The Future Has a Mind of Its Own

Good morning!  I hope your day is off to a nice start.

The world awoke this morning to news of massive earthquakes in Turkey and Syria.  I can’t imagine being at ground zero for something like that and, regardless of your spiritual beliefs, I think we can all agree on prayers for those directly affected.  After Friday’s post where I said we often bring some of life’s challenges on ourselves, this is not one of those cases.  Those people never saw it coming.

I wonder how many others, like me, were secretly hoping for something other than a Chinese balloon to drown out the news.  Be careful what you wish for.

Besides, the balloon is old news.  Unless you’re a politician.  They’ll never let this go.  Amazingly, none of them seemed to notice that we shot it down with a $400,000 missile instead of a $30 bullet.  Don’t worry, politicians don’t read this.  I’m not sure they can.

Okay, one thing I don’t do in my posts is dive into political debate.  There are enough others out there for that.  I just found it humorous that a story like this dominated the news for almost an entire week.  Then along comes a pair of earthquakes to remind us of what’s really important.  Nature is a force more powerful than anything we’ve ever created.  And sometimes, its impact is tragic.

I wonder how many of those people sifting through the rubble of their previous life were going about their days, content with the way things were.  It happens all the time.  Earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis, a semi crossing the median into oncoming traffic … events that were completely unplanned.  Yet lives are changed in an instant. 

Hopefully we live through these events without injury or loss, but some things are completely beyond our control.  Jobs vanish.  Health issues arise.  Cars break down.  Economies decline.  And most times, we’re just along for the ride.  All we can do is plan a path forward after the fact.

Well, plans are more easily executed when all the pieces were in place beforehand.  And if Plan B is already underway, it’s that much easier.  Have you ever heard anybody complain that they’re too healthy, too wealthy, or have too many options in life?  I haven’t.  But I do know people who, in the face of unplanned events, are much better equipped to change the circumstances in their favor.

It’s all about looking ahead and writing a few insurance policies of your own.  We can never anticipate everything life will throw our way.  All we can do is be ready when it happens.  Plant the seeds now.  You may not be hungry today, but those seeds will never go to waste.

That’s all for now.  Have an awesome week!

© 2023 Dave Glardon – All rights reserved

Gravity Too Strong for the Bathroom Scale?

Good morning, and happy Friday!  I hope your day is off to a great start.

So, scientists have determined the earth’s core may be slowing down in its rotation and could be getting ready to turn the other way.  Not the earth – just the core.  Excuse me?  Aren’t these things connected?  When the outside of my tires turn in a different direction than the center, that usually means I’m about to have a really bad day.

But the experts say this is just a natural cycle, and nothing bad is about to happen.  That’s comforting.  Of course, these are geologists.  Anybody who has watched Big Bang Theory knows how Sheldon Cooper feels about them.  I have no real opinion except I doubt they actually took the elevator down to see what’s really happening.

Apparently, the core is molten rock that is free to sit still or spin in any direction, regardless of what we’re doing way up here on the surface.  And when this happens it affects the gravitational pull of the earth’s core.  I stopped reading at that point, because now I know why my weight is going the wrong way.  It’s not me – it’s gravity.

Don’t take my word for it.  A quick Google search will show your weight on any planet in the solar system, and they’re all different.  On Mars, I only weigh 98 pounds.  On the sun, I’d weigh closer to four tons.  So, let’s not go there.  I hear it’s hot all the time, and no beaches at all.  As if I could find a bathing suit that big anyway.

In a nation where 41% of the adult population is obese, it’s safe to say I’m not alone.  I don’t know who decides what we should weigh, but I’m not a huge fan.  Still, I know I need to do something about it.  You know, besides throwing away the scale.  It doesn’t matter, because my doctor has one of her own, and hers is broken.  Don’t argue.

At the start of each new year, weight loss ranks among the top in terms of personal improvement goals.  We all want to look better and be healthier.  But it’s hard, especially with our microwave mentality that says if the results aren’t evident in 60 seconds, we’re doing it all wrong. 

Well, weight loss is like any other worthwhile goal.  It takes time.  Fad diets don’t work, at least not in the long term.  Try making small changes, one at a time.  Things you can live with for the long haul.  When those are going well, make one or two more changes.  It takes time, but the results will be worth it.  That much I can promise.

That’s all for now.  Have an awesome day!

© 2023 Dave Glardon – All rights reserved