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Thoughts, World Issues

The Problem with Pokemon Go

No Comments 04 January 2017

I first started writing this post when Pokemon Go was released in the summer. I saw the immediate impact it had on some friends and how incredibly distracting it was.

As the weeks went by and more and more people got onto the app, the number of articles increased. It became clear that there were a lot of people who believed that Pokemon Go was helping them be more active. However, it takes about 6 months to establish a habit (read The Power of Habit) and so any data after only a few weeks to a few months doesn’t mean much.

There were even some articles claiming specifics such as “Pokemon Go helped me lose XX amount of weight”. However, regardless of the outcome of the app or the impact it had on the users, I knew that it would fade very quickly over time, just like any other video game or app does.

And now, 6 months later, it has.

The problem with spending hours and hours daily on a new video game or app is that eventually it will lose its appeal and people will be looking for the next new thing. As Philip Zimbardo talks about, we have an arousal addiction which is different than say, a drug addiction. A drug addiction is more of the same whereas an arousal addiction is more of something different.

This is having a huge impact on boys especially in health, relationships and education to name a few.

It’s important that we focus on the long term skills, passions and hobbies that will have a positive impact on our lives. If people are claiming that Pokemon Go is helping people lose weight, what happens when that person no longer plays the game 3, 4, 5 months after it’s released? We need to encourage people to get into a sport, into the gym, to take fitness classes or get into a workout routine like P90X at home. Something that will be around for more than a few months.

Encourage kids to play a sport instead of a video game.

Get into singing rather than getting into a new tv series.

Etc….

If we give in to our arousal addictions, we will continue to create a society of mediocrity, a society where we’re ok with people not excelling in a field that adds to the value of the world.

What would have happened if the Wright Brothers got distracted and never invented an airplane? That would have been a tragedy. We can do better. But video game companies, mobile app companies, the porn industry don’t care about us. They just care about the bottom line. Making more money. But at what cost to us?

 

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Music, World Issues

NPR Tiny Desk Concert w/ Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

No Comments 30 June 2016

I first heard the Macklemore Tiny Desk Concert on NPR about 3 years ago and to this day it has remained one of my favourite music sessions. The lyrics, the music, the setting and the quality are all incredible. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have!

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Thoughts, World Issues

Expanding Your Domain of Control

No Comments 20 May 2016

If you are like most people, then you sweat the small stuff that you cannot control. Small stuff that other people do which may or may not have anything to do with you. But you let it affect your day.

But it doesn’t have to be like that. If you decide to get kratom extract you can live a life that is more relaxed, more easy going and has less stress.

How?

Work on expanding your domain of control. It’s very simple in theory but hard in practice.

For myself, it’s taken me a while to get to this point but it’s through a combination of dealing with my mom’s death, speaking in front of hundreds of kids, finding my path and pursuing my passion.

When you expand your domain of control, you learn to focus more on what you can control rather than on what you cannot control.

You also learn to realize that a lot of what happens isn’t personal and is someone else’s attempt at controlling you. Your friends. Your family. Your co-workers. Your partner.

When you expand your domain of control, you will find that your stress will immediately be reduced and even when you get into stressful situations, you will be more calm and capable of dealing with things.

For example, if your neighbour’s hedge is 2 inches too high according to the local bylaw, SO? Let it be 2 inches too high.

If someone’s insecurities cause them to make a decision that you don’t like, SO? Move on. It’s their issue to deal with.

When someone in government does something stupid, SO? Everyone makes mistakes, tries to get attention and ultimately is a person just like anyone else. Just because they are an elected official, why focus on the small details? Let what they do or don’t do go.

I’m not saying have a more apathetic life. I’m simply saying to realize when something happens that you cannot control.

It can be summed up in this simple quote:

“You must control what you can; cope with what you cannot.”

Each person is different. The larger your domain of control, the more impact you’ll have on the world and the less you’ll care about what is happening locally. The smaller your domain of control, the less impact you’ll have globally and the more you’ll care about what is happening locally.

I’ve learned that I would rather have less of an impact on a larger number of people than have more of an impact on a smaller number of people. So I see my domain of control being much larger than most people. Which means that I tend to care less about what is happening locally and not be as involved on a local level because I am more focused on having a global impact.

So I challenge you to look at your domain of control. Should you expand or contract it? No matter what you decide, make sure that you are living within that. Because I think problems arise when we try to leave our domain or don’t realize what belongs inside that domain.

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Misc, Relationships, Thoughts, World Issues

The Paradoxical Commandments

No Comments 08 July 2015

by Dr. Kent M. Keith

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.

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Thoughts, World Issues

What Would Chairs Look Like If Our Knees Bent the Other Way?

2 Comments 13 December 2013

Challenge conventional thinking and don’t buy into marketing. Dairy farmers want us to buy more milk so all of their commercials will be about convincing us that dairy milk is good for us. Running shoe companies want to sell more shoes so all of their commercials will be about convincing us about the benefits of their shoes.

But they don’t tell it like it ACTUALLY is. Don’t be a sheep. Think about what you read, what you hear, what you see. Be a smart consumer. Here some some examples of what I’m talking about:

Stop drinking dairy milk. Source: Read The China Study

Most office chairs are terrible for you and it’s better to stand and move around unless you get a proper chair like the
best recliners or realize why sitting for so long is bad for you. Source: Watch
Olympic Weightlifter and Personal Trainer Curtis Howden Talk About Proper Sitting

Stop wearing running shoes with thick soles and instead switch to barefoot shoes. It’s how we were naturally built to run. Source: Read Born to Run; Read/Watch Tim Ferriss Talking about Barefoot

Drugs don’t fix health issues, but resurgencebehavioralhealth do, visit their homepage for more info. The idea of a “pill for an ill” needs to stop. Depression can be corrected for many people through nutritional therapy. Many mental disorders exist due to lack of nutrition. Big pharm wants us to believe that we are sick, that are need help when in reality they’re not helping us at all – they’re just making HUGE profits. Source: CCHR; Watch Food Matters

Realize that religion is a business and all of the characters in religious stories are just allegorical representations of the planets and the stars. The characters are used to formulate stories to help guide our lives. But don’t believe for a second that the characters actually existed as we’re told to believe. Source: Watch Zeitgeist

Understand that many of the diseases plaguing our society are in fact preventable through proper nutrition, exercise and stress reduction. Source: Watch Hungry for Change & Food Matters; Read The China Study

If you aren’t about where to start, you can start by watching Penn & Teller: Bullshit! You’ll learn why bottled water, the bible, feng shui, recycling, the end of the world, self help, and many other topics are bullshit. It’s a very thought provoking series that includes discussions on both sides of the issues.

If something seems too good to be true, or we need to be told what to believe, it probably isn’t true. We know less about nutrition today than ever before. People are sicker today than ever before.

Oh, and to answer the initial question “What would chairs look like if our knees bent the other way?” Quite possibly this:

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Thoughts, World Issues

The Demise of Guys – What is Going On?

No Comments 23 July 2012

Have you heard of “The Demise of Guys“? If you haven’t, you should check out the website. It makes sense, it’s clear to me by talking to my friends and hearing what is going on in our society. We are a society driven by business – in this case the video game industry and the pornographic industry. Both fantasy industries. We’re creating these worlds where men can realize their fantasies but then when they’re back in the “real world” they realize they can never satisfy those desires. Videos games and porn are like drugs. But drugs that are affecting their social skills and intimacy in a frighteningly fast way.

Some takeaways from the video –

– guys are out of sync romantically and socially

– guys drop out of school at a 30% higher rate than girls

– girls are outperforming guys at all academic levels

– guys are developing a fear of intimacy

– guys prefer online activities to in person activities (video games, porn)

– guys have an arousal addiction

– guys will have played, by the time they are 21, an average of 10,000 hours of video games, mostly by themselves (the same time it takes to master a skill) and they would probably would have heard a thousand OverWatch News throughout the years.

– guys will watch on average 50 porn clips a week (note: for every 400 Hollywood movies, there are 11,000 porn movies produced)

What do you think can be done?

Personally, I think we need to start spreading the awareness for this issue. I don’t have either of these issues but there are millions of guys out there who do. By them being aware it’s a problem, they will be able to recognize that within themselves (hopefully) and start working on fixing it before it’s too late, and don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with checking the mycsgoboosting.com site once in a while, but there has to be a balance.

Check out the video below. Some really interesting learning points.

Beefs, Movember, Technology, TED, Thoughts, World Issues

There is Simply Too Much – Charities, Technology and Stuff

2 Comments 30 August 2011

I need to rant for a second.

I’m so tired of all the charities/foundations that are being created. There seems to be a run/fundraiser every weekend and with the report from the CBC that the Canadian Cancer Society spent more money on fundraising than on research (view it here) – and that is after mesothelioma explained and the rest of vital information found, – when is this going to stop? Seriously. I just heard about Septembeard which dilutes all the hard work Movember has done to build their brand.

Why can’t we have 1 charity per cause instead of there being so many and spreading the resources so thin?

I was lucky enough to attend TEDxCalgary in 2010 and heard a presentation called The Pendulum of Marketing given by Michael Drew (http://marketingforhippies.com/the-civic-cycle/). The video might be blocked in your country but the basic idea is that every 40 years or so, there is a cycle of human behaviour and as is clearly obvious, we’re in a very civic cycle where everyone wants to help out and give back to their community. As you can well imagine, people will eventually grow tired of this cycle and we will then move back into a phase where we will be more focused on ourselves and more frugal with our time and our energy. It’s going to come to a head – look at how inundated we are with technology – everyone is always on their cell phones so much that we have to come out with a law that prevents people from being on their phone while driving. Most of us are guilty of this and the people I’ve met who never have also apply that strict moral judgement in other areas of their lives and are better off for it.

When we’re out with a friend eating dinner, what does it say to them if we’re on our phone txting someone else? Is it not the same thing if we were talking to someone at another table instead of talking to our friend? And if we consider them different, perhaps that’s the problem. Do we think there are different levels of awareness and it’s better to give our friend 10% of our attention instead of 0%. Well I’ll tell you what, it’s not.

We need to start taking back our time. Perhaps I’m falling into this cycle myself as I’m already moving into the next cycle but I’ve had enough. I’ve done Movember, I’ve done the Relay for Life. They are all well meaning charities run by passionate, amazing people. But there are just too many and they’re not effective in what they’re aiming to do.

Let’s take back our lives and realize that we need to start putting ourselves first because if we don’t, then we’re going to lose ourselves.

Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got. – Janis Joplin

It’s ok to say no. It’s ok to be selfish. Realize what’s important. Realize what you love. And surround yourself with that.

Beefs, Music, Thoughts, World Issues

For Those Who “Hate” Bands/Types of Music

No Comments 09 April 2010

Everyone I know listens to music and loves at least one genre. There are also many people who hate certain types of music (some examples of people I know are country and heavy metal haters). But that doesn’t mean that any certain type of music is “bad”. And, for popular artists (ie Nickelback, Celine Dion) I always find it interesting when people say that they hate them because they’re “bad”. Or that all of Nickelback’s songs sound the same. Or that other people don’t know good music.

Well, I think those people are foolish and silly.  Who can really say if a band as big as Nickelback is bad? They’re not. Millions of people love them (myself included). There aren’t any bands that I “hate”. Rarely can you find a band/type of music who I won’t listen to. I appreciate them for what they are – artists. They are doing what they love to do and there are many of them who are really good at what they do.

I give props to anyone who writes music, performs in front of thousands of people, produces an album, etc. They exist as they do because they entertain us and some of them do it so well that they are very very rich. Who wouldn’t want to do what they love and make a lot of money from it? I certainly wouldn’t complain.

I just find it really tiring, annoying and a waste for when people have so much hatred for something. If you really don’t like something that much, don’t waste energy “hating” them/it. Use that energy in a positive way and direct it towards doing something good or spending your time doing something you love.

Just a suggestion for all you “haters”.

It’s much more fun loving something than hating something.

And much more rewarding.

Thoughts, World Issues

Problem – When it depends on marketing and not reality…

No Comments 05 March 2010

So I have an issue with the problem of charities, causes and companies who make a difference yet their success depends on their ability to market.

If you’ve read Freakonomics, you can get a bit of a sense for what I’m talking about. For example, people are more afraid of guns killing children than children drowning yet way more kids drown in swimming pools than are killed by guns.

In a similar (but much less morbid) way, a company like the Canadian Red Cross’s success for blood donations doesn’t depend on the actual impact it has on our lives but rather on the Red Cross’s ability to inform the public about donating blood. However, their tagline “Blood – it’s in you to give” is such an accurate line that I wish more people would realize just how important it is to donate and go on a regular basis; not simply when they feel compelled after seeing a commercial.

As well, when the earthquake hit Haiti, the world came together in a huge way and sent a ton of aid to those in need; however, what about all the people in our own country and cities who need our help? Why don’t we help them out instead/as well as?

I’m all for helping causes that matter but I think instead of being influenced by marketing and being told that “for less than a dollar a day…” etc, we should instead really think about what we care about and support those causes – either with our time or our money. There are so many reports about how organizations don’t allocate the money they receive very evenly (ie too much goes to administration costs) or how a lot of the money never reaches the intended target due to legal issues so instead I think we should think more locally where we can be sure that our help will have a real impact.

We see so many commercials but if everyone wants our money perhaps don’t give it to anyone; instead why not give them our time? Just a thought.

Thoughts, World Issues

Who Do You Listen To?

No Comments 15 November 2009

When you want to do something, whether it’s apply for a job, try out for a sports team or set a goal, who do you listen to?

Do you let your friends tell you what you can or cannot do?

Do you let your parents?

Your boss?

Or yourself?

Of everyone, shouldn’t you listen to yourself?

So why is it that so often we let what others say dictate our decisions? Why don’t we instead know what we want, believe in ourself and go for it? By not doing something we fail. By doing it, the worst case is fail; best case is success. So there is no do not; there is only do. Think about that. And go for it.

Thoughts, World Issues

Dealing with the Cause…Not the Result…

No Comments 11 August 2009

I’ve read a few articles now which deal with this issue. The first was from  and an interview with President Obama. They were asking him a lot of religious questions and one in particular, they asked him about abortion. He spoke about unplanned pregnancies and how instead of focusing on the actual fact that they are pregnant and what we should do about that, we should instead focus on why they’re becoming pregnant in the first place. Prevention versus treatment of the issue(not to say treatment isn’t important…but it doesn’t solve the core problem)

The second article I read was from Seth Godin’s blog and it was titled “Bear Shaving“. Seth is a leader in market thinking and has some great perceptions into how things are done, how they should be done, and why they end up being done the way they are. He used several examples but the one about bears spoke to shaving a bear so it could deal with global warming instead of actually dealing with the global warming issue.

There exist many examples of “bear shaving” and the way to fix this approach is two-fold. Find a way to treat the issue, but more importantly, find a prevention to the issue. We tend to focus on the treatment because it’s in our face. It’s a short term solution and so we feel as though something is being done when in reality it’s not at all. We need to shift out thinking and realize that we need to educate people about things that are happening to cause the issue in the end.

A great example of this is the obesity problem. There are so many drug companies developing all these “miracle” cures and pills and drinks and diets and it’s all Bullshit. What we need to do (and watch The Biggest Loser for proof) is to 1) Eat well and 2) Exercise. This needs to start with our children. When I was a kid I played sports, my mom/dad would cook for us and we never had to worry about weight. But, as our kids grow up and have kids of their own, the problem only gets worse. Families who don’t know about proper nutrition and exercise need to be educated. Our kids need to get back into sports and eat less junk. This will lead to a larger prevention of obesity. Diets and drugs only work so long. There needs to be a shift in our thinking. And healthier people equals happier people equals a better world.

The next time you encounter a problem, ask yourself “am I about to shave a bear?”

Thoughts, World Issues

Some People Just Won’t Like You…

No Comments 28 July 2009

I’d like to introduce this post with an excerpt from Martin Luther King Jr’s speech titled “Love Your Enemies” on November 17, 1957.

Now, I’m aware of the fact that some people will not like you, not because of something you have done to them, but they just won’t like you. I’m quite aware of that. Some people aren’t going to like the way you walk; some people aren’t going to like the way you talk. Some people aren’t going to like you because you can do your job better than they can do theirs. Some people aren’t going to like you because other people like you, and because you’re popular, and because you’re well-liked, they aren’t going to like you. Some people aren’t going to like you because your hair is a little shorter than theirs or your hair is a little longer than theirs. Some people aren’t going to like you because your skin is a little brighter than theirs; and others aren’t going to like you because your skin is a little darker than theirs.

But after looking at these things and admitting these things, we must face the fact that an individual might dislike us because of something that we’ve done deep down in the past, some personality attribute that we possess, something that we’ve done deep down in the past and we’ve forgotten about it; but it was that something that aroused the hate response within the individual. That is why I say, begin with yourself. There might be something within you that arouses the tragic hate response in the other individual.

What do we do when we encounter someone who doesn’t like us?

There are 2 things we can do.

The first is to not worry about it. Life is too short to worry what someone else thinks of us. If they can’t like us for who we are then that’s their problem; not ours.

And the second, as Dr. King alludes to, is that perhaps there is something within us which has evoked the emotion of dislike from the other person. If that exists, explore that. If it doesn’t, then see scenario number 1 above.

Thoughts, World Issues

Those Who Are Always Difficult

No Comments 17 May 2009

We all know someone like this.

  • You say how you read that something wasn’t great – but they say that the person who wrote that is an idiot.
  • You say how you’re loving a song by a band – and they say how terrible that band is
  • You give your opinion about something – and they say that your opinion is stupid.

Why do these people behave this way? Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. That’s the great thing about everyone being different. But what compels them to shoot down someone else’s opinion? In the grand scheme of things, noone is really ever “right”. When someone says a movie is bad…that’s their opinion. There’s no way to determine if it’s bad or not; it’s all subjective. So why do people insist on trying to be that? I think the best thing you can do is appreciate everyone for being an individual and having their own opinion and cherish everyone for being their own person. And for those people who choose to knock other people; they’re not worth the time.

Thoughts, World Issues

Someone In Need

No Comments 03 March 2009

When you’re in a rush, would you stop to help someone else out?

When you’re stuck in traffic late for work, would you stop and help someone change a flat tire?

When you’re late for an appointment and someone gets stuck, do you help push them out?

Why not? Because it’s not your fault that they need help?
Because your appointment is more important than helping them out?

What if they are on their way to an important surgery?

What if the situation was reversed?

Case in point:

In September 2005, I was jogging before I had to leave to teach skating lessons. My plan was to finish my run around 4, jump on the bus and be at skating for 5. However, as I was nearing the end of my run, I passed by an older woman who was having a hard time walking. I passed by her, but turned around and started walking backwards to see if she would be ok. She ended up grabbing ahold of a lamp post and slumped down. I ran back to see if she was ok. I didn’t have my phone on me, but went to a construction drill site across the street, borrowed their phone and after getting her number, called her house; no answer. Luckily another woman was walking by and told me there was a fire station close by, so we took the older woman there so they could help her out. They took my information and called me the next day. Apparently she had gone for a walk but had gotten disoriented, walked something like 30 blocks away from her house and had gotten lost. They took her home, her husband had been very worried about her and they sent me a certificate in the mail thanking me for helping her out. I was a bit late for work, but I understood that helping her out was more important than getting to work on time.

I encourage you that the next time you’re in a rush and see someone needing help, take a few seconds to think about giving them a hand. You never know when you might need help from someone else.

Thoughts, World Issues

All Work and No Play…

No Comments 21 February 2009

Do you ever get down and it seems to perpetuate and you wonder what’s going on with you, and then other people start to notice as well? Does it happen to correspond with a lack of exercise/eating properly? Funny how they seem to go hand in hand.

Now, I’m no expert on the psychology or nutrition but I’ve talked to several people who are and it seems to be a simple formula to me.

Exercise + healthy eating = Your body and mind working better

Our bodies are the most elaborate machine ever created. If you think about how much we take care of our cars and our houses and other things we’ve bought, doesn’t it seem odd that we don’t put the same care into the maintenance of our bodies and minds? Sure we haven’t purchased those, but our bodies and minds make life possible and without those, we don’t have anything else.

At times it’s easy to lose track of what we’re doing because we get caught in all the bullshit of our daily lives, but if we take the time everyday to do something good for our bodies and minds you will definitely notice your “machine” running much more efficiently.

Even 30 mins per day of something. Go for a run. Read a good book. Go to bed 30 minutes early. Take the time to make time for yourself.

Thoughts, World Issues

Believing in Something

No Comments 15 February 2009

I watched The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, for the 2nd time, tonight. And wow. Although I knew the story line and what to expect, it still moved me. There are many levels to this movie and many things I could talk about, but I also don’t want to give the movie away for those who haven’t watched it.

I want to talk about what is right. And for whom. The Germans thought that it was right to capture Jews and kill them. We obviously know that it’s wrong to persecute someone based on their beliefs (well at least we should). I’ve talked to people about this and there is a fine line between what people define as religion and a belief system. A religion doesn’t (IMHO) allow for interpretation. Whatever is written is what you have to believe and follow. A belief system allows you to pick and choose what you believe in for every situation. I believe in the latter. And I believe that religion has caused more harm to man (err human)kind than anything else. Why? Because people get very angry when someone doesn’t share their belief.

But let’s take this a step further.

What is the right job to have?
What are the right clothes to wear?
What is the right car to buy?

We are so concerned about what is right and what matters to other people instead of doing something for us and because that is what we believe in. Ok sure, people can believe they should have a Coach purse because by having one, that means you are in style. However, why do we believe this? Were it not for marketing (the whole goal of which is to attempt to tell us what we WANT to have). Not that we should make a decision. But that we “want” a particular type of purse or car or watch.

Why won’t we ignore all the noise and bullshit which we’re exposed to on a daily basis and make our own decisions based on what we truly WANT to have. Think about growing up. What did you have. What made you happy? I can guarantee that growing up I didn’t have a lot of possessions or eat out a lot, but I’m not going to give my kids all that I “didn’t have”. I had more than most could ever dream of; a loving family, all the opportunity in the world to play sports and best of all, parents who cared enough to teach me about being a good person. For that, I will be forever grateful.

All I’m saying is that you shouldn’t believe something because someone says so. If a kid is bullying someone, step in and stop them. Let’s start caring more about what matters instead of the extra crap that we spend so much time and money worrying about.

If we did this, our world would be a much more aware place to live in and people would care so much more about each other.

How great would that be?

Events, Family, Remembrance Day, Thoughts, Videos, World Issues

Remembrance Day – Please Take a Moment

No Comments 11 November 2008

Tuesday, November 11 is Remembrance Day in Canada. In case you forget why we take 2 minutes of silence to remember those who have died, watch this video and read the lyrics. The video/song is called A Pittance of Time, by Terry Kelly.

A Pittance Of Time 4:43
Written by Terry Kelly © Jefter Publishing – SOCAN

They fought and some died for their homeland.
They fought and some died, now it’s our land.
Look at his little child; there’s no fear in her eyes.
Could he not show respect for other dads who have died?

Take two minutes, would you mind?
It’s a pittance of time,
For the boys and the girls who went over.
In peace may they rest, may we never
forget why they died.
It’s a pittance of time.

God forgive me for wanting to strike him.
Give me strength so as not to be like him.
My heart pounds in my breast, fingers pressed to my lips,
My throat wants to bawl out, my tongue barely resists.

But two minutes I will bide.
It’s a pittance of time,
For the boys and the girls who went over.
In peace may they rest.
May we never forget why they died.
It’s a pittance of time.

Read the letters and poems of the heroes at home.
They have casualties, battles, and fears of their own.
There’s a price to be paid if you go, if you stay.
Freedom’s fought for and won in numerous ways.

Take two minutes, would you mind?
It’s a pittance of time,
For the boys and the girls all over.
May we never forget, our young become vets.
At the end of the line,
It’s a pittance of time.

It takes courage to fight in your own war.
It takes courage to fight someone else’s war.
Our peacekeepers tell of their own living hell.
They bring hope to foreign lands that hate mongers can’t kill.

Take two minutes, would you mind?
It’s a pittance of time,
For the boys and the girls who go over.
In peacetime our best still don battle dress
And lay their lives on the line.
It’s a pittance of time

In peace may they rest,
Lest we forget why they died.
Take a pittance of time.

Events, Remembrance Day, Thoughts, World Issues

Flanders Fields – John McCrae

No Comments 11 November 2008

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders Fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders Fields.

Events, Movember, World Issues

Movember – Help Support a Great Cause!

No Comments 29 October 2008

For the month of November, I will be growing a mustache and raising money for a charity called Movember that promotes the awareness of prostate cancer. Some fast facts about prostate cancer:

  • Every year around 24,700 Canadian men are diagnosed with prostate cancer and about 4,300 die of the disease, making it the number one cancer threat to Canadian men.
  • 1 in 7 men will develop prostate cancer in their lifetime.
  • All men over the age of 40 are potentially at risk and should talk to their doctor about the disease and early detection, they can all go to the asecra.com site and find the perfect doctor. Prostate cancer is 95% curable if detected and treated early. Just like other infections, they can cause many nonspecific symptoms, which are information on treatment that can be caused by a number of illnesses. They indicate that your body is responding to an infection.

Help me out by clicking the donate button and do your part in helping to save lives! I will be taking pictures of my mustache growth everyday and posting them here to show that I’m commited to the cause. I appreciate your support!

Misc, Thoughts, World Issues

Freedom

No Comments 26 August 2008

What does freedom mean?

Does it relate more to the political definition: “the absence of interference with the sovereignty of an individual by the use of coercion or aggression”

Or the philosophical argument: “the idea of being free, is a broad concept that has been given numerous interpretations by philosophies and schools of thought. The protection of interpersonal freedom can be the object of a social and political investigation, while the metaphysical foundation of inner freedom is a philosophical and psychological question”

I like to rather think of freedom as doing what you want (that which makes you happy) and feeling that you can do what you want when you want (granted much of this “freedom” relates to your financial state).

This is why I feel that the above definition (in philosophical terms) is best when enhanced by the idea of financial freedom. And in that case, we shall truly be free.

About Rob


Rob "Frisbee Rob" McLeod is a motivational speaker and frisbee ambassador living in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He competes in ultimate, disc golf, dog disc and overall flying disc competitions. Rob currently holds 6 Guinness World Records, 10 World Championships and the Canadian Distance Record.

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