2014 You Are History


This New Year coming up, I say resolve to set goals. Blah, blah freakin blah. This seems to be the tone of nearly all my emails I receive over the holidays and to tell you the truth I’m so freakin tired of people and organizations trying to save me. Well, I don’t want to be saved. I don’t want to join your “church,” mine is just fine. I’m using the analogy of the church to replace businesses and organizations as they seem to be the ones trying to save me. Well, I don’t need to be saved. I can’t afford your service nor’ do I want it so stop sending me your freakin emails and posts telling me that everything I’ve been doing to this point in my life is wrong, and you’re going to tell me that with using your way I’ll be a better all around person and have wealth beyond belief. All I have to do is join your group and pay you what a cup of my morning coffee costs. Well, I don’t get my morning fix from Starfucks; mine comes from the coffee machine downstairs, and the cost is far less. It certainly doesn’t cost seven bucks, (that would make the Canadian cost about ten bucks). My cost for a cup of coffee can be rated in cents not dollars. So if I can join your “church” for pennies well now you have my attention, just my attention and no, I’m not going to pay you, so I might see the light as well.

How many of you have seen the commercial that starts off saying, (I’m just paraphrasing) is your computer running slow well? That’s because while you’re surfing you pick up little pieces of dirt or maybe even a virus. We’ll I’m the lord, and I’m going to help you fix all that with our free download. Just download this program and it will fix everything for you in just minutes. So you download this program, run it, and it shows you all the crap in your computer. At this moment in time, you’re impressed, so you press the little button that says FIX, only to find out that in order to fix your computer it will cost you $34.99. Now I may not be the brightest bulb on the tree but where I come from that’s called bait and switch. Just another cash crab.

So have I gotten your attention yet. I really do hope all this goes away in the new year, but it probably won’t so we just have to be smarter in the coming of the new year. Make all your resolutions but the one to keep is BE SMARTER.
It’s OK if you break all the others just do yourself a favour and keep this one. Oh yeah please add, love, peace and understanding. From the bottom of heart and soul, I believe that might be the answer. What we really need is those three things, love one another, peace can be within our grasp if we try a little understanding. I don’t see it being all that confusing.

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Now moving ahead let’s take a look at where we are and what we mean in the grand scheme of things. There it is one of the most overused phrases in our time, “The Grand Scheme of Things.” What it mean exactly? I believe we all think something different. So let’s take a look back at 2014.

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings, but shorter tempers; wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less; we buy more, but enjoy it less.

We have bigger houses and smaller families; more conveniences, but less time; we have more degrees, but less sense; more knowledge, but less judgment; more experts, but more problems; more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry too quickly, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too seldom, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often. We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life; we’ve added years to life, not life to years.

We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbor. We’ve conquered outer space, but not inner space. We’ve done larger things, but not better things.

We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We’ve split the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information to produce more copies than ever, but have less communication.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion; tall men, and short character; steep profits, and shallow relationships. These are the times of world peace, but domestic warfare; more leisure, but less fun; more kinds of food, but less nutrition.

These are days of two incomes, but more divorce; of fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one-night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer to quiet, to kill.

It is a time when there is much in the show window and nothing in the stockroom; a time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete.

I’ll be back with the podcast on January 5th, with a bit of a time change, now the show will be moving to the afternoon at 2pm instead of 7pm. And Saturdays at 2pm as well. The reason for the change is in large part due to the fact that most of you get the program on demand so the time really doesn’t matter. If this change is not something, you’re not in favor of. Please Please let me know by leaving a comment here.
So I guess that’s about it for this year. All that’s left is for me to wish you a sincere Happy New Year, filled with love, peace and understanding in the coming year.
Thank you and goodnight,
Niel

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