Month: November 2015

Zooming Out

Many times we are caught up in the mundane aspects of our lives, such as doing the dishes or cooking a meal, or going to work and back, etc. Sometimes we forget the big picture.

In math I do my problems, and sometimes I need to remind myself to zoom out of a little problem and think, “There are only thirty problems. Work them out one by one and you’ll get to the end.” But you have to keep the end in mind. You have to think about what you want to accomplish. In my math, my goal is to finish the lesson. In a certain work day, you might want to accomplish selling something if you are a salesman. We all have our goals, big and small. We need to keep those goals in mind. We need to remember what legacy we want to leave behind, what we want our children and grandchildren to remember us by.

Zooming out of the little picture is a very important part of life. If you do not zoom out occasionally, you become trapped in your own mind, in the little things, and your head starts whirling, and you go crazy (not literally). Sometimes we need to stop what we are doing, take a deep breath and just be still for a moment. Think about it. How many times today have you stood still and just thought for a second about nothing? Probably not even once. It is important to just be quiet at least once a day and think about something peaceful and calming. You will alleviate stress and calm your nerves if you are overwrought. Continue reading

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The Psalm of Life

The Psalm of Life is a poem that was written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow right after his first wife died. You can see his sadness and his determination to go on mirrored in the poem. I read it just yesterday, and thought I’d share it with those of you who haven’t read it.

Life is real! Life is earnest!

And the grave is not its goal;

Dust thou art, to dust returnest,

Was not spoken of the soul.

 

Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,

Is our destined end or way;

But to act, that each tomorrow

find us farther than today.

 

Art is long, and Time is fleeting,

And our hearts, though stout and brave,

Still like muffled drums, are beating

Funeral marches to the grave.

 

In the world’s broad field of battle,

In the bivouac of Life,

Be not like dumb, driven cattle!

Be a hero in the strife!

 

Trust no Future, howe’er pleasant!

Let the dead Past bury its dead!

Act,—act in the living Present!

Heart within and God o’erhead!

 

Lives of great men all remind us

We can make our lives sublime,

And, departing, leave behind us

Footprints on the sands of time;

 

Footprints, that perhaps another,

Sailing o’er life’s solemn main,

A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,

Seeing, shall take heart again.

 

Let us, then, be up and doing,

With a heart for any fate;

Still achieving, still pursuing,

Learn to labor and to wait.

 

Will you take to heart what Longfellow says? Will you leave your mark, your ‘footprint on the sands of time?’ Will you strive and strive to reach your destined goal? Will you take up the challenge?

Booker T. Washington’s Arguments Against Slavery

Booker T. Washington was an ex-slave who was freed while still a boy with his fellow slaves when the Confederacy lost the Civil War. The basis of his autobiography is education. He wanted education from when he was very young. When he was older he established a school called Tuskegee.

Washington’s arguments against slavery are many. One of the foremost is the poverty of the slaves. He describes the shack in which he had lived with his mother, brother and sister. In his own words: “The cabin was without glass windows; it had only openings on the side which let it light, and also the cold, chilly air of winter. There was a door to the cabin—that is, something that was called a door—but the uncertain hinges by which it was hung and the large cracks in it, to say nothing of the fact that it was too small, made the room a very uncomfortable one. In addition to these openings there was in the right-hand corner of the room, the “cat-hole,”—a contrivance which almost every mansion or cabin in Virginia possessed during the ante-bellum period. The “cat-hole” was a square opening about seven by eight inches, provided for the purpose of letting the cat pass in and out of the house at will during the night. In the case of our particular cabin I could never understand the necessity for this convenience, since there were at least a half-dozen other places in the cabin that would have accommodated the cats. There was no wooden floor in our cabin, the naked earth being used as the floor.” This was the state in which he lived for his first years. Continue reading

Small Business Or Apprenticeship To A Mentor

Should you start a small business of your own right away, or should you apprentice yourself with a minimum wage to a mentor who can teach you the ins and outs of the business world. You should start a small business if you have perfect confidence in yourself and in your abilities. You should apprentice yourself if you think you need more training, have the knowledge and not the know-how or if you feel you need experience.

A mentor shows you how to run your own business. You get to see firsthand how a business is run, and how it works as a whole. You get to observe ideas and processes. It may make you more successful in the long run. You have to think carefully.

On the other hand, if you have your own business, you are independent and can do as you wish with it. You will have an income coming in that is not minimum wage. You would make and sell you own product and have finance and schedule independence. Continue reading

The Key Incidents That Led To Helen Keller’s Freedom

Helen Keller was a blind-deaf girl that learned to speak and was able to live a normal life with the help and patient dedication of her teacher, Anne Sullivan. She relates in her auto-biography how she lived in a dark prison for her first seven years. She relates how she was like a little animal—uncontrollable, mute, blind, deaf and desperate. She felt a desperate need for communication. She was a very smart child. But her brain was locked away. She was locked away in a little black room and only her teacher, Anne Sullivan, held the key.

It was a few weeks to Helen’s seventh birthday when Anne Sullivan arrived. They had numerous battles, both of them being strong willed and persistent. Helen refused to be patient. When Anne Sullivan persisted she would destroy something. Continue reading

TV Hours And The Money Wasted: Is It Worth It?

TV hours are hours that can be used in a more purposeful use of time. If you run a small business, your TV hours are hours that can and should be used to work instead of watch. If you work, you will make millions, yes millions, of dollars. This essay illustrates how much money you could be making at your desk in your business instead of watching TV.

I have calculated that if I watch an estimated seven hours a week, I will lose one hundred and forty dollars a month if I average my time at twenty dollars an hour. I will lose $1,479,919.82 per hour by the time I am fifty-eight if I continue at seven hours a week. Last week I watched five hours of television. Most of that was news. Some of it was movies. My cable television consists solely of news and sports. My movies come from places like Amazon. I do not watch shows and comedies, etc. that many teens watch. Most teenagers watch an average of twenty-two hours a week. This is proven. If that continues, they will lose tens of millions of dollars by the time they are twenty-three. I am way below average. I will not lose that much money because I do not watch a lot in the first place.

Some teens watch thirty-five hours a week, or twenty-five, or maybe forty. It depends. You can calculate your own cost of time, and how much you will save by cutting down on your TV here: Compound Interest Calculator. Estimate your time at twenty dollars an hour, multiply that by your hours of TV and enter it in the Current Principle bracket. Enter the same amount in the Monthly Addition bracket. Enter forty-five years in the Years to Grow bracket, and ten percent in the Interest Rate bracket. Put in the number twelve in the Compound Interest __ time(s) per year bracket. This will give you your amount.

So you ask yourself: Is it worth it? I say no. You might say yes, out of the excuse that you like it, do not know how to give it up, etc. I say it is a waste of time that could be spent in doing something else. My time-waster, instead of television, is books. I read and read and read at least two hours a day, sometimes four, sometimes six. Although you might say, “That’s not a time waster!”, too much of a good thing can become a bad thing. Continue reading