Rediscovering Columbus Day:
Who found what when? What is really being honored and what are we really celebrating?
By now many are familiar with “some” of the “controversy” that surrounds the ‘Columbus Day’ holiday.
Let’s take a different spin on dissecting the events leading up to “that day”, and use it as an opportunity for some self-discovery. Continue reading “Rediscovering Columbus Day”
“Universe You”: Intro to Connecting the Dots (Part 1)
To make the most out of a life, one needs to be able to change it. To change a life, one needs to understand what it is made of. To understand what it is made of, one only needs to understand the highest- and lowest-level components which life as we know it is made of, existence & experience, the UNIVERSE & YOU!
The “Universe You” Series will provide overarching concepts and universal truths to help an individual understand existence and maximize their experiences within it. A new part of the series will be posted every Friday morning for the next several weeks.
This is the first piece of a multi-faceted puzzle, and by no coincidence, the whole will be greater than the sum of the parts.
Part 1: Introduction to “Connecting the Dots” – what does understanding “Universe You” get you? Continue reading ““Universe You”: Intro to Connecting the Dots (Part 1)”
Overcoming Fear… from 2012 to NOW!
At this point the majority of us have ‘heard’ about the notion of 2012. No concepts win the populous over better than when those concepts are grounded in some degree of science, personal faith, and ancient allusion.
The idea could stem from the ancient Mayan ‘time keeping’ system which appears to end (and/or start over) in 2012; or they may be grounded in the prophecies from any one religion which almost uncannily seem to converge once we strip away our ‘man-made’ differences.
Independent of where the notion of the world ‘ending’ or ‘changing’ stems from – those notions are just seeds which do not grow until we allow them to root in ourselves.
No matter where the ‘events of today’ are leading – YOU ARE IN CONTROL (and thus, WE are in control). It’s time for us as individuals, and as a globalized society, to change how we internalize these notions — and if nothing else, 2012 should mark the time we become FEARLESS! Continue reading “Fearlessness”
3-Step Loophole to Doing Great & Being Greater!
From the day we are born, we open our eyes to a world which tells us what to see. What we see, overtime, tells us who we are. Understanding how the ‘system’ works is the first step to rising above it, changing, and accomplishing anything.
The world has a preconceived notion of what is “normal”, what is “remarkable”, what one is capable of and what one is not. However, YOUR possibilities are only as limited as the world’s ability is to convince you of their limits — because eventually, we start convincing ourselves of the same.
In this loophole, we’ll discuss 3 simple tools to doing great and being greater, starting, right, now! Continue reading “3-step Loophole to Doing Great & Being Greater”
“Is there a God?”, “Was he an ‘invented’ by humanity”, “If he exists, what is he like?”
To play ‘devil’s advocate’ (pun intended) riddle me this:
If you knew the answer what, if anything, would you change about yourself?
So you’re looking for the answer to the “God Question”, huh? Lucky for you, the answer is readily available in the place you least suspect. Continue reading “The God Question”
The Pursuit of Happiness is both the answer and the challenge to those of us seeking it.
Pursuit implies an end. Yet, our “pursuit” does not end in this chapter of our journey until we close both the book and our eyes for the last time. However, there is a VERY simple solution to this VERY real dilemma, friends.
No grass is as green as the envy on the individual looking over the fence.
The Good begets Good Loophole
Good breeds good. One good turn deserves another. Karma.
This post will be as short & sweet as our actions ought to be.
Yesterday I made a “Help Wanted” Post called “Take one for the TEAM“.
Karma In – Small Sacrifices:
In general, I highlighted the unfortunate order mix-up at Starbucks where I had ordered my usual White Chocolate Mocha, got a Mocha (which couldn’t taste MORE different), but due to the tension in the environment, the fact there appeared to be a new employee who was struggling to get into the swing of things, and the long line/wait I was already apart of — I opted to just move on and be thankful for a hot beverage.
It may seem a bit prima donna, but it truly is all about the little things!
Karma Out – Coming “Full Circle”:
Less than 24 hours later, I placed my morning coffee drink at the same Starbucks. They recognized me and said “you waited a long time yesterday, this drink is on us!”
Patience and kindness IS rewarded, friends. We tend to miss the opportunities all too often because of the latency involved. Be good because it makes sense to be good, but also know that things DO indeed come full-circle.
I am now enjoying, and am thankful for, another warm beverage this morning…
But this time it was my favorite kind, it was free, and it tastes like magic.
Until next time, friends, be good! 🙂
Anyone familiar with the delicious sweetness of a Starbuck’s White Chocolate Mocha and it’s sharp contrast with the chalky flavor of their traditional Mocha can understand the disappointment of my first sip this morning (after an extraordinarily long wait in the line no less).
It was clear that the individual on hook for crafting my drink was new and was also having a rough go of it today. The order right before me had been messed up as well (part of the longer-than-normal wait). I by no means encourage people to “always be complaisant”, your order is your order, and at some juncture it is important to provide feedback to ensure an individual can acknowledge a misstep, work on their accountability, and grow as an employee and person themselves…. HOWEVER, we all make mistakes, and sometimes when we’re bombarded with a series of them we are emotional wrecks which are unlikely to perform any better by ‘new knowledge of a misstep’…. sooo, if you can find the right opportunity this week:
Help Wanted! Take one for the team, and take it to the grave. Let a misstep slide, no matter how small or big – bear the cross for yourself, just this once. Sometimes the smallest ‘non-escalations’ can have the biggest impacts.
I really do not like mocha’s, I’d rather have a hot chocolate at this point. Yet I am using this example, of something so small and sooo insignificant, to be a more patient person myself. I may not like the taste of a mocha, but I am blessed to have a warm drink on this beautiful Sunday morning – and in another situation, that could be more than a person could ever ask or hope for.
Since the day we were born – we’ve had the answers to, and the loopholes on, life readily available for us.
They have been bestowed upon us through EVERY generation, and their words tend to transcend both space & time.
The message has always been clear. The message has been delicately carved into cave walls, thoroughly crystalized through parable & poem, and carefully captured through lyricism & music. Not to mention the diligent documentation of the Bible (#1 best-seller, one hundred and four thousand weeks strong, take that New York Times!).
But how do we receive this message for ourselves, overcome the mental manipulation that pollutes our society, and change both ourselves and the world for the better? Continue reading ““Redemption Song” Loophole”
We all want to be happy… right?!
If that was the case, why do so many people with such propensity to be happy…just…seem…to…eventually…self-destruct?
The trick to being happy is NOT to “obtain” happiness! By doing that, we are really putting our happiness in the “obtainment of whatever it is that was obtained”. The REAL secret to securing happiness is to… Continue reading ““How to be Happy” Loophole”
11 years ago marks the date of one of the most tragic events to fall upon American soil.
Many hard-fought debates and questions emerged from the wreckage, “Does the action justify declaration for war?”, “Who is truly responsible?”, “Was it an inside job?”.
The questions are to be expected, but the truth is that, in a life of “cause and effect”, the real conspiracy we were slowly trained to accept is:
Life is more similar to a computer program than many of us tend to think. We make the program what it is, and the program makes us what it is. Surround ourselves with stimulus which pique our interest. We surround ourselves with people which are “of like mind”. We mold them, and they mold us.
Continue reading to learn how to manage the inputs & maximize YOUR outputs…
Forgiveness is not easy – but it is MUCH easier when first asked for it. Forgiving someone after being asked for it is important – but it still leaves room for personal validation of our egos to say “see, I was right after all, so now that you acknowledge it, okay – I forgive you.”
Help Wanted! If you were hurt long ago in the past, or in a small way today, close your eyes, take a deep breath, breathe out slowly and forgive the individual by name (and/or by face). The world is more connected than we think. There is more power to forgiveness, especially when the individuals ‘know not what they do’.
Few gifts worth giving rival proactive forgiveness — it will make the forgiven, the forgiver, and the world, better.
Traffic… There are few opportunities to exhibit a SIMPLE SELFLESS ACT more timely than on your morning or evening drive! Each individual is likely “rushing to get somewhere” – yet – most of us fail to recognize the fact that everyone else is in the same exact boat!
Help Wanted! When traffic is backed up – and you see someone trying to take a “left turn” onto a busy street – take a moment to let them in if you can. We’ve all had someone go out of their way to do it for us – more often, everyone ignores us – which means we likely tend to ignore them when the shoe is on the other foot.
Let someone in – give a stranger ‘the unexpected’ help that we would not expect but at the same time truly appreciate. Let a stranger take a left turn, and help the world take a turn for the better!
Do we REALLY Only use 10-20% of our Brain?
While there is A LOT of truth to the fact we under-utilize our brain power – I believe this oft talked about ‘concept’ leads most of us to a misguided and/or short-cited conclusion.
Continue reading to understand the following:
1. “Understand the Ego & put it on Pause”
2. “What do we really know about what we don’t know?”
3. “Tips & Tricks to Increase Your Mental Aptitude”
4. “One Tool to Change Everything”
The “What is the Meaning of Life?” Loophole
This loophole is not about answering that question – it is about ‘reminding’ myself an others that there are many tools & vehicles that can help facilitate “understanding”. One of few tools we use effectively is language — but there is a higher level of learning, and even more effective too, that predated modern language, and that concept is the foundation for what language was built upon.
The usage of “architypes” has been underutilized for several millennium. We’ve all heard the phrase “A PICTURE SPEAKS A THOUSAND WORDS”. In fact, written language undermines that very important truth. It is more than a “picture of people” (smiles, body language, environment, distance, time, location). There are paintings and pieces of art that seemingly ‘never out date themselves’, that inspire, and mean things to us at a level deeper than we instinctively reflect upon.
What is the Secret to Success?
Easy one! The secret to success is as simple as…
…understanding that “the secret” is that you SHOULD NOT be seeking this answer through a google search – or through the book – OR through this blog. The answer you will find in any one of those places is at best, subjective – and at worst, constraining, misinformed and outright manipulative!
I realize, and embrace, the ‘hypocrisy’ of providing an answer to a question via a vehicle (this blog) that I said should not be the source —- the point is, the best I can do is remind myself, and everyone, that “Success” is a very ambiguous term which is defined by sheer subjectivity.
All I can share is what I consider the “PATH”… which will be as pure/objective as I can keep it!
Jealousy? JEALOUSY?!?! when I typed in “How do I overcome…” the first one was jealousy?? Most jealousy stems from our need to protect our egos; and most egos do not want to admit wrong, and thus, most truly jealous people would not be searching the term “how do I overcome jealousy”.
If someone is typing that question in Google, congratulations, the inaccurate diagnoses of your condition also appears to be the cure!!
Complicated question: “how do I overcome jealousy?”
Simple answer: Continue reading “How do I overcome jealousy?”
Tomorrow, my small contribution to a better world will be to:
SMILE at a stranger, and be soooo bold as to provide a genuine “hello!” as I walk by.
Sounds easy enough. That means that we probably don’t put enough importance into it’s impact. It’s probably a matter of prioritization versus challenge, because it’s easy enough I would have expected more strangers to smile at me today — yet, they probably would say the same to me, so one of us has to just “break the chain” and do it.
What’s the worst that can happen? They ignore my hello and receive my smile with a scowl? Any pain I feel from that is more on me and the unnecessary expectations I assign to the exchange. Maybe that same person will be, even ever-so slightly, more inclined to smile back next time, or the ‘time’ after that.
Your help is much wanted, and your smile is much appreciated!!! 🙂
I’d like to thank Charles for the first contribution, comment and commitment to “loopholes on life”! While I only began this blog 3 days ago ‘physically’ (Sunday night, 8/19), I’ve been building toward it for the last two and a half years, when I had my first “click” (I’ll explain what exactly I mean by that at some point, for now, think of ‘clicks’ as meaningful milestones for the journey of truth-seekers & ‘game’-changers… or… perhaps more simply put, think of them as true blue epiphanies).
For today’s blog post I’d like to expound on some sage points he alluded to in his post:
I stumbled across this blog. I have been asking a lot of questions lately and looking for answers in places which they would make sense to be found. However, I have found only lies and deceptions that laid the ground work for building societies of followers and none of free thinkers.
A great man once said, “There is not a truth existing which I fear… or would wish unknown to the whole world.” I feel you are liberator of those truths.
I look forward to reading and sharing thoughts on your blog, and to helping make the world a better and more informed place.
I smell what you’re stepping in, Charles, and it smells like roses. Continue reading “Re: to Charles; “Knowing Truth & Discernment””