Promises To Myself

Promises To Myself

This is an entry I wrote in one of my journals right before the holidays in 2014. I originally posted it in September of 2015 but I thought it would make a nice post prior to this year’s Thanksgiving Holiday.

This is my final entry in this book and the final one before the Thanksgiving holiday break.  I thought I would take the time to write down some promises I need to make to myself and keep, promises for the upcoming New Year.

I want to be happy.

I have what I thought were all the ingredients necessary to be happy.

I have a pretty good jump on my financial security yet I never stop worrying about it.  My home and cars are paid off. I have no debt.

I have the love of good woman who is the love of my life.

I have two healthy, grownup, great children and a fine, smart and handsome grandson.

So what do I need? Continue reading

Beatles Being Beatles

Beatles Being Beatles

I have written about the apostle Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians and how he understood the concept of the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

One of the examples I cited in that post was the Beatles.  Their individual talents were good but when they were combined they achieved something greater than any one of them could have ever achieved as a solo artist.

Today I thought I would once more write about the Beatles.

The Beatles were a huge influence on my music and my life.  They set me and just about every musician from my generation on the path of a musical journey. Continue reading

Saint Paul, Gestalt, and The Beatles.

Saint Paul, Gestalt, and The Beatles.

1 Corinthians 12:14-20

For the body does not consist of one member but of many.  If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell?  But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be?  As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.

In previous posts I wrote about Paul addressing peer pressure and being a team builder, how he understood the concept of team.

In these verses I found another example of Paul’s understanding of team.  I found another example of how he understood that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.  Paul writes about how each member of the team is important to that team.

Just like a good band. Continue reading

RELAX

RELAX

To all the millennials, Generation Xer’s, and even some of you left over Baby Boomers, out there losing your minds over the latest election results, I say the following, “RELAX”.

Why do I say that?

Experience, and this is primarily aimed at all you millennials who sorely lack the one thing that no one or nothing can give to you, only time.

Experience has shown me that in the grand scheme of things, meaning your and my insignificant existence, whoever wins the Presidency, the House or the Senate really doesn’t matter. Continue reading

Tyranny Of The Majority

Tyranny Of The Majority

For those of you who have suddenly decided that the Electoral College, as established by our forefathers in the U.S. Constitution, should be abolished because you didn’t get your participation trophy, I present to you the reasoning behind this system.

Please read the definition of “Tyranny of the Majority”.

A situation in which a government or other authority democratically supported by a majority of its subjects makes policies or takes actions benefiting that majority, without regard for the rights or welfare of the rest of its subjects.

– Or –

The phrase “tyranny of the majority” (or “tyranny of the masses”) is used in discussing systems of democracy and majority rule. It involves a scenario in which a majority places its own interests above those of a minority group, constituting active oppression comparable to that of a tyrant or despot.[ Potentially, a disliked ethnic, religious, political, or racial group may be deliberately penalized by the majority element acting through the democratic process.

– Or –

A situation in which a group of people are treated unfairly because their situation is different from the situation of most of the people in a democratic country

Now it is my humble opinion that most of you who are whining about the injustice of having won the popular vote and yet not winning the office would also be the first to proudly thump your chest and state your moral superiority as to your caring and compassion for all minorities. Continue reading

How To Make Music Boring

How To Make Music Boring

My grandson brought to our attention that he had done a report for school but didn’t get a very good grade on the report.   The teacher had pointed out where he scored poorly and the weak points of the report.  But the teacher was giving him the opportunity to rewrite the report and improve his grade.

Now this was very surprising to all of us since he has always done very well in school.  From kindergarten up to this year he has never had a bad test score or report card.

What was even more surprising to me was this report was on the snare drum. Continue reading

Who’s Screaming?

Who’s Screaming?

This is another post talking about how we have elevated the mundane by lowering the standards.  We have elevated it through over use and misuse of words.

When I started in business I don’t recall anyone using the following phrase:

“They are screaming at me for these parts!”

Maybe as I get older my memory is failing but I just can’t recall it being used, at least not as dramatically and as much as it is used today. Continue reading