Life Principle - Maintain Stability

April 27, 2018

Whenever possible keep the amount of change in your life to a minimum. Life goes better with orderly, planned changes. Sometimes expressed as "Only change one thing at a time".

I spoke with a member of my congregation early this morning who wanted some advice on a matter. No names or details, but I did give them some advice and shared the life principle that it was based upon. And now I'd like to share that same principle here because I think that it's a good one.

I love principles because they eliminate needless memorization (always good if you have a bad memory like I do). If you've heard me preach then there's a good chance you already knew this about me. I have always seen the bible as a book of principles more than a list of do's and don'ts and I try to take the same approach with my general life advice.

I don't have a specific quote for this principle, but it's simple enough that I don't think it'll hurt to not have one.

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Cover Song - Thunderstruck performed by Mozart Heroes

April 25, 2018

Today's cover song is a cover of Thunderstruck written by AC/DC and performed by Mozart Heroes.

If you've hung out at this blog even a little, you will likely be aware of my love of cover songs and especially cover versions of Thunderstruck. This one is an impressive arrangement matched by a well shot and edited video. Be sure to check out some of their other arrangements.

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Quote: Churchill - If You Will Not Fight ...

April 23, 2018

It's been far too long since we had a good quote from Winston Churchill.

If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without blood shed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill (1874-1965)

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They're All Volunteers

April 21, 2018

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Kanab, United States by Patrick Hendry

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Kanab, United States by Patrick Hendry

It seems to be the thing these days to slam members of the generation known as the Millennials. I understand that this happens with every generation. I'm in the unimaginatively named generation X and I recall people despairing that we'd ever get ourselves pulled together and ready for real life. Somehow we managed, but looking back I understand how they might have worried. We had our fair share of slackers and trouble makers, with the punks, goths and skinheads. And before my generation were the Baby Boomers. They certainly had slackers with their hippies, flower-power girls, stoners and potheads.

Every generation has a full spectrum ranging from the slackers to those who are determined to get after it and make things happen. Proclaiming that Millennials are bad because they have idiots, or the current batch of youngsters are a waste of good oxygen because some of them eat Tidepods(tm) is to ignore this. Rather, what does seem to vary from generation to generation is the fundamental world-view that they have as a whole. And that's what I'd like to talk about here.

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Become an Expert on Yourself

April 21, 2018

After you've read enough books on a topic (several shelf-feet of them), even for a topic as wide-ranging as living well, you start to notice similarities and differences. While I do not appreciate the joke that life played on me with my bad memory, it did at least try to balance it out with an ability to pick out principles from disparate sources. Often, I would rather have the better memory, but you work with what you've been given and I try to use my principle finding and understanding powers for good and not evil. Upon reflection, I feel that the only way that I've been able to understand how to live well, is by reading large quantities of books and allowing the principles in them to stand out to me through my cognitive superpower.

Part of the difficulty of understanding living well is that the research is coming in thick and fast. There are new things being discovered about the human body and its systems even today. (And things being rediscovered, but that's a topic for another post.) The human body is a complex system and it still has plenty of secrets remaining to be learned. Certainly I blame no one for not knowing things that haven't been discovered yet.

Even allowing for that, I see that the biggest problem with knowing how to live well is that the experts, actual and self-proclaimed, disagree on so many things. They even disagree on apparently fundamental things that seem as though they could never be controversial. In the area of diet we are all used to the endless arguments for or against low-fat and low-carb and even whether we should be meat eaters or meat free. You'd think that there would be a few positions that all of these experts could agree upon, such as the wisdom of eating vegetables. Amazingly, there are strong differences of opinions even within the schools of thought about which vegetables are healthy and beneficial for us.

So, if the experts can't agree, what hope is there for us humble folks who are just trying to get though life without making too big a mess of it? Well, we may not be scientists, but we have access to lots of material written by scientists and experts and we have the motivation to pull the truth out of these writings because we aren't talking about lab experiments, we're talking about our lives and trying to make the best of them. Speaking purely for myself here, I'd like to get some aspects of my life under much better control and retain the advances I've made in others. Figuring out how to live well is personal. It's personal for me, because my areas in need of improvement are very specific to me. It's personal for you, or should be, because your areas of growth are specific to you and likely not exactly the same ones as mine.

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