Fifty One

Originally posted 1st October 2011

Just when you thought it was safe to venture back into the realms of posterous…here I am again! Or to put it another way…I know it has been a very long time since I last put anything on here, in fact this is the first post of 2012 and it is October already! Well I hope the return is a welcome one…although in reality I suspect there are not a lot of people actually reading this…maybe I should dedicate some time to self promotion…possibly but that is a subject for another day.

Well…Enough of all that and on to the real reason for this post..actually it ties in to the reasons why my blogging has been sparse recently. I have been considering “doing things” yes I know that sounds a little vague…I mean actually getting up and dong all the things you talk about doing, or just doing things you enjoy rather than wasting time but claiming you are too busy. The photo to go with this is of something I have been making recently

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This is my Art Journal…it is a book I am keeping and decorating which I am filling with reminders of things I do and things that happen. The journal its self is not the focus, but it serves as an illustration of my point, which is about not wasting the time we have.

If you want to do something whether it is art, cooking, learning to play a musical instrument or building a replica of the starship enterprise in your garage, don’t just talk about it do it! I am a firm believer that, for the most part, the only thing stopping people doing things is themselves!

It has recently been pointed out to me that I have a group of friends who are high up on the scale of doers…I mean they do things, they fill their time with interests and pursuits that they enjoy and that they want or need to do. Is it just me who thinks this is a better way to be than living without experience, it is surely better to say “I am going to…” or “I tried…” than saying “one day” and “I’d like to…but I can’t”. Now I am not talking about filling every spare moment with activity (unless you want to) but find one thing that you really want to do and do it…

I believe that it is better to have had a busy interesting life than to look back and say “if only I had done more…” It is personal choice of course…but make sure it is a choice…if you are doing nothing because that is what you really want then choose that…but choose…don’t just talk about things you might do then let everything pass you by!

In keeping with tradition the watch report states I am only wearing one watch today…I am wearing 11 bracelets though…

Seven: Concerning reasons and choices

Originally posted 5th February 2011

Way back in post one I remember promising random musings and possibly disturbing insights into how my brain works. I feel we have had some disturbing insights so now it is time for a random musing. This one stems from something people keep saying to me at the moment, which is, “everything happens for a reason”. I do not believe this, everything happens and there are reasons but they are human not metaphysical and it is more important what you do as a result of the things that happen. To go with this I have chosen todays picture:

This picture represents choices, enter or don’t, push the button or don’t; make a choice take a stand and take responsibility for it! Apart from a in few exceptional circumstances, there is always a choice behind what we do and it is a human choice. Things do happen, I can’t deny that but there is no grand plan, people do not get made redundant to allow then to go on to better things, people do not die to allow those left behind to learn to face adversity. It is harder to think about life as a series of personal choices but that is really what I think it is.

It is better to trust yourself than believe against all odds that something will come along because of the “cosmic reason”. A change in circumstance can lead to better things because it can give you a kick up the bum to go out and look for better things. My point is, we make good choices and bad choices all the way through our lives the important thing is that we make them and take responsibility for them.

The sum of these choices makes us what we are and they are the only thing we can control. We can’t always control what happens to us, or what other do to us but we can control what we do about it. It is easy to say this, and not easy to do but we can at least try and take the responsibility when we don’t 😉