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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Sometimes you just have to step back a bit.



These are tough times to live in.  I read people's blogs, and I know how my own life works, so I'm aware that many of us have more to deal with than we would like.

People have health problems.  They have problems at work, or lose their jobs and have problems with financial issues.

Health insurance companies take the premiums then try everything they can to avoid paying the bills when they come in.

There are an awful lot of inequities in our social system.  Some people work like dogs to make ends meet, others just sit back and whine about being oppressed while they get their free money, free food, free housing ,and free medical care.  It's not fair and it's not right but that's how it is.

If you have family, you have to worry about how things are going with them. It's a very hard time to be young and trying to survive.  Not that it's all that easy for anyone today I guess.

Sometimes, when things get a bit overwhelming, you just have to sit back and plan it out.  What's the worst case scenario, and what can you do to ameliorate the ill effects?  What's the best case scenario. What do you need to do, or what can you do, to fix things.

Keeping a good , positive attitude is important.  Remember the show "Alone."   All the whiny people who spent a lot of time feeling sorry for themselves dropped out.  The man who won just took it day by day, looked for the good things, and stayed positive.

Don't let life get you down. There are people depending on you to be calm, and work things out as best can be.



26 comments:

  1. Well said Harry.. I think that's why I go so long between blogging. I miss the days before all the social media.
    I saw a person ask once if an EMP hit what would people miss the most? 99% of the people said the internet, cell phones, social media... I said "air conditioning....just shows you where the priorities of today's society lie....

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    1. Life is more complex today. There's more to deal with than there used to be.

      But people have been having to handle problems since humans lived in cave and wore animal skins. Things have a way of working out.

      I think that planning for the uncertainties of life, as survivalists do, helps deal with the common everyday problems that crop up from time to time.

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    2. i would miss pumped in water and hot water on demand.

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  2. It is exactly what was on my mind today. Just getting sick of all the racket from the world in general and media specifically. Time to turn off the assault on the senses. If they want to have a phony crisis, a papal orgasm or any of their nonsensical hissy-fit they can go an do it without me. There is little I can do about things to change the course of events. Life is too short. Homie just don't want to play dat-game-no-mo.

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    1. There's always the frustration of watching stupid people do stupid things, that make life harder for all of us.

      I was thinking today about all the people I know on the web who are dealing with tough personal issues. One person has a family member in legal difficulties, which is worrying them all sick. Two women whose blogs I read have husbands who recently lost their jobs. Some people are dealing with serious health issues, but are having insurance problems because Obama worsened the insurance situation so terribly that their insurance is basically without value now. Some people are having health issues themselves that are pretty bad. No one is whining or complaining, but you know how that kind of thing is, you can never relax, it's always right there on your shoulder ever minute of the day. Obama and his government never seem to do anything for the people whose blogs I read. Then I watch tv and there's some black gangster who got shot in a robbery and crashed his car. He brags to the interviewer that his medical treatment and the new car the government got him with all hand controls because his legs are paralyzed, cost well over a million dollars. It just kind of runs you down......drains the energy out of a person.

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  3. I find that when I put all of my energy into my family, as tiring as that can be sometimes, I forget about my own issues and that seems to help. Reading and especially exercise have benefited me greatly in times of stress.

    Not long ago I came to the realization that many things were out of my control--Politics, world events, and ignorant people. Realisitically the only thing I can do is try to remember God's blessings and then better myself via self-sufficiency, -Troy

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    1. Well, from a philosophical level you're right. And things like politics really are beyond control. You can't do anything about them but you can try to prepare for the consequences of the idiotic actions of others.

      What's harder to deal with are all the difficulties personal friends and family are having. I have a hard time not worrying about my kids, for instance, or feeling badly for someone who is having a really hard time . For instance, there's a lady who recently lost her husband and is going through that really hard period of readjustment. I feel really sorry for her, even though she's doing a good job of staying positive. It's hard, sometimes, to sing the praises of life when it seems to be so difficult for everyone.

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    2. Couldn't agree more. It hurts to see others suffer through their own life's choices, or through no fault of their own. --T

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    3. People are resilient, I keep reminding myself. Setbacks are a normal circumstance of life. They can make a person unhappy though, and that's a shame. Life in the United States is touted as "wonderful" but in the cold hard light of day (and the long hours of the night) when you reflect on it, it's actually become pretty medieval.

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  4. Media black out should include social media. I for one have spent less time watching the news, national and local. These days news travels too fast, and is 99% percent wrong in facts.

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    1. There are lots of ways to keep up with what's going on other than the main stream media, which as you point out, has little going for it in the way of veracity or relevance. I am continuously surprised to turn on the news at seven o'clock and then the lead stories include so and so having bought a diamond necklace worth zillions, and " this is the new such and such" car accessory you need.

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    2. I see these ads for brand new cars and I stop and think back when folks could buy a house for that much. My last car was like $3,000.00. but its a 2002. My boys are making between $13 and $14 a hour at the egg farm, after taxes and such they get around $1,600.00 a month.

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    3. I don't worry much about new vehicles. I have only owned two in my life. When I need to replace one of my cars or trucks, I look for a good used one. Makes sense. $14.00 an hour would be considered really good pay here.

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  5. Harry,

    You're right on with this post. Even though we are going through family issues, I realized this too will pass and then there will be something else that needs addressed. Life is to precious to worry none stop, sit down, take a breath, and make a plan.

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    1. It's all you can do. I can't remember ever having a long stretch where there wasn't something lurking in the background , or actually happening, that we had to deal with. There's no continuity of life for most people today, which is a direct contrast to when I was young. No one knows, when they get up in the morning, what new disaster is going to blow up before they go to bed that night.

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  6. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    'Yeah I consider myself pretty lucky. Things are going okay.

    I had problems in the past. Battles won' Battles lost. Lost friends, lost family. I lost a career. I had medical problems., surgeries.

    I lost money. I got cheated out of money. I made more money. I made deals and held up my end of the bargain and I got cheated by the other party. I had apartments broke into. I had cars broke into. I got into fights. I won, I lost. I had two concussions (both from fighting) One concussion was because I got dropped on my head like those professional wrestlers get held upside down and dropped on their heads (same thing, no kidding)

    I have been abused, beaten, threatened and mistreated. I have been cold, wet and half starved.

    I have almost drowned in seawater countless times (Im a lot wiser now and I don't take the risk in the Gulf of Mexico like I used too)

    'Out of all this, I have never seen the inside of a police car, nor have I been in jail.

    I can't say that I wont have other battles and problems in the future 'Hell I am counting on other problems happing. That's just the way life works.

    In the meantime. I am still alive and standing tall.

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    1. One thing your lifestyle has given you is the lack of family members to worry about. On the other hand, you have no family to help you face the world. I honestly don't know which is better, but I think it depends on the person. You seem to be pretty content with life and you don't seem to have a lot of issues to deal with, so I would say you made some good choices within your own parameters.

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  7. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    Almost forgot. The thing I would miss the most if everything fell apart would not be electricity (in regards to the conversation with 'Jacked up Glock Mom)

    I would miss running water. Water borne illnesses are the worst. I can lay in a pool of sweat trying to sleep and be unconfortable as hell, but getting dysentery or something else will be lethal in a grid down situation.

    I found a boot that looked interesting too.

    It is called 'Enjoy the Decline and Accepting the end of the United States.

    http://www.amazon.com/Enjoy-Decline-Accepting-Living-United/dp/1480284769/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

    I thought that looks interesting. I was reading the reviews and someone wrote its great for single guys under forty because it exposes the view that people are better off staying single, not having any kids and living a spartan lifestyle of no luxuries (kinda like the military)
    I saw much of this happing years ago when I had my house built and I made it the smallest house on the block in order to keep expenses like insurance and taxes down.

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    1. I'd miss running hot water too. That book wouldn't do me much good, at this stage of life, but it would be interesting to read anyway.

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  8. I have not seen Alone. Day by day is a good policy. I am usually so busy that I can't do more than that anyhow!

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    1. I have a tendency to want to plan everything and control everything. Ever so often life reminds me that is not always possible.

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  9. Hey Harry,

    (captaincruch)

    'Harry, I have to plug 'extexanwannabe" for his latest post on islam.

    https://extexanwannabee.wordpress.com/

    I wanted to warn gentle readers of this blog that is a rather 'harsh' but brilliant posting. I am in agreement with extexanawannabe on this one and sometimes reality is harsh.

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    1. I'd say harsh is accurate. No problem though, we all have our own writing styles, and as long as people know up front that they are going to look at something that might be a little outside the norm that's ok. I do that with videos I post.

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  10. A positive attitude is the best survival skill you can have.

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    1. I think that's true. Sometimes I need to remind myself of it.

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