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It starts with breakfast and ends with supper!

9 Jun

pizzaWhile i was eating this burnt pizza, I was thinking about today’s society and the way humans behave. I had to eat this burnt pizza because I had no other choice. I had to eat what was put in front of me ( due to no other food or money to buy other foods) and I had to be happy with what I had. This way of thinking was instilled in my mind at an early age from my parents. If I didn’t eat what was in front of me, I went without. I had to learn to deal with what was in front of me at an early age. That type of thinking transcends to all parts of my life.  Unlike what I see others doing ; others complain and whine like a spoiled brat.

I think people who whine and complain about what’s in front of them starts with breakfast and ends with supper. I see and hear stories of parents making 5 different meals so their kids can eat what they like and not learn to eat what’s in front of them. That has caused a ripple effect in the way our society acts today. Look around you, you will see selfish acting adults/ children because they ate what they wanted, not what was given to them.  Kids and adults alike who have a hard time dealing with what’s in front of them, go off in a tantrum and/or commit crimes ; crimes of passion or crimes that make no sense what so ever, all because they were raised to eat what they liked ;  not what was put in front of them.  They will make bad personal and/or business decisions all because they have a hard time dealing with what’s in front of them. If only parents acted like parents and made their kids eat what they made, regardless if the child liked it or not.

Society will only get better if parents stop making multiple meals and just make one meal and walk off.  Think about it.

Reposition your body in the bed of life. A new perspective.

28 Jan

Yesterday I had some moles removed , and I now have stitches in my body. It made it difficult to lay in bed; so I had to reposition my body so I could lay down and watch T.V. until I fell asleep. While I was watching T.V. from another angle, I was thinking to myself that this old T.V. looks like a new one from this angle.

I got to thinking, maybe people need to change their mind, body, and logical way of thinking in life; they may see things differently and not be so closed-minded or stubborn.  I see too many people who will stay in the same mindset no matter how much mental pain they are in. This world would be more tolerant if folks would just roll over their mind, or turn around and see what’s going on behind them. If they would just open their minds up, they will see their old way  of thinking as not much fun as the new way. Take your mind or head and turn it over and try acting like the old way is in pain and you need to give it a rest.

So give your old ways a rest and look at life from another angle. You may think life is grand again and really enjoy what’s around you ; and the folks you disagreed with may be the folks you agree with after you roll over and see things from another angle.

Hire at will, right to work, and the lack of your rights.

19 Dec

If you are for freedoms such as freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and so on ; yet you do not want to get fired over those “freedoms”. Then I sure hope you are against the ” hire at will” and ” right to work” laws in this country. The ” hire at will” and ” right to work” laws give the employers the upper hand . In the states that have “hire at will” laws ( most do, but some have stronger laws) and “right to work” laws ( a strong republican backed law) , an employee can be fired for absolutely anything they say or do while on or off of the clock.

If you are upset over the firing of Phil Robertson from Duck Dynasty and his interview in GQ (or anyone being fired over non-work issues), then I sure hope you are not in favor of the “hire at will law” and the “right to work law” ( his contract may also have a code of conduct clause in it). Those two laws put all of the power in the companies hands. Louisiana where Duck Dynasty is filmed is a right to work state (republican backed). If you are a die-hard American who loves his/her freedoms, then You need to be against the “hire at will” and ” right to work ” laws.

Republicans talk about the erosion of their ” freedoms” and are in favor of ” hire at will” and “right to work” laws, yet they are unable to connect the dots when it’s their ideology for more power to employers that’s taking away your freedoms ( you can not have it both ways). You may not think there’s a connection, but slow your role and look at what states have these laws, and hear the stories of why folks are fired from their jobs in those states. It’s not the liberal media or liberals agenda that’s “taking away freedoms” , it’s the republicans idea of having ” right to work laws”, and very strong ” hire at will laws”. Democrats are against the ” hire at will laws” and “right to work laws”.

I personally do not think I am losing my ” freedoms”. But I also understand that if I say something crazy, then there are repercussions, and that can include being let go from my job ; all because of these two laws I have talked about. So next time you think Americans are ” losing their freedoms” ; think about these two laws. Are you still in favor of them? If so , then you are not in favor of your ” freedoms”.

Information overload causes anger, rudeness, and entitlements.

13 Apr

Have you ever noticed how society and the younger generation have this attitude that you owe me and I get what I want, when I want it and how I want it? Well I have, and it’s even flowing into the 40 plus age group. What’s causing this? I have a few opinions on this and I will try to explain it.

First its people who grew up with parents never telling them NO just so the parents would not have a child getting mad or upset. So many young kids have no idea on how to handle rejection. In school and at home they are always told how good they are or how good they did even if they failed. The kids are always told that they can do whatever they want, even if they are incapable of completing said task.  Games at the lower lever are played with no scores being kept. Kids get a trophy for just playing even if they lost all their games.  So as an adult when they hear the truth, they become angry or very rude.

Second everyone has the ability to get what they want, when they want it, and how they want it via internet or satellite T.V… 30 years ago if you wanted what was fashionable in New York or Los Angeles and lived in Iowa, you had to wait a few years for the trend to hit. Now all you need to do is get on the internet and click a mouse. 30 years ago there was no cable T.V., all we had were 3-6 channels. Now you have hundreds of channels and can watch what you want, when you want it and how you want it. A person in Quimby, Iowa has the same access to anything a person living in Los Angeles, California has.  This type of access has even changed some folks who are 40 plus for the worse. They are acting out of control and will throw a fit if another human says no or thinks differently than they do.

So many people ( kids and adults) feel entitled to what they want, when they want it, and how they want it, without even thinking of others.

Remember folks that humans are not remote controls or a mouse connected to the internet. Other people have feelings and emotions. They can not be changed into what you want with a click of your spoiled little finger. Bring your disposition back a few decibels and act calm again. Put civil back in civilization, or it will only get worse.

Negativity can be the best motivator.

31 Mar

If you have never had a Debbie downer type of day in your life, then this post is not for you ( and you may not be human). We all have had rough times in our lives. Heck you may have one right now. I am here to tell you that’s a great thing. First it still means that you are alive and living. It is much better than the alternative, DEATH!
Your inner soul is letting you feel depressed for one simple reason. It’s the fuel to your fire so you get up and fix what’s wrong in your life. Have you ever had one of those days where you just sit and cuss yourself out ? Have you ever sat back and wished your life was different? You can change that. You can go in the opposite direction of where you are going.

Yes at first it will be difficult and it will feel like you are not making progress. But a huge train starts out slow and after a while it’s moving and nothing can stop it. You can be that huge train.  Look at being depressed and living a negative life as an old coach you had at one time. You know the one who kept yelling at you all the time. What did you do about his yelling? Answer: you tried harder to be a better athlete for two reasons, 1) to shut his tail up, and 2) to prove him wrong.

So use you depressed life and bad situation as that internal coach. GET OFF YOUR ASS AND FIX WHAT’S WRONG!!! It can and will be done. Your life will and can get better. It’s never too late to be what you have always wanted to be in life. There are many roads you can travel in life to get to where you want to be.

NEGATIVITY IS THE BEST MOTIVATOR IN LIFE. embrace it and use it for the positive in your life. Bad days are also there to remind you that good days are going to be better and they are in YOUR FUTURE!!!

Your mind is very strong. It’s way of thinking is the first step to success or the first step to being depressed and using excuses for failure. If you’re not happy with yourself no one will be. sometimes you are all you have. So be your best friend.

I dare you to read this!

27 Feb

There are those out there who think taking care of oneself or thinking about oneself is the best practice in life. Whether if it’s ones personal life, the business world or on a sports team. I am here to tell you that is the wrong way to go through life.

Here is a prime example of my belief system. Last week Kansas City,Missouri had a nice snow storm. After it stopped snowing , I went out and started to shovel the snow. Not only did I do my stoop and sidewalk. I kept on shoveling down the sidewalk and up other people’s stoops. All the while the other men on the street just did their sidewalk and stoop. They did however stop and stare at me as if I was nuts (I am the oldest man on the block and in the best shape).

Well this week we had another snow storm. By the time I got outside to shovel, the other men started doing what I did the last week. They did not stop at the end of their sidewalk. They kept on shoveling other folks stoops and sidewalks. I may have looked like odd man out the first time, but I led by example. The older folks and single ladies didn’t have to fend for themselves. Paying it forward is contagious.

Look at it this way in the business world. A good CEO or manager will only make themselves better, and a great CEO or manager will make the whole company or department better. It’s called leading by example. It’s called motivation. It’s called longevity. A good CEO or manager will cut cost on their product or use the scare tactic to make a profit. A great CEO or manager will get their workers to do the right thing out of the kindness of their heart and willingness to please the higher-ups.

A good athlete will go for the best stats on the team and not the win. When they get tired of losing they will ask to be traded. A great player will stay on the same team and get the rest of the players to step it up for the championship trophy. Their stats are secondary and the team’s success is primary. When the team becomes the best , then their stats will also be the leagues best in the end.

TRY TO BE THE GREATEST AND NOT JUST GOOD. HELP OTHERS AND PERSONAL GREED WILL NOT BE A PART OF YOUR LIFE. YOU WILL HAVE MORE SUCCESS.

Too much snow on the roof.

21 Feb

I am sitting in my house while it is snowing outside. I have about 12″ plus of snow on the roof of my house. If there is too much weight on a roof, it will break or come crashing down. All homes need little weight at the top and a strong foundation for the house to last a very long time. That is also the same for our economy.

Right now corporations and top executives are making record profits while the rest of us are suffering and living paycheck to paycheck. This is not because of lazy workers or lack of education, it’s due to the top being addicted to greed and power. So few have way too much power and money for the economy to survive at the current condition. At some point this economy will come crashing down fast and hard. The working poor is growing at an alarming rate while becoming more and more financially unstable.

Here is an article I found on the web talking about minimum wages from 1968 compared to todays standard of living. Minimum wages in 1968 was $1.60 and if it kept up with inflation and cost of living , minimum wage today would be $16.50 at the minimum. Instead it’s at $7.35 an hour. http://blog.ourfuture.org/20130219/40-of-americans-now-under-former-minimum-wage .

How was it possible for the country to survive off of the wages back then and the corporations say they can’t pay better today? Yes the cost of living was lower back then, but in comparison to todays standards, wages were at a much higher percentage rate back in 1968 then today.  Too many people are brainwashed into thinking that we have to bow down to the few who are very powerful and very rich. That is not the case, we can stand together and demand a better life. We are the hardest workers and the richest nation in this world. There is no reason we can’t build a better and stronger foundation. Or this roof will come crashing down.

 

There is a reason the wealthy live in gated communities. They do not want to see the weak foundation they have built while the roof has been built beyond weight-bearing capacity.

The 47 percent.

20 Sep

I probably am not the only person doing a blog about Mitt Romneys comments on the 47%. I am doing this blog for a few reasons. One I am one of the 47% and I am kind of upset that people think that because I make so little money that I am a lazy leach and I feel ” entitled” to get help ( I am not on food stamps or any government program and I qualify for a lot of them). Second I am going to try to articulate the hypocrisy of this 47% theory. I may not have the facts 100% correct, but I will try to be as accurate as I can ( the internet can have some silly numbers out there).

This is not the first time Mitt has said comments about the poor. He said something similar in an interview before.

Who are the 47% Mitt was talking about? Well they are not all democrats, some are even republicans who watch the news and believe they are the 1% because of who they vote for and stick up for the uber rich. They are independents who have been in the military and are on food stamps. They are the unemployed who are looking for a job ( some people think that their paycheck pays for someones unemployment, it’s the last company someone worked for that pays it). They are your grandparents on social security who have to decide between eating or getting their medicine. They are the working poor trying to better their lives ( that’s me). Heck Mitts dad back in the day was the 47% ( funny how Mitt has forgotten where his own dad came from). Anyone who is in the 47% no matter who you vote for should be offended for being put in a group that someone like Mitt feels it’s okay to degrade you for trying to EAT, get MEDICAL CARE, or LIVE IN A HOUSE.

So what if the 47% does not pay taxes ( I would love to be in a tax bracket that has me paying taxes, that means I’m making nice money). Is that what they republicans want? Then why is it a bad thing to not pay just because we fall in the lower-income bracket? Are we a nuisance? A throne in their side? A distraction to them while we walk down the street and they drive in their Bentley’s?

Why is it when poor need some help until they get on their feet, it’s called being lazy? Why is it called entitlements? Why are the 47% told to suck it up and sacrifice for AMERICA?

Do you know who else didn’t pay federal income taxes? Depending on where you get your information from anywhere from 4,000-7,000 millionaires didn’t pay. 24,000 people who made $500,000 didn’t pay. 14,000 people who made $100,000-$150,000 didn’t pay? Are they the 47% ? Are they the freeloaders Mitt was talking about? Is their 0% tax rate called an entitlement? When people defend these income brackets they call them “job creators”. Look at the employment, what jobs are they creating?

Also what about the over 200 companies that get government subsidies? Is that an entitlement? Or is it setting up a culture for hiring people? Look at the economy, It’s not working. A subsidy is for three reason only. Reason one ; to prevent the decline of that industry. Second ; to prevent the increase of the price of the product. Third; to have the companies hire workers. Question 1 ; are industries declining? Answer NO, most corporations are making record profits. Question 2; are the price of goods going down? Answer, NO look at your grocery bill, gas prices, clothes ect… Question 3; are corporations hiring? Answer, NO.

So why are these companies still getting government help? Are they the 47%? Why would anyone be outraged at the 47% and make excuses for the rich individuals who play the system to not pay taxes. Why would anyone not be outraged at these corporations taking advantage of the subsidies?

If anyone is on the government dole its the corporations addicted to subsidies and the folks in the income brackets I talked about before. If you are one of the wealthy who pays federal income taxes, then you are either honest or have an accountant who does not know how to cheat the system.

I praise people who play by the rules and have a comfortable lifestyle. I am not mad or upset at wealth per say. I am upset at the hypocrites who think poor are cheats and lazy, and the rich people and corporations play by the rules and make up excuses for them to cheat the system ( not all do that, but enough do).

All of this also proves to me that trickle down economics is an epic fail.

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PLEASE STOP AND THINK BEFORE YOU CONDEMN FOLKS WHO ARE NOT IN YOUR INCOME BRACKET.

INTEGRITY IS DOING THE RIGHT THING WHEN NO ONE IS LOOKING. Mitt I see your integrity, and it’s not good.

HOPE! It’s more then just a word.

19 Sep

Today my friends, I’m going to talk about the word hope. This is one word that starts out as an open ending word, and what follows this powerful word sends the meaning of the word in one direction or another.

The dictionaries definition is this ; a feeling that what is wanted will happen, desire accompanied. To want or expect. Today this word is more powerful than any other word I can think of in our vocabulary. The economy is still rough, politics are nasty as they ever been, and friends or not so good of friends use both (economy & politics) to try to make you feel inferior. They are “hoping” that you cave in and submit to their ways with not so good tactics. So HOPE in their world is of the negative ending, from my point of view.

I try to hope for a better word, less arguing, hating, stealing, hoarding,killings,ect… What sounds better to you? I HOPE HE WINS? or, I HOPE HE GETS HIS BUTT BEAT DOWN AND LOSES? I would say the first question. But there are a lot of people who think in the mindset of the second question. That to me is sad. We as a world need to finish the word HOPE with a positive ending of words. It may not fix the economy or politics, but it sure will make people feel better and not stressed out. That my friend may change minds of companies ,and they may start hiring again. Politics may calm down, your neighbor may say hello to you, your family may be happier as well.

I hope 10,000 people read this, even if they post nasty comments or disagree. I hope I can change some minds on how they think. I hope you have a healthy life. I hope you wake up happy even if you have to do something you do not like that day. I hope you can eat more than one meal a day. I hope your family is a loud one, that means they are alive and healthy. I hope you help your neighbor, even if you are not talkative with them.  I hope your heater does not break during the winter.

The only way to put HOPE into action is to change the way you think . Then act upon it with good intentions, even if you do not make a single penny off of your actions. Good HOPE will take the stress and frown lines out of your face as well. Good hope will make you more attractive to others.

Even if you are not a religious person , read PSALMS CHAPTERS 9-10. Those are so true to todays world. It will take 3 minutes to read them.

TEACH YOUR CHILD HAPPINESS. AND THEY WILL KNOW THE VALUE OF LIFE, NOT THE PRICE OF IT.

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Hard working Farmers.

24 Aug

Hello, it’s me again with my 4 cents of knowledge. There are two bible verses I am going to put in this blog and then break it down from my side of the green lawn. You do not need to be a christian or religious to see where I am coming from when I break it down.

Here is the first verse PROVERBS 19:24  “Some people are too lazy to put food in their own mouths”. Now there are those who will automatically think of the poor, unemployed, and those on welfare. That’s all we hear today is that people who are poor is because they are lazy and hate work. Like I have said in the past, some of the hardest workers are the factory workers. Most laid off are laid off not from being lazy, but from a poorly mismanaged company or the greed at the top wanting that persons paycheck.

Some of the laziest people I have ever meet in my lifetime are the people with the big homes and big yards. They may have money, but they are “too lazy to put food in their own mouths”. They have people mow their yards, wash their cars, and raise their own kids. They sit behind a desk and have others do their work. All they do is give orders, while the rest is doing all the work. So next time you see a well off person, think to yourself do they feed themselves ( do physical work) or does someone feed them?

One time while I was in the 6th grade, this family that lived close to me was pretty well off in my eyes. They had their own business and had a nice sized home with 4 cars. One day the kid got a flat tire on his bike. The kid went to his father to change the flat tire. The father turned to me and asked if I could change the tire, he said he didn’t know how to fix it. He said he never had to do anything like that before. From that point on in my life, I never assumed that rich people worked hard and that poor people were lazy. Because at that moment I was the poor one and I had to do his work, right in front of his child.

Second Bible verse, PROVERBS 28:19 “A hard-working farmer has plenty to eat. People who waste time will always be poor”. To me the farmer in this verse is a person who knows how to use his hands or has a gift or skill. People who can fix cars, paint homes,build homes,raise food ( chickens or corn), fix appliances, cut hair, cook food, ect…will never ever go hungry. People who waste time are the ones who sit back belch out orders and are considered managers or C.E.O.’s. All they know what to do is scare others into doing work. Granted some of these people know how to do what “hard-working farmers” can do. but a majority have business degrees or inherited the business. They have no skills in the physical part of life, or a trade. Now if the economy falls apart, who will survive? The “hard-working farmers” ( people with a trade or skills), or the ones who wasted time ( giving orders ) ? If you have to survive out in the wild the person with skills will eat all day, while the person who gave orders will starve. Think about it.

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