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TSA Rap Sheet

I am angry that we have allowed the TSA to exist at all. It is an unnecessary waste of Tax Payer money and they do nothing but continue to harass American Citizens. It is my opinion that the TSA organization needs to be abolished.

I do not feel safer flying with TSA. In fact, I feel less safe and less like a citizen with them screening me. I would feel much safer if everyone on the plane had a weapon, because when a terrorist does decide to get on a plane, I have no doubt they will find a way to bypass TSA.

Help put the TSA out of our misery.  Abolish the TSA. Contact your elected officials and tell them to get rid of it.

Feel free to leave more testimonies in the comments.

The Effort To Do

I have a guitar. I have had it for a long time. I kept it in the guitar case and took it out very rarely. I always wished I would practice it. I told myself I would practice more if I got a guitar stand so that I could just put it on the stand. I got a guitar stand. It is much easier to access now. I do not have to undo all the buckles on the case and open the case just to get the guitar out. Once I got the guitar stand I started actually practicing the guitar. I did very well and was practicing every day for quite a while. Then I stopped. As time past I found myself wishing that I would practice it. I mean, it is right there next to my desk with arms reach. But it has a clasp that holds the guitar in place and keeps it safe, and the it takes time to put the guitar strap around my neck.

Today I picked up my guitar and started strumming it. I wondered why I was practicing my guitar today. I realized that it was because I made the choice to do it an put forth the effort to do so. Granted, the effort was not great, but convincing myself to actually do it took a conscious decision.

I realized that this was analogous to many things in life. No matter what it is that we are wishing we could do or have, the probability that those things are just going to happen by themselves is very low. It takes a conscious decision to motivate our selves to put forth the effort to actually work toward doing or having the things that we want.

Seek Ye

Today I realized that the word “seek” is a Verb. This means that “seeking” is more than just looking out the window longingly. Seeking implies actively searching something out. Seeking is not dreaming. Seeking is doing. Whatever it is you are seeking, do not just dream about it, go out there and find it and grab hold of it.

Continue reading Seek Ye

Bad Daddy, Good Daddy

Through both sad and happy experience, I have learned the following things with regards to being a parent.

Parenting methods that do not work:

  • Spanking
  • Yelling
  • Threatening
  • Discomfort
  • Scare tactics
  • Soap in the mouth
  • General pain
  • Endless lecturing

There are those that argue that these methods do work. Granted, they do get reactions and are sometimes effective temporarily. However, the side effects of using these methods are negative and usually undesirable for the parents as well as the children. These methods are usually easier and quicker and come more naturally. As we know, nature is not always the best way. Animals live in nature. Our children deserve parents that are not animals. Parents who use and endorse these methods are little more than children themselves as is self evident in the actions taken which when compared to actions of children are very similar.

Parenting methods that do work:

  • Patience
  • Really listening to what your child says verbally and through body language
  • Putting yourself on their level, physically
  • A kind voice, with perhaps a touch of sternness when necessary
  • Gentle touches, with perhaps a bit of firmness when necessary
  • Concise statements of fact and direction

These methods do work better and have much more desirable long term results and positive side-effects. The major drawback to these methods is that they require parents to actually grow up. To effectively employ these methods, parents must learn how to control their emotions, as well as their bodies.

The key difference in the methods that work and do not work is the person that you are concerned with.

When you are concerned about yourself, your time, your schedule, your plans, your happiness, your stuff, your live, what others think of you, this is when you are more apt to revert to being childish and use method that do not work. Children throw tantrums. Childish adults who have not grown up in this aspect of their life also throw tantrums.

When you are more concerned about the emotional, spiritual, mental, and physical well-being of your child, you are more apt to employ methods that do work. You show that you are truly “grown up” in this aspect of your life when you are able to handle parenting situations calmly and with full control of yourself.

To put it more succinctly, the main difference between what works and what does not, is love and who the target of that love is. Selfishness versus selflessness.

Please feel free to share your own parenting wisdom in the comments section.

Tagged again

I was tagged! Six weird and random things about me!

The rules are:

* Link to the person who tagged you ( Jamie )
* Post the rules on your blog
* Write six random things/unspectacular quirks about yourself
* Tag six people at the end of your post and link to them
* Let each person you have tagged know by leaving a comment on their blog
* Let the tagger know when your entry is posted

6 Weird things about myself, in no particular order:

1. I am a perfectionist
2. I get cold really easily
3. I am an introverted extrovert
4. I think we should explore the universe
5. I love waking up early in the morning
6. I think pain is good

TAG!!! You’re IT!

1. Andy
2. Christopher
3. Derrick
4. John
5. JR
6. Fred & Dori

Goals vs Costs

I decided to start listing my goals so that I could then “weigh the cost” of each of those goals. After I had listed a couple of them I realized that what I was listing were costs. I had not listed any goals at all.

For example, I had a goal to exercise every day. If you think about it, that is not really the end goal. It could be argued that that is a short term goal. However I consider short term goals to be part of the cost of the ultimate goal. The ultimate goal may in all actuality be something like this: “Be physically fit enough to go snowboarding at age 100”.

Apparently I need to rethink what goals are.