Saturday, July 25, 2020

Weekly Retrospective....

What I’m Reading: Theodore Roosevelt’s autobiography 

What I’m Listening To/Watching: Wes Moss Money Matters podcasts …

What I’m Working On: 28 Day Colorado Experiment (last day) ...

Where I’m Succeeding: Getting over vertigo …

Song Stuck in My Head: “What are you listening to? – by Chris Stapleton

Where I’m Struggling Understanding certain things better …

What I’m Grateful For: A great long-distance conversation early this morning …

Quote That Has Me Thinking: “Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response.” - Viktor Frankl

What I’m Excited About: Making things happen 

What I’ve Been Pondering: How to finish one book and start another …

Thursday, July 23, 2020

The Genius of the Charles Bukowski

Me and a friend have been studying Stoicism together and he came across this poem, which has me thinking this morning…

There is enough treachery, hatred, violence, absurdity in the average
human being to supply any given army on any given day

And the best at murder are those who preach against it
And the best at hate are those who preach love
And the best at war finally are those who preach peace

Those who preach God, need God
Those who preach peace do not have peace
Those who preach peace do not have love

Beware the preachers
Beware the knowers
Beware those who are always reading books
Beware those who either detest poverty
Or are proud of it
Beware those quick to praise
For they need praise in return
Beware those who are quick to censor
They are afraid of what they do not know
Beware those who seek constant crowds for
They are nothing alone
Beware the average man the average woman
Beware their love, their love is average
Seeks average

But there is genius in their hatred
There is enough genius in their hatred to kill you
To kill anybody
Not wanting solitude
Not understanding solitude
They will attempt to destroy anything
That differs from their own
Not being able to create art
They will not understand art
They will consider their failure as creators
Only as a failure of the world
Not being able to love fully
They will believe your love incomplete
And then they will hate you
And their hatred will be perfect

Like a shining diamond
Like a knife
Like a mountain
Like a tiger
Like hemlock

Their finest art

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Life@Sea....TR Quote...

"We of the great modern democracies must strive unceasingly to make our several countries lands in which a poor man who works hard can live comfortably and honestly, and in which a rich man cannot live dishonestly nor in slothful avoidance of duty; and yet we must judge rich man and poor man alike by a standard which rests on conduct and not on caste, and we must frown with the same stern severity on the mean and vicious envy which hates and would plunder a man because he is well off and on the brutal and selfish arrogance which looks down on and exploits the man with whom life has gone hard." - THEODORE ROOSEVELT

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Weekly Retrospective....

What I’m Reading: The History of Money in America by Alexander del Mar 

What I’m Listening To/WatchingJocko Willink podcasts …

What I’m Working On: 28 Day Colorado Experiment ...

Where I’m Succeeding: Keeping things moving forward …

Where I’m Struggling Vertigo (it sucks) …

What I’m Grateful For:  Friends getting better …

Quote That Has Me Thinking“I started to see life as a series of obstacles that were tests, trials…of how to be a better person…When I see something happen, I don’t think ‘this is so unfair, why are they doing this to me?’ I think instead, “okay am I able to rise to figure out a solution to this?” And I’m not always able to do that, but when I do, I feel like it’s genuine progress.” - Janna Levin

What I’m Excited About: Opportunities to serve 

What I’ve Been Pondering: What future success looks like …

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Bruce Lee Quote....

“Do not pray for an easy life; pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.” – Bruce Lee

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Machiavelli Quote....

"All courses of action are risky, so prudence is not in avoiding danger (it's impossible), but calculating risk and acting decisively. Make mistakes of ambition and not mistakes of sloth. Develop the strength to do bold things, not the strength to suffer." - Niccolo Machiavelli 

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Life@Sea/Great Quote...

My old Army buddy, Ragnar, staying in shape while traveling up and down the northeast coast putting in work…

“You can fix yourself. You can be better. Your genes can work better. Everyone, no matter how dire their circumstances or how “poor” the cards they were dealt were, can forge their own epigenetic destiny.” - Mark Sisson