Wednesday Aug 22, 2007

It's Time for a Change... "TIME TRAP .. Today"

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Well, well.. for all you calendar viewers, daily planners, and clock watchers...

Today's blog is a poem that I jotted down in 2006 (8/31/2006), revised recently.. and just as it was then.. is still fresh in my mind and close to the heart..  reflections on TIME.. and Living for Today.   Realizing how absolutely TIME crazed our world is.. and that very few of us... actually do "Sieze the day" [Latin : "Carpe diem" Horace], living Today as if it were our last.. and valuing the precious (priceless) commodity that it is.

For all of us, we seem to reach for the future or get caught up reflecting on the past, with little effort spent on Living in the "present" (a gift not to be wasted).

We will never know which "today" will be the last.. so we best start Living .. and Loving more.. ENJOYING life and it's simple pleasures.. because any day could be our last.

Reflecting on the history and origin of all things, as I tend to do.., it amuses me how EVERYTHING is time centric.. given that it's a man-made instrument of humanity .. the illusive gauge that simultaneously enabled and handicapped mankind in our quest to control, understand, and harness the productivity of the world around us.

Take the definition of time itself as an example, ..seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, etc... all of which originated in prehistory and were refined over millennia.   The days of the week (7 days likely originated by dividing the period of the moon.. ~28 days by 4 phases = 7) , eventually personified.. named and associated with the gods of the times (Anglo-Saxon, Nordic, Greco-Roman, ..), as were the 7 known "heavenly" bodies :

Sun, Moon, Tiw/Mars, Woden/Mercury, Thor/Jupiter, Freya/Venus, Saturn

== Sunday/ Monday/ Tuesday/ Wednesday/ Thursday/ Friday/ Saturday

These were the key Gods worshiped by mankind as pagans (Polytheism) when the Julian Calendar was eventually finalized by Julius (July) and Augustus (August) Caesar.  This was before science started to take hold and Monotheism gained popularity post-AD (Constantine in 313AD), when science began it's uphill battle counteracting superstition by explaining reasons for why things happen (farming/agriculture, water/waste management, nutrition/medicine, ...), diminishing the need for many Gods as people understood and controlled more of the world around them.

You probably never realized that many variations in the number of days in a week have existed over time.. 7-10 being the standard range (the Roman calendar had 10 months with 9 days per week.. the 9th being market day, .. and with the French Revolutionary Calendar.. 10 days per week for 36 weeks a year).

The beginning of the year has also changed many, many times, initially marking time according to lunar/annual events (Solstice, equinox, etc..), then following the mandates of governments/ religions (Jan 1, March 1/ 15/ 25, May1, July 1, Aug 29-31, Sept 1, Dec 25,...), and even the birthday of Augustus Caesar (Sept 23).

The ancient Sumerians/Babylonians had an affinity to base-6 math, which resulted in the calculation of PI for calculating accuracy of geometric circles from a known radius (probably originating from drawing a circle from rotating a stick at it's center.. the stick's length, it's radius, able to outline a circle by creating a 6-sided hexagon.. the natural shape that bees use in a honeycomb.. with 6 uniform segments).  This base-6 math also gave us the 24 hour day, 12 months, 360 degrees in a circle.. and 360+ days in a year.. tweaked over time to 365, etc...

Once again.. mankind trying to control the world around us, creating order out of chaos, which grounds us.. and allowed for civilization to thrive (Imagine everything before sundials where people tried to coordinate things based on sunrise/sunset and high noon .. you get the concept .. lots of disorganized .. & LATE people).  Society and civilization as a whole couldn't become more productive and thrive without it (I suppose ;) ).

Well.. either way, for this blog....it's "time" for a change.. Let me know what you think.. hope you enjoy... and don't get sucked into that old "Time Trap...".


Todd  :)

"TIME TRAP .. Today :


As the clocks now click at internet speed,
slow them please to be there.. some "today" for me.


 
Time is my curse,
there every day.
 
Too young, too old,
they take it away.
 
 
Time Past,
Time Planned,
but none for today.

 
No Present, just reaching,
hearts and minds ..gone astray.



Sun-dials and sand-timers,
the urge to control..
a guage, the imaginary sage..
.. a need, within us all.


All the time,
Every Time,
our collusion, delay.
 
Are we late ?,
are we early ?, ..
.. perpetual disarray.


Quiet Time,
Past Time,
..but no time to Play.

Yours... hours,
the intangible price we pay.


 
Time for War,
and Peace,
but none for Love.

 
Break the clocks for me..
just give them a shove.

 
 
We've embraced the dillusion,
.. TIME, the grand illusion ..
though we waste the moments away.
 
While yesterday's tomorrow
..forever abscent.. 
is always another time, we call..  Today.

 

As you dance through life,
along the critical paths we weave,
ask yourself ..
  "is this the Time of my life ?
   or the Life of my Time ?" ..

to some.. disbelief, to others .. sublime.
 
 
Through Winter, Spring,
and Summer I call ..
to the dimension of time,
though invisible to all.

 
From the Sun and Moon,
the speed of light does speak,
as myths once told, every day anew ..
emparts on us, ... the strength in life we seek.


Upon the Earth, ever spinning,
we're speeding our lives away..
.. slow it down to a crawl,  so I can sow time's seeds..
... to blossom and harvest... Today.
 
 
We're here every day,
but just for the ride.
So come have a seat, right by my side.
 
But just as it slows, ... you get farther away,
so please speed it up, I can't wait for Today.
 
 
And while I wait, please make me some time.
Put it away for tomorrow, "Today" is not mine.
 
For I with You,
Here's my "present",
....  on borrowed time.
 
 
I simply dream for "Today" ... with you..
..just one more time.   "   

 
 
 Todd J.

( Copyright 2006-2007  Todd A. Jobson )

Leaving you with a little... TIME in a Bottle .. the other thing that recursively gets ReCycled .... ENJOY !! :)



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Wednesday Feb 28, 2007

BACK... and Empowered by Perseverance !

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LOOKOUT Folks.. He's back.. :)

With a fire in my belly.. and no room for failure..
I'm refueling my determined inspiration to regain
some lost ground.. and capture some new turf ..
along with the help of a renewed perseverance.

Accomplishments all start with hope, belief, and faith
in yourself.. as part of a larger vision of success.. all
built upon the foundation to achieve.. as we strive for happiness.

Sometimes, life seems to leave us with our hands tied behind our
backs... perpetually kept distant from the carrot of success .. just
out of our reach. However, with renewed conviction.. and commitment,
there comes a point, when focused determination, love, and adversity
collide head on... this is when passionate perseverance WILL prevail !!!

This time, it's a NEW GAME ... with new rules.. and the wind's at YOUR back !!
Here's to that steadfast persistence, your conviction to succeed ... no matter
what obstacles are thrown before you .. your tenacity will ring true !

Below is a little poem I just wrote .. reflecting on the task at hand.. charting the
course.. carving our destiny ..one decision at a time.. and then acting on those decisions..
no longer being the bystander's in our own lives..

Let's turn up the heat and ignite the fire within each of us ...
... with a little extra added... ROCK and ROLL... thrown in for good measure .. ;)

Stand back .. warm yourselves.. toast some marshmallows.. and turn up the volume,
cuz... the party's about to begin.... ALL Over Again... ;) :)


Perseverance :


With a bounce in his step..
and more spring to his stride..

.. he resurfaces anew..
empowered.. and Glowing inside !


Focused on goals..
his mission is clear.

Inspired and Determined,
he devours all fear !


His patient perseverance
once again prevails

..steadfast, his princess
sets wind to his sails.


Off again he goes,
into the eye of the storm..

Strengthened and Hardened
his heart's been reborn.


He looks down from below
but jumps from above

clutching his heart in battle,
he's fueled by his love.


With his mind set on success
and a belief in himself,

The future, his present,
conviction .. his wealth.


The achievment, his purpose
his passion to compete

.. Persistent, tenacious,
overcoming defeat.


As he stands tall in victory
with a hunger to thrive,

he basks in the glory
persevering, once again .. ALIVE !


( Copyright 02/18/2007, Todd A. Jobson )


Don't forget .....
the origin of Everything ... starts somewhere !! ..

"...every new beginning.. comes from some other beginning's end.."

Turn UP your volume and Listen to my tribute to persevering ...
and plug in your appliances.. cuz this man's Batteries are Recharged..
 :) ;) ENJOY !!

Todd



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Friday Jan 26, 2007

Deception.. my Reflections..


Take a close look.. Not everything in Life is as it Appears...



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Deception, Trust, .. and Online Security ...



In this fast-paced, internet-based culture that we're all a part of, there are a few things that we all need to be aware of.   Among the long list.. items that we all need to be cognizant of, relates to online deception in all it's forms (MySpace/ Yahoo 360 Identity Fraud, Identity Theft, Security of our personal information, players, con-men/women, etc..). 

Unfortunately, an ever growing majority of those on-line are NOT honest.. trustworthy.. or even who they say they are.    MOST of these deceivers are fulfilling some inner need (conning others, living vicariously, boosting personal confidence, a fling.. a cheap thrill.. who knows).. most compelled to continue.. or addicted to the virtual recognition or relationships they hold (not honestly knowing the person on the other end of the wire).

While we need to protect our identities and personal information, we also need to work on being honest once we establish a friendship (granted.. we do need some level of keeping our guard up initially to protect ourselves.. take things slow.. don't be in a rush to give out too much about yourself.. be careful).



No matter what.. nearly every page online is backed by a person that can be hurt.. so I've written the following poem below to reflect on the impact of deception  :



Reflections on ....


DECEPTION

The Players, the Liars, the Pathological pseudo-sympathizers..
they prey on the vulnerable,

the weak.. those sad and meek.


Those lonely, or alone,
feeling broken.. or trapped at home,

They're the ones they seek..
those helpless and weak.


Fakes and impostors,
posers with on-line rosters.

Perception, just a reflection..
a Relative Reality of a friendship defection.

.. but Truth and honesty is the exception,
when deception is my reflection...
..a window on a world where trust is an election.


A Disillusioned Delusion
of deceitful collusion..

.. on-line love.. is it real,
or just an illusion ?



For many... Exploitation is their Specialization,
their duality of sexuality..

.. a vacation for excitation.
Their lapse.. in realization

.. to others.. real hell under magnification.


Expectations and elation,
all relate to a perverted sensation.

Temptation or Emancipation,
just casual exploits of the internet generation.


To be used and discarded..
left mentally scarred and broken hearted..

our fellings shattered... hearts guarded..
to the abuser ... a victory, to the victim... abuse.


Elusive invaders,
"users" .. the Invasive persuaders

Some weekend offenders,
others weathered pretenders,
all on the loose.


Predators that pray
and prey that Surrenders,

they cast their veil by day
the lure, who remembers,
most free to run their course.

Lets hope Justice prevails
..criminals punished, some in jails,
infused with a sense of remorse.


But before we claim victory.. elated,
let's ask ourselves..
Is Jealousy and Deception.. anticipated ?


Could it just be ..

.. the "Invasion" of an Illusion.. ?
.. or simply, the "Illusion" of an Invasion ?


To me, they're all Reflections..

.. Deception .. Our perception of an expectation.


Todd A. Jobson    1/22/2007

Copyright   2006-2007  Todd A. Jobson



Be careful.. and choose your words wisely.. Broken Hearts and shattered dreams are just a keystroke away.


TRUE FRIENDS ...


TRUE Friends are ones that won't run away on a moment's notice..
when the going gets tough.. (those are fair weather friends that we each
have encountered time and time again.. always looking to fulfill their own needs,
irrespective of the needs that others might have.. theirs always coming first).


Everyone hears what you say.. but TRUE Friends LISTEN to what you
are thinking about..and feel.. there for you during your darkest moments.


Caring and compassion is a key, but honesty and trust is a must.

True friends can share fears and hopes, tears and their deepest aspirations.


When all else in your life seems bleak or is gone .. you've lost hope and feel all alone..
True Friends will be there.


True Friends won't try to sway one another with Political or Religious debates.. or throw
a temper tantrum when they don't get their way. They will forgive and say their sorry..
they won't let bad days or mood swings get between them and those around them.

True friends will always care about more than just themselves.. shining when the clouds set in...

Few of us appreciate what we have.. until we loose it..

Think about the simple things in life that we have lost appreciation for.. and give thanks
to those around us just as they deserve.. reminding them of just how much they mean to us..
because here today.. could easily be .. gone tomorrow..
(Our Children, our spouses / significant others, parents/ family, friends, .. our health, our careers, our finances, our freedoms, the safety that we take for granted, the abundance of food / shelter, ..our lifestyle.. etc.. etc..)


It all underscores the topic at hand ... Loyalty, Honesty, Integrity.. all those Virtues and Values that each of us should uphold in any relationship, whether it's a friendship.. or something more.. we all need to Give Thanks !

Ask yourself... If I (or another friend) needed to reach out in a time of need... would you be there ? ?
.. and do I appreciate what those friends have done for me.. or do I just expect it ??..

.. am I only fulfilling MY needs ??.. or am I also recipricating and fulfilling the needs of those that have been there for me ??..


Balance in life is a must. To sustain what we have.. everything needs to be a 2 way street.. give thanks and don't take life .. (including those that care about you) for granted !!


Your Trustworthy blogger ..

Todd J.

Copyright :  Todd A. Jobson  2006-2007


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