There are infinite uncertainties in life, BUT, for these four things: your position is unshakeable! For these four things: your perspective is undebatable! In fact, your opinion is not only formed but so fully matured that it has spawned subjective ideas of its own…for these four things!
Emotional Facts + Controversial Opinions = the sweet elixir for modern-age debates, good podcasts, and great wars.
Let the PEOPLE and TEMPERAMENTS RISE! Let the TOWERS and TEARS FALL!! For better or worse, these four things are going to hit close to home!
The Eiffel Tower. Foie Gras. Disney’s Sebastian. and YOUR HOMETOWN!
And let the infinity war continue!
“GOTTA HEAR ITS!” >>”do you ever think about the goatwhen you eat goat cheese?” >>”Sebastian was a lobster man.” >>”There’s no minute story about a tiger or lion bro!”
Great to be alive and back to writing another article on the fabulous #loopholesonlife.com! The home of The Infamous Stan & Stitch Podcast! Every week me & my best of pals Stitch love to spend an hour doing a podcast about a topic in life that is giving us pause in our own lives at the moment of that week as we lead up to our one hour podcast. I wanted to take that practice and apply it to my own writing and share with all of my friends today what has been on my mind this week. Well perhaps you could say I’ve been worrying about it………..
Worrying and Stress are such a fundamental part of the human experience. Daily trials and tribulations such as a heavy work load, being late, forgetting something, missing a flight, upcoming major events……the list goes on and on! Happenings such as this are all part of our lives many of which are completely out of our control. So many of us, including myself, sit around and let these unexpected circumstances invade our minds and our thoughts and feelings. They make us unaware of our surroundings and tune out the amazing things and experiences that are going on in our life and put us in this deep dark vessel of thoughtless nothingness where all we are doing is either pulling our hair out, tapping our feet, biting our nails or perhaps a full emotional breakdown! Meanwhile outside our mental doors the world could care less about our small concerns and a symphony of life is happening and we are missing it all.
In all these cases we are completely losing a battle with a guerrilla warfare enemy that is resilient and powerful…..stress and worrying. You see stress and worrying have only two good qualities. (1) You are completely irresponsible and never wake up on time, never meet your promises, miss all appointments, leave others hanging and completely and utterly don’t have your S$%*t together. So stress and worrying hopefully tell you to stop being an idiot jerk and fix it and improve your life making it a good quality to have around for types like this. (2) You have a big heart and stress and worrying are in some ways a kind and almost godly way of proving you have a genuine care and concern for others to the point where you worry and stress more about them than you do yourself! Noble indeed and so many can relate….but does that make it worth it?
Mark Twain seemed to understand this concept so well and he once said “I’ve had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened.” He also carried on to profoundly say “worrying is like paying a debt you don’t owe.” How true is that???! You are truly giving up what might be considered the worlds most priceless currency….you’re own time…to spend it on worrying about stupid things that don’t matter. Wake up tomorrow and let your worries go! Give up on the stress you’ve been carrying about at least the stupid little things. I get it you can’t stop worrying or stressing about a sick family member or a trouble friends (as referenced in #2 above); but do you need to be mad for a day or two that your husband or wife forgot to take out the trash or pull the turkey out of the oven? It’s time to let so much of it go & turn that energy into LOVE and as Twain said; you’ll probably look back and laugh that much of it never happened anyway!
There have been a number of things lately in life that have made me ponder the pros and cons of the cellular world we have at our fingertips. Recently my friend, Stitch, from #loopholesonlife podcast broke his phone badly and he is now in “The Cellular Twilight Zone.” The place we all fear as much as death itself!! A place of limited contact & communication to friends & family, lack of text, no social media following or perhaps even more frightening to the masses…he can’t take any pictures or selfies for some time now! Seems like no big deal right?? Couple days without a phone should be easy.
Well my phone is working just fine and perhaps that is what gave me pause to think about this topic and why I wanted to write an article about it. Think of how much your phone is in your face. When I head onto the 1 Train Subway in NYC daily to head to work in a sea of hundreds of people I would bet 85 of them are staring into their cell phone. Hey, that’s ok sometimes! Getting work emails done, catching up on a good book on an app, following up on old text (come on we all do it :). My pause is when we are on that phone in this world and there is opportunity to give that time effort and ENERGY to someone else. When we take a moment in time where another human being is desiring our attention or time and we give it to the cell phone unapologetically instead of the person, place or event. I dare us all to take a day with our children that we only touch the cell phone when they are not in our presence. I challenge you to go to a concert and watch the price of admission song (ie Born to Run at a Springsteen Concert) and DON’T hit record. Do something completely amazing and different…take a sip of your beer…..a deep breathe….and sit back and let your brain and mind absorb everything an artist such as that is giving you in that very special moment in time and savor it. I swear you will go back to that memory in your mind more than you do that video; I know because I’ve done it. On the same note your child will go back the memories of those special days with you where you laughed together & shared special moments in time in unison more than the videos and selfies.
I wrote this article not to pontificate about putting down our cell phones more often but rather to challenge MYSELF and hope that some others might join in on the challenge with me! I am certainly not perfect here and have a mild cell phone addiction especially due to my busy job. So let’s all put down the phones when we can and give that universal energy we put into constant texts and emails instead to those around us seeking our time and attention so badly!! Thanks to my buddy Stitch @loopholesonlife for waking me up to this topic and join us on our podcast #loopholesonlife for more topics like this!!