I truly experienced this quote the past two weeks in a few different ways, but all related. Between summer and fall semesters we were given two weeks break. Yeah. TWO weeks. Let me just quickly say, that’s not a legitimate break, that’s a pause. So the first week was packed, I camped Sunday through Tuesday and the rest of the week I spent my time in Illinois at a church convention. I was able to spend some time getting to know close friends and becoming closer to just other friends. I also met some amazing people and have maintained those connections.
So how does this quote apply to this experience? All summer I have been longing to become closer to some friends and make some new ones — ones who would take an interest in me and I’d take an interest in them. Both happened and I am very grateful!
The second week (this past one) was a lot less hectic and my goal was to work hard, play hard, catch up with friends that I haven’t seen in months and do some mountain biking. As I later found out, this was sadly quite unrealistic. I was able to hang out with one friend, not 4-5 as I had planned. I did, however, really enjoy the time that I spent with the one friend — I don’t consider that a failure, just a miscalculation.
My second goal was to work hard. This only becomes available if you have work to do. The other side to this though was to make money… a lot of money (to me anyways) and a specific amount of money — $400 to be exact. I knew this would put me in a good financial spot and I also knew it could be done, but also that it would be a challenge and I wanted that. Why? Because I’ve done it only once before. So where am I expecting this revenue to come from? I certainly couldn’t make this working at $10/hour for my dad’s landscaping company! In the past, I have used Craigslist as a platform to build and create business — placing ads about miscellaneous work and labor, computer help and pet sitting. I had planned to do this that week as well. However, I first decided that the most income would come from previous customers. I reconnected with them by Twitter, Facebook and email, and actually filled up the week quite nicely. And although some didn’t work out as planned and some got canceled, others filled their place. All in all I made $380 — which I consider a victory. Most of this was from one job, over the course of two days, and two very generous people. I thanked them many times, but I don’t think they’ll understand how much it meant.
I also was able to talk to my mom about something as well and it worked out better than I imagined. I was glad that we could civilly discuss it as we typically do communicate as well as I’d like, but it went well!
So that finished off my great two weeks! Although there are still some rough patches ahead and the “pause” wasn’t perfect, but I am grateful for what I did receive. The friends I made have been very influential so far and I was pleasantly surprised that whenever you DO think you know someone, you get to know them even better in an 8-hour car ride… twice.
Are We Really 'Going Green?' The Internet vs. Paper and Pencil
This was a thought that just occurred to me as I was making myself a bowl of cereal this morning… not that there’s any relevance to that.
Anyways I just wondered, “are we really using less energy now by using the internet and smart phones to take notes, communicate, read news, shop online and virtually do everything else that the old school pencil and paper achieved at?”
I’m pretty into technology, but just hear me out. We use the internet for tons of things these days and at the same time there is a massive “go green” movement going on right now. We send emails with documents instead of mailing or faxing them. We talk to people on chat or Skype instead of a letter or a phone call, etc. etc. So what am I getting at? It takes servers to maintain and run all these websites we use to do these things. And it takes electricity (which uses natural resources) to run them and also our home-based router, modem and computers. All that said, maybe this going green movement by using the internet instead of an extra piece of paper is actually LESS efficient than using paper. It’s not a direct correlation of resource use, where as a pencil that came from a tree and a piece of paper that came from wood that came from a tree is.
Here is an interesting memo I found on a church website:
St. Anthony’s is striving to ‘Go Green’ and reduce the amount of paper and products we use. Since our bulletin is now printed in color and available online, we are actually saving money by reducing the number of bulletins we publish. If you have access to the internet, our web site and bulletin are always available, updated and a great source of communication. Back issues of the bulletin are also available on line.
When you're shaving and there's a pimple in the way that won't move... never threaten it and say "If you don't move, I will CUT you!" Because likely, it won't move... and then you have to cut it. And that hurts.
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I heard this song and immediately thought to share it with a friend to encourage her, but then I thought “Aaron, YOU need to share this with yourself. Why haven’t you walked away from “‘what’s left?’” So I got inspired to share this on here as well. It’s easy to think that sometimes what you’ve walked away from is enough, but when there is still something of the past that lingers around you, you’re still holding on to something and that holds you back from every moving forward in life.
Enjoy! The lyrics are below:
A few pictures, two tickets, from a trip we took last year, A handful of memories, some still seem clear, A few regrets, a couple of melodies, that remind me of you, I could say that I won’t miss this, but that wouldn’t be the truth, There’s no one here to blame, and this is the only way, There’s nothing left for us, to say
It’s time to let you go, it’s what we have to do, It’s time to give this up, I think that we both knew, There’s nothing left to say, there’s nothing left to prove, And now it’s time to turn and walk away from, What’s left of me and you, What’s left of me and you
Box of letters, that old t-shirt, still brings me back to you, A few more hours in the day, not sure what I should do, There’s no one here to blame, and this is the only way, There’s nothing left for us to say
It’s time to let you go, it’s what we have to do, It’s time to give this up, I think that we both knew, There’s nothing left to say, there’s nothing left to prove, And now it’s time to turn and walk away from, What’s left of me and you
You were the best thing I’ll ever give up, And it’s hard to see the truth, When you think you’re still in love, The only way to get on with my life, Is to say goodbye, so goodbye
It’s time to let you go, it’s what we have to do, It’s time to give this up, I think that we both knew, There’s nothing left to say and nothing left to prove, And now it’s time to turn and walk away from, What’s left of me and you, What’s left of me and you
A few pictures, two tickets, From a trip we took last year, A handful of memories, Some still seem clear
I thought this was quite thought provoking. I received it from a close friend in a text:
Our lives are not determined by what happens to us, but how we react to what happens; not by what life brings to us, but by the attitude we bring to life. A positive attitude cause a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst…