Monday, May 30, 2016

Do You Remember?

We Humans

We are all born, live, and die as humans. The purpose in life is to know who we are as humans and to become wiser about ourselves.

1.      We are extremely forgetful. We are all forgetful of small and big things alike. Do we remember all those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms? Do you know what you did on May 17, 2016? We only know so much. We don’t know what we don’t know. Much of what we know isn’t so. Thus the reason we need others to tackle the complex problems in life. The best way to deal with our forgetful nature is to write things down in a journal.

2.      We are all creatures of habits. Do we have the habit of expressing gratitude for those who paid the ultimate sacrifice so we could have a better life? Good habits are hard to make and easy to break and bad habit are easy to make and hard to break. To only way to get rid of a bad habit is to replace it with a good habit. It takes at least 21 days to establish a new habit. Our habit can make or break us.

3.      We are all fallen creatures. Nations come and nations go. We have short memories. We tend to easily fall for wrong behaviors and cling to negativity. Today is the day to honor our fallen heroes. Have you taken 60 seconds of your day today to remember our Veterans? We make many mistakes yet often are not willing to admit and take full responsibility for them. Admitting mistakes and failures releases us from bondage and allow us to learn from them. Above all, we are all sinners in need of grace.

4.      We are all accumulators. Why don’t we accumulate memories instead of things? We accumulate all kinds of things because we think we will need them later. As item 1 above says, we forget what we already have and end up buying the same thing again. I recently found a case of wine in my house I forgot I had it for 10 years. A great find as the red Argentinian wine appreciated in quality and value; a rare thing indeed since most stuff depreciates with age. No wonder most of us have a hard time prioritizing things. Most of us live by our obligations instead of our priorities. We have a hard time separating the vital few from the trivial many. Essentialists focus on what is essential and build competence in a few areas. In our lifetime we can only build mastery in less than ten areas of expertise.

5.      We are all self-centered and egotistical. Ego blinds us from most of the truth and leads us to live defensively. When we die to self we start living a meaningful life. Offense living is to lose ourselves for the benefits of others. When we help others get what they want we always get what we want. For all those in positions of power, think and reflect about this one.

6.      We are all biased.  Why not be biased towards truth and action? We often think we know how to separate facts from fiction when in reality we don’t. We think we are a bag of whole chips when in reality we are a bag of broken chips and some are just the crumbs. No wonder we have such a hard time finding faults in ourselves and easily find many faults in others. Drop the chip from the shoulder and keep an open mind to learn until the day you die.

7.      We are all opinionated. All we need to do is to read postings and comments in the social media to realize how opinionated we all are. Why not have opinions in our respective areas of knowledge? The extreme cases are called ultracrepidarians (giving opinions beyond one's area of expertise).  Go ahead and call it by name next time you identify one. Be sure to watch his or her face upon hearing their new label. Warning – a person convinced against his or her will is of the same opinion still. Watch - ultracrepidarians think they are good when defending their ignorance.

It is a good thing we are all humans otherwise the world would be a very boring place and absent of opportunities for us to work on ourselves.

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Be blessed and be a blessing to others
Carlos Fontana
Author of the book Priceless, Co-author of the book Follow to Lead

"The future belongs to those who can see and pursue opportunities before they are obvious."
"Those that take swift action will always leave those that don't breathing the dust."

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