onto metal boats, and wheeled out to the individual aisles.  In order to sort the load properly, we need a minimum of 26 boats, and that will reduce walking, and increase productivity.  During this time of the year, other departments take the boats we need leaving us with a severe shortage. If you say “it is what it is” you are resigning yourself to that fact, and you will end up frustrated in the end, because you won’t see any other options.

If, however, you say to yourself, “it is what I make it” you will no longer be so frustrated, because you will know that you control the outcome, and your mind will begin searching for solutions, instead of making excuses; and yes, there are always options.

In Jack Canfield’s book “The Success Principles” the first principle is, take 100% responsibility.  Every speaker I’ve listened to, and every book on success I’ve read says exactly the same thing.  You must take 100% responsibility for your life, and success.  If you don’t, you are giving control of your life to someone else, and you will have no say in it.

Situations will happen in our lives, and this is unavoidable, but how you respond emotionally is what gives it the power in your life.  Going back to the boat situation, let’s look at just the facts.  We need 26 boats to efficiently process the load, to make it easier for others to do their jobs.  Fact number 2, is we don’t have that number of boats available.  There it is, those are the plain and simple facts.  How we respond will determine how we remedy the situation.  Others will have different ways of looking at the situation than ourselves.

The only thing that matters, in the end, is that we find a solution, and get the job done; but you will never reach that point if you resign yourself to the situation by saying “it is what it is.”

Allen

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A Life Changing Pattern!!!

July 9, 2012

With the circumstances of my quitting smoking, I started noticing a very interesting pattern.  For those of you who don’t know how I just quit, I can tell you, it was not easy.  I was trying hard for years, and I tried a couple of methods with no success.  I heard of others who tried patches, gums, and other expensive methods, and then ended up smoking more.  On January 1st, at 1:35 in the morning, I was outside having a smoke and once I put it out said “I’m done.”  Since then, I haven’t touched one, or even had the desire for one.

Now, here’s another story that happened to a YouTuber by the name of Shay Carl Butler.  His story doesn’t involve smoking; it does involve weight loss.  From the moment he started his Shaytard channel he had mentioned how much he wanted to lose weight, and he tried several attempts without success.  Then, last year, Shay and some of his friends got together for a weight loss challenge.  His attempt, this time, involved vegetables and exercise and he didn’t stop.  He started at 260, and his current weight is 170.  Not only did he lose all that weight, but he also ran in a couple of marathons, and he continues training.

What do both of these stories have in common?  One, they are both major life changes, and two; it took several attempts before we achieved success.  I once heard someone say that major life changes only happen after a cataclysmic event, or a low point in life; but neither was the case with either one.  The only other common factor in these stories is that they happened at the right time.

This is the pattern I was seeing; life changes will happen at a certain time, regardless of the method; but if this is the case, then why should we try so hard before this point?  The best reason is, we are not given a guide book to tell us when the right time hits.  If we don’t try to change, we may not be in a position to take that opportunity, when it comes.  If we do miss it, there will be other chances, but wouldn’t it be better if you catch it early?

Day 82: I Appreciate

March 17, 2012

I Appreciate

 

I appreciate

The softness of the feather

As life gives me thorns.

Day 69: The Day After

March 2, 2012

The Day After

 

The world seems quiet

This day after the storm,

The world is white

The air is cold,

This is supposed to be

Winter’s norm.

 

The Winter was dry

No blanket for the ground,

The ground needed

Snow for the plants,

Now with Spring’s approach

Spring blooms will abound.

 

So try to have

Good thoughts of snow,

The Earth will drink

And nourish the plants,

Because of this weather

A better spring you will know.

Day 64: The Drama of Clouds

February 26, 2012

The Drama of Clouds

 

Many people would say they’re boring,

I call them exciting,

Many people would call them sad,

I call them fun,

Many say they look dead,

I say without them we couldn’t have life.

Without them we don’t

Have rain or snow,

And no matter how many times you look at them

You will never see the same one twice.

Without them,

We wouldn’t have vibrant lightning storms,

This is why I say

When you see clouds approaching

Don’t be depressed,

Appreciate the drama unfolding before you.

Day 57: Under the Surface

February 19, 2012

Below the Surface

 

Most spend their lives

Seeing only what lies

In their field of view,

Fearing what lies just

Outside  of their narrow world;

Never seeing the amazing life,

And unlimited possibilities

Just below the surface.

Day 44: Anticipated Harvest

February 6, 2012

Anticipated Harvest

 

I spend my days

Tending the soil.

I sow the seeds

In anticipation

Of a harvest that will feed thousands.

Then,

When my days are done

I will become a part

Of the soil that I worked

So hard to tend.