Taking it to the Grave!

I don’t understand how some people go through life, scrimping and saving all their money, just to horde it away.  I know that you need to save money in order to buy the things that you need and want, but this is hording one’s money beyond their needs and wants; after they have all their necessities of life, like a roof over one’s head, food in the belly and clothes to keep warm.  These people horde their money to a point that even the necessities of life are usually scavenged from the streets or bought during liquidation.  Such people usually acquire some wealth, but never enjoy their hard earned dollar in their life time, except maybe to watch it accumulate.

Thirty years ago I remember reading an article in the local newspaper about a hobo that was found dead in the park.  He had a bank passbook in his possession with around one hundred thousand dollars.  In those days one hundred thousand dollars was a lot of money, you could have bought a house for around twenty thousand back then! …….. WHY!  You can’t take it to the grave!  Do they think that the people who end up with the money will appreciate how hard they have scrimped and saved?  NO…… they are going to party with their win fall, or the government will take it.

Sadly, I have such people within my family; They are in their twilight years and they still haven’t learnt their lesson about money.

And for those of you who don’t know the lesson of money, I have attached an Irish explanation on finance that has been traversing the internet, in the way of Friday funnies for your amusement and education! 

As Oprah would say, ‘Live your Best Life’!  Enjoy!

“Bailout Package – Irish Explanation

It is a slow day in a damp little Irish town. The rain is beating down and the streets are deserted. Times are tough, everybody is in debt, and everybody lives on credit. On this particular day a rich German tourist is driving through the town, stops at the local hotel and lays a €100 note on the desk, telling the hotel owner he wants to inspect the rooms upstairs in order to pick one to spend the night.

 The owner gives him some keys and, as soon as the visitor has walked upstairs, the hotelier grabs the €100 note and runs next door to pay his debt to the butcher.

The butcher takes the €100 note and runs down the street to repay his debt to the pig farmer.

The pig farmer takes the €100 note and heads off to pay his bill at the supplier of feed and fuel.

The guy at the Farmers’ Co-op takes the €100 note and runs to pay his drinks bill at the pub.

The publican slips the money along to the local prostitute drinking at the bar, who has also been facing hard times and has had to offer him “services” on credit.

The hooker then rushes to the hotel and pays off her room bill to the hotel owner with the €100 note.

The hotel proprietor then places the €100 note back on the counter so the rich traveler will not suspect anything.

 At that moment the traveler comes down the stairs, picks up the €100 note, states that the rooms are not satisfactory, pockets the money, and leaves town. No one produced anything. No one earned anything.

However, the whole town is now out of debt and looking to the future with a lot more optimism.

 And that, Ladies & Gentlemen, is how the bailout package works.”

Until next time,

Laugh, Love & Live!

AlexE

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Determination…….

I have added a new member to my Counsellors list, Winston Churchill – for his resolve and determination.  This is a man who managed to rouse a nation to fight on, against all odds, when most of Western Europe and France had already fallen to Hitler’s armies.

His most famous speech, or segments of it, is still being used to inspire and rouse nations.  Just like our notorious Lambassador, Sam Kekovich in his Australia Day 2011: Lambassador Sam Kekovich takes on Europe commercial.  If you missed it on TV, than you can view it on youtube, link below.  Very funny and worth a watch!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1C89osd7Eic&feature=related

I don’t want to rouse a nation, just me.  The trait that I desperately need to acquire is his resolve and determination, so I can finish off all the projects that I have started.  Like my renovations, clearing my clutter and numerous other pet projects on the go.

Until next time,

Laugh, Love & Live!

AlexE

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Do or Die!

Metaphorically speaking only!

Sometimes you just have to take the bull by the horns and face your fears……. 

It is scary, but at the same time exciting, thinking of the rewards if you succeed.  And, there is no reason why you can’t succeed if you are determined enough.   Sometimes life has a way of forcing us to confront our fears and then it could be a ‘do or die’ situation….. The stick!  The ‘do or die’ stick is a powerful motivator to face those fears.  And what do you really have to lose?  The forever after ‘what if’!

We all have dreams and aspirations in life, however to achieve these dreams, we will eventually have to take action.  No matter how overwhelming the task may be, it’s just a matter of taking a deep breath and taking one step at a time.  It is hard and often a huge learning curve, often full of obstacles and setbacks, but we have to remind ourselves that it’s just like learning to drive.  There was so much to remember to do when we were learning to drive…… to accelerate, to brake, the review mirror, indicator and not to mention the other cars on the road, etc.  After constant practice and repetition, it became automatic and now seems natural to drive.  The other piece of the puzzle is an instructor or mentor to help us through the obstacles and setbacks.

Sometimes we need to do things the hard way, on our own, to learn the lessons we need in life.  Just like learning to ride a bike; after so many failures we eventually learnt to balance and to ride that bike.  The easy way is to have a mentor to guide and encourage us and keep the momentum going through the learning process.

But most of all, what we need to do…..  We need to take that first step and have the resolve – ‘My Word is Law’!  The momentum will propel us with each step or action that we take, just like learning to drive or riding a bike and the rest will all fall into place.  So what we feared the most – failure, is not really failure, but lessons we need to learn, to get to where we wanted to go.

Time to take that bull by the horns and do or die!

Until next time,

Laugh, Love & Live!

AlexE

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Goatmilk……

While I was developing my Blog, I checked out other blogs for ideas and came across this site called Goatmilk, and there was a very funny post by a Pakistani, Muslim American.

 My awkward moments in Muslim prayer

Worth a read and a laugh!

Just goes to show, we can all struggle with our religious convictions in one way or another!

Until next time,

Laugh, Love & Live!

AlexE

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Tomato Soup for the Soul!

Not quite Chicken Soup for the Soul, but Tomato soup because my mother’s veggie patch had a bumper crop!  However I did make the chicken stock from scratch 🙂

Sometimes you just have to go back to basics, both in the kitchen and in life, to fully appreciate the richness of the flavours and our lives. We get so caught up in life and other’s expectation that we forget about our own values, but life has a way of bringing them back to our attention. 

Society and our values have changed in this materialistic world.  However, what about the elderly who still hold the old values, when communities were different and it was the norm to have three and sometimes four generations living in one household.   How do we tell them, it’s time to let go of the old values.  Are society’s new values better for us?  Or are they just convenient in today’s materialistic world?

We put our sick elderly people in nursing homes because it is hard and demanding looking after them……and it is!  We think about having a full and rich life, right to the end, however how do we deal with those trapped with old values, looking after sick elderly and not letting go.  Is it right for us to encourage them to let go, after all, we just want those that are still fit and healthy to live a rich and full life.  Is that wrong?  How do we reconcile the difference in values?

Our current society does not cater for those old values, the structure is different.  The average household consists of only two generations, parents and children and everyone is struggling in their own battle of life.  Neighbours aren’t always as neighbourly and the community spirit is not always there, however there is a light at the end of this tunnel.  There are many services provided by government and local council available to families dealing with the elderly, we just need to embrace them!

By the way the tomato soup was yum!

Until next time,

Laugh, Love & Live!

AlexE

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Is fiction really fiction?

Years ago, I remember reading about the visionary insights of science fiction writers.  One particular comparison of such an insight was the novel, ‘From the Earth to the Moon’ by Jules Verne, first published in 1865 and the real-life NASA Apollo program, started almost a hundred years later, in 1961.  There were many similarities between the story and the Apollo program; the location of the blast off, in Florida; the recovery of the spacecraft, by US Navy ships; the spacecraft crew, consisted of three….. just to mention a few!

If you look back to some old Sci-Fi flicks you will find many similarities to real-life progress, or as the case may be, horror stories.   One such Sci-Fi book and flick that had a profound impact on me at the time, was ‘Soylent Green’ by Harry Harrison.  The film was released in 1973 and the basis of the plot was, ‘The starving masses depend upon a government manufactured food item called Soylent Green, to exist and the source of the Soylent Green is, the starving masses’! 

What disturbed me most about this story is that humanity could stoop so low.  That greed could consume the rich and powerful to plunder their environment to the point, that it could not sustain all the inhabitants.  And what of the inhabitants, the unprivileged masses, are they just vermin?  Well in the story, that is all that they are and the solution to feeding the vermin is to let them feed themselves….. literally!

In the eighties, when the headline news reported on the contamination of our beef with the Mad-Cow Disease, it brought back memories of the book, Soylent Green.  Although in real-life the concept of the plot was not applied to humans, but to cattle.  Cattle are normally herbivores and it is disturbing to think, that the industry, would stoop so low, as to recycle waste from the slaughtering process of cattle and produce stock feed to feed the cattle.  This included the use of corpses of sick and injured animals, which is how the Mad-Cow Disease was transmitted to cattle, through the stock feed.

This raises the question, is fiction really fiction or is it a visionary insight into our future?  Either way, if reality is just drawing inspiration from fiction, than the outcome is still the same, a glimpse into the future!

As such, we should all be on guard and ensure that the future the science fiction writers predict, is the future that we want for humanity and that some science fiction….. remains science fiction!

Until next time,

Laugh, Love & Live!

AlexE

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Waiting for the universe to get back to me!

Sometimes in life it seems like, not just the world, but the universe has turned its back on you.  Nothing seems to go right and one is constantly forced to tackle challenges and obstacle to get through life.  Lucky I am the eternal optimist!  I believe that these are just lessons in life.  They say that if you don’t learn your lesson the first time, the challenges and obstacles return until you learn the lesson the universe has set before you.  Sadly I don’t think that I had learnt my lesson the first time……so here I go again 🙂

A while ago I had read a book called ‘The Secret History of the World’ by Jonathan Black.  The book is about esoteric codes and beliefs of the secret societies, and the secret history of evolution that they veil, on the same premise as Dan Brown’s book and the movie, ‘The Da Vinci Code’.  I guess, at one point we all start searching for answers for the ultimate questions of one’s existence.  And let’s face it, these days we are all intrigued with secrets and conspiracy theories.  But are these books just fiction, flights of fantasy or maybe a different perspective on history?

In the book, Jonathan Black touches on the subject of the human consciousness evolving through different stages and the shift of consciousness from idealism to materialism.  Maybe that’s where we are, in the midst of the materialistic consciousness.  Or maybe, we are on the door step of a new consciousness, the consciousness of ‘Thought’, as mentioned in the book.

Let’s face it, science doesn’t give us all the answers, we have the big bang theory, but what’s beyond the big bang and the universe?  The main stream Christian religions are still preaching to the masses that after death our souls go to heaven or hell.  Would it not be crowded in both heaven and hell these days?  Unless you are a Hindu, then you believe in reincarnation….. It solves the problem!

 You can notice this shift in consciousness, by the type of books and movies that are coming out these days; like the Matrix , The Da Vinci Code and the current TV series ‘Fringe’, just to mention a few.  They challenge our beliefs and encourage us to ponder, what reality is and the meaning of our existence!  I remember as a child I used to look at the sky (before pollution and so forth), and wonder if, in the scheme of things, could we just be ants in an ant farm under some kids bed?

I know that the meaning of life will not be unravelled in my life time.  But as they say……. it’s not the destination, it’s the journey that is most important!

Until next time,

Laugh, Love & Live!

AlexE

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