Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Please Visit

Although I will not take this blog down I will not be making any more entries. Please visit my new blog - Vancouver Vagabond.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

It is Better ...

Are you aware of the saying 'It is better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and remove all doubt'? I love it and it fits so many people especially those who seem to have the intense need to tell others how to live their lives. They think that they are being honest and helpful when they speak their minds. They poke their noses into the business of people all around them and meddle in events that they can make worse.

I may talk a lot but I am soft spoken. I don't like conflict and tend to be an introvert. I am open about things I do and feel. Therefore I seem to attract people who consistently tell me how to live my life as if I can't do it on my own. It is annoying and sometimes I have to snap at the person just to get some peace. Most of the time I just ignore whoever is interfering in my life and there have been times it has been quite amusing. When a person who knows it all, speaks their mind and knows everything tells me something that is totally wrong I just look at them and shake my head.

Because guess what bossy people? I don't want you to tell me how to live my life. I know I make mistakes but that is part of the fun. I know I sometimes drink too much, eat too much and don't exercise enough. I know that I am not perfect - as if I would want to be - and that there are things I can improve on. If I feel like it I will improve those things. I know I spend a lot of time alone but I like being alone.

Bossy person you are not perfect, you don't know everything there is to know and you are not the master of the universe. You open your mouth and remove the doubt much too often. And as for speaking for your mind? Be careful you might not have anything left.

Until the next time.

(PS I decided not to start another blog. I am having difficulty keeping up the ones I have.)

TAGS:, ,,,perfect,negative

Friday, May 14, 2010

Updating

Just to let everyone know that I will not be updating this blog regularly (not that I do now. LOL) since I have a new blog that I am working on creating. Once it is finished I will announce it.

Thanks.

Karen

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Sending Out Prayers

Friday I learned that my idol, my favourite rock musician, a man I do admire – Bret Michaels – had been hospitalized with a brain haemorrhage. I have been upset and concerned over this issue as would be expected. Especially since the man is only 47 years old and has two young daughters. I am praying for him and will wait and see what his website states.

I admit that I have been getting my information from news reports and from TMZ.com. I shake my head at the reports I have been reading. One report states that Donald Trump has spoken with the hospital officials and the prognosis for Bret isn’t good. Trump is not family why would the hospital tell him anything? Another news report states that Bill Goldberg – the actor and wrestler who Bret has been on Celebrity Apprentice with – warned Bret the day before that his rock and roll life style was going to give him health problems. There have been more wrestlers that have died young in the last couple of years than rock musicians. Of course I don’t know if Goldberg actually said this or if Trump actually reported he had spoken with the hospital.

Then the comments from the public take all this to another level entirely. Suddenly everyone is a doctor and knows what is going to happen. Comments such as he will be a vegetable; they are only keeping him alive so his family can say good bye; he drinks too much; his smoking caused this; he’ll never perform again and the list goes on. The ignorant ones that say he should just die, that he is an old, ugly man without talent and anything like it are just a waste of space. Think of his young daughters. What if they read that?

If a celebrity I didn’t admire was going through the same thing I would just think how sad and move on. Why waste the time and energy to post something negative? Especially since it will come back on you eventually. I think that is one of the problems with the Internet. Everyone can state their opinion and speak as if they know what they are talking about. They can spread nastiness and lies if they so choose. That is not the way to live. I sometimes wonder how sad the lives of those
negative people must be.

I am going to leave the medical stuff up to the doctors that are treating Bret. After all they are the ones with the access to his brain and the tests etc. They are the ones that know how to read it. Yes there are those who have died from this and then there are those who have survived and gone on with normal lives. All we can do is hope and pray. And I am praying for Bret and his family and his friends. I hope you will too.

TAGS:, ,,,TM.com,,negative,Bill Goldberg

Monday, March 15, 2010

Image

It astounds me how reasonably intelligent people can be so suckered by the image that PR machines create. For an example I'll use how former President George W. Bush is viewed compared to current President Barrack Obama. And this blog isn't to support either man - just point out what so many people are missing.


Bush was marketed as a down home, country boy without the polish that many politicians seem to project. He mispronounced words, took his time making decisions, placed his family and religion above all else. People say he is stupid but I think it is the other way around. PR people, image consultants, speech writers all created the persona we see on TV and in the news. Those mispronounced words were purposely written that way to enhance his country charm. And whatever you think of Bush, it worked. He took the highest office in the country twice.

Then we have Obama. A well polished man of African descent. The time was just so right to bring someone like him into the political arena. With a major economic fall that is worldwide, though some blamed it totally on Bush, the United States was ready for something different. They needed new blood in the White House, someone who could appear like an underdog which an African American man would. He was up against the 'old boys club' and he took the victory. From his catchy slogan to his well rehearsed, teleprompter fed speeches, Obama appeared to be the saviour. In the fashion of the memory of the late President Kennedy's term, once again the White House would be a place of hope, of progress, of fashion, of beautiful people.

Yeah, Obama was the exact opposit of Bush but don't think that he started that way. He has image consultants that groomed him, PR machines that produced him and of course the speechwriters that gave him the words to say.

Like I said this is not a blog condemning either man but an observation. And I wonder how many of you actually get it. The next time you look at a politician or any other public figure and say 'what an idiot', think again. Are you actually the one that isn't so smart?

TAGS:, ,,,image consultants,country boy,speechwriters,President Kennedy,beautiful people

Monday, February 22, 2010

Can't Please Everyone

Rick Nelson had it right in his 'Garden Party'. You can't please everyone.

Take the 2010 Olympics. Some Canadian politicians were griping because the opening ceremonies didn't have enough French yet people here in Vancouver were ready to switch off the broadcast due to the amount of French being spoken.

A politician makes a decision about almost anything and there are going to be happy and unhappy constituents. It just happens that way. Does that mean that the politician is incompetent? No, especially if you ask those he or she pleased.

In addition to that silly little piece of news there are those who were so against the money spent on getting the Olympics together. Never mind that the construction projects helped people get employment in these difficult times so they are paying taxes and not living off the government. Forget that a highway that has taken lives over the years was finally upgraded. And don't worry about the fact that our taxes went to help support young people who sacrifice so much so that they can have a chance to become the best and compete against the world. And they did a mighty fine job of it if I say so myself.

So many people say that the money should have gone to the poor and addicted. We already shell a lot of money out for welfare. There is the needle exchange program, the safe injection site, programs to help those with drug problems conquer their addiction and so much else. I don't have a problem with trying to help those down on their luck but sooner or later we have to realize that throwing money at these problems isn't working.

By bringing the 2010 Olympic Games to Vancouver we have an opportunity to show off our city and province and to entice people to visit. And others to stay and bring more monies into the province. Monies that can then be used to help those who need it as well as improve matters here. But if Vancouver bursts with new business, people and money that will cause different problems and there will be complaints.

So there is no way to make everyone happy. No way that one idea is going to please the masses. Fortunately the politicians cannot heed the next line in the song and please themselves. That is a blog for another day.

TAGS:, ,,,Safe Injection Site,needle exchange,drug addicts,Ricky+Nelson,Garden Party

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Be Happy

I was watching a show with the Dalai Lama, Richard Branson, Jack Canfield etc. It was a show on gaining success in your life and was basically another way of telling 'The Secret' but this attitude about being happy is really interesting.

It doesn't take much to be happy. In order to be happy a person does not need wealth or an abundance of material possessions. If that is what you think is going to make you happy then you never will be. You will be always be wanting more and never having enough.

As a person who has struggled with weight issues for about thirty years I can tell you that waiting until you are thin and in shape to be happy doesn't work either. You just put unreasonable pressure on yourself because you are waiting for what you feel is the perfect time to enjoy life. Not the way to live.

There are people who say they won't be happy until they have a mate. There is a very good chance you will spend your life alone or with a person who will bring more negativity and unhappiness in your life.

In order to be happy you have to decide to be happy. You have to make a conscious effort to try to look at the bright side of things. It isn't easy especially if you have been a pessimist and are trying to change.

I do my best to be positive and happy day to day but I don't always succeed. This morning I woke up in a foul mood but that could have something to do with the fact that an alarm woke me up three times last night. I tried exercising but couldn't get into it so I had a cup of chamomile tea and lay on the heating pad before going for a long walk. I wear an ipod on these walks and I get into the tunes. That is usually a sure way to lift my mood.

Then I come home. That stupid alarm is going off intermittenly throughout the day and I read how other countries are apparently not happy with the fact that Canada is no longer quietly proud but cheering their players vigorously. And how the province has wasted millions of dollars because a few countries are not pleased with technical difficulties that have happened and what they feel are injustices. I grit my teeth and silently repeat 'be happy, be happy, be happy'. The kettle is boiling for another cup of chamomile tea.

It is an effort to be happy. There are so many things that can disrupt that flow. Like a negative neighbour or friend or relative. I don't watch the news because it is depressing and I refuse to fill my head with the dark emotions.

You see I firmly believe that if I am happy I will attract good things to me. If I smile when I would rather snarl then I have won that battle and it improves my mood faster. My life may not be exactly what I want but I will make things better. Or not. Either way I am going to do my best to 'be happy' most of the time.

TAGS:, ,,,weight,negative,good,Richard Branson,Dalai Lama,Jack Canfield