Friday, March 16, 2018

Checklist Do You Have The Following

Do you have shelter? Do you have food? Do you have support? Also, do you have a bed, refrigerator, and a toilet? Do you wear clothes? Are you in good health? Do you have a brain free from mental illness? Do you have access to retail stores? If all of the answers are "yes", then you should be and must be happy. Otherwise, shut up. Stop complaining. Count your blessings. Count your fortunes. Be thankful life gave your situation being good.


Saturday, March 10, 2018

That Was Quick. Review My Daily Life Rules Again.

The last time I reviewed my daily life rules was Mar 3, 2018 Review My Daily Life Rules. I edit daily rule #1 "Don't criticize, condemn, and complain, and don't compare with others." I remove the last part "don't compare with others." I have been comparing myself with others. I compare for new perspectives. We compare everyday voluntarily or involuntarily. We compare everyday consciously or unconsciously. Sometimes we compare to analyze, to create ideas, to create opinions, and to create alternatives. Sometimes comparing is good.

My life daily rules in its entirety below:

1. Don't criticize, condemn, and complain, and don't compare with others.
2. Don't act like a jerk or bitch.
3. Always speak calmly and be calm.
4. Don't daydream when driving.
5. Keep your head up high . . . look at their cute face when talking.
6. Breath with your nose and stand up straight.
7. Have faith. Believe in yourself.
8. Let me think. Be discrete.
9. Welcome a roller coaster life.
10. Back in time and front and present.


Sunday, March 04, 2018

A Strength And Courage Day

Today requires strength and courage to live. I want to mix it up today doing something different. The doing something different never happens. Today the answer to the question, "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" is no. I don't have the enthusiasm to do what I want to do today.

I can waste today watching too much TV, go back in time playing video games for hours, and eat junk food. Today is not a day to waste. My strength and my courage make me live today doing something productive even though they're the same. I also play the grateful card. I'm grateful I have shelter. I'm grateful I have activities to avoid boredom. Today's activities are relaxing and stress-free. Some of today's activities require thinking.

Today ends well. Today is acceptable. Today is satisfactory. I don't rely on good endings, acceptable endings, and satisfactory endings similar to today. Today is lucky. There are some days the ending was unacceptable and unsatisfactory.


Saturday, March 03, 2018

Review My Daily Life Rules

The last time I reviewed my daily life rules was Jun 5, 2015 Life Rule Number 9: Welcome A Roller Coaster Life. I'm updating my daily life rules.

The first update is removing daily rule #7 "Have faith. Believe in yourself." I posted the reason What Is Believe? on Jun 17, 2017. I don't need believe to accomplish my goals. I have to accomplish them regardless.

The second update is adding daily rule #10 "Back in time and front and present." I elaborated rule #10 Anything Better Than Duct Tape? on Aug 5, 2017. Sometimes the old fashion ways are the best ways today.

My life daily rules in its entirety below:

1. Don't criticize, condemn, and complain, and don't compare with others.
2. Don't act like a jerk or bitch.
3. Always speak calmly and be calm.
4. Don't daydream when driving.
5. Keep your head up high . . . look at their cute face when talking.
6. Breath with your nose and stand up straight.
7. Have faith. Believe in yourself.
8. Let me think. Be discrete.
9. Welcome a roller coaster life.
10. Back in time and front and present.


Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Throwback Blog: Reset Priorities

Blogger’s Note: Throwback blogs are blogs from my past. I start posting past blogs reflecting what I wrote. It's like my "A Second Look" blogs for which I give myself feedback.

Today's throwback blog is titled Reset Priorities in Sep 2013. The blog is full of crap. I reset my life too many times. No more resetting. Priorities update. Priorities change. I do my best to live a good life consistently. Sometimes I change my priorities. Sometimes life changes my priorities.

My updated first priorities today compared to my Sep 2013 first priorities are the following: daily job search six days a week instead of two times a day five days a week; no more online classes for which I self-teach myself reading books and watching YouTube tutorials; cleaning the house is every four-five weeks instead of every three weeks; errands are reduced; gym is four days a week which includes weekends; and music includes classical music when I eat breakfast.

Social life is downgraded to second priority. Writing blogs are reduced from nine times a month to seven. A new first priority is listening to my favorite podcasts. Another new first priority is eight hours of sleep per night.

Reading books is upgraded to first priority. Board games remain second priority. All television is third priority. There are no more watching anime and playing video games because I retired those two hobbies.

I went to bed at 4am today because I finished reading a book on my laptop. The event inspired me to reset my priorities. I fell behind in my weekday priorities. I have been waking up in the late mornings throughout the summer. I want a sleeping schedule as if I work an 8-5 job.

My two goals resetting are consistent weekdays & weekends activities and going to sleep earlier. Here are my three priority tiers:

First Priority

*Job Search. Searching for a job is top priority. I search online using multiple sources. They include Careerbuilder, Monster, Indeed, Dice, and some local companies posting their own jobs.

*Online Classes. There are days I take a break from job searching. I take online classes to keep my job skills and knowledge sharp. Online classes are just as important as job searching.

*Home Care. Cooking, vacuuming the house, washing dishes, laundry, moping, cleaning toilets, and taking out the trash.

*Email. Sending and replying email to my family, friends, and job prospects.

*Errands. I want to spend a couple hours outdoors. I can't stay indoors every morning and afternoon. I visit the bank, shop at grocery stores, fill my car with gas, and mail letters at the post office.

There are indoor errands such as paying bills and organizing my desk.

*Gym. Physical activity is important. I workout in the evenings.

*Social Life. Interacting with people is important. We can't live a lonely life.

*Blog. You're reading my blog. I appreciate it. Writing blogs is another way to keep my job skills sharp. Written communication is important in many careers.

*Music. Music helps me concentrate. I listen to music when I search for a job and when I'm in the kitchen. I listen to classical rock, classical music, classic jazz, and Japanese music.

Second Priority

*Books. I read 75% fiction and 25% non-fiction. Reading relaxes me.

*TV Shows. I watch selected television shows. I'm picky what I watch. I can't and I don't watch TV hours and hours a day. However, I select a Sat or a Sun night for a marathon.

*TV Sports. I separate sports because I don't have cable. If I see a sports game on networking television, it gets a higher priority.

*Board Games. I like board games because it's a way to get people together for an activity. Board game gatherings are important socially and leisurely.

Third Priority

*Anime. I've been an anime fan since 1996. My anime interest is very casual today because of new interests and priorities. I still receive good entertainment value from the series I currently watch. I'm picky what I watch just like TV shows.

*Video Games. I'm a very casual video gamer. I don't make time to play video games. Team Fortress 2 is the only game I played for many hours in 2013.

*TV Sports. I mention sports again because there are some games I can watch. I have better uses for my time sometimes. The best example is a football game blowout.

I Can't Do It

There were quite a few one time activities, events, and requests for help that occupied multiple days in 2013; thereby, falling behind in my priorities. They were selling on Ebay, a family from Los Angeles visiting, two visual novels, helping my family with tech problems, attending Fanime Con, editing costume photos from Fanime, and researching new smart phones.

I'm going to say no to more one time activities, events, and requests for help. I either have no time or no interest. I say yes to emergencies and urgencies obviously. I still find time for new adventures and new experiences. They're fewer in the short-term. I continue to stay loose and have fun. I must find a job to move forward. My life has been on pause or moving in slow motion at best.


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The Unknown Future Is Common Knowledge

A neighbor moving out inspires another blog life continues. Nobody knows the future. The future is uncertain. Everyone changes. We change for better. We change for worse. One blink of an eye life is different. Life is better. Life is worse. Regardless, we live another day. We move forward.

Everyday people are born. People die. People move to a new city for better or for worse such as a job promotion, job transfer, divorce, or a new beginning. Children become teenagers starting high school. Crimes are committed. Police arrest criminals for which some are first time felons. A couple becomes engaged to be married. A couple finalizes a divorce. People are hired for a new job. People are fired. People are laid-off. People are retired entering their senior citizen years. There are accidents on the freeways. There are people who need emergency medical attention. Birthdays are celebrated. Achievements are recognized. The bottom line is the world didn't end today. Pessimistically speaking, the world may end tomorrow. It's ironic nobody wants a future the world may end tomorrow.

Side note: Life can be described as baseball pitchers. Life can throw a fastball. Life can throw a curveball. Life can throw a slider. Life can throw a changeup. Life can throw a split-finger fastball. Life can throw a screwball.


Monday, February 12, 2018

Doing The Same Routine Boredom

Routines can be good. The person knows what to do. The person expects the outcome. The responsibilities are completed. The tasks are satisfied. There are times routines are routines. He or she does the same over and over again. They become boring. The person becomes bored. Many people think being bored is nothing to do. True. The routines are another type of boredom.

The same routines boredom is a signal to take action. Getting the signal is easy. How to take action is hard. Is their desire to change something different? Yes. Find something, anything new? Yes. Keep the eyes open. Keep the ears listening. There may be a new interest. There may be a new hobby. Find a distraction. Go back in time. Go front and present doing something, anything new. Maybe a self-discovery is a new long-term activity. Doing something different even half-ass is better than doing nothing; for example, mix-up the daily routines. The goal is eliminate the boredom feeling. Hope for the best.


Saturday, February 10, 2018

My Past History Indicates From Worse To Better

Blogger's note: Today's blog is posted at both Innovating Common Knowledge and Finding Raymond Mar.

The late Steve Jobs said, "You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future." There are sayings regarding a person living a bad life. It can't get worse; it can only get better. Everyone must experience hell before heaven. Frustrations, mistakes, and pain are part of growing up. Be prepared for failures before success. Everyone has bad years and everyone has good years. You win some and you lose some. Sometimes bad years are nobody's fault--it's life. The bottom line is everything we do today affects tomorrow; in particular, if life is bad today, then do something for a good life tomorrow. Trust hard work intelligently, good luck, and favorable timing everything goes well soon. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Hope for the best.

I share my past bad years which became future good years. I hope my past history dictates what happens for the rest of 2017 and beyond because I'm unemployed and I live with my parents.

2000. The Y2K catastrophe never happened. My company moved to a new building for which everyone settled in slowly. The dot-com stock market crashed creating a recession. Most people didn't know how to handle the uncertainty beginning a new millennium which included myself. Fanime Con 2000 which took place at a convention center and held for four days both for the first time was bad. Anime Expo 2000 which took place at Disneyland could be considered one of the worse big anime conventions in anime convention history.

An event in San Francisco brought all my friends closer together a few more years. I created Innovate Infinitely which became my personal webpage in May 1, 2004. These two happened in Sep.

2002. 2002 was a year of mistakes I corrected years later. It was like 2001: The Sequel which flopped. My manager was fired for incompetence. I learned one lesson: have nothing, do nothing, get nothing, be nothing, and people treat you like nothing. Never be a nobody. Working at my company became comfortable up to late 2006. Two small events affecting me today were I created an eBay account and I discovered the importance of financial education.

2004. Wait. Why is 2004 on the list? 2004 Was [Actually] A Good Year. I admit I made a mistake. The anime conventions I attended were bad thereby 2004 was a bad year. The blog link tells otherwise. For instance, I wore a costume to an anime convention for the first time which delayed anime retirement to Sep 2014. I met lots of new people, made new friends, and created memories.

2007. The second worse year in my life. The year started sad because my grandfather died. The permanent downfall started in late May. I took life for granted. I said to myself 2007 was going to be a good year no matter what because I started to wear braces in Jan, started a new job in Mar, and purchased my first car in May. On the one hand, I have a new smile when my braces were removed in Aug 2009 and my car is still in good condition. On the other hand, my job was terminated in Nov 2008 because of the financial real estate bubble.

I was introduced to Japanese MahJong or Riichi in Aug. I quit because it was too hard. A friend challenged me to relearn Riichi in one week on Oct 2009. I play Riichi today. Also, I was introduced to social live chatting at AOL's AIM. I created social networking accounts Facebook in Apr 2009 and Twitter in Nov 2009.

I played The Settlers of Catan board game for the first time. The game reintroduced me to board games as a top hobby. Click Top Ten Favorite Board Games to read my all-time favorites which includes Puerto Rico, Chess, and Dominion.

I played Team Fortress 2 (TF2) video game from Oct to 2011. TF2 was the first time I played online with other people. Side note: I played Starcraft offline and with people on a local network.

2007 was a foolish year I acquired life wisdom. Don't take life for granted. Don't take life too easy. I didn't take responsibility seriously. I didn't earn my successes sincerely and honestly.

Is 2007 the second worse year in my life? I wonder is 2007 actually a bad year?

2008. 2008 was one of three years which started bad and ended good. I realized I must grow up on Sat Oct 4. 2008 continued 2007 taking life for granted, living with too much fun, being irresponsible, and being dishonest. I made changes which impacted my life immediately. Some of the changes included new clothes, new desktop PC, new mattress, and new blog Finding Raymond Mar. I started to read fiction books. I found new hobbies such as hiking, ballroom dancing, and listening to classic jazz. Taking ballroom dancing class in college resulted in earning an AA degree in Accounting in Mar 2011. Almost all the changes and new interests positively influenced my life today.

2013. The second of three years which started bad and ended good. 2013 was too much fun. It was like I graduated from college to take a long vacation. Some memories were created. There was nothing to write home sharing those memories. I continued getting calls and interviews for jobs; unfortunately, no offers.

One mistake I made was job training at Accountemps' self-taught courses. Some of the courses I enrolled were business analyst, Excel, PowerPoint, and accounting. The courses were a waste of time. I learned nothing. However, I corrected the self-taught attitude by watching YouTube tutorial videos starting on Aug 2014. I have been learning new job skills such as Python, CSS, and JavaScript on YouTube today.

2013 ended good because I found a job working at a retail start-up which sold wine. I drank wine for the first time on my second day. I learned almost all wine sold at supermarkets and drug stores are terrible. I drink wine on special occasions only. Also, I wrote work blogs which continued at my next job on Nov 2014.

2014. The third of three years which started bad and ended good. The accounting degree I earned in 2011 helped me at my retail start-up such as purchase orders and accounts payable. The start-up went downhill in May. My contract was terminated in Sep. 2014 ended good because I worked at Palo Alto Networks in Nov learning SAP and Salesforce.

I retired from anime in Sep. The free time is devoted to new interests, new adventures, and new experiences. For instance, more time to read books, more time to workout at the gym, more time playing MahJong, and more time learning new job skills.

Two small events affecting me today were watching Breaking Bad and podcasts. I rarely watch TV. Breaking Bad sets my standards which TV series I watch. I listen to four podcasts which are Sex With Emily, CarTalk, Awesome Etiquette, and Freakonomics.

2016. It's too early to say how 2016 affects my life as of today. 2016 life continues today: job searching, learning new jobs skills, reviewing existing job skills, working out at the gym four to five days a week, reading books, minimizing eating processed foods, and writing blogs. Social life can be more active. 2016 is the worse year of my life because I'm not independent. I'm not giving up living independent.


Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Instant Bullets Blog Feb 6, 2018

*My Mahjong quote playing professionally or casually. "Mahjong is an evil game people love to play." --Raymond Mar

*New York Yankees radio play-by-play John Sterling. Click 2009 Yankees Extra: John Sterling calls all five Yankee home runs vs the Red Sox (08.23.09) to hear a sample of Sterling's home run calls.

*Used book sales. Click to find places to buy used books. Many of the places are local libraries.

*Vocabulary word "facade." 1. the front of a building, especially an imposing or decorative one; any side of a building facing a public way or space and finished accordingly. 2. a superficial appearance or illusion of something.

*Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer. I have another viewpoint on the popular Christmas story. Rudolph was teased by the other reindeers for his red nose. The teasing stopped when Rudolph's red nose helped Santa Claus deliver gifts to children. How do bully victims stop being bullied? My opinion is the victims find a way to stop being bullied like Rudolph. The bully victims have the responsibility to prevent being targeted. The bullies aren't at fault. My opinion can be controversial.

*Some people are blessed with a bed inside shelter, an income, and meals. Never take them for granted. Avoid wasting money buying useless crap blocking walkways and hallways. No hoarding.

*Autonomy, complexity, and a connection between effort and reward. These are the three qualities to have satisfying work written by Malcolm Gladwell in his book Outliers. Outliers is a book about why some people succeed.

*Color Hex Color Codes. Visit the website Color-Hex to find all color codes including RGB and CMYK. The website also posts pallets or color combinations by themes.

*Three-Letter Country Codes. Visit Wikipedia ISO 3166-1 alpha-3 to look up three digit country codes; for example, EGY is Egypt, CHE is Switzerland, and CHN is China.

*Bookmarker Icebreaker. A bookmarker can be an ice breaker to a meet new book readers. Some book readers don't have a bookmarker. Give a bookmarker to a book readers without a bookmarker.


Monday, February 05, 2018

2017 Year In Review. 2016 and 2017 Were Two Consecutive Bad Years.

I stopped my year in reviews a long time ago. I don't remember the last time I wrote a review. Reviewing past years were a waste of time. I believed the reviews brought me bad luck. I never understood why people do personal yearly reviews. 2017 was another bad year. I revive reviewing my past year because I want to learn what I did wrong. Could I have done something different? What were the good choices? What were the bad choices? I select my 2017 Moment Of The Year first. There were highlights. I reflect my 2017 second. I hope 2018 is not a bad year resulting in three consecutive bad years.

2017 Moment Of The Year
Nominees: Intermediate Level Mahjong (Riichi) And; Learning And Refreshing Job Skills Such As Python, SQL, VBA, And Data Analysis; O'Connor Hospital; No Money Worries; The Unemployed; Whistle
Explanation: I self-promoted my Mahjong (Riichi) level to intermediate when I won my first hand with three potential tiles. I also signed up at to play Riichi online. My days being unemployed included learning new job skills and reviewing existing job skills to prepare for the next job. I was a hospital inpatient for the first time because I had Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio Pancreatography and Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy surgeries. I have no credit card debt because of my strong money discipline. I dedicated a nomination to all of the long-term unemployed who have been experiencing unfairness, bad timing, and bad luck. I learned how to whistle with my mouth.
What Won: O'Connor Hospital
What Should Have Won: O'Connor Hospital
My Thoughts Jan 2018: The winner O'Connor Hospital was another no-brainer like Zion National Park in 2016. There were life changes starting the day after I was discharged such as less browsing online, better dental hygiene, and a better understanding of personal responsibility. I posted my changes at Top Ten Daily Changes After O'Connor Hospital on Sat Oct 21, 2017.

Reflect 2017

2017 was another bad year. 2016 and 2017 were the first time I experienced two consecutive bad years. In all honestly, O'Connor Hospital should have been the only nominee. The two surgeries were bad; however, I acquired wisdom after my hospital stay. Otherwise, 2017 was like 2016. My life was on pause during the two years. I need timing, luck, and opportunity to earn freedom. A paused year is a short reflection.


Sunday, February 04, 2018

Wrapping Up Summer 2017

There is always activity no matter a quiet summer or an active summer. Never be cheap on appliances used daily. No need to panic when water is dripping under your car. Surgery victories feel good. Parents need extra work to raise their children in today's information age. Also, teach your children to stay out of the water during storms. And encourage your children to go outside. Don't tell them. Encourage them. I feel peace when everyone is equal. I also feel peace when I see white.


Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Home Drive-Thru Movies

There are times we have some open minutes waiting for something. We're waiting for the entire family to get ready. We're waiting for someone to arrive. There is a delay. The meal is ready in 15 minutes. The download is approximately 10 minutes remaining. There are times we want to watch something on television eating a snack or eating a meal. The solution to these two times is watching a movie home drive-thru style.

Watching a movie home drive-thru style is watching favorite scenes in a movie which takes up the entire open minutes or finishing a meal. For example, storming the beaches in Normandy in Saving Private Ryan, the sword battles in The Princess Bride, Jack Butler after he shaved and man up in Mr. Mom, Carl flying with his house in UP!, opening battles in 007 James Bond movies, and the panty raid in Revenge Of The Nerds. Also, movie home drive-thru style is watching favorite scenes from beginning to end as if watching a condensed version of the movie. And movie home drive-thru applies to television shows.

There is no need for a big bowl of popcorn. Rewatch favorite scenes from favorite movies or favorite television shows quickly to pass the time or quicker when eating a meal which takes less than an hour.


Saturday, January 27, 2018

Past Comic Strips Posted Jan 2018

I photocopied comic strips I read at work or read at home decades ago, or downloaded from the comic strip's website. Here are some of my favorite comic strips I took a picture on my camera. I post more later. Enjoy!

Credits: Dilbert by Scott Adams, Garfield by Jim Davis, and Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz.


Saturday, January 20, 2018

SOMT: Fast Times At Ridgemont High

Blogger’s Note: SOMT stands for Sign Of My Times, an occasional blog sharing my thoughts how time changes life from when I was young to today.

The times were fast when the movie was released in 1982. Today's high school life fast is light speed. The coming of age, comedy, high school life is a classic movie. For example, the list of actors and actresses we know today include Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judge Reinhold, Forest Whitaker, and Nicholas Cage. We also know Ray Walston and Phoebe Cates. I add the movie to my wish list. It was the first time I saw Fast Times At Ridgemont High movie. Most of the theme of high school in the 80s is true today such as sex, drugs, music, and naturally curious.

I compared and contrasted my high school life and today's high school life while I watched the movie. I concentrated 50% of my brain watching the movie and 50% of my brain thinking back to my past. I share some of my comparing and contrasting below:

*Telephone. Past teenagers lived the good life having their own phone in their rooms. They practiced maturity, privacy, and independence. It was the best way to have a real time conversation without being face to face. Times have changed with smart phones. Teenagers today can practice maturity, privacy, and independence anywhere. Email, texting, and social networking reduce the old school real time conversation talking on the phone.

*Go to a friend's house. Let's go to a friend's house to hang out. Real time socialization. Today's information age more teenagers are hanging out online via social networks. Perhaps, it's a generation change and/or culturally related. More parents aren't allowing their sons and daughters to invite their friends over. I don't know why. Responsible parents must allow their sons and daughters to invite their friends over at the house for safety reasons and to keep the parent-child bond strong.

*Take a chance. Leap of faith. Let life dictate. I'm speaking from experience. We can't control everything in life. Sometimes we must let life choose for us. Take a chance to let life set a pathway. My high school life was good and bad letting life dictate most my high school days. I admit I should have taken more control of my life. Perhaps, I learned an important high school life lesson I realized later in life: sometimes trust fate, destiny, and karma to bring good moments.

*Trial and error. We forgot the best way to learn via trial and error. Everyone is expected to learn quickly today. Everyone is expected to know everything today. No more discovery. No more patience. The information age makes learning instant without making errors; for example, Google the unknown. How are high school students supposed to learn without making mistakes?

*Meet people from other people. Another benefit going to a friend's house was the opportunity to meet new people. Past high school students expanded their circle of friends face to face or telephoning each other. High school students today can expand their circle of friends online without meeting face to face. Is meeting new people online genuine?

*Mail letters. Handwritten notes. Pictures on photo paper. Finally, letters, notes, and photos all on paper. Past high school students exchanged handwritten notes and developed pictures; moreover, personal message written on the back of a picture. Past high school students didn't have smart phones to text and to view pictures online. Past high school students mailed letters instead of emailing.


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Work Sucks

I experienced feeling accomplish getting everything done yesterday. I was ready for the next anything. My next thought was being unemployed has one advantage. The one advantage is I complete my to-do list quick. My to-do list is consistently short. There are no to-do list delays. I have all the time in the world completing all my tasks. I have all the time in the world fulfilling my responsibilities. There is stress being unemployed living a paused life. On the other hand, there is no stress remembering incomplete tasks.

Many people must be stressed-out at work and at home. How much time a person has outside work to complete their out-of-work tasks? Moreover, how much time a parent has outside work to fulfill parenting responsibilities? How is the physical condition of the person outside work? Tired. Stressed-out. Is there time for physical activity for physical fitness? Strong bodies and strong minds work together. A person can spend more time on their out-of-work tasks; however, how much time does the person have to sleep?

Life is a full circle. Delays are frustrating. Add up the delays inside work and outside work affects the person inside work and outside work in a negative way such as lower performance, poor concentration, and weaker social bonds. It seems many people are experiencing a net loss between new tasks created and tasks completed. I have seen people stressed out. These people change. Weak tolerance. Poor judgment. Easy to get angry. Eat unhealthy. Worry too much.

Raw Deal

I think about workers going to work, work their eight hours, and going home. Some workers work nine or more hours. Life is giving many workers a raw deal. Or companies are giving many workers a raw deal. Or both life and companies. We must work to earn an income. We have a personal responsibility to take care of ourselves physically, mentally, emotionally, financially, and spiritually. However, many people fail to accomplish their personal responsibilities. Today's workplace is more complex compared to the past. Today's life is more complex compared to the past. More time, more money, and more resources are required to live life at work and at home. I can't explain it any clearer. Life is getting bigger. The raw deal is more people are spending more time at work which means less time outside work living life. It's ironic to live a good life we must work more. We work more we have less time living a good life. Work sucks.


Monday, January 08, 2018

Yes Football No Football

The 2017 NFL season playoffs began Sat Jan 6 and Sun Jan 7 with Wild Card Weekend. Good games. No blowouts. I watched the Sat games Titans at Chiefs and Falcons at Rams on TV. The games were entertaining; however, I felt no excitement. There was a guilty feeling.

There were many errands I must complete. I choose to listen to the Sun games Bills at Jaguars and Panthers at Saints on the radio while completing my errands. I watched the highlights and the last two minutes of the Panthers at Saints on TV. I felt satisfied. There was no guilty feeling.

Why did I feel guilty on Sat? Why did I feel satisfied on Sun? The answer to both questions is I completed tasks on Sun. I got stuff done. I became proactive checking off my to-do list. I felt no guiltiness wasting time watching TV even though Sat football games were good. In other words, I felt satisfied and I felt happier on Sun listening to the football games on the radio while being productive. On the other hand, I felt dissatisfied and I felt angrier on Sat watching the football games on the TV while doing nothing. Timing was bad because I didn't complete tasks on Sat to watch football games on Sun during the regular season. Timing was bad because the Christmas holiday ended my to-do list grew bigger.

I realized the Sun feeling reminded me how to think and how to behave like a mature professional adult. These adults have an attitude of working hard to be successful. There is work to be done. Complete the work. Avoid the guilty feeling wasting time. These adults know the fun comes soon after tasks are completed. Personally, I hate getting stuff not done. Fortunately, my fun came Sun night after I completed my tasks.

Finally, there is no guilty feeling getting no tasks completed before or on Super Bowl Sunday.


Sunday, January 07, 2018

Life Is Unfair There Is Bad Luck

You feel life is unfair. Me, too. You experience down on your luck. Me, too. You're not the only person who feels life is unfair. You're not the only person who experiences down on your luck. The title is well known. The title is true. Are you experiencing bad breaks? Me, too.

Today's blog is dedicated to people like me doing their best to live life as a mature adult. Feel free to stop reading if you heard too much of the clique title. I'm sharing my feelings. I'm sharing my present experiences. I'm tired getting bad luck. I'm frustrated I'm earning no rewards. These experiences and feelings continue since May 2015.

Somebody wins. Somebody loses. The worse feeling is consistently losing. The worse feeling is receiving the short-end many times. The worse feeling is the unknown--when am I going to get victories? The absolute worse is bad people experiencing good moments. There are good people with motivation, integrity, and sincerity. There are good people working hard intelligently doing something to convert bad fortunes to good fortunes. The end results are no rewards. Frustrating.

There are stories of people experiencing life being unfair. There are stories of people with consistent bad luck. Search online. You're not alone. Sports history is a good source to find stories.

The bad luck people keep going. There is no complaining because we don't have time and we don't waste energy. Sometimes we laugh off the bad moments. We continue doing our best. There is no reason to quit; otherwise, we sit around doing nothing which is boring. We can't get worse. Life must get better. We solve our problems. The absolute ending for human beings is death. There is nothing to lose. Stay strong. Stay courageous.


Wednesday, January 03, 2018

The Three C's And A P And Two More P's: Choices, Consistency, Control, Proactive, Professional, Personal Responsibility

I wrote a blog making good choices, being consistent daily, and controlling the most in his or her life on Tue Apr 2, 2013 titled The Three C's: Choices, Consistency, Control. I added a P which is Proactive on Sat May 4, 2013 titled The Three C's And A P: Choices, Consistency, Control, Proactive. The three C's and one P are below:

*Choices. How does a person know he or she is an adult? The answer is the person can make their own choices. Life is good making good choices.

*Control. A person having control in his or her life demonstrates strength, intelligence, wisdom, and influence. A person can't control the weather, natural disasters, and car accidents. He or she can control how to deal with everyday life in good or bad moments.

*Consistency. Routine life is not being consistent. Living a daily life with ups and downs is not healthy. A person should be active with consistency. It's like a baseball player hitting a consistent .330 batting average in a season without slumps and brief hot streaks.

*Proactive. One of my career highlights was being a proactive research analyst. I supported the brokers working in the research department. My department was responsible for all the data, information, statistics, and marketing reports in commercial real estate. Specifically, one of my primary responsibilities was fulfilling daily requests and solving problems. I was creative. I thought ahead to provide better service. I never complained because they were a waste of time. I focused on satisfying the brokers' requests professionally.

Here are Professional and Personal Responsibility below:

*Professional. We see the successful people acting professional, behaving professional, thinking professional, and speaking professional. Professionals are strong, smart, wise, courageous, and mature. Professionals practice what they preach. Professionals stand by their beliefs. Professionals are responsible, continue learning, and drilling their skills. We see professionals in sport leagues, entertainment, business, and art. The professionals are at the top of their abilities.

*Personal Responsibility. I discovered the importance of personal responsibility when I was an inpatient for acute gallstone pancreatitis. Inpatients should relax by letting the medical staff do their job comforting me. However, to make their jobs easier I did my part to receive better care. I was responsible to inform the nurses and doctors how I felt such as pain, headaches, and dizziness. I was also responsible to take care of myself such as brush my teeth, walk, and stand up out of my bed to avoid bed sores. I was responsible to follow doctor's orders.

A person responsible for himself or herself is a sign of a person makes good choices, lives a consistent life getting better, controls more of his or her life, and portrays himself or herself as a professional. My top personal responsibilities are minimize eating processed foods, working out at the gym, reading books, learning new skills, sleeping eight hours a night, and pacing myself. Mastering the full circle three C's and three P's never lets himself or herself down.

The C's are in no particular order: consistency, choices, control. The P's are in particular order: proactive, professional, personal responsibility. Remember the three C's and the three P's anyway you choose such as CCCPPP, 3C3P, C3P3, or (C*3)+(P*3). You can remember the six in alphabetical order: choices, consistency, control, personal responsibility, proactive, professional.