To Hell with circumstances. I create opportunities”
— Bruce Lee
For my fellow history-buffs - Today is the 100th anniversary of the Austro-Hungarian empire declaring war on Serbia. An event that kicked off WWI and 4 years of bloodshed on a scale that the world had never before witnessed.
Not only was WWI appalling in both it’s horror and scale, but it ultimately created the circumstances under which WWII, and all of its unspeakable atrocities took root.
Take a moment today to reflect on what we have as a country and the freedoms we enjoy. Without the sacrifices of our men and women in uniform it’s anyone’s guess what this country, nay world, would look like.
And if you’re interested to learn more about the history of WWI, I cannot speak highly enough of “A World Undone” by G.J. Meyer. A book, that in my opinion, should be required reading for every high school history course. Also available on Audible.
I’m listening to Dookie. And guest what… it’s still awesome.
This song just brings a smile to my face every time | @SOJAlive | “Let You Go” | #Happy Saturday
I bargained with life for a penny
And life would pay no more,
However I begged at evening
When I counted my scanty score.
For Life is a just employer,
He gives you what you ask,
But once you set the wages,
Why, you must bear the task.
I worked for a menial’s hire,
Only to learn, dismayed,
That any wage I had asked of Life,
Life would have willingly paid.
— Jessie B. Rittenhouse
An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself”
— Albert Camus
Nothing recharges my batteries like fresh air, sunshine, and a bent rod… The Tug’s the Drug!
As a man (vs. a boy), I often get caught up in the day to day process of getting it all done. I forget joy. I forget nature. I forget that its all so amazing. When we’re kids, the wonder of the world is right there. As a man, I’m supposed to be excited by a fumble in football, or a spike in the stock market. But this? This reminds me I’m living in the middle of a miracle.”
— The Good Men Project - Mark Greene
The adjacent possible is a kind of shadow future, hovering on the edges of the present state of things, a map of all the ways in which the present can reinvent itself.”
— "The Genius of the Tinkerer" - Steven Johnson - Wall Street Journal