Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Opportunities – 2017 Could Be A Banner Year For Them

First, allow me to extend my wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2017. A new year brings new opportunities

So, what are the indicators of opportunities in this year? First, we have a new president about to be inaugurated. Second, there are changes and issues in our economy that present opportunities for anyone keeping up with what's going on. Third, the world, through the Internet, is changing in interesting, exciting and, often, dramatic ways. This always offers opportunities.

It doesn't matter what your politics are. It doesn't matter what your social or economic positions or conditions are. It doesn't matter who you know or don't know. It doesn't matter what your educational background (or even a lack of educational background) is. It doesn't matter what your gender is or your color, race, ethnicity, marital status, age (considering you're probably 10 to 12 years old or older). Nothing really matters when it comes to opportunities other than your ability to recognize an opportunity and your vision.

You might be saying – but, I just don't get the lucky breaks. To that I refer back to one of the pivotal people in my life. He is one of the several pivotal people I can directly relate to where I am at this very moment in time as I write this article and why I'm sitting here writing it. I'm actually in My McVansion sitting in the driveway of a friend I met through this very blog. He's been reading it for years and invited me to meet up a couple years ago. The location is about a block from the shore of the Gulf of Mexico in Florida near St. Petersburg.

A Few Moments In Time That Changed The Course Of My Future

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

The Chest of Life

The end of my life is not something I dwell on. As a matter of fact, I look at the end of life as something that is inevitable and I should do some advance planning for, however, there are too many things I still want to do while I'm alive. That's one reason I tend to cringe every time someone says they are putting something on their “bucket list.” Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman launched and popularized the bucket list concept with their movie by the same name. I cringe because the term basically came from the idea of “kicking the bucket.”

Now, as I alluded to in the previous paragraph, I accept the inevitable, but I will not dwell on it. I have adopted the term “Life List.” It just seems a whole lot more positive than making a list of things I have to rush to do before I die. I, long ago, figured out I was going to die with unfinished business. But, why add a lot of stress on myself trying to accomplish what is, in reality, an impossible list to fulfill. Who knows, I may die sooner because of the stress I put on myself trying to complete the list.

I don't think I actually coined the term “life list.” I'm sure someone has thought of it before me. However, I have adopted it as one of my mantras, if you will. I have a life list of places to go, things to experience, old friends to meet up with and some people I'd like to meet (typically not celebrities). And, besides having a list that contracts and expands as my attitudes and whims change, I maintain a “Chest of Life” to remind me of the important events, places and people in my life.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Ho! Ho! Ho! A Very Merry . . . And An Especially Happy . . .


I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge this special time of the year. I know some of you are committed, Bible believing Christians. Others of you may be of the Jewish faith. There may be some Muslims, Hindus and believers of other religious faiths. And, certainly, I'm sure there are some non-practicing individuals and some agnostics and some atheists.

To me, it doesn't matter what your belief system is. I appreciate and respect you for who you are and how you live your life. It is beyond my position in the order of things to pass judgment on who may be right or wrong. Part of the freedom we are born with is to have free will and make choices and decisions that suit us individually.

So, during this particular season, whether you celebrate your chosen religious rituals and beliefs or celebrate it as a secular holiday and even if it's not your holiday season, I wish for you and all people around the world, peace on Earth and goodwill to all people.

Let each of us, in our own way, take a few moments during this holiday season to remember those around the world who may not be blessed as we are. They may not be comfortable or warm. They may not have adequate food, clothes or shelter. There are fighting men and women stationed around the world, many far from their families and friends. Let us not forget them. And, let's not forget that even in our own country (countries) there are those in need. In the case of the U.S., maybe an extra dollar in the Salvation Army Bell Ringer's bucket can be enough to make someone's day, week or year a little better.

Share time with family and friends. I don't know about you, but my family and friends are my true blessing and wealth. As a vandweller, I live in 50 square feet. I've had as much as 100 times that much space during periods of my life. It's not the amount of space that determines if one is safe, warm and comfortable. It's our attitude. I'm sitting in my tiny house outside Atlanta, Georgia as I write this message and I'm warm, comfortable and thankful. I hope wherever you are, you, too, are warm, comfortable and thankful. So, please have a very Merry whatever you'll celebrate.

I also want to wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2017. On January 1st of each year we are given a new lease on the next year. What does that mean? Simply this! No matter how great or bad last year may have been, a new window full of opportunities opens, if you choose to open your mind and heart to the possibilities. A perfect life is a life that is full of imperfections allowing us to learn and grow.

Keep your mind and heart open. I don't buy into resolutions, personally. However, each new year I review the past year, the past five or so years and even my entire life. I remember the pivotal people and pivotal events that influenced my life and brought me to the place I am today. I give thanks to the universe and the intelligence that afforded me the gift of life. And then, I ponder the future. I set some goals . . . some simple and some more far reaching. I consider the possibilities and opportunities that have been uncloaking and providing me with choices to make for the new year.

Go into the new year with anticipation of great things and a wonderful year. The chances are that's much more likely to happen than if you start the new year expecting the worst. That's especially true if the last year threw some curves, presented some serious challenges or was full of seemingly insurmountable obstacles. One way or another you can move past that and turn the new year into the best year, yet.

So, it is my sincere wish for you to have a very Merry . . . and an especially Happy . . . and always remember to live free and be happy. EH

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Anxiety and Anticipation

The time is drawing near. I'm full of anxiety and anticipation at the same time. I, both, love and dislike these feelings I'm experiencing. No! This is nothing new. I go through this every time this particular time draws near. Life seems to be full of so many paradoxes.

So, what is the “time” I'm speaking of? Could it be the holiday season? Could be, but it's really not. Could it be the end of another year and the beginning of a new year? Could be, but it's really not that either. So, what is it?

It's the feelings I always get as I'm preparing to venture out “on the road again.” Whaaaat? But, you're a self-described “professional nomad.” It's what you do. Why are you dealing with anxiety and anticipation at the same time, you say?

Carly Simon wrote and performed her song, “Anticipation” in 1971. The first lines go . . . We can never know about the days to come, But we think about them anyway. And, the late Wayne Dyer said, The truth is that there is no actual stress or anxiety in the world; it's your thoughts that create these false beliefs.

So, why am I feeling both anxious and anticipatory at the same time?

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Life On The Mild Side

I was thinking a bit the other day and I came to an interesting conclusion. There are three ways to experience life.
  1. You can live life on the wild side
  2. You can live life on the mild side
  3. You can live life on the safe side
To my way of thinking, the first two are where I believe life should probably be lived. The third side is for those people who are too timid or overly obsessed with security or in general, just go along with what life throws their way and attempt to not rock the boat.

I see nothing wrong with any of these three choices. And, in some cases, there are people who may straddle all three styles. Allow me to take a few moments to explore each of these three lifestyles. Let's begin with, where I believe the vast majority of people settle in, “the Safe Side.”

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Purpose

Purpose! That's what I want to talk about in this article.

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary gives these three simple definitions:

  • the reason why something is done or used : the aim or intention of something
  • the feeling of being determined to do or achieve something
  • the aim or goal of a person : what a person is trying to do, become, etc.

Last week I was interviewed by WMSC, an FM radio station in Upper Montclair, New Jersey. This is the station's 50th Anniversary, so they will be celebrating the rest of this year until next May when they have a big party planned. The WMSC party coincides nicely with my 50th Class Reunion.

Why did they want to interview me? You may remember an earlier interview I did with this radio station about three years ago, so you already know the answer to the question. Fifty years ago I was a senior at Montclair State College – 4,000 students (now University – 20,000 students). I founded that radio station. I didn't do it alone, of course. I had a small team of dedicated dreamers who jumped on my star and helped me launch the original station. A half century later I'm still around and . . . my dream is still around, doing better than I could have ever imagined.

Last week I also posted on my Facebook page about having done the interview. My Kiwi buddy in Auckland, New Zealand, Brian Morris, saw the post and immediately challenged me to write a short ebook about how I started a radio station with $100.00. The challenge was interesting, but I didn't start the radio station with $100.00. Even 50 years ago, $100.00 was only a very small fraction of what it cost to launch such an endeavor. Of course, that's before factoring in the value of all the volunteers' time invested to make the dream a reality.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Wouldn't It Be Nice . . .

  • if it is sunny all but two days every month
  • if all our neighbors are nice
  • if there is no crime or violence
  • if everyone has all they need to eat
  • if everyone has a secure, adequate size place to live
  • if everyone has nice clothing appropriate to the climate
  • if everyone earns a living doing something that's fun and suits him or her
  • if everyone has a good, useful education
  • if everyone respects each other
  • if everyone has all basic needs met
  • if everyone enjoys a few luxuries