Thursday, May 18, 2017

Creating a Vision



Before we can begin designing the life we want to live, we need ask ourselves a couple of questions. First, what would excite me? If our vision doesn't completely, 100% excite us, then we really need to figure out what would excite us (for however long this may take). Once we are thoroughly excited by this vision of the kind of life we want to live, we need to ask ourselves a second question. Is the person I am currently, the person that can create and live the future life I have in mind?

Friday, May 12, 2017

Forest Man

Enjoy...


Great lesson in there.

Take care and I'll see you out there!

Jim


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Our Programming

All of the behaviors that determine who we are today are based on a belief system whose development began long before we can remember. That early development laid the foundation, then continued through our teenage years, into adulthood, and continues to influence our decisions even today. This is our programming. The problem is that we are guided subconsciously by a set of rules that we never agreed to. We were too little to even remember, let alone decide whether we would like to live our future lives under those rules or not. This is what Don Miguel Ruiz would call “the domestication of humans.”

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Excitement And Happiness

In order to be happy. In order to be successful. You Must Find Your Passion!

Don’t take this part lightly. This may, and probably should, be the most important question we ever ask ourselves. Man’s main goal in life is to attain happiness. It is what drives almost every decision we make. If you agree with me that excitement = happiness, then when you ask yourself what would excite me? What you are really asking yourself is what would make me happy?


I need to take a step back for a moment. Happiness is not a place it is an experience. It is a temporary experience. It is an experience that can be had but not contained or owned. Funny, if we replace happy with excited, it feels a little more comfortable of a comparison. I would like to think that all of us are looking for excitement in our lives, some more than others, but I don’t think even the most adventurous of us would want to experience excitement 24/7. Best case is that we would pass out from all the excitement, and worse case, the exciting would become the average.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Running The Longevity Gauntlet

Why does it seem like whenever modern medicine finds a cure for one disease another one steps in to take its place. It's as if we were only meant to live for so long.

Mother Nature Theory
The disposable soma theory basically said that our bodies are mere vessels for our reproductive “germ” cells - our DNA - and thus only need to last long enough for us to reproduce. What happens afterward is of no concern.

The truth is that Mother Nature never intended for us to live much past our 30’s or 40’s. We were put on this planet to pass along our seed, so to speak, and that’s it.


As the theory goes, in the world that our hunter/gatherer ancestors occupied,living past our prime (our usefulness) is not only unhelpful to our progeny, but by draining available resources, it is actually detrimental. Vital resources were sparse and could not be wasted on non-producers. Nature cannot support anything that works against the propagation of the species.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Adventure Recap - Climbing Mt. Whitney

Approaching Iceberg Lake
If you have ever considered hiking to the top of Mount Whitney, there are basically two ways you can get there. There is the traditional route that is 22 miles round trip and then there is the short cut (i.e. the mountaineers route), which is the one we took. They say the shortest distance between two points is a straight line, and while this route isn't straight, it's about as straight as you can get.

This is the third time I have done this event and I can say that the weather could not have been any better. Actually, I would have preferred for it to have been a little cooler. But given a choice of what we had on this trip and what we have had in the past, this was a blessing.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

The Basic Laws Of Human Nature


To say that we humans are a unique species would be the understatement of all understatements. At our core, we are animals, just like all the other animals that we see around us every day. We have basic instincts that drive us just like all the others. And yet we have evolved, psychologically, in ways that are unmatched in the history of the planet. And this is what makes us great. But it is also what can make life seem so difficult.

Our social evolution is at such an accelerated pace that it has left our physical evolution in the proverbial (or maybe primordial) dust. And the problem is that, for the most part, we don’t even know it. Daily, we make decisions that we believe are based on rational thought, but in reality, those decisions are completely, or primarily, instictive. Scientifically, this would be Brainstem vs. Cerebrum, or maybe Caveman vs. Blogger.