Recent research reveals that our brains need a certain amount of downtime, that is, boredom, in order to be productive. Those moments when our minds wander are the moments that give us breakthrough thinking, insight and innovation. Reaching for the Blackberry when you’re stuck in a line-up, or processing e-mail during tedious meetings: these activities displace the former vacancies from which aha! moments once emerged. This is the year to commit to a minimum RDA of boredom, to foster habits that keep you from filling every moment with productive or engaging activity. Full article here
This is a story about a boy who loved to play. He was always doing something he’d be out all day. You named it he played it, Basketball, Baseball, Snowboard and Ski. Skateboard, Wakeboard he felt so free.
All these activities consumed his life When he had problems they took away the strife. They were his outlet, his passion, his moment of Glory. But there’s tribulation to every story.
One night he was skating with his Crew. His skate hit a crack and off he flew. It’s out, It’s out, he began to pout. He screamed in pain and began to shout. It felt as if he had been crushed by a boulder He knew right then he dislocated his shoulder.
Weeks went by and his shoulder began to heal. It was a new experience a painful ordeal. He continued playing but soon would see. That more dislocations was his destiny. He went to the Doctor who told him it must be to prevent more problems you need surgery.
So there we went under the knife. Little did he know this would change his life. 3 weeks in a sling and a 3 month recovery. without his activities he soon put on the calories.
3 months had past, but it didn’t seem fast. He was able to go out and play at last. Sliding and Grinding he had so much fun. But he caught and edge and fell, the good times were done His shoulder was out again, What would tell his Mother. It wasn’t his bad shoulder this time the other.
Not again, he screamed, how can this be? I just barely recovered from surgery! Out came the shoulder again and again. This is not the end of the story but only about to begin.
The following years were not very easy. Injuries come to those who want to be steezy. The doctors continued to cut in and tighten his joints down. Little did people know behind this boy’s smile was a frown. Thousands of dollars, 15 dislocations, and 4 surgeries later. He had seen more Dark sides than Darth Vader Through all the tribulation and all the hard licks The boy grew confident that his shoulder had finally been fixed.
He continued to play both on snow and on water. Even though he’d been through such a gnarly slaughter. Free at last from all the slings His heart rejoiced, he began to sing.
Jumping and spinning without a care. Suddenly his sweet dream turned into a nightmare. Crash, pop followed by groans of pain. The boy could not believe that his shoulder was out again .
This time the surgery is more complicated. Inside the shoulder are screws and its metal plated. a 6 month recovery and 6 weeks in a sling. He bears a bigger burden than Frodo and his Ring.
Another weekend he has to sit in his room out of sight. While all his friends strap on the boards and go take flight. his friends all ask him to come out and play. But this just brings the boy more dismay. Do you wanna go boating they often ask, or where are you getting your a season pass? like salt in the wound these questions make it worse little to they know that his shoulders are a curse. You guys go ahead, I gotta stay inside. You’ would have thought this boy had crawled up and died.
Sitting alone in his room he cries. All I wanna do is go out with the guys. Really? 5 surgeries? Isn’t it enough? I can’t handle this, it’s just too much. I can see 1 or 2 surgeries or even 3 or 4. But 5 is overbearing, I can’t take it anymore.
Why does this happen to me? He bitterly asks God. Why couldn’t you have given me a working Bod? What lesson are you trying to teach me? What am I supposed to Learn? I’ve been humbled so many times, is it more patience I must earn? I just don’t get it, I’m sorry, I know I’m slow Is there any other way to learn this? Please let me know. Why is it that whatever I do with passion always comes back to me crashin?
Then his sweet mother enters the room in tears. Seeing her son in pain is her biggest fear. You will heal soon she gently tells her son. and then you will be able to go out and have more fun.
The boy looks at his mother with tears in his eyes. All of his activities have been a tragic demise. Mom, you’ve never had surgery, you don’ have a clue. The boy’s Mom responded as if she knew. Don’t be angry my Son, this trial we’ll get through.
Stepping stones and stumbling blocks are the same thing. the difference is how you use them with whatever life may bring. The Lord bring us low so we can rise above. If we never felt sorrow, we’d never feel love. What goes up, always comes down. You won’t appreciate your freedom, until you’ve been bound. Right now you’re angry and in a state of humility. Endure with patience and the Lord will increase you’re ability. When it’s dark you can see stars. Trust in the Lord and you will go far.
Time has gone by and the boy is now older. He now knows why he had problems with his shoulder.
I saw him the other day and he told me this. He said, when times are hard and you’re really pissed. Don’t feel bad about your self and wallow in self pity. Life is tough, sometimes it’s plain shitty.
When life gets you down and it starts to hurt you are about to go through a life growth spurt Have patience and know these dark times will soon pass Tribulations are like cars they will run out of gas.
Forget about your problems and you soon will see. How we react to our problems echos in Eternity. Bad things happen even when we’re living right A diamond must be polished so it can be bright. Lift your head high and see life with an eternal perspective We go through these trials so we can be perfected.
2 years ago I wrote a letter to myself while I was in Uruguay. I postmarked on the envelop for January 2010 and today was the day i opened it.
In the letter I reminded myself what I wanted to be doing, and what I want to have accomplished. It’s fun to see what I have done and what I still need to do. I forgot how funny I used to be, this was my opening line.
" Jake What’s up man? Are you still good looking? I’m sure you are. I hope the years treat us nicely and that we’re still doing good and that we’re happy. I think we will be."
I’m happy to report that I am happy and that I’m still on track to where I’m going and who I wanna be. To those few peeps reading this, write a letter to yourself and open it up on a couple years. It’s so cool receiving a letter from your past self. It’s worth the effort and the wait.
I LOVE THIS TIME OF THE YEAR WHEN YOU CAN REFLECT ON WHAT YOU’VE ACCOMPLISHED IN THE PAST YEAR. WHERE YOU’VE BEEN, THE PEOPLE YOU’VE MET, PROJECTS YOU’VE WORKED ON, POUNDS YOU’VE GAINED, WISDOM RECEIVED AND PRICELESS MEMORIES WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY.
I ALSO LOVE THIS TIME OF YEAR BECAUSE I CAN FOCUS ON WHAT I WANT TO ACCOMPLISH THIS YEAR. CLEAR YOUR MIND, REORGANIZE YOUR THOUGHTS, ASSESS YOUR GOALS AND MAKE PLANS ON HOW YOUR GOING TO ACHIEVE THEM.
YOU COULD CALL SETTING GOALS AND MAKING PLANS “SPIRITUAL CREATION.” AS OF YET THEY DON’T EXIST PHYSICALLY BUT YOU CAN SEE IT IN YOUR MIND’S EYE. YOU LAYOUT THE BLUEPRINT TO THE HOUSE OF YOUR DREAMS IN YOUR HEAD AND ON PAPER.
THE “PHYSICAL CREATION” IS WHEN YOU START GOING OUT AND BUYING THE SUPPLIES, GETTING THE PEOPLE TO WORK ON IT, AND START LAYING THE FOUNDATION. AND SLOWLY THE HOUSE THAT WASN’T THERE BEFORE IS STARTING TO TAKE SHAPE. WE REALIZE THAT OUR DREAMS AND THOUGHTS START TO HAVE SUBSTANCE WHEN WE TAKE ACTION.
OF COURSE THE EASIEST PART OF THIS PROCESS IS WRITING ALL THE THINGS THAT WE WANT TO ACCOMPLISH DOWN. THE HARDEST PART IS GOING THROUGH WITH IT. BUT THERE’S SOMETHING THAT CAN HELP WITH THAT. TELLING PEOPLE WHAT YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE, BECAUSE THEY’LL HOLD YOU TO IT.
ONE OF MY GOALS IS TO KEEP A BLOG OF WHAT’S GOING ON IN MY LIFE ONCE A WEEK. AND HOPEFULLY WHEN MARCH, JUNE AND SEPTEMBER COME I’LL STILL DOING IT. I’M ALSO HOPING I CAN KEEP IT INTERESTING A ENOUGH SO THAT PEOPLE WILL WANT TO CHECK IT WEEKLY.
2009 WAS AN AMAZING YEAR, BUT I 2010 IS GOING TO BLOW IT OUT OF THE WATER!
WORDS OF WISDOM TO LET MARINATE IN YOU HEAD:
* “ TO ACHIEVE GOALS YOU’VE NEVER REACHED, YOU HAVE TO DO THINGS YOU’VE NEVER DONE.”
* “ NO GAINS WITHOUT PAINS.”
* “ DISCIPLINE IS THE BRIDGE BETWEEN DREAMS AND REALITY.”
I’ve been meaning to start a blog for sometime now and finally after standing on the coping I decided to drop in the Blogging Bowl.
My Reasons for starting a blog:
1. Blogging is the new Scrap Booking. Get in the Now
2. I feel like blogging will help me be more socially responsible. It’s always good to tell people your goals and feelings, convictions and beliefs because those people hold you to them. If you tell your friends and family I’m going to do this or start that, your committing yourself go through with it. If you don’t do it you should have good enough friends to call you out on it. I think sometimes we don’t like to tell other people what we’re going to do because now all of a sudden you’re responsible for doing it. Sharing your information helps you get things done.
So for all you out there who are thinking about doing something big or small. Tell you close friends and family. By sharing your decisons with them, they will be able to help you achieve your goals.
* Just make sure you don’t tell everyone what your going to do and then not do it. You need to talk the talk and then walk the walk.
3. I need to improve my writing skills. It’s important to write. Especially writing about your experiences. It not only helps other people come to know you, but you come to know yourself better too.
Think about it. Out of all the stuff you could write about you choose to write about this or that. You can see where people’s priorities lie. And thus we get back to social responsibility.
4. Now that the whole world can see you write and what you put on this, you’re setting yourself a standard of who you are and what makes you, YOU.