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“Staying on Beat”? What does it mean?

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Music is a great metaphor for every walk of life, because it has a beat and so does our hearts. But our hearts and music are not the only things that have a beat. Our rhythm in life does too! For instance if you have a passionate goal to reach the heights of success at whatever it is you do, you must take advantage of rhythm. Have you been staying on beat?

Is the music soundtrack of your life energetic or sad? Either answer is good. A sad, slow beat of life might be best for certain poets and musicians but I personally prefer an upbeat to get me motivated and smiling while I step to the beat at work.

Staying on beat in your life means doing the things you said you were going to do. Not just that, but taking advantage of opportunities that swing your way too. If you are stuck in the ditch, hop back onto the groove and get down with the beats of nature to reach your destination, baby. Oh yeah!

There is no time to waste and nothing close to being called hard work when you are having funky fun and dancing the beat you were meant to groove to. I give you this reminder because I had to remind myself recently. Previously I wrote about music as a metaphor for life and I have no doubt that writing that piece has inspired myself more than it can possibly inspire any one of you readers. I hope I am wrong, though.

Am I? Let us see, after we hop back to the right beat together…

Moving to Hamilton

My friends called me crazy for wanting to move right now. I think they should. The world is in lock-down, everyone’s staying at home, and here I am planning to drive through a post-apocalyptic world all the way to Hamilton, Ontario. The real reason my friends think I’m crazy is not because I’m moving soon, though they admitted that was crazy enough, but because I’m moving for no reason without a plan.

That’s right. There’s no spelling errors here. I meant it! I’m moving for no reason without a plan, and for that I might as well be exiled because my friends don’t want to talk to me anymore. I guess they don’t know what a cellphone is. Besides, I only plan to live in Hamilton for a few years.

I guess it’s right to be mad at a friend who just gets up and leaves, especially when she ignored all their advice. Well, I’m moving and that’s final! I guess it’s also wrong to say that there’s absolutely no reason why I’m moving. A hard to see truth is that I just feel like there’s something exciting waiting for me in Hamilton, maybe a new love or something different than the mundane existence I’ve been living lately. Also, Hamilton is just the first place I found an apartment I can afford in such a short notice.

Today, there’s two more things I want to finish fleshing out with you guys.

  1. What am I going to do for work once I get there?
  2. Will there even be any work when I get there?

All I know is that there’s no work where I’m coming from, and I can’t keep sitting on my butt all day. I’ve already done some research online but until I actually get there I feel there’s not much I can do in the way of job hunting. I’ve already called a few landscaping companies and emailed a few grocery stores, but there’s nothing on the table yet. I also created a list of companies I want to call when I get there. There’s a few companies I’m really hopeful for, like this appliance repair Hamilton company that my friend suggested. Whatever happens, I just won’t find myself working in a restaurant, even a fancy one that pays tips. I’d much rather work outside or on the go. Even office jobs are kind of iffy. The best case scenario would be that I get a job making music. But until concerts and bars reopen I won’t be able to get any gigs. There’s still money in selling music online though!

Even if I struggle to get employed in the beginning and find myself lost in a world of strangers, there’s one thing I know I can do that will make it all worthwhile. Can you guess what it is? That’s right… It’s creating new memories. My favorite thing to do besides music! When I do finally come back home where all my friends will be waiting for me, hopefully, I’ll have many new memories and stories to share. I’ll have more experience. I’ll be wiser. I’ll grow a lot because of this, and I’m ready for that growth. It will be an adventure, and I’m excited to get my feet wet.

For the first time in a long time I’m pleased for what the future beholds. I don’t know what to expect, and that’s what I’m glad for. This change will be good for me. I’ll no longer be settled in a life that’s comfortable. I’ll be out there in the real world again. To me, that’s the only thing that matters right now. My friends can become my enemies, but if they truly understand me they’ll know why I have to do this. Heck, I hope they understand so they can explain it to me!

Wish me luck…

Why No Posting Lately?

I’m not the same person as I was on my last post, and that was over a year ago. Today, I see life in a whole new way compared to before. I’m still a lover of music, still a lover of life, but I’m “different”. How much different and how so is something I have yet to discover, and I hope to discover what those answers are with you as I write my first blog post in a while. You see, not much a whole lot has changed in my life over the past year. It’s hard to tack down, but the few brass tacks I have to pinpoint any foundational reasons why I might be so different is observing what’s going around in the world right now and watching a lot more political debates online.

I’ve tried again and again not to get my head all wound up in global affairs I have no power over but like a bee to flowers I’m bewitched. I’m brain-sucked, bent backward, drooling over my phone with my legs up over my head. I’m swimming through a boggy estuary where the river of crap meets the ocean of reality and I can’t help myself from saying stuff like “my brain hurts” or “I can’t feel my heart.” But life is great!

I got a fat lump from the government to sit in my house all day and I feel like an animal in a zoo as government officials eat popcorn and stare at me from the webcam on my laptop. I’m trying my hardest to dance like a monkey but I only end up on the floor with my brain where my feet should be. May not make much sense to say it like that but it never made sense to me. Like, what is the world coming to?

Figuring out my inner thoughts out as I write this in a trance gives me some kind of grasp on my remaining sanity. Thank heavens for music! I’ve clicked more music “play now” buttons in the past few months to make a total of enough pokes to make sure your high school bully thought twice about ever poking you again. And never in my life have I been more involved in actually making music besides just listening to it. I guess that’s the biggest change I’ve experienced over the past year. Music has consumed me!

Now I’m just thinking my next plan of action should be to listen to some positive music for a change. It’s no wonder why I’ve been in the ditch mentally these past few weeks. All the music I’ve been listening to has just been reminding me of all that’s wrong with the world right now.

I never thought it would be so simple.

I just need to find my rhythm again!

Tribe vs. Truth in Entertainment

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The mass audiences of entertainment compared to the thousands of small niches which make up this great multitude on overage function from groupthinks flaunting misconceptions rather than truth. Lunatic fringes on the extreme wings of entertainment present forms of art unavailable elsewhere, but the mass audiences prefer form over function and tiny white lies over uncomfortable truths in their entertainment, and their creations are available everywhere.

Truth in Entertainment

When the mass audiences are presented with truth, it can result in dangerous backlashes with internet campaigns and physical protestors calling out the entertainment producers for being racist, alt right, extreme left or belonging to other groupthink ideologies. But the reality is that racism, alt right and extreme left fringes exist in the world. Movies stray from truth to prevent these backlashes, and to satisfy the general mass audience of entertainment.

Tribe in Entertainment

Satisfying the tribes of the scene is the cream of the crop for the business machine that is entertainment. The groupthinks of America who expect certain things in their media shape what the most popular forms and creations of entertainment are. The forms and creations of entertainment that do no stray in these restrictions and would rather show truth are on average less popular than the movies that do. Tribalism in entertainment-expectations result in the same tropes repeating themselves more subconsciously than aught. For example, the Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter movies were very successful because they straid within the limits of ancient mythology and made a gesture of bringing this mythology back to life with tenacity.

Tribe and Truth in Entertainment

When tribes and truth are both being rendered at the same time in entertainment, beautiful things happen. These tend to be creations of entertainment that are not in the extreme fringes but the truth presented is still somewhat controversial and relevant to the mass audience of entertainment. Combining truth with tribalism gives content creators the tools they need to touch the hearts of as many people as possible, because it entertains not only the mass audience but many of the lunatic fringes as well. Use this knowledge responsibly for the greater good and you will entertain many people.

The Rhythm of a Tow Truck Driver in Halifax, Nova Scotia

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Have you found your rhythm yet? If yes, then you have cause to be excited. If not, then don’t fret because here’s a fascinating and inspirational story that may just help, and you’re not alone! In the City of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada there lives a profound example of how a person can find their rhythm late in life in an unexpected way. This is the story of Jack, a kind, wholehearted tow truck driver. Jack works long days, offering emergency roadside assistance, flat tire repair and various other tow truck Halifax services on a regular basis. His story is profound because, after decades of hopelessness, Jack found his rhythm in life at the age of 52. For most of his career as a tow truck Halifax service provider Jack had been unhappy with his life. He woke up angry often, getting out of bed before his body wanted to. But that would all change one faithful day when, as he put it in the interview we had, a miracle happened!

If you’re one of those people who have yet to find their life rhythm, you’ll be comforted to know that this kind of miracle Jack had isn’t uncommon. In fact, something very similar may happen to you tomorrow. Jack was driving his tow truck through the heart of Halifax when he got dispatched to provide a jump start boost for a distressed lady on the outskirts of the city. He pulled his tow truck into a gas station for fuel for his truck and coffee for himself before making the somewhat long drive out of town. Little did he know, this would be a day that changed his life forever.

Prior to this day, as previously alluded to, Jack wasn’t the happiest person. He was prone to depression, believing he had no purpose in life. His heart was beating, it seemed, but it wasn’t beating to a rhythm. It was beating to a tune that made no sense, and he didn’t know why he was alive. Now on this blessed day Jack was moments away from arriving at his destination to provide a jump start service. In the outskirts of Halifax, Jack’s tow truck turned up a gravel road where he saw a car with blinking lights up ahead. He suspected this was his customer who needed a boost, and he was right. Jack backed his truck up in front of the parked car and got his jumper cables out before walking over to greet the customer. Even though Jack wasn’t the happiest fellow, he was polite and always wore a smile when meeting new people even when he didn’t feel like it.

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A moment later Jack realized his customer was a beautiful woman about the same age has him, and though she had been distressed on the phone she smiled back at him and waved. At that moment a flutter of something Jack could only describe as rapture rippled through his fiber, and his palms started to sweat. Somewhat awkwardly, he said “hello” and asked if she could pop the hood of her car. She obeyed, and Jack went to work connecting the jumper cables to her engine. I’ll save you from the boring details by saying that the job went by smoothly, but something even more smooth was about to happen. Jack swore to himself as he closed down the hood and saw that woman’s face again that she was the finest, most elegant and majestic-looking lady he had ever seen in his entire life. Despite that, it meant little to him because he was suspicious of pretty women. He had always thought that appearances show nothing. It’s what’s inside that counts, after all. But then he heard her voice again and without even realizing it until much later he started to smile–a smile that wasn’t fake or pretended. Now you already know Jack, as a man serving customers with various tow truck Halifax services, had to force himself to smile, but not this time. He began to talk to her after she thanked him. She paid him in cash and part of him just wanted to hand her the money back because it felt like an honor to serve such a lovely lady.

Now this wasn’t the first time Jack had met such a well-willing woman while providing tow truck Halifax services. In fact, that’s only because he swore he had met this woman before. That fact made itself clear when she suddenly said, “Hey, weren’t you the guy who towed my car last year? That’s a strange coincidence, because this is only the second time in my life that I had to cal for towing services, and I could never forget that smile of yours. What’s your name, sir?”

Jack replied, stuttering a bit awkwardly, “Um, my name is Jack. I think I remember you, too.” They shook hands cordially, and Jack asked, “And you are?”

“Elizabeth.”

This was the day Jack found his life rhythm, for a great urge had swelled up from his heart to consume his entire body, and without even doing so purposefully, he blurted, “Can I take you out for dinner tonight?”

Elizabeth, the kind lady who had simply needed a jump start from a towing company while passing through Halifax, replied, almost as awkwardly as Jack had been speaking before, “Well, of course. It would be wrong to deny fate, after all.”

Indeed, it’s wrong to deny fate, and those are the exact words Jack said to her on their wedding 8 months later. Jack began to cry when he told me this story in person, because during the interview he realized he would never have met the bride of his dreams if he had never started working for a Halifax towing company all those years ago. Today, as you can imagine, Jack no longer has to fake his smile when he climbs into his tow truck in the morning. He does it willingly because he knows that this is his fate, his rhythm, and he lives the life the universe has gifted to him. Today, you can find Jack driving his his tow truck through the streets of Halifax NS with a wedding ring on his hand and a big beam on his face.

Now you know why this story is profound. Jack’s heart now pumps to a rhythm, and he knows his purpose. He’s not a religious man, but he can’t think of any other reason besides divinity that this miracle would come into his life. He’s so grateful to be able to live in his Halifax home, serving customers with jump starts, roadside assistance and all other towing services. A life that was once pointless is now sharp with meaning.

If this story inspired you, consider checking back for more. This blog has many posts you might find interesting, like this one. Until next time, I hope you remember that this miracle Jack faced isn’t rare, and one just like it is waiting for you, even if you don’t believe it is. Indeed, the universe works in mysterious ways….

Are You Rushing, Dragging or Staying in the Rhythm?

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Hello, everyone! Sorry I haven’t been posting all that much in the last while, but I got more free time these days and so here I am! As you know, this blog would like to ask you to find a rhythm in life. This is so important for our well-being. And now I got something for you that may clarify why finding a rhythm is so important.

My friend the other day was talking to me about music. Now as you know I love music because it’s all about rhythm. My friend told me about how a drummer can drag behind the rest of the band to make things sound off, and he can also rush on the drums to make the whole band sound off. Therefore, the key to being a good drummer is to stay in the right rhythm. Isn’t that powerful? I think that’s a great metaphor for life.

When you’re not dragging behind in your goals or rushing and doing things sloppily, that means you’re in the right place. You’re right where you want to be.

So throughout your day I recommend you keep asking the question, “Am I falling behind or moving too fast?” If your answer is “No!” then that’s a good thing. Find that rhythm and stay in it. Not always will it be easy to stay in it, but at least you’ll be able to know when things are a little off. Most people never consider this, so us lucky folk now have an upper hand. Remember this and use it often.

I hope you look forward to some new blog posts soon! Go back to the home page for more!

Creating New Memories

In a previous post I talk about memories that never fade. Never-fading memories are crucial to the want to make new memories, because, of course, the new memories you wish to create should be ones you want to remember in your old age. But how do you create new memories like this? The answer is rather simple: with intent! Creating new memories with intent means they have a pre-purpose, not just a purpose that you realize after the fact. But, then, we must ask, how do you create memories with intent? Let’s find out together!

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First we must define the word “intent.” What does it mean to you? To me, intent means with conscious awareness. So to make a memory with conscious awareness means to have a before-hand plan. Creating memories that never fade away, therefore, means doing things you’ve consciously prepared to do, like going on vacation, writing that book finally, and so on.

Some of the memories I wish to make are going on a week-long excursion through the woods with my brother, eating sushi in Japan with all my friends, and having my 80th birthday in a kid’s jungle gym with excess beverages. These kinds of memories are worth-while. But you don’t necessarily need to plan a memory in order for it to be memorable.

Sometimes the memories you create by accident or unintentionally are extraordinary, like spontaneously meeting up with your friends on a Tuesday. You can even argue that these spontaneous memories are more meaningful because they’re “natural” so to speak, and not pre-planned. A Christian might go as far to say as they’re rewards for good behavior, or “meant to be” in general. Spiritual people might say these spontaneous memories are a result of synchronicity, or being in the right place at the right time due to fate. A hardcore atheist/scientist might say they’re the result of self-fulfilling prophecies, which is technically no different than the former.

So with all this in mind I hope we can both create new memories that are worth remembering. Thanks for coming back for a nice read and I hope to see you back soon!

 

I Talked About Management

The last time I wrote to you guys near the end of my post I talked about me in a management position. Believe it or not I’ve been thinking constantly about this and my mind has been all over the place with regards to what field I will enter. I’ve thought about criminology, I’ve thought about painting, I’ve even thought about daycare… So my mind is really all over the place at this point and my confidence is slowly decreasing as I do want to find a final position where I can have retirement in sight… This has always been a challenging thing for me,(finding my life purpose). Remember when they asked us “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Well I am still trying to figure that out! (more…)

Derek In A Nut Shell

Well remember how I told you Derek got a job? Not only is Derek a ladies man, he also happens to be quite the con artist. He managed to pull some strings and get a management position with another window and gutter cleaning company… He claims to be “the best window and gutter cleaning expert around”. Now I have faith in him, more than most people, I will say that he is one of the hardest workers I know and if he sets his mind to something he will get it done. If he wants to be the best window and gutter cleaner then he most certainly can be. Derek is one of those unique individuals who can say something to themselves and have it become reality. 

He once told me he would be the best rower on his team, that year he was the reason a record was set in his division. That is Derek in a nutshell. 

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Be A Rascal

Do you love breaking rules? Or are you someone who colors in the lines and likes to stay inside the box?

 

Now the last thing in the world I want to do is offend anyone out there. This is a question I like to ask myself, I personally do everything I can to rid myself of any box form. I prefer a circle. Why a circle? So I am constantly finding the rhythm. Life is vibrations so we’ve been told, matter is simply vibrating at very high frequencies. Now if we are always moving whether we know it or not, wouldn’t you want to be moving in a manner where it continues to be constant? Not stopping at corners like you do in a box.

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