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I remember when it first hit me, when I was first introduced into what I was going to do at least for the next four to six years. I was excited, overwhelmed, and for the first time in three years that childhood sensation of believing I could do whatever I wanted to do came back!
After going through the motions throughout my whole High School career I could never seem to actually choose what I wanted to do. When the day came and I actually had to choose and apply for college I just picked something that I thought I would like the most, a High School teacher ironically. I hated High School and for my 4 years there I couldn’t wait to get the hell out! But I wasn’t going to make it into the NBA and my dreams were very small at this point. Three months off in the summer and eventually becoming the Head Coach for the basketball team were the only two reasons I went with this. Thank God I got into trouble and never made it to college because I never would have ran into what I truly wanted to do. I would be in debt up to my eyeballs doing something I was only partially passionate about. I think this happens way to often in the world we live in today and you can definitely see the pain in most college graduates eyes. We only get to live this life once right? Why not find your passion then just do that!
I’m passionate about helping people. That’s it. I say this a lot but I just want people to thrive. To actually feel euphoric and clear headed about where they are heading. Somehow along the lines it became acceptable to work 40 hours per week for 40 years of your life just to retire on the money that you couldn’t spend during your youth. Light weight acting like a machine in this thing we keep trying to spin around called our economy. I mean come on just hearing that the average age for retirement is going to be at 72 years if I were to go that route is a strait up scam. Why would you ever trade time for money? What’s more important honestly?
As I said before my passion is helping people. Giving people the opportunity to become their true selves because that’s when the magic happens. Everyone here on Earth has a purpose, I full heartedly believe in this. Surround yourself with the dreamers, the free thinkers, the people that are going to make you a better person. Success is 80% mental. So, if your going through a tough stretch in your life right now don’t be afraid to contact me. I may be able to introduce you to another way of life.
Last but not least check out the documentary, “Finding Joe”. I just finished watching it and it relit that fire in me! It will surely motivate you to break free of those chains you have holding you back!
If You Judge A Fish By Its Ability To Climb A Tree, It Will Live Its Whole Life Thinking It Were Stupid
I started this blog awhile ago thinking I was going to start this right up, gain a ton of followers, then never have to work again in my life because I would just be traveling around making money while I blog with other sources of income coming in from other online sources. Boy, oh, boy was I wrong! Lol. Nothing worthwhile is ever just handed to you unless you were born into a rich family or you won the lottery but to me there would be no point in life if you’ve always had everything handed to you on a silver platter. You would be missing out on so much that life has to teach you. This is just from my perspective of course. I’ve had many ups and down. From being one of the most popular kids in High School starting Varsity Basketball in a small town where we were pretty much idolized by everyone. To going in and out of jail for a period of time because abusing drugs was the only thing that made me forget all the pain I had building up inside me. I’m not going to go through my whole life story in one article nor do I need any sympathy. All that pain is a thing of the past and I’m finally to the point where I’m completely in control of my emotions. I am only telling my story in hopes to help a few other people find their happiness that they deserve. So here we go:
What I started to realize really fast was that a lot of the shit they was teaching us in High School had nothing to do with actual life. How was filling my brain with complete bullcrap like how Christopher Columbus discovered America, shared a meal with these Native people, so technically he didn’t discover it. Then a little while afterwards they ended up killing off an estimated 100 million Native Americans so they could get land, politics, power, and even a significant part for religious reasons as Christians went throughout the country killing anyone that didn’t convert to Christianity.
Ohhh, I went to a Catholic School grades 1-8 by the way so this really slapped me in the face. I could never figure out why Christians, who were supposed to be acting like Jesus, were killing people for complete nonsense. But it was all I knew and what was acceptable around my area. Saying you weren’t a Christian in any type of form was taboo and you were to have your head chopped off on the front lawn at the court house while everyone laughed, ate popcorn, and drank some beer. OK OK, I’m just JOKING! But in a sense it sure felt the same. So, I went with it not really understanding why. Was always told that I just needed to have faith in these murdering hypocrites who are so wealthy that they could put a serious dent in the whole world hunger issue if they actually tried. I was also told to stop asking so many questions because it was just the way it is. Really SUCKED so I just wore this whole jock I don’t give a f*ck mask!
By the time my Junior and Senior years rolled around I was so fed up with the High School scene you would barely ever see me there. I had all my classes set up to where I only had to go to a few everyday. Just had to make an appearance every once in awhile so I wouldn’t get caught. Once 6th period rolled around though I snuck right out the school’s doors and was gone for the day. Out messing around doing things I shouldn’t have been doing, of course. I really have no idea how I didn’t get caught sneaking in and out of school everyday or how I never managed to get into any serious trouble until after I graduated in general. I mean there was a few times the Dean of Students caught me on my act back in. It always ended up with me saying, “I don’t know what you are talking about.” To him yelling, “Kaufman, I’m not fucking stupid! I just watched you pull back into the parking lot.” It was to the point where if I was in school and you couldn’t find me it was probably because I was in the office for, “Something I had no idea what they were talking about” Lol. Towards the end of my stint in High School right when all of us started pulling our senior pranks. I decided to ride a bike through the halls with someone on the pegs screaming out stupid things, I just can’t remember what we was exactly shouting out now but I reassure you it was something really stupid. Well, that got me called down to the office immediately. Papa Sweet (The Dean of Students) said, and this is my summary of what he told me, “I’ve had it up to here with you Kaufman, we have 3 more days left and you graduate and I’ll never have to deal with your shit again! I swear if I see your ass back in here one more time I’m going to suspend you and if you miss one more day you’re over the limit. You’ll have to deal with me for one more year!” That kind of put things into perspective, 3 more days and I’m done with this shit. I can do this!
Well, to keep the story shorter, I broke into the school with some good friends the next night. (One of my buddies dad’s was the Athletic Director and another one’s dad was the Gym Teacher, keep that in mind if this starts sounding like a fantasy story I made up lol) We ended up wheeling our school’s wooden mascot all the way up to the roof so that when everyone pulled in the next day they would all see the Titan man towering above them with his lightening bolt in his hand!
Prank for the history books! Graduated with a 2.8 after my teacher literally threw some D’s on that Exam. She knew I was hopeless for ever giving a damn. Just like good ole Papa Sweet didn’t end up making me come back for another year for disobeying him, he actually got a good chuckle out of it lol.
So, what’s the moral of this whole story? It basically just describes me being a complete asshole with no respect for my authority figures? Correct! But deep within all this nonsense and rebellion it’s also saying that you can’t teach a fish to climb a tree. To me High School was jail and a huge waste of time. Only reason I stayed in it and tried to keep decent grades was so I could play basketball and keep my mom off my ass.
Everyone is different so they need to be taught differently. Don’t try to hammer geometry and algebra down my throat while I already know I’m never going to use it. Five years later I barely remember any of it. It’s not that I deliberately was trying to be an ass, it’s that I felt like I was being bombarded with loads of bullshit everyday just to waste each others time.
Teach people how to be creative, how to unlock their true potential, or how to even just be happy. Teach them how to be human, not just to be some pawn in a game that will help benefit this broken system we keep trying to make go around. I feel like we’re wasting all this potential and it’s just waiting to be unleashed! I’m not placing the blame of my actions in the past on anyone but myself. I was an asshole.. also really stubborn. Just suggesting that maybe if someone would have took the time to understand where I was coming from instead of trying to squeeze me into the mold. Things could have been different. I really just want to help that next youngster whose thinking outside of the box to see that not everything inside the box is true. Science is always being proven wrong and so are our ethics. We just gave women the right to vote and ended slavery not too long ago. Oh, and racism still exists in 2015 but that’s just the least of our problems. Sooo yea you see my point. I really wonder how many Einstein’s, Tesla’s, or Martin Luther King’s our broken system has let slip into the mold without unleashing that someone’s true potential. This is supposed to be a team effort not an individual battle that we’re supposed to overcome by ourselves. We’re all just too scared to make the change for better for some reason. Ask more questions! Wake Up, Be You, And Thrive! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram @QK_Thrive and have a great day!
Incompletion in the face of death is a waste of life. You are given life to complete it’s purpose. When you hesitate or retreat from opportunities to live up your life fully, you will experience the intolerable guilt of wasting your life. It is this guilt that will weigh you down and drain your zest for life because now in order to reach each new experience of being truly alive you must first be faced with guilt of having rejected your previous opportunities to fully live life. You are caught in a lifeless holding pattern – devoid of vitality or enthusiasm – until you can overcome the guilt of your earlier wasted moments.
This guilt may look like anger or hurt or resentment, but underneath it all it is guilt for not having been the greatest expression of YOU, of your soul in a previous moment. You must cast off this buried guilt and meet this moment anew, throw all your being into your present opportunity to express the greatness of your soul.
“As a well spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death”- Leonardo da Vinci
Regardless of diet, organic foods are a smart priority. Opting for organic foods is an effectual choice for personal and planetary health. Buying organically grown food—free of harmful chemicals, bursting with more nutrition, taste, and sustainable sustenance—is a direct vote for immediate health and the hopeful future of generations to come.
Here are the top 10 reasons to choose organic foods today:
1. Avoid chemicals
Eating organically grown foods is the only way to avoid the cocktail of chemical poisons present in commercially grown food. More than 600 active chemicals are registered for agricultural use in America, to the tune of billions of pounds annually. The average application equates to about 16 pounds of chemical pesticides per person every year. Many of these chemicals were approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) before extensive diet testing.
The National Academy of Sciences reports that 90% of the chemicals applied to foods have not been tested for long-term health effects before being deemed “safe.” Further, the FDA tests only 1% of foods for pesticide residue. The most dangerous and toxic pesticides require special testing methods, which are rarely if ever employed by the FDA.
2. Benefit from more nutrients
Organically grown foods have more nutrients—vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and micronutrients—than commercially grown foods because the soil is managed and nourished with sustainable practices by responsible standards. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine conducted a review of 41 published studies comparing the nutritional value of organically grown and conventionally grown fruits, vegetables, and grains and concluded that there are significantly more of several nutrients in organic foods crops.
Further, the study verifies that five servings of organically grown vegetables (such as lettuce, spinach, carrots, potatoes, and cabbage) provide an adequate allowance of vitamin C, whereas the same number of servings of conventionally grown vegetables do not.
On average, organically grown foods provide: 21.1% more iron (than their conventional counterparts); 27% more vitamin C; 29.3% more magnesium; 13.6% more phosphorus
3. Enjoy better taste
Try it! Organically grown foods generally taste better because nourished, well balanced soil produces healthy, strong plants. This is especially true with heirloom varieties, which are cultivated for taste over appearance.
4. Avoid GMO
Genetically engineered (GE) food and genetically modified organisms (GMO) are contaminating our food supply at an alarming rate, with repercussions beyond understanding. GMO foods do not have to be labeled in America. Because organically grown food cannot be genetically modified in any way, choosing organic is the only way to be sure that foods that have been genetically engineered stay out of your diet.
5. Avoid hormones, antibiotics and drugs in animal products
Conventional meat and dairy are the highest risk foods for contamination by harmful substances. More than 90% of the pesticides Americans consume are found in the fat and tissue of meat and dairy products.
The EPA reports that a majority of pesticide intake comes from meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and dairy products because these foods are all high on the food chain. For instance, a large fish that eats a smaller fish that eats even smaller fish accumulates all of the toxins of the chain, especially in fatty tissue. Cows, chickens, and pigs are fed animal parts, by-products, fish meal, and grains that are heavily and collectively laden with toxins and chemicals. Lower-fat animal products are less dangerous, as toxins and chemicals are accumulated and concentrated in fatty tissue.
Antibiotics, drugs, and growth hormones are also directly passed into meat and dairy products. Tens of millions of pounds of antibiotics are used in animal feed every year. The union of concerned scientists estimates that roughly 70% of antibiotics produced in the United States are fed to animals for nontherapeutic purposes. US farmers have been giving sex hormones and growth hormones to cattle to artificially increase the amount of meat and milk the cattle produce without requiring extra feed. The hormones fed to cows cannot be broken down, even at high temperatures. Therefore they remain in complete form and pass directly into the consumer’s diet when meat is eaten.
Hormone supplementation is the biggest concern with beef, dairy products, and farmed fish. In the United States, the jury is still out. However, Europe’s scientific community agrees that there is no acceptably safe level for daily intake of any of the hormones currently used in the United States and has subsequently banned all growth hormones.
The major concerns for US consumers include the early onset of puberty, growth of tumors, heightened cancer risks, and genetic problems. Growth hormones in milk (rBGH or rBST) are genetically modified and have been directly linked to cancer, especially in women.
Many scientists and experts warn that rampant use of antibiotics in animal feed, like penicillin and tetracycline, will breed an epidemic that medicine has no defense against. Karim Ahmed, PhD, a senior scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) states that it “is perhaps one of the most serious public health problems the country faces. We’re talking about rendering many of the most important antibiotics ineffective.”
Choosing organic animal products is unyieldingly important, especially for children, pregnant women, and nursing mothers.
6. Preserve our ecosystems
Organic farming supports eco-sustenance, or farming in harmony with nature.
Preservation of soil and crop rotation keep farmland healthy, and chemical abstinence preserves the ecosystem. Wildlife, insects, frogs, birds, and soil organisms are able to play their roles in the tapestry of ecology, and we are able to play ours, without interference or compromise.
7. Reduce pollution and protect water and soil
Agricultural chemicals, pesticides, and fertilizers are contaminating our environment, poisoning our precious water supplies, and destroying the value of fertile farmland. Certified organic standards do not permit the use of toxic chemicals in farming and require responsible management of healthy soil and biodiversity.
According to Cornell entomologist David Pimentel, it is estimated that only 0.1% of applied pesticides reach the target pests. The bulk of pesticides (99.%) is left to impact the environment.
8. Preserve agricultural diversity
The rampant loss of species occurring today is a major environmental concern. It is estimated that 75% of the genetic diversity of agricultural crops has been lost in the last century. Leaning heavily on one or two varieties of a given food is a formula for devastation. For instance, consider that only a handful of varieties of potatoes dominate the current marketplace, whereas thousands of varieties were once available.
Now, dig back to recent history’s potato famine in Ireland, where a blight knocked out the whole crop, which consisted of just a few varieties, and millions of people died of starvation. Today, most industrial farms also grow just one crop rather than an array of crops on one piece of land. Ignorance is bliss? Or amnesia is disastrous? Crop rotation is a simple and effective technique used in organic agriculture to reduce the need for pesticides and improve soil fertility.
Most conventional food is also extremely hybridized to produce large, attractive specimens, rather than a variety of indigenous strains that are tolerant to regional conditions such as droughts and pests. Many organic farms grow an assorted range of food, taking natural elements and time-tested tradition into account. Diversity is critical to survival.
9. Support farming directly
Buying organic food is an investment in a cost-effective future. Commercial and conventional farming is heavily subsidized with tax dollars in America. A study at Cornell University determined the cost of a head of commercial iceberg lettuce, typically purchased at 49 cents a head, to be more than $3.00 a head when hidden costs were revealed. The study factored in the hidden costs of federal subsidies, pesticide regulation and testing, and hazardous waste and cleanup.
Every year, American tax dollars subsidize billions of dollars for a farm bill that heavily favors commercial agribusiness. Peeling back another layer of the modern farming onion reveals a price tag that cannot be accurately measured but certainly includes other detrimental associated costs such as health problems, environmental damage, and the loss and extinction of wildlife and ecology.
10. Keep our children and future safe
Putting our money where our mouths are is a powerful position to take in the $1 trillion food industry market in America. Spending dollars in the organic sector is a direct vote for a sustainable future for the many generations to come.
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This is the tricky one. Because at first, it is not easy to discern the difference between the ego and who we really are. We are not our ego; it is called the false self for a reason. And it also gives us a lot of inaccurate beliefs: You are what you have and what you do. Your worthiness is measured by the amount on your bank account. Dr. Wayne Dyer has spoken a lot about this ego concept, and his definition of ego is the best I have heard so far: When we take on an ego, we Edge God Out (EGO). So true. I myself had a well developed and strong ego. It took me a long time to even realize what an ego I had, but when I finally did, that was the end of it. My ego has not totally disappeared, but it does not rule…
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Someone who has a job nowadays is considered lucky and even luckier if he has a job that he loves and meets his expectations. Work is creation, it is a means of survival, is necessary in order to improve our quality of life and the completion of our personality but it is also painful, tiring and sometimes… unhealthy.
The working conditions of workers have improved compared to several years ago, but work continues to adversely affect our mental and physical health.
High demands, the continuing assignments of responsibilities, competition, the workload, the exhaustive time schedule, in some cases bad HR management, the low wages could lead to the burn-out syndrome.
In the mid ‘ 70s the term burn-out was used for the first time in the U.S.A to describe a professional pathology characterized by rapid consumption of energy and reduce work performance.
It occurs with greater frequency in those who work in the social sector (doctors, nurses, social workers, etc.). However, apart from health care professionals, in recent years more and more people are facing this syndrome.
Today, the working day of 10 hours and its extension because of mobiles, laptops, E-mails, SΜS, is something standard to the average ambitious 40year old.
Βurn-out is a wake up call that warns of the need for mental and physical rest, but also of a review of priorities and, more generally, the attitude to life.
What leads to Burn-out
- High demands and workload.
- The lack of recognition and reward of our professional skills and performance.
- The lack of decision control.
- The delegation of heavy responsibilities.
- A bad relation with the manager.
- A bad relation with the co-workers.
- Monotonous work.
- Exhaustive time schedule.
- Lack of meritocracy.
- Unsatisfactory financial rewards.
Indirectly this condition may be additionally worsened by other factors at work which exacerbate the stress, such as:
Poor lighting, which affects our productivity, can cause headaches, eye strain, irritable intensity, discomfort, stress.
Workers exposed to sources of high noise of 90 db (decibels) were less productive, according to research.
In addition, employees who are obliged to undergo daily, for many hours and for many years, intense noise suffer from headaches, nausea, vertigo, fatigue, reduced wellbeing, insomnia, nervous outbursts and other psychosomatic reactions.
Loud noise also stimulates the nervous system, increasing blood pressure, heart rate and respirations causing stress.
Working, especially outdoors, to a very high or low temperature and increased humidity levels, can be an important factor of discomfort, fatigue, stress, and other problems.
Are you perhaps a victim of it?
If you have one of the following symptoms, you could be on the verge of work overload or you may be already suffering from the syndrome.
Physical: Exhaustion, headache, digestive disorders, sleep problems (drowsiness, insomnia), hypertension, fast breathing, musculoskeletal pain, loss of libido, disorders of appetite (anorexia or increased appetite).
Psychological: Irritation, anorexia, feeling of worry, easily moved, guilt, apathy, grief, easily irritated, stress, negative mood, low self-esteem.
Behavior: Inability to concentrate, cyclothymia, unable to complete a job.
In addition to the conditions that usually lead us to this syndrome, the character plays an important role as well. People who are more prone to suffer from Βurn-out are ambitious, dutiful, hard working, competitive, and are looking for professional achievement.
Top 5 possible victims of the burn-out syndrome
Doctors and nurses
Executives and employees in high-technology companies
Air traffic controllers
First on the list are health care professionals. The stress and the pain they are experiencing has occasionally become a topic of research to scientists.
The contact with pain and death, with patients and their relatives, night shifts, often the adverse conditions of work in public hospitals and in particular the high sense of responsibility can lead to professional exhaustion (Burn-out syndrome).
Work stress “breaks” the heart
A twelve year long research revealed that work stress kills. According to the conclusions of a long study, those who are experiencing intense and chronic stress in their work area are facing up to 68% greater risk of suffering from a heart attack or angina since stress affects the very chemistry of the body.
Stressed workers who participated in the research showed the higher morning levels of cortisol in their blood. It was also noted that the relationship between stress and heart-related diseases is stronger for men and women under the age of 50.
Psychologists and business coaches have one purpose: to restrict the brain burn out by:
- Identify the factors that have contributed to the burn-out.
- Limit what is or may become an outbreak of stress at your work.
- Manage your working time more wisely.
- Increase the hours you sleep. It is very important that you sleep adequately.
- Do not take more responsibilities than you can.
- Boldly claim what you deserve.
- Let off steam by doing something that pleases you.