Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Life's lessons are often learned but rarely remembered.
What's the best way to learn to ride a bike? Training wheels? Nope. Gravity.
Gravity is your reality whether you understand it or not.
You won't escape it and eventually the ground comes up to meet you with one hundred percent accuracy.
Here comes the boring part. Perhaps you've already stopped reading because you're feeling a math exercise approaching?
Everyone is faced with making economic decisions every single day. You are programmed at a young age to incorporate factors such as popularity, cost comparisons, and even irrational emotional reactions when making these decisions. So you struggle through life making the same unconscious economic decisions others make that continue to drain your never adequate income.
And that's the first boring economic lesson:
1. Your income will never be adequate to escape gravity. Never. You can trade your health for wealth but the ground still comes up to meet you.
Here's where we could wax the philosophical hair right off the Neanderthal psyche in bold ripping motions exposing the raw meaning of life. But that would be like petting a burning dog...a painful distraction with no upside.
Try and stay on target here. Economics and Gravity.
The second economic lesson?
2. Consuming your valuable time agonizing over trivial economic decisions actually costs you more than you realize. And trivial is not defined by the size of the purchase. It's defined by gravity again.
What does that mean? Well, quite simply, it means do you value your time in free-fall? Or have you succumbed to filling that time with distractions?
And today's third lesson is a lesson everyone eventually learns...typically too late.
3. Every economic decision is trivial. Every single one. Other decisions are more important and will impact your life with greater magnitude.
It's up to you to figure out what those are. Don't take too long. Gravity taught you how to ride your bike and it's busy making sure you'll eventually learn the meaning of life. And since there's no blog in Heaven and probably not one in Hell either, it's unlikely you'll be sharing that lesson with the people who matter to you.
Big sky above you, a river inside. Much to learn, you still have, Padawons.
Much to learn, Much to remember.
the meaning of life
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Stay tuned for a guest blog and then you will understand today's title.
I'd like to share with you a little snippet of funny courtesy of small town, homegrown radio. It's called the trading post and people call in and try to sell their crap or get some crap. Then the station posts the items online. More than likely to avoid another type of blitzkrieg where people are calling in and asking "What's the number for the cats?"
Here are a two exchanges between me and a friend regarding some of these calls.
> CALLER #9 looking for tote goat or scooter ***-5231
> I've never heard of a tote goat? What do you suppose that is?
You know, when you need to take your goat with you. All the serious
goat herders use them now. Once they started wearing business attire, all
the goat herders that were still using leashes were just looked down
upon... especially at Herd-Con conventions. The cow tote hasn't been as
Read #2 and # 6
> CALLER #2 3 CATS NEED TO FIND HOMES 3**-2442
> CALLER #3 2 COUCHES AND SIDE CHAIR $50 3**-2199
> CALLER #4 4 WHEELER TIRES SOME WITH RIMS $20 FOR ALL AND LOOKING FOR A GAS
> STOVE 3**-8372
> CALLER #5 SEWING MACHINE IN CABINET 3**-1739
> CALLER #6 LOOKING FOR TWO KITTENS 3**-2079
Yes, I agree... Cats do need to find homes. Stupid homeless cats.
Caller number 6 should check in the cabinet, that's where the sewing
Why did Caller #6 even call in??? Did they not just hear Caller #2 say,
"hey, I have some cats, you want em?"
The funniest part is the fact that these are still funny. You would think
that eventually the person posting these would just write, "For sale:
three cats." Or, "WTB: two kittens."
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