While I have been keeping my Google Glass Diary, I’ve noticed one thing that remains consistent — I’ve started thinking out loud when I’m recording or documenting something.
Before you begin questioning my sanity, allow me to assure you it is still very much intact! In fact, some of these “discussions” could change the way you see the world.
So open your mind, and let’s start thinking about this beautiful experience called life.
List Of Entries
Small Gestures, Big Influence – August 19th, 2013
“I Don’t Know” Is Still An Answer – August 20th, 2013
1-Ups Belong In Video Games, Not Conversations – August 21st, 2013
It’s Alright To Be Selfish – August 22nd, 2013
Ignoring Problems Is an Exponential Mistake – August 23rd, 2013
Good Times And Lingering Memories – August 26th, 2013
Small Gestures, Big Influence
August 19th, 2013 — While visiting my Aunt and Uncle near Ocean City, Maryland, I started running in the morning. It’s a great way to give you some pep to start your day and become immersed in the nature around you.
Provided you don’t live in a huge metropolis of course.
On my run I passed some other people, either walking their dogs or enjoying the crisp, morning breeze.
Something inside compelled me to do something different. I decided to give smile and a friendly, “Hello!” to everyone.
To my surprise, most returned with a smile and response. I even chatted up the local garbage man on his garbage collection route.
When I returned to my Aunt and Uncle’s, they said someone had stopped by and said what a wonderful son they had. Apparently a woman I had greeted assumed that I was their son, and wanted them to know how I made her day.
“I Don’t Know” Is Still An Answer
August 20th, 2013 — We live in a world where technology allows us to have all of the answers at our fingertips. Often when there is a disagreement among a group of friends, there is a race to see who can find the Wikipedia article.
But before smart phones, before Wikipedia, what did we do when we did not know an answer?
Some of us would talk our way out of anything, spouting some nonsense that seemed to make sense.
Others would simply say the honest truth, “I don’t know.”
Admitting that you don’t know something is still an acceptable answer. It doesn’t admit weakness or insult your intelligence.
We all specialize in various fields and interests. That’s what makes our relationships so special.
Since we have these relationships, why not use them?
1-Ups Belong In Video Games, Not Conversations
August 21st, 2013 — There are some personalities that, despite how hard I try, I simply cannot get along with.
People who attempt to tell better stories for the sole purpose of bragging, commonly referred to as “one-uppers”, tend to be difficult to tolerate.
I’m sure you have run into these people before. If you haven’t, well, you may be the one-upper of the group!
Now, I’m not implying that you shouldn’t tell a story that may have been more interesting or entertaining than your friend’s. No. Stories were meant to be shared.
The way you go about sharing the story makes all the difference.
After telling a group how my grandfather died in WWII as a bomber navigator, you shouldn’t jump in with an, “Oh yeah? Well mine died doing this…”
True story. That person actually thought their grandfather died in a better way. Kind of sickening, right?
If they had shown an ounce humility or respect, it would have completely changed the way the story was received.
So be mindful of your group dynamic, and try to give each story its moment of glory.
It’s Alright To Be Selfish
August 22nd, 2013 — As far as evolution and natural selection are concerned, humans no longer operate within the basic parameters. With advances in medicine and technology, those once deemed “unfit” to pass on their genes are not only living longer lives, but are having children.
I think it’s great. Life is a gift everyone should experience! For those of you that immediately think “overpopulation”, yes it is a problem, but will be the focus of another thought. (oh boy!)
Another common selective pressure is the competition for resources. No food? You starve. You were weak. Now you’re out of the gene pool.
Now let’s zoom back from all this science mumbo jumbo. I want to tell you one thing: It’s ok to be selfish.
It’s hardwired into us. That’s right, the desire to be selfish is completely natural.
How you choose to be selfish is what matters.
Be selfish with your life.
Go out there. Experience. Explore. Live!
You know that euphoric feeling you get when you help someone? It makes you feel pretty good! Want more of that. Be selfish about that!
The best part is, all of these things that you do are better when you bring some friends along. Selfishly bring them along (provided they want to go of course).
So the next time you do something, don’t forget to be selfish about it.
Ignoring Your Problems Is An Exponential Mistake
August 23rd, 2013 — When in the midst of adversity, some people choose to ignore rather than act. We’ve all been caught being complacent at times, especially when multiple facets of our lives are tugging at us, and applying pressure and stress.
So why do we ignore our problems? We know it won’t make them any better. It also won’t resolve them.
Unless your problem is a rainy day or a dog trying to bite your leg off. Those go away with time.
But we ignore problems because it is easy. Plain and simple.
This, in turn, leads to bigger problems.
In fact, if I were to plot the degree of severity of a problem and an axis of time, I’d wager it would look rather exponential.
For the laymen out there, that means your problems will get big. Fast.
Sure, we can chalk some of our tendency to ignore to procrastination. Some days you just don’t want to take the trash out.
So, we can choose to ignore our problems and continue to live in our perfect, trash-filled daydream of ignorance, or we can grow a pair, get a bag, and clean up our lives.
You were meant to live your life. You were made to overcome challenges. You are endowed with a miraculous mind and body — a toolbox full of contraptions that are capable of solving problems.
And if your toolbox is lacking something, there’s a good chance a friend has what you need.
Good Times And Lingering Memories
August 26th, 2013 — When a video titled “A Letter From Fred” came across my stream on Google+, I was hesitant to click on it. The person that shared it, Martin Shervington, forewarned potential viewers of the video’s emotional content.
I wonder how many people would pass up an opportunity to learn about themselves, and others, at risk of being emotionally “compromised”. Too many, I’d wager.
Throwing emotional caution into the wind, I clicked on the link and started the video.
I’m so glad I did.
Fred is not a “professional” songwriter by any means. Perhaps that’s why his honest, straightforward lyrics hit home so hard.
But Fred’s song and story would never have reached us if he didn’t step outside his comfort zone. Grief-stricken, having lost his wife only months prior, Fred decided to enter his song in a contest.
A contest in which his entry fell short of the majority of the criteria.
And while Fred didn’t win the contest, he touched a life, and in turn that life touched others.
Mine was one of them.
Thank you Fred, and while your memories of Lorraine may linger, I think we both know that is what makes them so remarkable.