Removing the Pebbles

We enjoyed a rain last night, celebrating the fourth. The rain kept the amateurs at bay, and I can’t believe that the diehards actually set off fireworks during a thunderstorm. With the rain, at least, it cut down on the chance of fire which is plaguing our state so much lately.

Now the summer lays out before us. Work in the yard, warm days and cool nights, and the chance for me to actually complete some things which I think will help some people. As big as it sounds, I have worked some mind maps and made some plans. Right now, one of the people I need to help is me.

I have many ideas I have been working on, and I need to publish them soon. I need to work with my audiences, and I need to produce in a way that helps individuals by identifying and helping them to remove their pain points. Not all pain points are life-and-death, yet even removing a small one, just like taking the pebble out of the shoe, can help somebody enjoy a better journey.

If you are suffering a pain point, either metaphorically or physically, please write me and let me know. Believe it or not, the active sharing a pain point with someone else actually makes it less painful. And, if the blog is too open a forum to share this pain, you may write me at mikeb@reveille.rocks. Also, if you have the opposite of the pain point, something good going on, that is good to share too.

Talk to you again tomorrow.

The Next Hundred Years

In our everyday world, there is a lot of good out there. People reach out to help one another. Small things like a nod and a smile and large goals like teams from multiple countries coming together to find kids lost in a cave.

There is evil in the world also. Some people will insult others just to make themselves feel better. And some people will shoot one another, over ideology, fear, and misunderstanding, or just for sport.

This, though, has been true throughout the history of humanity. The Romans built great public works: aqueducts, roads, and fountains. And in Rome gangs of youth and even those in power would walk around at night and stab people for sport. It appears there’s good and evil in everyone. The only question is which, good or bad, will the individual focus on.

This week we celebrate an idea,  that all have certain unalienable rights. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. When this nation started out with those ideals, the rest of the world looked at us as being the hippie commune who would not last 25 years. Much to their chagrin our small hippie commune of 13 states has grown to be the most powerful nation in the world.

The challenge lays in our next hundred years. Although democracies have a tendency to flourish, their life expectancy is usually only 250 years.

To beat this timeline, we need to look back to why we started this country in the first place. Then, we have to understand not what we needed yesterday, instead, that which is indispensable for tomorrow. Those are the items we need to build with the same zeal which was put into the Revolutionary War and our space race to the moon.

Have a good fourth and stay hydrated.

Methods

The heat is gripping the nation, and I just want to start today by reminding everyone to take care of yourselves, your neighbors, and stay hydrated.

As you know, in life we have choices. We can either take care of things as they come along or, we can let some things pile up to the point where so many things to do at once takes much longer to get done. There is positive and negative on both sides.

If we take care of things at the moment, there are benefits. It can be fixed at the moment. We don’t have to be concerned about it for some future date. We can move forward with one less thing to worry about.

If we let things pile up, then maybe, we can get multiple, or similar items are done at the same time. It would make it more efficient, even though it might take much longer to accomplish. Letting things pile up, such as bills, can sometimes affect credit scores. And sometimes we lose track of essential items that we need or possibly go out and purchase again because we could not find the first one.

Now there are other items that you also have to consider. If you have a tendency to let things wait and build up, what kind of stress does that put upon you? If you save cleaning up living areas or doing yard work, does that create a less than aesthetic view of your world? If bills pile up, does it produce the stress of the financial burden to pay them and the late charges?

We all have our various ways of doing things, and it’s not a matter of what is right or wrong. What we need to observe and consider are the ways we choose what is indeed best for us and our environment.

Thank you for being with us, we hope you’ll join us again tomorrow.

Taking The Odyssey

The course that I’ve worked on and polished is set up right now in pilot mode, and ready for students. A pilot mode doesn’t have all the regular bells and whistles, and it does have many other things which students seem to like more.

Because this is a pilot, you have my full and undivided attention. You have my email, and you know that I will respond. We have more one-on-one calls. We have weekly group sessions. We can communicate in real time through the Reveille Facebook group. And you end up, with a product more focused to your needs.

I can write beautiful prose, make exciting videos, and give you whatever you want. If I do not give you what you need, I am doing you a disservice. And I refuse to waste your time and energy.

I have exciting things happening in the summer. I am rewriting the book I wrote, Humans Thriving In A Computer Run World. And I am also putting it into a class. It should be ready mid-August. I am also reworking my course, Always Employable. It should be out before the end of July, and I will keep you apprised of that.

The children’s picture book around my town is presently going through a change, and I hope to have it out soon. It is also the first book I am working to put out in a hardback edition. I will keep you in the loop as to when it will be ready.

You may think that it looks like I have a lot of irons in the fire. Well, I do. I am hoping they are things you will truly enjoy.

Thanks for being with me on this odyssey through life.

Mike

Age?

Time is a relative component which we used to guide our way through life. And age is volatile relativity. You have a mental age, a physical age, and actual age. And, if you’re my age, there was definitely the age of Aquarius.

Everybody wants to claim to be younger than they really are. The youth pretenders are doing it wrong. I look in the mirror, thinking, I don’t look old for 85 do I. If I say that in public, people remind me I’m only 64.

Age is only one relative measurement of the time you have been visiting this world. It is like stepping into a kitchen when you think you’re headed for the restroom. At first, you’re really not sure how you got here and then, if nobody’s hollering at you or giving you grief, maybe you just want to stay there, just for a little while.

The real age of the body depends on what you do with it. Some people want to keep it as pristine as long as they can, and in doing so, Use their body as little as possible. Others, use the body for all it’s worth. Those are the ones who get the most out of both the body and life.

The fantastic thing about the relativity of existence is that you don’t have to lament not having done something in the past. You never have to worry about having lost all chances. In a relative timeline, you can do what you really want to do at any time. You just need to want to do that thing enough to overcome whatever hurdles may stand in your way.

And, if someone tells you to act your age, just remind them that age is a relative measurement.