So, now what? (IIITBIIUTM Part 2)

Part two of “If it is to be it is up to me”

So you have decided. You want to be more healthy, lose weight, heal an old (or new) wound, make more money or . . . whatever. So what is next.

Make a plan, silly!

A realistic one, with short term and long term goals, contingencies, etc. How are you going to get from where you are to where you want to be? Do you need some education? Certifications? Business license?

Be prepared to modify your plan. Maybe the goal changes. What if what you are trying to use to get to your goal isn’t working. Something major and unanticipated changes in your life while you are on your way.

Be flexible.

If what you are trying isn’t working, don’t waste time trying to force it. Find another way.

Above all, be persistent.

The only way to fail at anything is to quit trying. If you are always working towards your goal you can never fail (note: “never fail” does not apply to United States Congress Critters who are by definition total failures. The only exception to this note are those elected officials who are actually doing their job and representing the wishes of the people.) Never ever give up.

Most people have read and / or heard all of this advice before, and most will do absolutely nothing with it. That is the difference between someone who lives and someone who exists. Do something with the knowledge presented to you. Make a difference in your own life and the lives of others.


Wait a minute, it is late. Never mind that last part. Wake up in the morning.

I have been busy talking with patent people and license manufacturers. To do something with my ideas I will have to get one into production and make some money. Then I will be able to finance the rest of them myself. No more freebies! Documenting every thing and building working prototypes is time consuming and exhausting, but I am doing it. You can too.

Just remember, If It Is To Be It Is Up To Me!


What Acceptance Really Means to Me

This is amazing. Exactly what I was talking about the other day. Please take the time to give this ladies site a visit!

Walk with me on my journey of illness to the road of happiness and a life of fulfillment

After a rather difficult past few days, I’m beginning to rebound to some degree. Mentally and emotionally I’m slowly bouncing back. Three of my four children are in college. My oldest son was out the door and on the road at 7:30 a.m. this morning to the university that he attends. It’s about 3 1/2 – 4 hours away. We had planned on following him and seeing him off, but he kept insisting that would be 8 hours of driving for us to have to just turn right around and come home because he had to unpack and have a physical and concussion test shortly after arriving. He’s a pitcher for the baseball team. We took him last year when he was just a freshman. It’s nice to make sure they arrive safely, help them unload the car and put things away, make sure they have everything they need. At…

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I have a problem

It is OK Mrs. C, you can stop laughing now.

Really. Please stop. I’m trying to write a potentially good post here.

OK, OK, in the interest of full disclosure and helping Mrs. C avoid a potentially serious laughter related injury, I have a few problems.

Actually I have enough baggage to keep a small army of porters and a couple chiropractors busy. Full time. But this isn’t about all that. I have something specific in mind here.

To start off, as I have mentioned before, I like puzzles. In fact I have been known to loose hours (yes, plural) playing Mahjongg. It is part of my focus thing. While solving the puzzle my mind is free to wander and explore. I become relaxed. As my mind wanders I ponder solutions to problems, or try and remind myself of things I need to do the next day. I could spend days in this state if I didn’t get hungry or have to answer nature’s call occasionally. Remember this part, I’ll get back to it shortly.

So I had started to shut everything down for the evening, with the intent of playing for a few minutes and putting on a Harry Potter movie. A thought began to develope and after struggling for a while I have started everything back up on my laptop to type up this post. Mostly because I was afraid I would forget what I was thinking about. I have to write lists for all kinds of things. I get easily distracted and then focus in and completely loose where I am at and what I intended to accomplish. Oops, there I go again.

So the whole intense focus thing cuts both ways. It can be a big asset, but it can be an issue too.

Now, with all the foundation laid out, I can get to the thought; unrealistic expectations.

It is now 10:15 PM. I had planned on watching a movie with Mrs. C, who is now asleep, and have a few chores to take care of yet tonight before I go to sleep. And my alarm will go off at 6 AM to get my day started tomorrow.

Noticing the issue yet?

Tomorrow after work I have the side job to go to, stop by the pharmacy, get a bag of dog food, daily chores to tend to around the house, supper, and try and squeeze in a blog post if I can some where. I have an equally varied list of things that need to be done tomorrow at work.

Realistically, a human being may be able to accomplish half of what I have set for myself to get done tomorrow. All that is before I get distracted solving a puzzle or playing a game or reading a book or .  .  . well you get the idea.

I know people who set even higher goals for themselves in a given day, and regularly accomplish all of it. How do they do it?

I can multi-task. Not as well as some people, but I can handle several things at once. The big hurdle I see from here is working frantically. If I try to go to fast my brain sort of short circuits and I can’t get any thing right. At the same time, if I slow down a little to my own pace, I can think things through and solve relatively complex problems quickly and efficiently.

Too much stimuli = bad.

On the other side of the coin, if I don’t set a big list of things before myself and expect to get them all done, I’ll sit around and do puzzles and watch videos all them time and get absolutely nothing done.

Too little stimuli = worse.

I guess it isn’t that big of a problem after all. It is better to expect more from yourself and fall short than to expect too little and waste time. I’ll just add the undone stuff to the next days list. I’m sure it will be there waiting for me.

One more thought

I know, I don’t post any thing for a week and then one day I suddenly have diarrhea of the brain. I apologize, but I saw a couple posts today that I feel could / should be seen by many more people. As in as many as possible. First there is

Pretty self explanatory and beautifully written. Give it a click and look around.

Second is a site that found me. After looking around I found that I liked what he had to say and the way he says it. I guess it helps that he is a professional writer. Maybe I should see if he wants to post some stuff here. Bring some class and sophistication to the joint. I’ll have to give that some thought. Duck Dynasty is more my personality, but this is supposed to be about facilitating discussion and helping others and co-bloggers could help expand that and make it happen. Let me know what y’all think in the comments. In the mean time, check out his site at

Saturday night frog picture

Frog 1Mrs. C and I have some frogs who live in a rain barrel on our front porch. Most folks around here call them “spring” frogs. I have no idea what kind of frog they are but they are small and green and cute. Like Kermit would look if he were real and an inch or so long. That is how they have always been, small, green and shy but friendly.

This summer we have been intrigued by this new member of our amphibious family. He is perched on the spout of a watering can which is 2.5 to 3 inches wide, which makes him easily 2 inches long in his bunched up and well fed state. I wonder if he will get bigger? If it is a matter of food he probably will. There are plenty of mosquitoes this year.

Photo credit goes to Mrs. C. If you want to use it or reblog it, let me know and I will put you in touch with her so you can thank her personally.