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Operation: Kitty Drop

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She keeps a paw on my hand. When she senses movement, she grabs and bites.

Many experts offer advice on proper blog formatting, how to drive traffic to your blog, how to create compelling copy, blah blah blog.

I read through them on occasion then proceed to ignore them. However, one piece of advice that I recall has to do with humanizing your blog. I suppose there’s no harm in telling the occasional story about myself, my life, my epic journey of self-discovery.

This past weekend, I kicked my cat out of the house.

I hope you weren’t expecting anything really deep, I barely know you.

So, my kitty, Jane (short for “Calamity Jane”) went on a trip with me to Portland, Oregon where I handed her off to live with my mom in Washington.

I didn’t really kick her out of the house. I’m living in a house that my mom owns on Oahu. She recently moved to Washington, so I’ve been taking care of the property and Miss Kitty. Technically, Jane isn’t even my mom’s cat. She was found by our tenant who brought home this little feral kitty. I’m the one that got her to drink kitty formula and milk out of a bottle.

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Jane likes to stare off into space, ignoring the camera, pretending she’s posing for an album cover.

She just happens to like my mom.

And bites me.

True, she doesn’t bite hard. But she’ll actually let my mom pet her. And purrs. She never purrs when I pet her. She tolerates me for a minute then grabs hold of my hand and bites me. And my mom really wanted to take her to Washington.

Kitty carrier: $50
Certificate of Veterinary Inspection: $75
Cost to Transport Pet in Cabin of Airplane: $100
Bringing a Grouchy, Bitey Cat to Live With Your Mom: Priceless

So, this ends the Living With Jane chapter of my life. I thought it was important from a perspective of closure to let everyone know about the completion of this circle since I’ve mentioned Jane in the past.

You may remember these blog posts about my cat from the archives:

This is MY book. You don't get MY book until I'm done with it.

This is MY book. You don’t get MY book until I’m done with it.

Jesus Spoke in Parables, Aesop Wrote Fables, I Use Classified Ads

This Is What My Cat Let Me Write Today

Oh, I also spent the weekend at a conference for independent business owners with about a dozen multimillionaire keynote speakers. I’ll blog about that experience next week.


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Who Are You To Judge Others?

(So I was hoping to announce our new business launch this week, after failing to launch last week and the week before. Unfortunately our web designer was hospitalized with a staph infection for most of last week, so we still need to iron out some details on the website to make it, you know, functional. In the meantime here is an article on the dangers of judging others)

judgeHow many adages have you heard about not judging people? Point a finger at someone else and you have three pointing right back at you. Glass houses, throwing stones. Judge not lest ye be judged.

First of all, criticizing or condemning someone else is almost always a form of self-aggrandizing. “He did this, which I would never do, so I’m better than he is.” Pointing out another persons faults frankly never particularly endeared me to the critic. It reeks of desperation. It’s like trying to make your own house look better by breaking up all of your neighbor’s furniture.

Second, we almost always judge other people by their actions, but ourselves by our intentions. So even if we do something bad, it’s not so bad in our own eyes. “I only lied to protect your feelings, whereas he lied because he is dishonest.” We can never know what someone else is thinking or feeling, and when we make value judgments about others, then at best we are just guessing as to their intentions. At worst we are just plain lying to ourselves and others.

Third, if you were that person, you would have done the exact same thing. If you had their genetic makeup and their upbringing, then let’s face it, you would have made all the same decisions, hence the expression “There but for the grace of God go I.”

Fourth, we can never see the big picture. We are victims of our own perceptions. Something that may seem like a tragedy may have great unseen rewards. And someone who we deem as evil, reprehensible, untrustworthy, or just plain mean, may from a big picture perspective, be a good, worthy, honorable, nice person in history.

For example, let’s say that we are electing a new world leader. Who would you cast your vote for?

Candidate A.
Associates with crooked politicians, consults with an astrologist, has had two mistresses, chain smokes, and drinks 8 martinis a day.

Candidate B.
Was kicked out of office twice, sleeps until noon, used opium in college and drinks a quart of whiskey every evening.

Candidate C.
Is a decorated war hero, a vegetarian, doesn’t smoke, drinks an occasional beer and never cheated on his wife.

So who do you vote for based on your perspective?

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Take your time if you need to think about it…

 

 

 

 

 

Candidate A is Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Candidate B is Winston Churchill.

Candidate C is Adolph Hitler

Think first before judging others.


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How To Acquire Luck

(I was going to introduce our new business launch today, but we are still having some technical problems with our website, so that will have to wait until next week. Instead, I will empower and uplift you with this reprint of an article I wrote for Helium.com many years ago.)

cloverI’ve heard luck described as “the moment when opportunity and preparedness meet.” A lucky break is only lucky if you are in a position to take advantage of it.

As a quick example, a couple of friends of mine were playing basketball at a public park. Two grungy looking men approached them on the court and offered to play a two-on-two game. They agreed and played for about an hour. Afterwards, they told my friends that they were roadies for Metallica who happened to be playing in the next town and offered them tickets and backstage passes to the show.

“Wow, what great luck!” I hear you cry. No, as it turned out, one of my friends had a final the next day and declined the invite. “Whoa, that’s bad luck…”

But wait a minute. The opportunity was the same for both of them. How could it be good luck for one of them and bad luck for the other? That had to do with their preparedness at the time to accept the opportunity. One friend was caught up on his studies, enough that he could take the time out to play a pick-up game. The other procrastinated and figured he could study after he played some ball. Tough luck.

So, the key to acquiring good luck is being prepared. Because after all, when opportunity knocks, it’s too late to build a door. Like Donald Trump said, “The Harder I Work, The Luckier I Get.”

So think about an area in your life that you would like to be “lucky” in.

Looking for a promotion? You’d better start now learning some of the ins and outs of the company you work for. And not just your current position, learn about the job requirements and expectations of your manager, the managers of other departments, the corporate mission statement, and the history of your company. Then when a position becomes available, as they inevitably will, you are already a step ahead to fill the position.

Looking for a financial windfall? Start studying finances, stocks, market trends. And more importantly, start socking away a few dollars from every paycheck so that you have some funds to work with. The worse the economy gets, the more everything in the country will go on sale. Vacations, property, automobiles, art. All of it sells for pennies on the dollar if you have cash to bail out the previous owners.

Looking to be the next big music idol? Then you’d better have a demo tape available when that opportunity comes by and Big Wig Record Producer Smith asks you if your band is any good…

If you want a lucky break, then you better have already put in the work. Otherwise through laziness you forfeit your good luck for bad by default.

rabbit“Are you feeling lucky? Would you like to?” (Tweet this)