Caro Arevalo shares what it is like being a full time artist.

Disipline, routine and balance are three words that come to mind when she describes her day. Creative, listener, and learner are other words that come to mind. She is working from home but is constantly listening to what others are saying. She has a unique take on it and puts it into her art.

It is great to see someone ten steps ahead of me. It is inspiring. In time, with consistency, great things are possible.

Are people really trying to tell me that the means justify the ends?

Yes I’m really gunna ask you to watch two youtube clips. And yes, it will be worth it. I’m glad you asked me why it’s worth it. This young man is terrific. There is no doubt he is more successful than I am. So the criticism isn’t directed towards him. I only have a problem with his methods. If you don’t have time or enough interest in watching, here is the summary. He busts his tail every day for a month. At the end of the month, he has improved the shape he is in, but not by a whole lot. And in the process, he has been tired, achy and sore every day for a month. He has also taken time away from other things he might have been doing instead.

Where does that leave him? It leaves him knowing that he can work his tail off and achieve his goal. It is a moral victory. It is also a victory that he most likely will not get again. He is not going to keep that exercise program up for two or three months. He certainly will not keep it up for a year. That much I know.

Now, watch this video.

Here we have this guy. He put in a lot of effort. Not nearly the effort the first guy put into his program. Still, his effort is admirable. He also was not all that impressed with his results.

He might not have been all that impressed. But I was. The dude lost two pounds. Before you say ehhh only two pounds. Hear me out. That is two pounds. And he had easy days where he only did one set. On days he felt good, he did two or three sets. See? His program was manageable.

He could definitely continue with it for two or three months. He could do it for three years. Yes, for three years. Do you know how many pounds the guy would lose over three years? 2×36=72. 72! Now lets say he half asses it and only gets a one pound a week pace. That’s 36 pounds.

If I told you that three years from today, you could be 36 pounds lighter? And I said, I need seven minutes of your time each day. You would tell me I am full of it. And you for sure will not take anything away from this blog. I knew that even before I sat down to write it.

But the joke is on you. I put a lot of time and effort into writing this. Even though it will help no one, I’m still better off for having written it.

Putting on the C19 pounds are ya? Get your butt off the couch and do yoga with this man from Wisconsin.

Sean Vigue is as Wisconsin as Wisconsin gets. The nicest people in the world are from Wisconsin. It makes you want to move there until you remember the entire state is covered in snow. Watch. Follow along at home. Get in 2 percent better shape.

I gunna go out on a limb and guess that you are feeling stressed out. Press play on this meditation and go on a journey.

Forget this carona stuff for a few minutes. Feeling confused, worried, and scared? Me too. Me too. It seems like we are living in some kind of movie. And we are only in the first half hour of it. Well press pause on that movie. Get ready for being gentle with yourself.

Music — A Dad trying to cope with the loss of his Partner and becoming a single parent.

Above the church it looks like that an RAF pilot was bored and decided to try and do a signature in the sky. Hope he was smiling when he did it. Late last night I was watching the Queen biopic and my mind wandered again. Sometimes my mind wanders that far I’m surprised it makes […]

Music — A Dad trying to cope with the loss of his Partner and becoming a single parent.

I was looking for a blog post about music. Instead, I found this blog. It is really amazing how many people there are out there that are doing unique and personal blogs. I am putting out a blog while keeping you readers at arms length. And here this guy is laying it all out there.

Dealing with a loss. Going through different stages of grief. It is this kind of stuff that can teach us more about philosophy than a stack of philosophy books.

His name is Plotinus.

This is a terrific video from Think Big Animation. I had never heard of this guy. Plotinus is his name. Don’t confuse him with Plato. Totally different guy. Totally different.

It is a real gift to have these kinds of videos on Youtube. It used to take so much time and effort to study topics like this. This guy gives a through rundown of Plotinus in about five minutes.

So what do I think of Plotinus? I’m glad you asked. I feel like there is this theme running through most of these Greek guys. They want to make sense of things. Probably because things are always seeming out of control. And they seem to look at the unwashed masses of people and see not a whole lot there to be proud of. Like man, if we are all a bunch of peasants doing things that don’t really matter, we are all just going to die and be forgotten. That isn’t really a pleasant thought. It’s not a terrible thought. But, it is not a thought that makes you really happy and optimistic.

They seem to jump through hoops to come up with some kind of order of things. And that order of things always seems to end up with the rich and educated among us as being the best “form” of us. Like hey there is a reason why they are where they are and the rest of humanity is where they are. They have to come up with all sorts of charts and graphs to make it all add up. They make assumptions and build a whole pyramid of society around it.

The more and more I get into Greek Philosophy, the more I am coming to grips with us being animals just like dogs, cats, and bugs. We are smarter, but we are still animals. This one go around that we have in life may not be the most impressive of things. But, come on now, chill out. Accept that this is all that there is and try to enjoy it as much as you can.

Thorn — A Short Book Lover

I adore fairy-tale retelling and this lush fantasy offered me exactly that. It was complete catnip for me, tackling the complex issues of justice and revenge. Luckily for me, the lovely Tina Mories and Hot Key Books sent me a copy in exchange for an honest review, so thank you so much to them. Synopsis: […]

Thorn — A Short Book Lover

For you book lovers out there…you will like this. This blog will point you in the right direction when you’re looking for the next good book to read.

On Homer (Part 1): What Makes Homer Special? — Caffeine & Philosophy

After reading Homer extensively over the past six years, in multiple translations and with the addition of a number of commentaries and analyses, I think it is time to begin writing my own thoughts on these books, if only to elucidate and crystallize what those thoughts may be. This will probably come in multiple parts…

On Homer (Part 1): What Makes Homer Special? — Caffeine & Philosophy

I must admit it. I don’t understand Homer. I tried to read the Illiad. It was too difficult. I tried to listen to it as an audiobook. That was a no-go. I am at the mercy of smart people. They have to summarize it and give their critique. Then I kinda sorta get it.

That’s where Caffeine & Philosophy comes in. Read the blog. It will make you a better person.

Embracing Love In A Time Of Fear — The Growth Philosophy

As a civilization I have been feeling as if we are at the precipice for sometime and the beginning of a new dawn is upon us. I could never quite put my finger on these feelings. A shift in global consciousness perhaps? Maybe we all shifted into a parallel universe in 2012 when the Mayans […]

Embracing Love In A Time Of Fear — The Growth Philosophy

This guy has a great take on the state of things today. His thoughts on fear and love is thought provoking.

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