The Unyielding Minute

“What man can you show me who places any value on his time, who reckons the worth of each day, who understands that he is dying daily? For we are mistaken when we look forward to death; the major portion of death has already passed. Whatever years be behind us are in death’s hands.” – Seneca

We’ve been dying since the day we were born.

“Whatever years be behind us are in death’s hands”.

When you think about time and death like that, it shifts your perspective. We need to stop looking forward to the end and realize that each moment is dying with us Right Now.

There is a lot to be wondered about time, but in the end, we experience it as an unyielding train. It moves on no matter what. You can not slow it. You can not rewind it. You can not add or subtract from it.

So make sure you are not simply playing the long game for fear of the very last minute. Instead, realize that each minute we experience the death of that moment, and value your time accordingly.

– Joe

What am I but a Plagiarist?

My language is not my own
My verses not unique
My thoughts are got from books of others
My dreams belong to sleep

My love been learned from lessons given
My faith from hardship brought
My confidence I pull from air
as myself been long forgot

Even the time I spend belongs to none
It is borrowed by all who be
Thus all we do with all our time
was never ours to reap

So consider this my lone footnote
giving credit where credit is due
No longer do I fear I’m a plagiarist
for nothing belongs to you.

– Ford –

Cowardice – No more excuses.

“The absence of courage is a fault that few are willing to confess. We naturally conceal it, and cover it up, and try to keep it secret even from ourselves. We invent favourable names for it, which are only unconscious excuses. We call it prudence, or respectability, or conservatism, or economy, or worldly wisdom, or the instinct of self-preservation. For in truth there is nothing that we are more reluctant to admit than cowardice; and there is no virtue which we would more gladly possess and prove than courage.” – Henry Van Dyke

I’ve been a coward.

Not only have I been a coward, but I have lied to myself about it so many times.

No one wants to admit they are becoming a slug or a worm, so they make excuses and create well-sounding reasons for why they behave as if they do not have a backbone.

I will not be a coward any longer.

I will not make excuses for my cowardly behavior.

There are so many things I want from life, and so many things I don’t want, but in the end I think I will be happy if I can simply say that I did not die a coward. Along that same breath, I believe that acting with courage is the straightest route to all the things I desire from life. While, acting with cowardice is the straightest route to all the things I detest.

Courage leads to; love, adventure, new frontiers and excitement.

Cowardice leads to; fear, anxiety, lethargy and hopelessness.

So again, I will use this platform to state my intention:

I will not be a coward any longer, and I will not make excuses for my cowardly behavior.

Courage precedes all other virtues.

“Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others.”—Winston Churchill

Courage precedes all other virtues. Without courage there is no virtue; no honesty, no industry, no honor, no love. As Winston Churchill says, “it is the quality which guarantees all others.”

Aim to be courageous. Practice courage in small doses. Do what you know is right, just, and necessary. Do it when it is not comfortable. Do it when it is not easy.

Make the best decision, not the easiest decision.

Only after we find how to call upon our courage can we learn to call upon our virtues.

On industry

“Each and every day we are creating our legacy. What will you be able to look back on when you’re eighty-five? A business started? A book written? A library consumed? A language learned? A child raised? Or vast expanses of time on which the mind draws a blank, an unaccounted for wasteland of life that somehow slipped through the fingers? Better get to work. Carpe diem.” – Brett McKay

Better get to work…

Another Snowday Coming…

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I’m struggling right now between seasonal depression, and my love for a good snow day.

I honestly don’t know if I can take another whole day trapped in my house alternating between playing video games and watching Netflix (I know, cry me a river right?), but at the same time I can’t help but hope for blizzard conditions on Tuesday.  Besides, in my current state of existence, I am already pretty cut-off from the world outside of my job and my gym. Everyday I go from my house, to my job, to the gym, and back home to bed.  It’s like clockwork – and I don’t hate it!  What bothers me though is the feeling that I am sleepwalking through my life.  My everyday routine has become so… routine… that weeks are beginning to fly by faster than they ever have before.  I can go through a full 1 week cycle and not interact with a single new person. Just the same people every day, every week, for weeks on end.

So what does this have to do with the snow?

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Five Reasons Conor McGregor Will Beat Floyd Mayweather

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There’s no longer a reason to doubt whether or not this fight is actually going to happen. It is clear that both fighters are on board, and Dana White has come out recently saying he would not stop the fight from taking place. Plus the latest reports point to a deal being very close to done for September (maybe?), which was basically confirmed by Conor at a boxing event not long ago.

This leaves money as the only obstacle, and because this will almost certainly be the biggest PPV event since Wrestlemania XIV… Wrestlemania XIV? The start of the Attitude Era? Boston Gardens? New Age Outlaws vs. Cactus Jack and Terry Funk in the first ever Dumpster match? The Undertaker does battle with his brother Kane for the first time ever? Stone Cold defeats Shawn Michaels to begin his reign as WWE champion? C’mon? You don’t know XIV? Anyways…

Bottom line is money will not be in short supply. There could, however, be some disagreements over who should get the larger piece of the pie or how that money should be split among promotions and organizations.  Keep in mind though, as of recently, McGregor is killing Mayweather in PPV sales. Apparently people are just now realizing how Floyd has managed to stay undefeated all these years – Never get hit, and counter effectively. Masterful boxing, but not very entertaining to the average fan.

On the other hand, Conor is a supernova of excitement both in and out of the ring. He is one of the finest trash talkers of our generation, and is able to back it up with knock outs and bloodbath performances. Still, no one seems to be giving him a shot in this match.  Some even ridicule the notion of it ever happening. Well I’m here to tell you, not only will this most certainly happen, but Conor is probably going to walk away with the victory as well. Here’s why…

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