Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Power (to Change)

One is weak to the extent that one cannot change -- when their very life and survival depends on it -- in response to a challenge of their very existence.  That can happen at any age and time, but particularly so as people get older -- not because life becomes harder and more difficult, but because the ease of their lives doesn't evoke the necessity to change -- and so they grow out of the habit, as people who are younger and more adventurous are wont to do.

That expression and exercise, is what we consider characteristic of the younger and more vital -- those who quickly rise to the challenge -- first in realizing the need for action, and secondly, that a new response is necessary, and not simply doing what has always been done before -- which may in fact, be the source of the problem that has grown into the present crisis.

In that case, more of the same does not solve the problem, but merely speeds things on their way to an inevitable disaster -- of which many injuries and weakened conditions are a natural consequence.  It is also not the case that doing more would render than invulnerable to such inevitable results.  More often than not, a complete cessation may be in order, in favor of a different direction -- that one may have thought was wrong before in preference for another solution -- that in time, would reveal its fallacies.

So in the preparation and conditioning for the life we desire to live, that is what we must practice from day to day -- and so the right moment manifests, we are well-prepared to act -- and change the present course of our lives.  That is the ultimate power -- because if one can change oneself, that individual, will change the world -- just by being in it.  That's how life interacts, and is affected by the power of change.

Up to now, change has always been thought mainly as an undesirable fate -- for the weak, and not that it is a choice the strong make -- in knowing how to produce and effect change.  that is the obviously bigger picture that makes the sum of the individual actions result in far greater than individuals merely opposing and canceling out one another -- even if it is just a game, and diversions from the very real problems of life.  First and foremost, that is their individual health -- which many people feel are in decline, all throughout their lives.

That is what first has to change.  That is  the very way we think about life -- to give it power -- and not just burning off extra calories that we consume because we have no better use for our time.  Each moment determines what our subsequent moments are like -- altering the course of our lives in that obvious and logical way.  That is why we should not smoke -- or do anything obviously hurtful to our environment and thus, ourselves -- and not that our environment is more important than human beings.  Humanity is the environment.

So in our conditioning programs, it is important to first ask, "What are we conditioning ourselves to do, and therefore be in the best condition to do?"  The very simple and obvious answer is, "To change."  That is what has greatest survival value -- to oneself, and as a collective effort.  That is the key to transforming the world.  Far quicker and more easily accomplished, is to change individually, completely -- than to try to change everybody else first.  One has to change themselves, and that action, changes the world -- and not just establishing one's position in the pecking order in the more primitive life forms, and then doing nothing else but consuming all the spoils (perishables).

That is a very limited view of life -- that unfortunately many, never grow out of -- no matter how long they live.  In fact, many get worse -- thinking they have to consume all the resources -- before everyone else does.  So no matter how much they have, it is never enough -- they need more, far more than is healthy for them to consume, or even lay claim to.  They don't need, any more than they can actually use -- and not unlimited dreams of "having it all" -- as people had, in scarcer times.  That's how they grow -- in age and wisdom, or should, if they are not stunted, and everything they do, only reinforces those limitations.  That is also one's conditioning -- in the erroneous belief that doing anything, is better than doing nothing -- when that "anything," may be the cause of their problems.

That is what they have to stop doing, by merely embarking on a different course.  They don't have to undo all the past actions -- but merely enact the different one.  Many don't condition themselves in that way -- to do that.  Instead, they may even think it is a superior idea to resist change -- by maintaining (holding) a position for as long as possible -- often by holding their breath, or suspending breathing throughout the effort (contraction).

That is how the body must invariably fail -- because the brain is the first to detect the effects of breathing (or not), and will direct the effort (or failure).  Many schools program such failures as critical to their learning process -- rather than recognizing the inevitable problems with it -- especially pursued to their extremes.  So it is not surprising that many "successful" people in that manner, are its first victims in reaching their logical conclusions (ends).

That is the ultimate result of trying too hard -- rather than just enough, recognizing there is a danger in too much, as well as too little -- or no effort.  So what is important, rather than the extremes of all or nothing, is to familiarize oneself with the complete range -- and know when that application is appropriate to the task -- as is the signature of their intelligence, age and wisdom -- and not just "More," as the answer to every question.  Often, it is less that is better.  But one never knows, and finds out, unless one is familiar with the whole range of choices -- and not just the one obliterating the other. extreme.

Both are equally necessary, and gives meaning and value to the other. -- as the paramount lesson of the heartbeat.  The heart always straining in effort, will be overworked and vulnerable to critical failure, while the heart never used to any exertion, may not be capable of it -- at any time, and thus lacks that essential responsiveness sometimes necessary to ensuring their continued existence and viability.  That is simply exercising the power and ability to change -- at one's will, rather than simply maintaining that position (contraction or relaxation), for as long as possible.

That is movement at its most basic, and simplicity. That is the power to change and meet every challenge of life -- at its most meaningful level of personal responsibility and accountability, that one wishes to maintain and enhance all the days of one's life.  That is the significance of life -- and all its activities.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

One Day at a Time

There are some people who like to create problems for themselves -- even (especially) when there are no good reasons for feeling so -- just because it gives them something to do, and a meaning and purpose in their lives.

These are people who have been conditioned not to do anything unless there is a crisis requiring immediate knee-jerk responses -- rather than a more successful longterm plan and strategy for optimizing their prosperity chances.  Such people are not living one day at a time -- but only one second at a time, hoping they will survive the entire day -- and seeming to be surprised and impressed when they do. 

Obviously, it is very nerve-wracking to live and work with those who operate in that fashion -- because there is no greater meaning and purpose to what they are doing.  Every action seems arbitrary and unrelated to any other -- and they like it that way, because that is the expression of their autonomy and independence -- even to their own rhyme or reason.

They are often proud of their "unpredictability" -- as though that made them more free -- than all the others bound by their predictability -- even if it makes the lives of everybody around them better too. Predictably, such individuals become increasingly "isolated" from everybody else's reality -- and entirely within their own.  They become more certain, that theirs is the only one that matters -- and thus become disconnected from the reality of others, as the river of life and thought.  It is the choice they make, and nobody can make any other for them.

That's how many become "set" in their ways -- rather than continuing to grow and change throughout their lives, taking in the new, and letting go of the old.  The mind that is always renewing itself, never grows old -- but the mind clinging to the old -- in preference to the new, cuts them off from the present and future of the shared experience of humanity and its collective wisdom.

That's how people die -- one day at a time -- in cutting themselves off from that which is vital, and life-affirming.  But in that same way, they can choose to renew their connection to the the vital life- force -- one day at a time.  That's how lives are changed -- as well as set, every single day, in every single action, and not by envisioning where one wants to be, thirty years from now -- or any vague time in the future.

What matters -- is everything one has done today, for only one day.  That makes the difference -- starting right now.

Friday, March 07, 2014

The Meaning and Purpose of Retirement

At "retirement," we all become self-employed -- to do what is most important and meaningful to do -- before we die.

The ultimate meaning of self-employment is hiring yourself for the important job of taking care of oneself.  Many will rise to the challenge -- while a few will realize they've never learned anything that was meaningful (productive) to do, and now they have a fool for a boss.

In this way, retirement is the summation of our existence -- and the real test of what we know, and can do.  If it is not worth doing for themselves, then how important can they be?  Many think that their worth is only what somebody else will pay them to do -- so that when nobody pays them anymore, they think they are worthless, and these things are not worth doing for themselves. But there is nobody more important to give their best to/for -- unless they've never created any value for themselves, and that is what their living has been all about.

They served others first, and lastly, they realize the value of all they have done -- as a fitting, just reward. One gets, what one has given -- and honed their skill at giving, and knows no greater gift to give.  That is the person they are, and the gift they have given to themselves -- all their lives.  That's why it matters -- always to have given one's best, as the only way one knows how to give to any other.

It never was about the money -- but exchanging value for value -- beyond what was expected, always exceeding expectations -- as the way of their own life.  That is the standard of value.  Such people at retirement, enjoy those golden years in return -- as the life they created for everybody else, and the world conveys to them as a senior citizen -- of full entitlement of what the society has created for everybody else, themselves not withstanding.

Thus all the talk of having more than everybody else, should rightfully cease, and one feels content to have what everybody else has -- which is not a life of deprivation and poverty that financial planners would have them believe they need the fortunes they never had before -- as necessary to a happy, healthy life in "retirement."  Nothing changes very much -- except that one has the time to appreciate the person one has been all one's life.

For some, that is not a happy ending -- but it needn't be that way.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Aging in Any Place

Location, location, location.

One should spend one's entire life -- preparing for the next stage of it.  It's not a surprise that people become weaker -- so they have to do what makes them stronger, and more able -- and not handicap themselves thinking that whatever doesn't kill  them, will make them stronger.

That kind of conditioning obviously doesn't work -- and becomes apparent with time, no matter how strong their denial is.  Many of that ilk, will actually choose to live in houses with as many steps as possible, thinking that it will force them to climb stairs and thus keep them in excellent shape -- rather than the reality that it will just makes their lives painfully difficult/impossible.

So as they're living their lives, they're making these intelligent choices all along -- and not thinking that they'll wait until they're 65 or 70 -- when they're forced to.  They have to be preparing for every contingency -- including the worst, and not just hoping the best will materialize -- because they have no alternative plan.

That's not how the strong survive.  They're always positioning themselves for a competitive advantage -- choosing to live on flat ground -- rather than on the isolated, inaccessible heights, not inhabiting housing in which they have to go up/down stairs every time they want to use the bathroom, not having to maintain their vast acreage, fleet of cars, yachts, possessions.  

It is very difficult for those who have never begun their lives all over again -- if they've never done so before, and starting at 65 -- to do the right thing(s).  They have to be practicing all their lives -- to get better, and not simply continue to get worse -- which is how some people live and will end their lives.
Aging in place is not always the best choice.  It may be the reason for their aging.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Just Do the Warmup

Many people think that a lifelong conditioning program should be an extreme sport as an end in itself -- rather than just the warmup and preparation for our real life activities.  So, frequently, they risk life and limb -- thinking if it doesn't kill them, it will make them stronger -- rather than dead, crippled or otherwise impaired.  That should be obvious as counterproductive -- yet still, many get lost in their shortsighted objectives -- to miss the whole point. 

One wants to be prepared for anything --  or many things, and not just one thing, because seldom does one's fate lie only on the outcome of one event.  The successful life is actually a series of events -- that we have to do mostly right, and not perfectly, or as a world's record -- and then we don't have to do anything else but rest on our laurels from here on out.

Of course in anything, the greatest difference is the difference between zero and one -- rather than 110% -- and then nothing forevermore.  90% in most things, is enough to be an extraordinary individual.  Even for the world champion, the warmup that prepares them for a world record -- is mostly what they need to do.  They don't have to go over the top -- risking serious injury or death, to go where no one has gone before.

There are the obvious injuries -- but less obvious, are all the ways one can undermine their overall health by throwing all caution to the wind, as one might have to do in a once in a lifetime situation -- but doing it daily, merely increases their chances of a short life.  No organism is designed for a life of all-out struggle for survival on a daily basis -- not even the caveman.

In all probability, those who weren't faced with daily extinction -- are the evolutionary survivors.  They figured out a way not to have to fight for their life -- in everything they did.  That is the bigger picture -- and not the brief short life of those constantly embroiled in life and death struggle -- as though their lives depended on it.  Those are not the people who ultimately survive.

But that means being prepared to meet most of the challenges of everyday living -- rather than being increasingly disqualified from even doing that -- which is merely caring for oneself -- all the days of one's life, as a meaningful and purposeful existence.  One doesn't have to do anything heroic to justify living their daily lives as best they can -- which is the quality of their lives.  That is the average of all they do -- and not just one thing -- to the exclusion of everything else.

Certainly the money is important, but that is not the only thing in life, nor is the amount lifted, or distance run, the pounds lost or gained.  It is the greater totality that matters -- that one is firing on all cylinders, and not just the one.  Along the way, one may even need help -- to overcome an obstacle too big for just any one to achieve.  But if one is conditioned to believe they are always in competition with every other, they may undermine all the others -- thinking that the only way for them to win, is for everybody else to lose.

That's how they think the game is played -- rather than the common purpose of preparing everyone to do their best -- and that is sufficient, for all practical purposes. 

Friday, January 31, 2014

The Republicans

The Republican Party is the party of alternatives.

There are not two monolithic ways of thinking -- but one party of the labor unions, schools of political correctness, entrenched status quo lifetime government workers (privilege), and their lapdog media -- and there is everybody else, which is the plurality of the "republic."

The so-called "democratic" party tells you what to chant as the party line walking down the street with their preprinted slogans -- "Hey, hey, ho, ho, (the conformist line of the day)" -- which the self-proclaimed liberals (progressives) fancy they thought of them all by themselves. But that is what they're indoctrinated to think by the schools -- and the media -- running interference for these self-appointed lifetime elites.

The people of the republic don't want that permanency off power -- but think that those positions of leadership and responsibility should be rotated among "all the people" -- as the alternative under which this country was founded upon.

Friday, January 10, 2014

The Cost of Paradise

Ninety-five percent of the US (world) is affordable but people want to move into the five percent that isn't, and so prices keep escalating higher.  That is also the problem of most of the major metropolitan areas all over the world -- San Francisco, New York, Tokyo, London, even the Portlands and Seattles.

So the trick is to find those places that are undervalued -- rather than stampeding to those places spending millions to convince people they need to come over and drive up the real estate prices even further -- so that even those living in grass shacks, can think they are millionaires, living in paradise.

The value of money, is what it can be exchanged for -- and if it is for very little, then the "quality" of life is low, even though the "cost" of living may be high.  If there are a lot of dollars chasing few goods, then the prices will be high -- and if the appeal is only to those with a lot of money, then all the residents have to spend in that environment whether they want to or not.

That may be quite all right with those who are retired with great wealth or generous pensions, but it will be very difficult for those without those means dependent on any job to compete with those who have those advantages, and so a great part of young people's education in Hawaii, should be to prepare them to live elsewhere -- and to examine the many options open to them.  As it is, many are convinced that Hawaii is the only place they can live -- which makes life difficult, and so many just give up -- creating many of the problems of society -- thinking that the only way they can get ahead, is to lie, cheat and steal.

So the problems also increase -- of relentless competition for everything -- instead of ever being able to relax, and enjoy the bounty of the earth.  Many growing up in such urban environments, are incredulous to think that food can grow from dirt, and that people have to work to make it happen.  They believe that food appears because of government edicts -- and not that these are things that people can do for themselves because of the human desire to be productive -- and not just have a high-paying job in which they can do as little as possible, for a lifetime.

Then when everybody thinks that way, there are a lot of people with money, but nobody is producing anything, and so the cost of everything, is high.  And the unions demand even more for doing less.  So why is the high cost of living a mystery -- when to any thinking person, it is inevitable?