Do It Now! (Fields Of Green Onions That Need Picking)

As we have weeds to pick out of a garden, so do we have realities to act on. With that said, I begin this article. At this writing I have dealt with a few minor “headache like” life situations that were so minor, yet they would make people in certain circumstances “give up the ghost” because they are so irritatingly minor. Let me put it like this, though: However many minor headaches come my way, I am not giving up on anything.

Recently, the deaths of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade were announced as suicides, I am sad and mournful for them and their friends and families. Nevertheless, I felt I must write this realistic and honestly gut-wrenching article about “do it now” or do not do it at all because reality is gut-wrenching life whatever level you or anyone may be on. Whether the path is “easy” or “hard” or whatever, life is a do it now and do it to yourself or do not do it at all proposition. Indeed, we all have a choice to make.

I remember this Jimi Hendrix song called “Castles Made Of Sand”, and it taught me a great lesson about life and existence. Reality is ultimately what we earned for better or worse and if we learn the lesson, it is better. If we do not learn the lesson, it is worse. Right down to the little Indian brave who lost his life in the surprise attack and the little girl in the wheelchair in the song who wanted to commit suicide and something caught her eye and she got stopped in her tracks. We pay and benefit through our understanding, whether innocent or guilty right down to O.J. seeming to “get away with it” or all those many genuinely innocent black men in the Los Angeles County Jail system that are innocent, but “not getting away with it” and being unjustly beaten and arrested for that O.J. who “seemed to get away with it”. You know, “normal” justice is the castle made of sand that gets washed to the sea by the genuine facts when they come around ultimately in objective reality under genuine God.

But, back to the subject: We all have weeds in our garden and cobwebs in our head, thinking and spirit that need disposing of. We all have to face reality and work on it, not escape it.

Look, sometimes, I would like to escape responsibility like anyone who seems to, but for the most part, like the stereotype of virtue that is genuine, I do face reality. Sometimes I flinch, it gets so bad. But, I learn not to flinch. That is what this gut-wrenching article is really about as a whole. We all must grow and not avoid. After all, the ultimate weakness is to genuinely cheat yourself and others, and “get away with it”. Thinking you got off easy also, is the ultimate immaturity, too. So, I end with a question that will haunt you: When it is time, are you ready to pay?

Gratitude, Dude

Make a winner. Be grateful for your life. There may not be too many things I am clear on, but I am clear on that: Gratitude and understanding combined are power. Without those two things in life and existence, we are just operating on empty, however much we seem to have or “be rich with”.

My thoughts on this subject are simple, yet they do need elaboration. The article could end quickly there with the short paragraph above, but it will not. The power of being grateful for the “acres of diamonds beneath your feet” is the most powerful idea in the world especially when you know what they genuinely look like. So many people live and die without seeing the value of what they can develop from “nothing”, and so few people develop the intrinsic value of what they have. Let me put it this way: The grass only looks greener on the other side, because the other side receives better care, it is not that there are “better materials over there”. When I think about that statement about “the grass” deeply, I think deeply about my own life. My disappointments are nothing compared to my ultimate goals. I can take the disappointments and troubles, those are minor compared to my major goals. I can take the temporary failures and follies as long as the light of the most genuine of success is at the end of the tunnel of the failures and follies.

Like anyone, my mistakes outweigh my virtues. But the difference is, I learn from my mistakes and ultimately make them into virtues instead of letting the mistakes fully get me down. Face it, “trial, error, and success afterward out of that stuff” is realistic and objective law, not just conjecture. When you know how not to make mistakes, you are better off for it, especially with experience and understanding.

This is where reality fully and really comes in: Our lives are our laboratories, and most experiments are failures. Success comes after all those failures are understood and changed into successful outcomes. Get it? We are inventors, scientists in our own lives in every genuine way and all of that trying to get it right, and then succeeding after much failure after a lot of trial and error.

Sure, coming up with the idea is where the fun begins, but the real work is when you fail toward ultimate success through the experiments or temporary failures. I can only end with: Be grateful you came up with idea, and follow through for success.