Monday, March 27, 2017

Change The World

Albert Einstein once said, ~Imagination is everything. It's the preview of life's coming attractions.~ Let me ask you this question, have you used your imagination more or less now as an adult than when you were a kid back in the day? I think its safe to say as an adult there is the tendency of having a lack of imagination because of focusing on the personal, as well as professional realities of life. However, there is most definitely a tremendous amount of untapped potential when an initial idea starts out small to the point where it gradually steamrolls into something much bigger than anyone could possibly every imagine. What it primarily comes down to is thinking up ways in being able to give rather than receive/take to the point where what's being imagined has its benefits for all of mankind.

Without a doubt, being able to learn and understand sign language is considered to be a useful life skill to where you're able to tap the imagination witnessing 2 or a group of individuals sharing a silent conversation. Thinking about I further, to be able to learn and actually sign is one thing, but being able to clearly listen/convey what's signed is truly amazing beyond belief. Essentially, the imaginative concept became an absolute reality in 2016 by way of 2 University of Washington Undergraduate students inventing what they refer to as "SignAloud" gloves, which recognize had gestures. Thomas Pryor and Navid Azodi thought of then implemented to the point where they invented an innovative new way to communicate whereby putting their own modern twist to sign language so much so they dynamic dup deservingly earned a $10,000 student prize.

If you think about it, utilizing one's imaginative talents in regards to having the vision impaired to participate in physical recreation is an immensely creative idea, especially if the idea was formulated by members of a bomb squad unit. Of course, it can certainly be difficult to fathom and yet its been done by members of the Kanawha County Bomb Squad who put their unique electronic skills to good use as it involved an Easter egg hunt. To be more specific, the bob squad unit created beeping Easter eggs giving the visually impaired kids the opportunity to take part in a traditionally fun event that they don't normally get a chance to be a part of, which has been a growing trend among bomb squad units across the country. You see, their efforts not only create an incredibly enjoyable experience it gives the bomb squad unit itself a way to make a much deeper connection with them as well.

For the question can be asked to those who have diabetes, does continually checking your blood sugar and adjusting it with insulin or a snack cause you to be sometimes annoyed by the process? Have you always imagined a better process that doesn't frustrate you at times? I fair to guess the answer would be a resounding yes. A possibly solution to the annoyance has been developed/imagined by Medtronic known as The Artificial Pancreas. For the most part, it's a simple process of simply attaching an iPod-sized device to the body and it measures the blood-sugar levels every 5 minutes then provides more or withholds insulin as needed. The device aims to render the seemingly tedious process obsolete. Fortunately, it has just been recently approved by the FDA and it's commercially available this year much to the joy for the 1.25 million people living with type 1 diabetes.

In retrospect, a person's imagination can certainly bring about some new and interesting changes in the way we go about our daily lives. True, not everything that has been thought up and then created has been a juggernaut of beneficial success. Hey, you have to break a few eggs in order to make an omelet right and in this particular case it's a few mental eggs. Oftentimes, the greatest ideas have produced countless inventions and not to mention innovations that simply started out in the imagination of the human mind. A human mind that if put to excellent use with other minds to solve/figure out ways to help each other rather than selfishly gain for financial purposes then the world would be a much better place don't you think? In the end, our own imagination can be an unstoppable force in thinking up endless ideas and if we work together in a positive way then each one of us has the power to change the world for the better.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Defy Gravity

Beau Taplin once said, ~My heart is not captured easily. I am disinterested in small talk, disillusioned with love, and too focused on my dreams and aspirations to lend anybody my attention for long. But if we make that connection if you find your way into my heart, God, I will fall for you like gravity has let go of the earth.~ If you think about it, a person's heart is considered to be a world all it's own with a seemingly complicated inner gravity that is a powerful force to be reckoned with. For it's type of complicated gravity where experiencing the feeling of a strong pull that certainly fluctuates when one's own thoughts, feelings, and/or emotions are involved, especially when you're truly interested in someone.

Without a doubt, the world representing one's own heart has it's own strong gravitational pull, in a manner of speaking, when it comes to the possibility of true happiness. Yet, it's a complicated situation indeed when those same thoughts, feelings, and/or emotions causes a complicated conflict in which all 3 have the capacity to weigh tremendously if kept to himself/herself. I think its safe to say we've all experienced or are experiencing being gradually dragged/pulled down by the weight of the oftentimes confusing, as well as frustrating planetary atmosphere not just surrounding the human heart, but within too. Essentially, it's the heavy complications and conflicts that can quite literally have a person's heart to in a sense be brought down to its knees unable to move whatsoever.

As I said before, a person's heart is considered to be a world all it's own with a seemingly complicated inner gravity that is a powerful force to be reckoned with. Thinking about it further, it's a powerful force in which there's always an absolute conflict happening between heart and mind as both are in a way pushing against each other. You see, when you find yourself having your heartstrings pulled there comes a point where there is a mental battle in pushing away or should I say keeping at a distance the enormous force of one's thoughts, feelings, and/or emotions. Of course, it's an all out struggle to go through an exhaustive ongoing push and pull of the mental-emotional inner conflict not only surrounding one's own heart, but within it as well.

Let me ask you this question to those who are living single life, did you think there is tremendous gravity within matters of the heart that it has power to completely immobilize a person? My answer would be yes. You see, for the most part we've all had all-too-familiar experiences in being unable to move in every sense of the word pertaining to a guy/girl in question who in all intensive and purposes becomes a confusingly complicated and not to mention frustratingly conflicted heavy weight on your heart. What it primarily comes down to is breaking free of the immense heaviness being felt even though it's considerably difficult to even escape. However, it can be done and all it ever takes is having the strength to push through the weight of what's being hold you back.

Erin Van Vuren said, ~Let's flip the gravity switch, so that we may rise in love. Falling is for stars.~ In retrospect, gravity is defined as the force that attracts a body toward the center of the earth, or toward any other physical body having mass. In any case, there is so much more than just being attracted to another body in regards to love/true love. Trust, faith, hope, respect, honor, honesty, understanding, compassion, contentment, communication, etc. matter also and are able to potentially lift the weight of the world in not only your heart, but in someone else's heart too. In the end, I tip my hat to those who have been able to enjoy the rise of falling in love as it gives those living the single life like myself who are still on the ground the hope in one day to defy gravity.

Monday, March 06, 2017

Everyday

Robert Hunter once said. ~Born, born, born upon the world. The restless heart keeps flying. Trying to become the heart of home. Love, love, love it picks you up. And spins you round. Sets you right back down where you belong.~ Without a doubt, living the single life one can most definitely experience moments of feeling absolute restlessness, especially when it pertains to matters of the heart. For its a type of restlessness in which you can find yourself in a sense falling and wandering within your own thoughts, feelings, as well as emotions. Thinking about it further, while one metaphorically falls and restlessly wanders searching trying to figure out the answers to much needed questions concerning a strong, worthwhile relationship you hopefully don't end up getting lost, so to speak.

As I said before, while one restlessly wanders trying to figure out the answers to much needed questions concerning a forever best friend you hopefully don't end up getting lost, so to speak. When I say lost, I'm referring to being lost in the darkness of the maze representing one's own thoughts, feelings, and/or emotions of someone you're genuinely interested in. Hey, we've all been in or currently in a situation where we've in a way become blinded by what's going on in our heart causing us to act strange or should I say stranger than our usual self. However, as much as our internal compass is pointing/spinning every which way except out towards the possible bright light of love/true love we do our best to remain outwardly composed while stumbling around the darkened maze within ourselves.

If you think about it, it's a tough task to undertake indeed to remain outwardly composed when everything inside you is out of whack, in a manner of speaking, regarding a girl/guy who knocks you off your heart in every sense of the word. Oftentimes, there is an innate mixture of impatience, anxiousness, worry, doubt, etc. in which its seemingly a representation of a straight jacket being wrapped around your heart that's unable to keep still. An unstill heart struggling/wanting so much to truly experience the freedom of true happiness it pushes a person to the brink of insanity. Unfortunately, for a number of people their unstill heart continues to in all intense and purposes be wrapped in the aforementioned straight jacket mentioned above to where a gradual loss of sanity is happening or has happened.

Let me ask you this question to those who are experiencing or have experienced restlessness in their own heart, how have you been able to cope thus far? For some people they deal with the oftentimes unexplainable and utterly confusing internal insanity by crying whereas others like myself have found writing down my thoughts in my own unique way a very therapeutic alternative. Personally speaking, once I've alleviated what's been weighing in my own heart and mind that particular page is inevitably turned in the mental book otherwise known as the inner sanctum, which never really closes or forgets that matter. What it primarily comes down to for me is continuing to ask the questions in hopes of one day meeting or maybe have already met the answer I've been writing about for years.

In retrospect, it can be quite difficult at times to live the single life with a restlessness heart that is unable to be still. Yet, it's manageable by not completely focusing on the negative aspects of what is seriously lacking and that is a strong, worthwhile relationship. Granted, it's a considerably thought provoking and intriguing situation to wonder/think about a guy/girl you potentially haven't met yet even though there is an unmistakable feeling you know he/she is out there who has the power to somehow calm one's own restless heart. In the end, when you focus more on the great things of the single life your heart feels a little less restless knowing full well it's an everyday struggle to try to find/keep a positive mindset each day, which is a song by 7 time Grammy Award Winner and former Genesis member Phil Collins.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Sink Your Heart

Someone once said, ~Love is a game of battleship. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, and sometimes it destroys you.~ I think its safe to say that in certain ways matters of the heart is synonymous with the game kids and not to mention adults truly enjoy/enjoyed playing known as battleship. How and in what way? For the most part, a person can in all intense and purposes win or lose to the point where the immense impact can destroy you in a positive or negative way. Thinking about it further, there is a metaphorical grid within the human heart and each ship placed somewhere on it is considered to be a representation of thoughts, feelings, as well as emotions that can either be a direct hit or a clear miss, especially when it involves someone you're genuinely interested in.

As I've said before, there is a metaphorical grid within the human heart and each ship placed somewhere on it is considered to be a representation of thoughts, feelings, as well as emotions that can either be a direct hit or a clear miss, especially when it involves someone you're genuinely interested in. Essentially, from that point forward it's an absolute guessing game, in a manner of speaking, in attempting to locate and hit the exact whereabouts of the aforementioned ships previously mentioned above, which are absolutely unpredictable. Why? Although, the ships in the game remain in place until the end a person's thoughts, feelings, and/or emotions aren't making it quite difficult to target their exact locations because they can constantly change causing it to become an even greater challenge to hit to say the least.

Without a doubt, one of the main aspects of playing the game battleship is using the small pegs that come in the color white and red signifying whether it's a miss or a hit. In a sense, being able to figure out each shot being taken pertaining to someone special can most definitely be a tough and frustrating situation indeed filled with tremendous amount of anxiety ridden with self doubt. True, an individual can find himself/herself with a grid full of white pegs because of always overthinking their next possible shot. However, one would rather experience taking the initiative to their so called opponent on the other side who hopefully reciprocates the red pegs representing trust, faith, hope, honor, respect, honesty, intimacy, compassion, understanding, contentment, commitment, communication, etc. that were able to successfully hit the ships located within the metaphorical grid of his/her heart.

Let me ask you this question in regards to playing battleship, have you ever cheated in order win? Of course, we've all done it in a sneaky or in clearly outright way and it would all be in good fun. Unfortunately, it's a sad state of affairs when making the decision to cheat for the expressed purpose of establishing a strong, worthwhile relationship causes the person in question to be personally destroyed. Granted, taking the easy route in being able to know just enough about a guy/girl doesn't take any effort whatsoever and truly disrespectful. If a person is genuinely interested in someone they'll play the game properly, so to speak, without being sneaky or have any hidden agendas/ulterior motives. What it primarily comes down to is having a "what do you have to lose mentality" knowing full well the meaningful shots you do end up taking may very well find its targets while others will clearly miss by a mile.

In retrospect, when comparing love/true love to the game of battleship you have to realize it's not a game at all. You see, the human heart is not something to be played with or manipulated to one's own advantage showing a lack of maturity and respect along with the wrong mindset in the pursuit of a forever best friend. If you think about it, there is some strategy involved even though the best kind of strategy is having no idea in what you're doing at all. Hey, trust me when I say I don't have any idea what I'm saying or doing half the time and even though my shots may not be on target I'm still calling them out in hopes there is a direct hit on a certain female's heart out there whoever she may be. In the end, be smart about the shots being made and at the same time take a risk every once in while concerning true happiness so much so it could potentially sink your heart more so for better than for worse.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Assembly Required

Someone once said, ~Life is like a box of Legos with a picture of what it's supposed to look like but no assembly instructions.~ If you think about it, life can most definitely be compared to a box of Legos in the sense that you're given the opportunity to create and build something completely from scratch. For it's a thought provoking situation indeed as each one of us are in all intense and purposes provided with the essential building blocks in order to connect them together whereby making something that resembles or at least closely resembles what we've imagined for ourselves. You see, unlike an instructional manual that comes with the package there isn't one that doesn't necessarily come with life itself whereby giving step by step instructions for a finished product that is not only being constantly rebuilt, but changes continually over time.

Let me ask you this question concerning life's comparison to a box of Legos, are they all the same pieces or does it consist of a wide variety of different ones? It would considered to be a fair assessment to say Legos come in a wide variety of different pieces in size, shape, and not to mention form as well. Thinking about it further, the friendships we've built up over time, in a manner of speaking, with people who first started out as unpackaged complete strangers are now considered to be valuable, as well as priceless friends who come in a wide variety of different sizes, shapes, colors, forms, ethnicities, etc. True, even though they may not all fit/connect with each other they perfectly fit/connect in an imperfect way to certain aspects/areas of our own lives that hopefully holds strong and doesn't fall apart for years to comes.

As I said before, unlike an instructional manual that comes with the package there isn't one that doesn't necessarily come with life itself whereby giving step by step instructions for a finished product that is not only constantly changing, but rebuilt continually over time. Thinking about it further, one's own professional career can certainly go through constant changes and rebuilding in regards to completely starting over for a fresh new start. In the other words, starting a career path of your choice or a new business venture of your own where you're your own boss. What it primarily comes down to is making the difficult and/or scary decision of going back to square one disassembling, so to speak, the job you had to start from scratch whereby figuring out a way to reassembling a career you want that is most satisfying in your eyes.

Without a doubt, a box of Legos and love/true love are synonymous with each other in such a way that you have to have the right pieces in order to create something that you're absolutely proud of. Of course, some vital/important pieces can go unfortunately missing or broken over time causing what you want to not be fully complete. Oftentimes, when it comes to matters of the heart vital/important pieces such as trust, faith, hope, honesty, respect, intimacy, understanding, compassion, contentment, commitment, communication, etc. can come up either missing and/or broken leading one's own heart to be incomplete. However, when you meet someone who has all the vitally important pieces that were broken or have gone missing in your own heart because of bad past relationships you'll be able to build a strong, worthwhile connection you both can look proudly on together.

In retrospect, the picture on the Lego box of life actually takes hard work to build what you professionally and personally want. You see, it may look easy enough with the essential pieces placed in front of us knowing full well it will take time, patience, and tremendous amount of creativity on our part. Hey, when unexpected changes happen in life you have to have a creative mindset while building certain aspects of our own life. Granted, what each one of us are trying to build for ourselves tends to not turn out what we have going in our head even though we can see it clear as day. Yet, we make the best of what we've got with the pieces we're provided with even though they may not be all flashy or even considered to be cool for that matter. In the end, there are two words that we have a tendency to ignore in the Lego box of life and it's usually written in tiny letters: assembly required.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Thar She Blows

Author/Writer Herman Meville wrote, ~...Aye, Aye! and I'll chase him round Good Hope, and round the Horn, and round the Norway Maelstorm, and round perdition's flames before I give him up. And this is what ye have shipped for, men! to chase that white whale on both sides of land, and over all sides of earth, till he spouts black blood and rolls fin out...~ Let me ask you this question, how many of you are currently in pursuit of and striving for your own white whale? For it's in your pursuit there's quite possibly a strong mix of focused hard work and not to mention stubborn determination to have those aforementioned goals/dreams achieved in which they can turn into a complete obsession. Family, career, something to cross of their bucket list, etc. are the metaphorical representations of the quintessential white whale that's possibly within reach and a made was promise to yourself in not letting it slip through your fingers. Essentially, it's that particular obsession that will either end up killing you or find yourself absolutely conquering it.

As I said before, each one of us have our own dreams/goals we're individually striving for to where it can be considered a personal and/or professional white whale. Thinking about it further one can seemingly develop a Captain Ahab like mentality when chasing/going after what can be viewed by others as so tremendously enormous in size and scope, as well as how incredibly ambitious it can seem to the point where it borderlines maybe even far surpasses absolute madness. Hopefully, there are no loss of limbs suffered and unfortunately replaced while your own pursuit is happening. In any case, when it comes to the madness of accomplishing set goals/dreams it can certainly give any person the motivation to push himself/herself far beyond what their capable of in order to achieve it no matter the obstacles placed in front of him/her. What it primarily comes down to is being in control of your own mindset instead of it having it control over you unlike Ahab.

If you think about it, Captain Ahab's maddening obsession for Moby Dick wouldn't have happened without his crew of the Pequod to assist him in his vengeful pursuit of the white whale. A crew that consisted of a Nantucket Quaker, a pure blooded Indian, Ishmael, chief mate Starbuck, second mate Stubbs, and third mate Flash along with 4 harpooners Fedallah, Queequeg, Tashtego and Daggoo. Among the crew, it would be Chief Mate Starbuck who would make a conscious and genuine attempt to persuade Ahab who has spent at least 40 years hunting for whales to return to Nantucket see their families together, which unfortunately fails. In other words, he became the calm voice or reason within the all out madness that is happening. Oftentimes, there comes a point in our maddening obsession to achieve and make possible the impossible you're glad to have your own version of Starbuck representing family, best buds and/or gal pals who are the much needed voice(s) of reason we need to hear for our own sake at times even if we don't want to hear it.

For the question can be asked, how long have you been in pursuit of what is considered to be your white whale? Of course, Ahab's obsession with Moby Dick took a matter of 3 days and what it also took was his very own life as well on that fateful 3rd day. How? He was caught/tangled in the rope and dragged into the sea by the very thing he pursued after hitting the white whale with a fashioned special harpoon made from a bag containing racehorse shoenail stubs. Ultimately, it's a sad state of affairs when the goals/dreams you find yourself metaphorically harpooning for is suddenly too much to handle and the next thing you know you're tangled up, in a manner of speaking, causing you to realize you've gotten yourself in way over your head. I think it's safe to say it's an overwhelming situation indeed and sometimes it's too late to free yourself as you end up pulled then inevitably dragged down into the sea of failure. Without a doubt, don't allow yourself to be caught/tangled in the rope of focused obsession that it pulls/drags you down leading it to be one of the main root causes of your untimely downfall.

In retrospect, the only surviving crew member after the Pequod was completely destroyed by Moby Dick was Ishmael if you read the book. In any case, there a comes a point while in pursuit of your personal and/or professional white whale where there may possibly be a number of casualties. Yet, at the same time you hope you don't lose the crew that has supported or continues to support you through the highs and lows of navigating through the treacherous, rough seas that is journey of your life. Granted, it's a terrifying thought but don't let that fear of "what if" stop you from going after what you've set out and/or wanted in heart to do for quite some time. Instead, let it be an incentive. Personally speaking, my white whale has and continues to be a profession in the area of computer art/animation or work with kids at Disney World in Orlando or Disney Land in California. In the end, I say to each one of you happy hunting pursuing your own individual white whale and when you finally see it go for it in hopes you have a smile on your face as you think to yourself or say out loud the following 3 words: thar she blows!

Thursday, February 02, 2017

A Tale As Old As Time

Walt Disney once said, ~If he could learn to love another and earn her love in return by the time the last petal fell the spell will be broken. If not, he would be doomed to remain a beast for all time. As the years passed, he fell into despair and lost all hope. For who could ever learn to love a beast?~ I think it would be safe to say that when it comes to what is considered to be the top ranked most favorite Disney animated movie of all time Beauty and the Beast, its truly synonymous with love/true love. For it's a seemingly truly relatable story indeed and it certainly tugs not only at the heartstrings and childhood, but at the inner child in all of us who grew up watching the movie. Thinking about it further, there are certain aspects with the movie and/or characters that represent/mirror the oftentimes beastly reality in regards to the so called curse of living the single life and hopefully one day have it be broken leading to finally experiencing one's happily ever after.

Without a doubt, the very last line in Walt Disney's quote most definitely makes a tremendous impact for anyone who has felt/is feeling like they'll never be loved after constantly suffering utter heartbreak as did Beast after dealing with being cursed by the Enchantress for so many years. In some aspect, those that are living the single life ask themselves the same question to where they possibly feel as if they'll be forever dealing with the beastly curse they've been inflicted with and the mixed emotions along with it that can certainly be tremendously overwhelming at times. Anger, doubt, frustration, disappointment, hopelessness, bitterness, contempt, etc. are quite possibly what The Beast experienced during his self imposed exile within his castle. Of course, its those same aforementioned emotions The Beast felt can also be felt by a person who has the unfortunate mindset of not being able to break the spell of the beastly curse of utter heartbreak to the point where he/she has been exiled within the castle of himself/herself. So, how long have you been in a self imposed exiled in the castle that is within yourself?

As said before, there are certain aspects within the classic animated movie and/or characters that represent/mirror the oftentimes beastly reality in regards to the so called curse of living the single life and hopefully one day broken leading to finally experiencing one's happily ever after. If you think about it, one of those aspects is the rose encased in glass with the petals falling on by one, which in this particular case represents one's own heart. You see, if the glass represents the human heart then the key elements of true happiness such as trust, faith, respect, honesty, hope, understanding, compassion, contentment, commitment, communication, etc. are a representation of the individual rose petals that drop. It seems women, more so than guys, find themselves standing in front of the glass encasement of their heart and watching each petal fall one by one whereby their hopes of a strong, worthwhile relationship to break the spell increasingly fade. The question remains though, are you still hoping of what's left holds on and doesn't fall or are you simply waiting for the last petal to drop?

Let me ask you this question to those who are living the single life, how many have you have encountered or have ever been in a bad past relationship with a Gaston-like individual? For the most part, there may be quite a number of people who I surmise quickly raised their hand knowing they've dated in the past, were in relationship with, or were married to someone who even though had the superficial looks was a horrendous beast on the inside. In other words, don't judge a book by it's cover. Speaking of books, it's one of the quintessential themes in the movie in both a literal and figurative sense as Belle encounters two men who knowingly and/or unknowingly give her perspective on what absolutely defines matters of the heart. Of course, the same applies in the dating scene when encountering someone who'll give you a totally different perspective unlike any other. What it primarily comes down to is finding/meeting someone who has the innate ability to open up your heart like a book thus opening yourself up to in all intense and purposes read new, surprising, thought provoking, as well as amazing experiences within.

In retrospect, like Beauty and The Beast the true test of one day meeting/finding your best friend for life may very well come down to the following 2 choices: taking or letting go. Oftentimes, a difficult decision must be made because you're looking out for his/her best interests. Unfortunately, it's a sad state of affairs when there is a selfish all about me mentality in a relationship where the guy/girl only looks out for their own interests and the person he/she supposedly loves gets nothing in return. In any case, it's nice to know you're not all alone in this as you have best buds/gals or should I say your own versions of Lumiere, Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts, Chip, Featherduster, Footstool, etc. as your unwavering support and will always be by your side no matter what. In the end, I say to those who considered themselves cursed I hope the spell cast on you, in a manner of speaking, is finally broken someday by someone who knows the true meaning of falling/being in love and together experience something similar to a tale as old as time.