Wednesday, 3 August 2016

It's All About Greed



I think, my topic to write about today will be Greed, because it affects us all and can destroy you in an instant. Greed is one of the seven deadly sins, but we can all fall foul of this characteristic no matter who we are. If you want to enjoy the fruits of your labour then be careful of succumbing to greed. 

There have been many times throughout my life where greed has taken hold of me and the positive progress that I had made up to that moment is suddenly washed away through greed. There are many examples of greed and it usually involves some sort of financial gain. You usually know when greed has taken hold and at that moment you need to step back and think before taking action. And, I mean think and don’t succumb to greed because usually you will end up on the losing side. 
Some of the most successful investors will tell you that avoiding greed is one way to keeping the shirt on your back and a profit in the bank. Remember that until you bank your profits in the stock market you haven’t made a profit.


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 Another example is getting to a final table playing poker only to let greed and the lack of patience destroy your chances of winning. Until you have mastered the art of patience and can push greed out of your mind the chances of you winning and enjoying the game are minimal.


Are you listening,  what are you dreaming?

As Jesus said, “belief is everything.”

In my latest book “It’s Never Too Late” read how dreams do come true, but be careful what you wish for. Understand the secret of greed and you will attain one of the secrets of prosperity. The book will also take you on a journey and explores love, money, luck, and much more.

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Friday, 1 July 2016

Short Story ~ 'The Zombie Has Cometh' (Part 2)

That morning, global news broadcasts were speculating on the size of the object hitting the earth and why the authorities hadn’t given a warning even though the suspected asteroid had landed in an uninhabited region of the ‘Gobi’ desert. The nearest town or village was reported to be approximately 14o kilometres from the suspected debris area.  The nearest village to the suspected landing was named after a granddaughter of the prophet Mohammed.

The village had only a sparse and somewhat nomadic population according to the C.I.A. file displayed on Frank Santanoli’s computer screen. As Frank stroked his bald head and noted the information on the computer screen his commander was on the phone wanting an update.

“What have you got, Santanoli?” Frank was busy compiling his thoughts before revealing to his senior commander his answer. He was still puzzled at what the data of his computer screen was showing. “I’m not sure, boss…”

“What do you mean?” asked Michael Stubbs the section chief of the C.I.A (Central Intelligence Agency) based at Langley, Virginia over the secure phone line.

“It landed approximately 140 kilometres from a village called Ayisha, but, I think, we have a problem, either with the source data or another Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) has just entered our airspace and landed without clearance and notification,” Frank remarked candidly.

“Well, as soon as you know the better…you better get out there and find out what landed. Remember, this is a need to know mission with level one clearance.” Stubbs was quick to terminate the call, as he had other assholes waiting to speak to him, which was his view of most of his staff that were quick to judge him, but most never had the balls in front of their commander to put their money where their mouth was. It was the same subordinates that were waiting to speak to him on other phone lines as he sat observing the scene from the comfort of his chauffeur driven vehicle. His black limousine was carefully making its way through the rush hour traffic as it made its way to the White House along ‘Patriot’s Avenue’ renamed after the defeat of the enemies of the United States during the years fighting terrorism. Apart from the rain and the noise of the traffic the air conditioned interior provided a comfort Michael Stubbs had got used to. ‘Power corrupts, but without it there is no light,’ he used to say to himself and others when the occasion permitted.

***
The overnight flight from Langley Air Force Base to Mongolia allowed Frank Santanoli time to consider his options. The local Mongolian operative was at Chinggis Khaan International Airport to greet Frank as he departed the CIA corporate jet.

“Hope you had a pleasant journey, Mr Santanoli?”

Frank already knew everything to know about the local asset. He had already read the file on the local CIA operative at Langley before leaving. “Yes, glad you pulled the right strings with the military here, Armed,” Frank said as they shook hands.

“Have Langley briefed you?”

“No. Only that you requested a helicopter.”

“Good. We are going as they say asteroid hunting.”

“The helicopter is over there, ready and waiting,” Armed remarked as he pointed out the helicopter on the far side of the airport.

“How far is the village called Ayisha from here and also the suspected debris area from the asteroid that came down?” Frank already knew the distance he just wanted to test Armed on his skills of preparedness.

“About an hour to Ayisha, and then another hour perhaps, depending on weather conditions. The helicopter is under military control, so we don’t have a say on that score.”

“You know this village then?”

“Yes, it’s famous for many reasons,” Armed replied.

“No time to waste, let’s get going.”

***
“Commander, there’s an aircraft approaching.”

Iron Smart could see the aircraft on its defence system. The alien spacecraft’s automated computer system was already locked on and ready to take offensive action if it needed to.

“We are protected with our shield and cloaked invisible to their technology,” Iron Smart said to his second in command Shogi.

“We will see what they do.”

***
The helicopter flew past the alien spacecraft several times as it circled the area before landing in a clearing beside a sand dune.

“According to my GPS coordinates we are in the exact area where the fallout from the asteroid hit,” Frank remarked to Armed.

As Frank and Armed searched the area they could find no debris from an asteroid, perhaps, the computer data was wrong, Frank was thinking.

“Are we really looking for the remains of an asteroid?” asked Armed.

“I was wondering when you were going ask,” Frank replied.

“No. An UFO crashed here somewhere or it landed. Well, that’s what our computer tracking told us.”

“How do you know it was an UFO?” asked Armed.

“Well, asteroids don’t slow down.”

To be continued...
 

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In my latest book “It’s Never Too Late” read how dreams do come true, but be careful what you wish for. Understand the secret of greed and you will attain one of the secrets of prosperity. The book will also take you on a journey and explores love, money, luck, and much more.

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Wednesday, 4 May 2016

The Secret of Enlightenment

The search for enlightenment can take many different paths for the individual concerned, but in the end our progress through life should be with nature and not against it. Throughout history many great inspirational people have strived in their time to influence mankind to make the world a better place to live in. Some of the greatest advances in technology, medicine, and science have come about through the enlightenment of individuals who have said that they received their inspiration from their dreams or the practice of meditation. 

Steve Jobs (Apple fame) said that he found the inspiration for the iPhone from the practice of meditation. There are many more examples where the subconscious has played a major role in illuminating the minds of great inventors. Why our subconscious mind acts in this way is a mystery, but then again so is the universe. 

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Currently, science cannot answer the mystery of our subconscious or indeed how thoughts are generated in the conscious mind. Philosophers over the centuries have pondered on the mystery of the subconscious and the conscious mind in an effort to rationalise human thought and its existence without much success. RenĂ© Descartes (philosopher, mathematician, and scientist) said, “cogito ergo sum,” translated into English: “I think, therefore I am,” which means if I doubted my existence than either someone else is doing the doubting or I exist. Descartes believed CLICK HERE FOR MORE...

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Monday, 11 April 2016

The Art of Being Rejected

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This is a true story, which happened to me several years ago now. In a way it’s a bit like one of those stories you would expect under “the tales of the unexpected” the TV series. But, with one thing missing, it’s not a creepy or a frightening story. Anyhow, it was one of those days when I would hop into my car with a couple of my paintings and drive to search out some art galleries. This was something I did quite frequently back then. I would wander off into the unknown and see what happened. It was mid-summer, the height of the holiday season as I parked up and took a stroll into the seaside town looking for art galleries. I felt sure I was in the right place. The watercolours I had tucked under my arm were a couple of seascapes, which would sell well in this seaside town, I thought. The watercolours were quite modern, but tighter than I usually paint especially these days.
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I took a deep breath and entered the art gallery right on the seafront.  My first impression was of an art gallery with very little white space. Floor to ceiling the walls were plastered with art of all shapes and sizes.

I walked over and introduced myself to the owner of the gallery. I began by explaining why I was there. Then I propped my two watercolours below her desk so she could take a look. The lady began by saying she thought my paintings were too modern. I listened to what she had to say about my work. But, just then a customer came into the gallery and walked around as the gallery owner continued talking about my work. The gallery owner said, “I don't think your work would sell well in here, it’s too modern.” I tried to persuade her otherwise, but then the customer who had just come in came over to where I was standing and stood looking at my paintings. Whereupon she asked me how much would these paintings of mine cost? I explained how much for the pair and she agreed to buy them there and then. I even had to ask the gallery owner who was listening to this conversation if I could borrow a pen as the customer was writing me a cheque.

The strangest part was after the customer had gone the gallery owner still wouldn't consider selling my artwork in her gallery even after she had to eat her words. I don't know if she was still embarrassed or what, but when I breathed fresh air the buzz was fantastic. I guess sometimes it’s difficult to convince some people even when they have had to eat their own words.

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In my latest book “It’s Never Too Late” read how dreams do come true, but be careful what you wish for. Understand the secret of greed and you will attain one of the secrets of prosperity. The book will also take you on a journey and explores love, money, luck, and much more.
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Saturday, 26 March 2016

Living with Dementia

Well, many of you that read this article will probably not agree with what you about to read, but the truth sometimes hurts and it has to be confronted. My experience comes from looking after my grandmother who lived to the grand age of ninety-six. The last years of my grandmother’s life was spent in a residential home for people with dementia. Dementia is a chronic and progressive disorder of the brain to function normally and involves symptoms such as visual impairment, memory loss, thinking, problem solving, and language abilities and varies to each individual depending on environmental conditions that may have contributed to the onset of the disorder such as Alzheimer’s disease or a sequence of strokes.  

Now, looking back my grandmother spent around fifteen years possible more doubly incontinent which means she had to wear a nappy for her bladder and bowel functions the same as a baby. At the same time my grandmother never recognized me when I visited her, which I did on a regular basis. Throughout this time period she was often spoon feed again much like a baby. I also noticed many of the other residents (perhaps we should call them patients as we do if they are in a hospital) having to be spoon feed and no doubt were probably doubly incontinent as well. 
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On my many visits to the residential home I got to know some of the other residents (patients), inasmuch as how they were glad to see other people visiting because I was told by the care staff that some of the residents never saw any relatives, perhaps this was because they had out lived them or had living relatives that didn’t care I don’t know, but from my experience it’s not easy to see the possible future and it wasn’t easy for me.

All this happened in a period of twenty-five to ten years ago before the UK government took dementia as a serious growing problem and invested money into research and preventative medication. I knew back then that dementia was a worldwide problem and wondered why governments hadn’t taken it seriously from what I had read on the Internet and why there was no medication available to lessen the effects of dementia for my grandmother.

From my experience the care staff dealing with dementia residents (patients) need to be better trained, paid, and need to be able to cope with residents (patients) that can be overly demonstrative and difficult to deal with on par with mentally ill patients.  We all have a habit of wanting to turn away from things that upset our cosy little world, especially, when we see the possible future for many of us and I know I did, but I was given the responsibility that I couldn’t ignore and I didn’t enjoy even though my grandmother had treated me without any real love for me as she acted as my mother and brought me up from the age of twelve and a half.

Perhaps, God in all wisdom wanted to see how I would react and cope as just another test for me, I don’t know, but seeing a possible future many of us will experience doesn’t make sense to me?

Are you listening,  what are you dreaming?

As Jesus said, “belief is everything.”

In my latest book “It’s Never Too Late” read how dreams do come true, but be careful what you wish for. Understand the secret of greed and you will attain one of the secrets of prosperity. The book will also take you on a journey and explores love, money, luck, and much more.

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Hey, Chuck. Did you bring any spending money? Viva la vida loca.

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