Just Write Something Damnit! — Day 28

Just Write Something Damnit! — Day 28

This entry is part 21 of 32 in the series Just Write Something Damnit!

Author’s Note: If you have not read the first post in this series then all the rest will make no sense at all. Please click here to take a quick look at Just Write Something Damnit! — Day 1

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Opportunities & Blessings

View every circumstance you encounter as an opportunity (and a blessing) and your life will change in miraculous ways.

The victim mentality we are conditioned, from birth, to have will slip away. It is not possible to feel like a victim when you change your thought process to view everything as a gift. ‘Good’ and ‘bad’ circumstances no longer exist; only encounters that help you grow and prosper.

 

Quicker, Healthier Resolutions

Your temperament will change, patience will increase, and the things that used to ruin your day will no longer stop you in your tracks. They will not stop happening; rather, they will affect you less and less as time goes by. Traffic, commotion, work problems, relationship problems — Your subconscious mind will begin leading you to quicker, healthier, resolutions.

 

A Shift Of Consciousness

It is a hard shift of consciousness to attain, but well worth it. I would even go so far as to say it is the first, and most important, step on the spiritual path. It was for me anyway. It took a shit ton of practice and deep breathing to get me there too. Once I did though the effects were overwhelming. I began to realize that things were happening ‘for’ me and not ‘to’ me. That realization has been (looking back now) the backbone of every positive change I have made since.

Just Write Something Damnit! — Day 28

Just Write Something Damnit! — Day 27

This entry is part 20 of 32 in the series Just Write Something Damnit!

Author’s Note: If you have not read the first post in this series then all the rest will make no sense at all. Please click here to take a quick look at Just Write Something Damnit! — Day 1

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We Have Been Conditioned

Did you ever take a moment to think about all the conditioning that makes up what you perceive to be your daily life? Every single thing you do, think, or say was — at some point in your life — fed to you by an outside source. Your concept of right and wrong, attitude, language, accent, sense of style — absolutely none of those things were created by you. They were experienced, filtered, and adapted into your existence.

 

Born Stupid

Even the things we call ‘instincts’ were conditioned into us by the world around us. You were not born knowing that the pan on the stove was hot. You touched it and found out. You did not know that a bullet could kill you. You saw someone die on tv and found out. You learned these things and then stayed away from them.

 

Change Up Your Routine

If you want to truly experience how deeply we are conditioned to follow the routines then try changing up something you do daily. Brush your teeth with your left hand instead of your right. Try eliminating a common word from your vocabulary for a day. This will sound crazy, but the thing that made me realize how blindly I was following the program was the day I tried to dry myself off differently than I usually do after taking a shower — completely messed me up!

 

Take Yourself Off Autopilot

It sounds ridiculous, but it is important to realize these things. I have been trying to be a better person for a while now. A good deal of that time was wasted because I was on autopilot. You cannot take a different route when you are on autopilot. It seems obvious to me now, but when I was cruising along I had no idea what I was doing so — and that is the point. I had to shake up the system. For me, it was something as banal as my morning shower. What will you change?

Just Write Something Damnit! — Day 28

Just Write Something Damnit! — Day 26

This entry is part 19 of 32 in the series Just Write Something Damnit!

Author’s Note: If you have not read the first post in this series then all the rest will make no sense at all. Please click here to take a quick look at Just Write Something Damnit! — Day 1

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365 Day Challenge!

365 day challenge?

What was I thinking?

I mean, shit, that is a seriously long term commitment.

Think about it — what do you do (regularly) 365 days in a row? Wake up, breath, and eat are the only three things I can think of.

 

Things We SHOULD/HAVE To  Do

There are plenty of things we SHOULD do every single day: Shower, brush our teeth, exercise, etc.. Let’s face it though, I bet if you are being honest with yourself you’ve missed one or two of those on one or more occasion.

There are things we HAVE to do that are dictated by circumstance. For instance, once you’ve had a baby you HAVE to be a parent every day. Some people even find ways out of that though.

 

Waking Up To The Reality Of A 365 Day Challenge

What brings this up? I woke up this morning and my first thought was ‘holy shit! I promised myself I would write a new blog post for this series 365 days in a row’.

Every day!

For 1 year!!

 

Simple Premise

Sure, the premise is simple enough: 20 minutes at most with no research and a very little editing. Here’s what I forgot though — I have a lot of other shit to do! I work a full-time job, am a full-time single father, have severe depression issues (a full-time management job in and of itself), and I hope to make something out of this blog (which means producing other, more polished, content).

 

Hard Truth

Here’s the truth though; I can either do it, or I can’t and I am either committed, or I am not. All of this bitch-fest aside, I am extremely blessed. The resources to deal with all of the above are within my reach and I will either make use of them or I will not — time will tell…

Just Write Something Damnit! — Day 28

Just Write Something Damnit! — Day 24

This entry is part 17 of 32 in the series Just Write Something Damnit!

Author’s Note: If you have not read the first post in this series then all the rest will make no sense at all. Please click here to take a quick look at Just Write Something Damnit! — Day 1

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Good Day To Shit Day

I don’t know about you, but I think maybe the worst days are the ones that start perfect, and then go to shit halfway through.

I mean, a bad day is a bad day, and a great day is a great day, but a great day that turns to shit is a mind-fuck.

Today was one of those days for me. I woke up early and everything was perfect. The birds were singing, the stars were aligned, and I felt great. Everything continued that way for a few hours too. I had a few opportunities to help people — just small things — and some really good interactions. Then everything changed.

 

The Exact Moment

I can tell you the exact moment it happened. I was returning to my car from clothes shopping when I saw an older woman struggling to open a stroller. I asked her if she needed help. She said “yes please” so I started to fiddle with the stroller. I had to chuckle because I wasn’t having much luck and I told her it had been a long time since I had operated one of those.

She did not think it was funny. Instead, she unloaded on me. Not at me, mind you, but on me. She said she was “having a terrible fucking day. My husband is sick and I need to get a gift and have this baby —fuck it, I’m just gonna go home.”. She grabbed the stroller, threw it in the trunk, slammed the trunk, and walked away. I sad I was sorry that I could not be more help, but she did not hear me — she was already in the car.

 

Counting The Ways It Bothered Me

It bothered me that I could not help. It bothered me that she was having such a bad day and there was nothing I could do. It bothered me that she gave up. It bothered me that — at that moment — I could taste her disdain for that child, and her husband, and everyone that she was blaming for the day she was having. Most of all it bothered me because I could see that she was dwelling in — and feeding off of — the negative energy and that her day was only going to get worse from there.

 

Back To The Point

And now that I have rambled a bit I will get back to the point. I was having a fantastic day. I ran into someone that was having a terrible day. I was not strong enough to keep the negativity away and allowed it to follow me for the rest of the day. Then, about ten minutes ago, I decided to write about how much I disliked starting with a great day that changes into a bad day. It was in that moment that I remembered the lady, how I had personally allowed my day to be altered, and how much of a fool I am for not seeing what was happening at the moment. The End.

Just Write Something Damnit! — Day 28

Just Write Something Damnit! — Day 25

This entry is part 18 of 32 in the series Just Write Something Damnit!

Author’s Note: If you have not read the first post in this series then all the rest will make no sense at all. Please click here to take a quick look at Just Write Something Damnit! — Day 1

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There Is No Such Thing As Coincidence

There is no such thing as coincidence. Nothing is random. Every single moment is the culmination of decisions made in all the moments before it.

I used to be a victim. Now I am not. I used to believe that there was nothing I could do about the bad things that were happening to me. Now I know that is false. I practice extreme personal responsibility day in, and day out.

 

The Result Of Our Cumalative Choices

The bad things that happen to me are a direct result of the choices I have made in my life. I recognize that they do not have to be choices immediately ( remember — Karma is rarely instant) surrounding whatever negative consequence I have incurred. In other words, choosing to steal a comic book when I was twelve could lead to my untimely stabbing death in an alley when I am fifty. That is an extreme example, but our material reality is cumulative, and that is the truth.

 

Accept Responsibility

So I accept responsibility for any and all of the negativity in my life. Likewise, I take credit for any positive things that come my way. Neither situation is ego-driven. I do not get mad at myself when something bad happens or happy with myself when something good happens. I simply thank God for the free will to make those decisions, and the lessons learned from both the good and the bad.

Just Write Something Damnit! — Day 28

Just Write Something Damnit! — Day 23

This entry is part 16 of 32 in the series Just Write Something Damnit!

Author’s Note: If you have not read the first post in this series then all the rest will make no sense at all. Please click here to take a quick look at Just Write Something Damnit! — Day 1

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Be The Giver

Be the giver…Always.

Looking to make a change?

Trying to find a way to better yourself?

Feeling spiritually drained (it happens), and not sure how to get back to the light?

Doing just that one thing (being the giver) fits every situation and will help forge your path forward every single time. It is the closest thing to a guarantee that can be given in this material world. The reason is that it forms a direct, and immediate, connection to the spiritual world.

 

Just One Condition

There is a condition you need to keep in mind. Give selflessly without expectation of anything in return.

“Oh yeah, there it is Dave…the catch!”

Sure, you can look at it like that if you like. It’s the truth though. How many times have you done something good for someone and then spent the next day or two upset because they did not return the favor, or even show a little appreciation? Was that time well spent? How many other people could you have helped in the meantime?

Karma is sometimes, but not usually, instant. You are just as likely to be rewarded (or punished) twenty years from now as you are in the moment. That is how it works so stop wasting time waiting for your reward. Stop even thinking you deserve one. Start doing the right thing strictly because it’s the right thing to do. Trust me, it will all work itself out in the end.

 

Be The Giver, No Matter What

So be the giver…always. Smile at everyone. Help everyone you see in need according to your ability to do so. Ignore the naysayers and those that think you are trying to one-up them because you are always volunteering to help. Explain to them how it works and then let them decide whether or not they want to join you on your path. If they do not then wish them well and move on, and continue being the giver.

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