Author Archive: Susan White

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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Back And Forth

The Present Moment

 

If you have learned a little bit about me, you’d know I do my best to live for the moment. That is what this article is going to focus on, it’s going to be short as I do have to run to the store before it closes but I wanted to stop in as this is really all the time I have. I have been living in the moment to the best of my ability and the book I talked about previously has really brought light to this area of my life. Consciously and unconsciously I pop in and out of the moment, want to know my favorite reset? It’s a secret that I have shared with two different individuals and they both mean the world to me. I want to share it with the people who decide to read this. My reset is me saying “Thank you.”

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My Brother Connor.

Those Memories That Never Fade

 

It is truly hard to put into words what this man has done for me and my life. I think his specialty is pleasing people, you know how some people are considered ‘people pleasers’? Connor is one of them. Though it’s nice because all of his actions are altruistic, and he doesn’t get overwhelmed and look at himself as a ‘people pleaser’, this I truly find fascinating. Connor phoned me last night just to talk about life, it was such a wonderful surprise as I was folding my laundry (which I really did not want to be doing). He begun sharing with me what he’s been doing; he’s been studying architecture and has really begun spreading his wings with regards to exploring himself! He just recently got home from a Central America trip that he did not tell anyone of our family members about… This had me a little frustrated but I brushed it off, that is a huge adventure and for him to not share? Seems rather rude to me, but like I said, I brushed it off and we continued sharing stories. It’s been over eight months since we’ve seen each other and we both agreed that it’s time for a family gathering; looking to spend Christmas with the family this year!

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Cleaning Companies That You Can Count On

Wow, These Guys Deserve The Best

 

So everyone who has been following my blog knows I recently spent some time in Beautiful British Columbia, specifically in Victoria. Here is a link to one of my previous posts where I talk about all of the Pokemon players; such a funny yet awesome sequence of events… I’m writing this article because of the incredible phone call I just received from my nephew Derek. During my stay he ran into a serious leakage issue, it ended up causing both of us some grief during my stay; the issue was resolved and the company who cleared his roof and removed all the scattered debris actually mentioned a position of employment that was available. Fortunately for him, these window cleaners just got back in contact with him and offered him a job! I didn’t mention it before but another reason for my visit to the city was that Derek has been battling some serious financial issues and I was there to assist as well as obviously give him the support he deserves. I had to share as this has just completely lifted my day!

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