What if the world…

What if the world…

I had a conversation last week with a friend who told me, “People ain’t shit, J.” It was kind of harsh and a startling tone but what he meant as I found out later in the conversation, is that everyone is human, everyone makes mistakes, and chances are, what other people are doing, we will more often than not disagree with them.

The bottom line, then, is to give freely and have no expecation as to what should come as a result. I can recall getting so frustrated when I was younger because I was doing what I thought I should do in order to get what I wanted. When in the end, because I was doing it to get something, and not out of the goodness of my heart, that’s why I was so frustrated to begin with. It not only conflicted with my core, but it also made what I had to give have conditions. And once something has conditions, it can no longer be unconditional.

I had another conversation this week with a lady who told me to trust my heart. The heart will never lead one astray. I can’t help but agree with that. Looking back at my journey thus far, the times I’ve ever felt fear or pain is because my mind was telling my heart to be quiet. Or my mind was running around all over the damn place like a crackhead on speed. The times when I’ve trusted my heart and went with it, things worked out all good.

Life is strange indeed. I do believe that in the end it will all be for a reason. Life was not meant to be easy I know that. It just saddens me when I think if only we truly were who we can be all times, who we truly are, because the conflicts we face would probably be resolved in a much more civil and far less hurtful fashion.

Can you imagine a world like that? Granted, there would probably still be war, but at least, no matter what, there would always be respect and sincerity.


Words of Wisdom

Words of Wisdom

I’ve been fortunate in my life to have guides come in and out and provide me with some really good thoughts. I also stumble on a few thoughts here and there so here you go. Enjoy. I believe it’s part of my job here on earth to pass on the good. Feel free to add your pearls. Aloha.

“Life is a Gift. Respect is Earned. Love is Gained” ~ Aunty Anna

“An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.” ~ Charles Bukowksi

“Someone always got it worse.” ~ Keone Rawlins (and many others I’m sure but props to my cousin)

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” ~ Lao Tzu

“I have the 1030 rule.” ~ Someone at UH in reference to not taking a class prior to 1030 in the morning.

“Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them- a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.” ~ Muhammed Ali

“Throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you and treat you bad. Let God deal with the things they do, cause hate in your heart will consume you too.” ~ Will Smith

“To those of you who received honours, awards, and distinctions, I say well done. And to the C students, I say you, too, can be President of the United States.” ~ George W. Bush

“In a mad world, only the mad are sane.” ~ Akira Kurosawa

“I’m going to be 60 and I’m almost used to myself.” ~ Martin Scorsese

“I come bearing an olive branch in one hand, and the freedom fighter’s gun in the other hand. Do not let the olive branch fall from my hand.” ~ Yasser Arafat

“Let a hundred flowers bloom.” ~ Mao Zedong

“You’ve got to know your limitations. I don’t know what your limitations are. I found out what mine were when I was twelve. I found out that there weren’t too many limitiations, if I did it my way.” ~ Johnny Cash

“Never, never, never, never give up.” ~ Winston Churchill

Positively Charged

“People deal too much with the negative, with what is wrong. Why not try and see positive things, to just touch those things and make them bloom? ” ~Thich Nhat Hahn

We live in a funny world. Tears for Fears used the label “mad”, describing a world of “worn out places and worn out faces”. And it’s so easy to get caught up with everything that happens. Very easy to be overwhelmed. Each one of us faces challenges that will test our limits.

I believe that there is nothing in this life that we cannot overcome. There are always going to be rough times, “mad” if you will, in each of our journeys. We must strive to understand and believe that with every event, circumstance, change, challenge, whatever it is, how we look at it, shapes it.

I choose to be positive and see the good in whatever it is that comes my way. I invite anyone else interested in joining me because the world will need us in these times when so many only see a “mad” world. Part of it too, is we need to work together.

I believe in the positive charge that is inherent in all of life down to it’s simplest form. Let’s give positive a chance.

“Be the change you want in the world.” ~Ghandi

Little Dogs

You know I used to despise little dogs. I thought it was so stupid how people would dress them up against their will and then carry them all around in bags or whatever else. All I could say was stupid people with their stupid little dogs. Stupid because they were so small that they couldn’t scare anyone coming at you. They were high maintenance. Paris Hilton had one. They were barky dogs. I couldn’t stand them

Then one day it happened: I got a little dog…

He’s part Jack Russell, part Fox Terrier and part Chihuahua. He may be all these parts of different breeds but he’s 100% love if you ask me. Ever since we got him my life has not been the same. Cleaning up accidents here and there. Dog hair all over my work clothes. You name it, all kines is going on. But you know what? He is worth it. My little Hilo Boy, Puppy Man, P-Dog, all of the above.

So to those dumb fucks on the moped riding next to us last night who called my pup a rat… I was once like you. No idea how joyful it could be to have a little dog. You’re ignorant comment will be let go this time. But if the same two people ever call my dog a rat…

Branson/Gore Winning Idea: Technology’s Day Off BBQ Extravaganza Food Drive

I figured out what we could do to hurt oil companies, conserve, save the world, feed the hungry, and there’s more… give our technology a well earned day (time) off. 

Why couldn’t we, the world’s people, the users of Digg.com, del.icio.us, and everything else, work together and agree on block periods of time where we boycott anything oil dependent.  Call it Technology’s Day Off or something catchy that some crafty, witty marketing genius could come up with. 

Now at first glance, this can seem like an utterly horrid idea.  But eh, give it a try.  It might just possibly be the way to help the world, stick it to the oil companies, and have fun at the same time.  I mean sure we’d have to go without our late-breaking movies, music, games, news, rumors, Myxangabookvirbster.com’s, and most importantly Digg.  But if we could agree on random blocks it wouldn’t be so bad. 

Since this idea is a winner, I’ll go ahead and claim that prize money offered by Branson and Gore and ask that they do this instead: throw massive barbecues instead around the world. 

We could even use solar powered grills to cook the burgers.  Imagine providing beef to a worldwide BBQ.  That would surely help to cut down the gaseous emissions that exit said beef’s rear.

All we’d need would be for a quality Beer and Wine makers to jump on board and we’d be in business. 

The BBQ’s would be free thanks to Almost President (or President, depending on who you talk to) Gore and Billionaire Branson.  And if people wanted, just give a dollar or a canned good donation to enter the BBQ and then we have donations to help feed some of our less fortunate brothers and sisters.

So there you have it.  Technology Day Off BBQ Extravaganza Food Drive.  Let’s get started on the days/times.  Choose multiples and we could do this year round.   

Note: Mahalo Talan for your comment on my last blog (http://www.thesimplevoice.com/?p=11)  which inspired this idea.

Myspace Gas Boycott

The price of gas as you all know is fricking out of control. even the gas cap over in hawaii, gas went up 9 cents where i’m at. a few years ago this wouldn’t have mattered but when the average cost to fill up is anywhere from 30-50 dollars, this is definitely a problem.

So what’s the answer? good question. i’ve seen a bulletin for the 70 million or so myspace users for not going and buying gas on may 15th because it would hurt the oil companies.

Interesting approach but it wouldn’t work. why am i, a forever optimist, being cynical because, oh probably half the users are really underage and can’t drive (i’m not talking about the the 24 year who lists his/herself as a 14 year old on their page user, the real 14 year olds.) so cancel them from the equation of 2.5 billion profit loss the brainiac, who thought this idea up, thought we’d be hurting the oil industry.

And there’s more. let’s see, oh, perhaps that another half of those people share a car or do not even own a car. so you figure we started at 2.5 billion, went to 1.25, now we’re at 625 million.

Now let’s say that for that one day, the rest of those people decide to not to drive, and boycott, or whatever. i am going to surmise that what they do in place of driving will shoot the electric bill, water bill, other bills that much higher that it’ll break even in some way, thus the oil company will not lose money in the long run. not to mention the overall 4 billion profit made. say hypothetically that 2.5 billion is lost for the year. there is still a profit of 1.5 billion, which last i checked, still meant that the company would be in the black ink and not losing money.

Lastly, just because you don’t buy gas one day doesn’t mean you don’t buy it on another day. i’m willing to bet that the amount of oil sold each day goes up and down from time to time because there is no way possible that the same amount of people buy gas, oil, whatever, on the same day throughout a year. it’s impossible. so in the end, it evens out regardless.

Novel idea. i applaud the concept, but truly unrealistic. instead of continuing dependence on oil support alternative types of energy.

FOR the people running energy in Hawaii and those going into it. I have one word for you: Solar. Despite the recent crazy weather, Hawaii still gets more sunshine than not. AND, excess energy can be sold back to power companies and/or stored.

FOR the people living in America’s Heartland, here’s your one word: CORN. I saw this thing about these farmers who invested their life savings to build a factory to take their corn and make Ethanol because every year there’s a surplus, and no one is feeding the oh around 2-3 billion starving people in africa, china, and india and wherever else. So why not make it into an alternate form of energy.

FOR any country, living near the ocean. I’m not even going to get started with this one. Just a tidbit. Research is being done on windmills being used underwater and storing the energy produced there. Oh, who would have thought endless energy without pollution because the water is always moving.

People need to think bigger than just one day boycotts and protests and immediate results. There’s an old saying, “May have won the battle, but far from winning the war.” Great concept nonetheless, but care enough to take it all the way meaning investment of more time, thought, and individual/collective energy.


Combat Depression!!!

So I was pondering the idea of being depressed and how it really is easy to get out if you try. Here’s the list of things I’ve compiled thus far which I’m sure, at least one of these can work for anyone.

Go for a walk…
Wow. All I gotta say is wow. I’ve been walking alot lately and it’s inspired me to jump rope and hike and yesterday I did Diamond Head two times in a row. The first time I timed it and I did it round trip in 34 minutes. The second time, as I passed people for the third time, the elation really hit me because everyone thought I was insane. All I could think was 1) you’re darn right and 2) the power of the mind.

Keep and Read a Journal…
Fairly insightful when you go back and think about what you were doing when, where, and when. It’s also pretty tight because you can release whatever is being stored up there.

Shave your head…
There’s nothing like buzzing off most or all of your hair. It just feels cool. Cool to the touch, the air is cool, all around cool.

Watch South Park on Mute while playing rap music…
The choppy cartoon movements makes it look like they are rapping and it’s awesome to see how the song you’re listening to may or may not relate to the episode. Try it, you’ll bust out in laughter, guaranteed.

Put golf balls in an old sock…
Makes a great, simple foot massager. Reflexology is pretty big these days and one of the things suggested is to take better care of your “dogs”. I’ve even seen it suggested to go hike barefoot because your feet will naturally get a massage because you walk differently barefoot on trails then if you were to wear shoes.

Make a celebrity dart board…
I try not to be big on hating on celebs but it’s impossible not to these days. I already talked about this in a previous blog so I won’t dwell, but hey, take your least favorie celeb’s photo and use it to improve your dart game. Who knows, maybe you can became a professional dart thrower and you’d have a pretty sweet story to tell about how you honed your skills.

Watch any news cast in America…
There are some pretty crazy and intense segments that make me realize how lucky I am because someone else always has it worse.

Get creative with food…
There are some really healthy, cool things to make that isn’t that hard. It’s a rather exciting challenge to make something great out of three random things that you have in the cupboard and/or fridge/freezer.

While we’re on food…
Eat spicy foods because your body releases feel good chemicals to combat the burning sensations.

Theater hop…
Especially in the coming week. There are choke movies out and with the mass of people going because of Thanksgiving you’ll be able to see three in a day easy. Almost as good as the dollar theatre.

Drink Water…
Lots and lots of it. It’s great. Your body is made up of it so keep it flowing.

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