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Have You Found Your Passion

In our lives, we do a lot of things. Some things we do because we have to whether we like them or not. Some things we do because we are expected to do them. These things are just part of our culture, and although we do them, sometimes we don’t even know or understand what they are really about. We do things to make others happy, we do things to be social, and we do things to keep the trash from piling up either in the house or the driveway.

What do you do because it’s your passion? In other words, what you do just for the joy of doing it? Some people like to go out sailing, I have a friend who enjoys sailing a 44-foot sailboat in the ocean. I know other people who love to sail much smaller radio-controlled sailboats in a small pond. They each find joy and happiness in what they are doing.

Some people like to fly radio-controlled model aircraft, and some people want to perform aerial stunts as a member of the Thunderbirds or the Blue Angels. Passion is different for different people. Some get a thrill out of climbing mountains, and some enjoy exploring caverns.

No one else can tell you what your passion is or is going to be. This is something within you. I can tell you that it is there, whether you know what it is or it is waiting to be discovered. I just cannot tell you what it is or how that connection takes place. I look at the discovery of an individual’s passion as a serendipity moment. No one can rush it.

If you have not found your passion in life yet, do not worry, it will show itself in time. In the meantime, enjoy life. Get out and explore, trying and learning about many things. Do those things you like and avoid those things you may not like. Learn new things and take care of yourself both physically and mentally. You always want to take care of yourself because you’re the only you that you have.

Don’t worry about the rest, because everything comes in time and the good things can’t be rushed.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

 

Mean Old Master Sergeants

You will hear people refer to me as a mean old master Sergeant, and one of those people are going to be me. Therefore, I feel it important to explain to you what a master Sergeant is and what a master Sergeant does.

To the outside observer, a mean old Master Sergeant can seem rough and grumbly. Someone you really don’t want to cross. The rough façade you see is precisely that, a façade. Master sergeants and other senior noncommissioned officers are charged with helping the younger people who are learning their way in the military to make good decisions. The goal is that new members of the service learn how to be better soldiers, sailors, Marines, and airmen.

Looking at the desires and goals of the mean old master sergeant in that light, I am proud to be one. What makes me happy? When airmen have a tough choice and make the right decision. It means they are learning and are taking one more step forward to success.

As a mean old master Sergeant, I look for ways that others can find wins. What tells me I’m on the right track? When a young person in our service can come to me and ask a question of why. Why do we do it this way? This has several positive implications.

Asking a question of the rough and grumbly senior NCO means the person asking the question trusts the senior NCO. It also says that the questioner believes he or she will receive accurate information, and the person asked will not hold asking the question against the newer person.

Does this translate into the civilian world? You bet.  To give an example, let me explain what happened once when I was teaching computers. Most of the clients learning to use the computers were older. And one day we picked up a much younger client.

The client didn’t really want to be there and was being pushed by others to take the class. The client started the class loud and noisy, demanding attention and irritating the rest of the students. I talked with the rest of the learners and told them just to give the person a little leeway, and in time, I was sure that things would work out well. As time went on, things in class quieted down. Then one day the student received a call and was overheard in the middle of the call saying that it was not a dumb class, it was an informative and enjoyable class with a lot of practical knowledge. Nothing warmed my heart more than hearing a student say that.

Mean old master Sergeants have a place in life, both in and out of the military service. If I did not use the skills I have learned over decades to help others, I believe I would be wasting a valuable resource.

Do you have a resource you can share with others?

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

20 Questions

 

Today I would like to offer you 20 questions for thought.  Only you know the answers. Each person will answer these questions differently because we are individuals with unique thoughts and ideas.  Please do not go off the deep end with these questions.  They are merely a tool for you to check on where you are and where you want to go on your journey to the future.

  1. Why did you want to be where you are?
  2. Are you happy with what surrounds you now?
  3. Is where you are now what you expected? Why?
  4. If you could change three things what would you change? Why would you change them?
  5. Are you adequately compensated for what you put into your life and your work?
  6. Do you find respect in what you do?
  7. What have you given up in getting to where you Are?
  8. Was it worth it?
  9. If you could do things over what would you change? Why?
  10. What have you gained throughout your life to this point?
  11. Where are you’re going next?
  12. Is where you are going something that you have really wanted to do, or just where you think you will end up?
  13. Do you think you are going to be happy there? Why?
  14. Will you have time and funding to go to the next place in your journey?
  15. How will you make sure that you will earn the occupation that you want to have, and not end up hating the job?
  16. What do you expect to gain from what you want to do next?
  17. Do you have family and friends support for what you want to do? If you do not are you willing to do it alone?
  18. What are you willing to give up in getting to where you want to go?
  19. How will you know you are where you want to be?
  20. What do you want to achieve in your end game?

Please do not send me your answers.  They are for you.  If you have any questions, please send me a comment.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

You Need to Act the Part

Often, we have great ideas. We have ideas of the books we want to write or the place that we want to build in the backyard for the kids. We are going to make great paintings or learn to knit or do something else that is memorable and long-lasting. And, we are very serious about it. The only problem is we never do anything, we only think about it.

Great ideas are only electrical impulses in our mind until we put action to them. The hardest part of any great idea is taking the first action. The first step of your journey, the first action in the knitting class, laying out where the swing set in the fort will go, or writing your first paragraph, all these are action steps. And these are also the hardest part of the task that you may face.

The reason that these will be the hardest is shown to us in physics. Something at rest stays there until acted on by outside forces. Also, it takes more energy to start a movement than it does to sustain the action. This is just one of those truths of the universe. And it equally seems to play at the start of all projects.

Some resistors to getting a project started are ensuring you have adequate time to do the project. You have the desire to do the project. And you have some capital you could put into the project. Other resistors are the television set, video games, the fishing pole, and naptime.

Sometimes to make something worthy of your plans and ideas, you need to sacrifice some of the lesser things to create for the greater good. We all do this from time to time, and those who do usually find these sacrifices are small compared to the good that actions do for themselves and others.

I cannot tell you what is truly good for you. Take a look around you. Look at your heroes, those you respect, and those who are taking actions that you appreciate. More than likely, these people have taken time to put thoughts and ideas into actions and accomplishments.

When everything is tallied up, shouldn’t you be counted in with the heroes, the respected, and those who you appreciate? It’s not that hard, take a step and start an action.

Thanks for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Stick A Toe in First

I’ve talked to you this week about many things that are good for most people and help them. Some things in life are right for you, and some things in life are bad for you. And, only you know what is good or bad for you. And, you cannot understand that unless you try something that is meant to be good and verifying the results.

There is an 80/20 rule in life, where good things are good for the majority of people, and yet there’s a small portion of the population, for one reason or another that may have an opposite effect. I have friends and family who gets sick every time they take a flu shot. So they do not take those shots. I know some people who have aversions to other things, so they just don’t do them, and that is good for them. 

It is essential to know what works for you and what does not. Then you have to work with those things that work well for you. The thing to remember is that if you’re not sure if something will work for you or not, you have to try it. You don’t do this by diving in head first. You start by sticking in a toe. If whatever your testing feels good and seems to work for you, try a little more. If the thing that you tried gives you adverse effects, then you may want to back away from it. Either way is all right as long as it is your way.

There are many ways to do most things. If one way does not work well for you, you may want to look at alternatives and try another approach. Most importantly do not give up on who you want to be and where you want to go. With everything that is out in the marketplace today, and the ability to reach just about anywhere through the Internet, there are far more ways to get something done than we can imagine.

The biggest thing you should do for yourself is to hone your abilities to research. If you know how to find information, you can find whatever you want or need. Not only that, you will probably find whatever you want or need from multiple resources: multiple sellers, on numerous sites. When you research for things, do not stop at the first item, research what would be best for you.

If you ever need a tip on researching or help trying to find what you’re looking for, please send me a line. You can always get me through the comments section.

Thanks for being with me today. I hope to be with you again soon.

Time to Breathe

Have you ever had a day where you’ve been on the run from the very start and yet very little you planned to do was accomplished? That seems to be my world today. It goes with the old adage of ‘the hurrieder I go the behinder I get.’

This happens to many of us from time to time. There are some things you can do to mitigate the problem of too much to do in a small space of time, and although it won’t stop the need for immediate actions, it can definitely help. All we can do is work at staying on top of where we are in where we need to be.

One thing we could do is keep a good schedule which tells us what we need to do and when, and where we need to be and when. This sounds easy, just remember we live in an ever-changing world. Things happen, appointments change, something gets canceled, or an emergency comes up. The next thing you know your schedule has problems.

On top of this, we seem to have minds who throw us thoughts whether we want them or not. Our minds are almost always active, and quite often all this activity just lends itself to getting even more in the way of our work to get everything done throughout the day. I have learned something new this week, and I have to tell you about it because it’s so counter-intuitive.

You need to take 10 minutes to clear your mind and breathe. The technique is not hard, just find a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed for 10 minutes. Dim or turn off the lights, and just concentrate on breathing. Take 3 breaths where you breathe in all the way. You hold it for only a second, and you then breathe out all the way. Hold it for just a second, and breathe back in again. After 3 breaths are done, just start to breathe regularly. If thoughts try to come into your mind, do 3 more breaths. And then go back to breathing normally again.

Some people will do this for 20 minutes when they first get up in the morning.   And, some people will do it in the evening to clear their mind before they go to sleep. You have to figure out when the best time is for you to do this exercise.

This is a form of meditation. No chanting is involved, neither are there mantras. This is just you,  focusing in on your breathing and clearing your mind. People who do this regularly claim a host of benefits.  

Some benefits people find by doing this include feeling better, a clearer thought pattern, less interruption of thoughts by the brain,  and more stamina. I can understand many of these attributes because of the breathing that goes on. Quite often when we get riled, or anxious, or worried, we have a tendency to stop breathing or breathe very shallowly.  

I am not saying that this is an absolute cure for everything. And if you have medical issues, you should check this out with your physician first. What I am saying is that I find some good in it, and I am also saying nothing ventured nothing gained. Please remember, when trying something new, start with small increments, and then build to what is comfortable for you.

If you would like more information or care to discuss this please leave a comment.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Setbacks

Never let setbacks get you down. If you are working a worthy project, a setback is nothing more than a brief respite to check all of your work and ensure you’re doing the best you can at what you do. Look at it as a time to calm down, work out the kinks, and make your project better.

If it is the first time you’re doing a project of a particular kind, you will have setbacks. They aren’t personal, they happen to everybody. And you should not look at them for anything else than what they are. Delays are merely growing pains.

If you are hitting stumbling blocks and setbacks, are you really pushing yourself into unknown territory as much as you should? Don’t go wild and bet the farm. Have a plan, and work to that plan. Adjust your plans if, and when you need to. Do not be too hard on yourself. Many annoyances are merely a small part of the overall process.

Always remember the people you serve with your projects and what your work will do to help others meet their goals. After all, even if this is the first project you’ve ever done, someone, somewhere will be benefiting in some way from your final project. Stick to that project and don’t give up. Just find ways to make it the best you can.

If you want to talk about this, please send a comment back, and we can arrange to talk about planning and projects.

Thanks for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.