Thoughts on Thinking

"When somebody persuades me that I am wrong, I change my mind. What do you do?" John Maynard Keynes

"If you're unhappy with your life, change your thinking." Charles Fillmore

"The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it." Eckhart Tolle

"People are not disturbed by things, but by the view they take of them." Epictetus

"The unexamined life is not worth living." Socrates

"Consciousness is a terrible thing to waste." PunditGeorge

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory

Quite a solar storm of late!  What better time to take a moment and observe Old Sol by means of NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.

Sort of puts things in perspective, you know?

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Keeping Perspective

I know, it's been a while since a PunditGeorge post.  Some musings are forthcoming.  However, for Pi day, reflect on this marvelous journey to Andromeda.

As is said, "Problems?  We ain't got no stinkin' problems."  Certainly not, when put in perspective.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Mardi Gras Parade!

The Krewe of Highland Parade, Shreveport, Louisiana.  A funky catch-all parade of one hundred floats, carts, and whatevers.  Here's a sample of the fun had on Feb. 15, 2015 in Shreveport's Highland neighborhood.

Thursday, February 05, 2015

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERNET - "We're here to help you."

Yes, you've heard that.  The government stepping in to make life better for you, or to make it more fair, or more whatever.  An 800 pound gorilla in your house is going to be felt all the time.  So, when thinking about inviting regulation of the internet, keep this in mind:

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Hero of the Environment - February 2015

 The February 2015 issue of National Geographic featured a photo spread on a looming environmental menace:

The threat of Kudzu, the wickedly fast-growing vine that literally smothers anything that moves slower (about a foot per day) was well known by the infamous Scotch & Cinema Society.  In its 1980 made-for-cable-television feature video, Walking Gall, kudzu is manipulated by the evil Doktor K in a effort to seize control of a certain city.  A cadre of citizens hazard the landscape and literally attack the kudzu in an effort to root it out.  Thus, we hail these few as Hero of the Environment, for their noble effort.

(Featured in this clip are Chester Delacruz as Dutch Treat leading the charge, and Reece Middleton as Reace DeGrease, rooting for the kudzu.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Declare A Happy New Year 2015

Do you mean it?  A Happy New Year, 2015?  It’s not a wish.  It’s a matter of intent.

One simple declaration will make all the difference.  Attach the declaration to the beginning of every thought and you’ll be astonished.  Okay, ready?

“It is fun to ________________________________.”

Simple.  Uncomplicated.  Heck, it’ll even make pleasant those  New Year’s Resolutions:

“It is fun to plan to lose weight.”  It’s not necessary to “wait” until the weight is lost to have fun.
“It is fun to choose what I eat.”  If a healthier diet is in the plan, then have fun with it now.
“It is fun to de-clutter the house/office.”  Think about how much better it is without the mess rather than fixating on the mess.
“It is fun to have the car serviced.”  It’s fun to be able to drive where I want to go.
“It is fun to pay more attention to_____.”  Fill in the blank.
“It is fun to be around healthy, happy people.”  Duh.
“It is fun to pay the bills.”   For each bill you received some service or product.  Enjoy that!

2015 - The Year of Perspective
You get the idea.  The more you do it, the easier it becomes.  In fact, if you really intend to have a fun 2015, and you begin using this declaration January 1, by the beginning of March you’ll think like this habitually.  You won’t pay much attention to that fact because you’ll be having such a good time.

Of course, if you don’t really believe that you could/should/ought to have a continuous good time, then you won’t.  It’s the intention that rules, a.k.a. expectation.   If you look for the fun in anything, you’ll find it.  If you look for something else, you’ll find that.  What is consistent is that you will find and experience what you expect, what you look for, and what you give your attention to.

If you truly want a fun 2015, use the magic word as well.  Go whole-hog – complaint free!
How much delight can you have in 2015?  All you want.

Now there will be those who will not approve of  your delight.  They are looking at the misery, injustice, pain, suffering and lack in life.    Unless you are devoting your time and energy looking for the same, then you're not helping the less fortunate.  Those who get what you are doing, get it.  Those who don’t, can’t.  Denying any good thing/experience for yourself does not magically provide a good thing/experience for someone else.  People experience what they expect and experience cannot change until attention and expectation shift.  The best way to truly "help" someone live happier, healthier, etc., is to be so yourself.  At some point they may begin to "get it" from proximity to your attitude.

Happy New Year!  (If you want it.)