A Walk After Dinner

Let me advocate, as I have in the past, for taking a walk – this time, specifically after dinner.

Walking after dinner is good for your mind and body. It refreshes you mentally. It burns a few calories. It’s just darn good for you.

The trouble is that it’s sometimes hard to do. You’re stuffed with food (by the way, you shouldn’t feel completely “stuffed” after eating) and a little tired.

What about just 5 minutes around the block? It’s easy to do. It’s also easy to not do.

Commit to one week of it. You’ll be shocked at how pleasant it can be.

Principles Don’t Always Make Sense to Others

Due to the wide variety of experiences we all accumulate in our lives, our principles are unlikely to universally line up with one another’s.

One person’s choice to not watch action movies on the principle that it potentially spreads violence may not make sense to the rest of us. However, it can be a valid point of view if that person has made the choice after experiencing something violent in his or her life.

You’re not going to understand the why behind others’ principles, and your own principles will often fall on deaf ears as well. So be it. They are, after all, yours. If you require the agreement of others for the principle to exist, you probably don’t care enough for it to be one of your core principles.

Purity of the Game

Eventually, all games must sacrifice some of their initial charm to reach a greater audience.

No game is immune to it (especially sports).

Can we call it wrong if it is such a well-established pattern?

Can we call it right just because it is a pattern?

Does purity deserve to be more important to our games?

Or should we continue to evolve and update in the search for a larger audience so that more may enjoy the game?

These are the questions being faced by the NFL, the MLB, the NBA and many more. The answers are elusive, yet choices must be made.

The Clear Mistake of China

China is falling. Fast.

Some people want to blame it on “capitalism” being more prevalent in China. The quotation marks are intentional, seeing as how China’s brand of “capitalism” is just a puppet on the government’s strings. It’s fake.

China’s government forces change in the markets. It tells hedge funds to buy more stocks. It tricks people into believing 130% growth is normal, getting its lower class citizens to pour all of their money into stocks.

Capitalism is not what has ruined China. Communism and the interference of the government is the force driving down China’s economy. If they had been patient and let the markets move at their own pace, there could have been sustainable growth. Instead, they are experiencing the collapse of government-constructed bubble.

This could be the same folly we have built thanks to the Fed being resistant to increasing rates in order to keep “confidence” in the markets…

At Least Be Useful When You Complain

Everyone complains.

Complaints aren’t a bad thing. They can be enlightening regarding quality and service for a business. Complaining can help someone stop a bad habit. It’s not the worst thing in the world.

What does drive me nuts, however, is when a response is given to someone’s complaints to gather feedback and the complainer won’t provide any. What was the point of complaining then? Unless you just like to hear yourself whine…but then we’ve got a whole other problem to deal with now.

When given the opportunity to justify your complaints, do so. Don’t complain and retreat. That’s just a sad, pathetic power play on the part of the complainer when directly addressed. It’s pouting. Be useful instead.

People Really Use Tinder?

Tinder is the dating app in which you “swipe right” if you are interested in the picture of the person on the screen. If the other person “swipes right” on your as well, you will both be notified and can begin chatting.

That’s dating these days for some people. Look at a picture, make a superficial judgment, move on, hope someone judges you sufficiently interesting/attractive.

Some have argued that Tinder is streamlining a process that would require you to go to parties and other social gatherings to find faces you may or may not like. They ignore, of course, the fact that at parties you could be exposed to people you really like who may not initially fit your physical interests but impress you with their wit, intellect, kindness, and/or other character traits that matter a lot more than looks. I’m not arguing that looks are meaningless, but they should never be the only factor that goes into choosing dates.

Tinder is simply an addictive game that lets you spend countless hours judging other people with the occasional perk of getting a date (or just a hook-up). It encourages superficiality of which we already have a vast supply. The app is downright stupid. Maybe even cruel.

Hopefully this represents just a dumb phase in the world of dating. If not, I’m worried.

Scott Walker, What Are You Doing?

A wall along the Canadian border is an issue worth talking about?

Not sure where to stand on birthright citizenship?

Scott Walker’s swing to try and grab some of Trump’s supporters has been a resounding failure. He has spent so much time attempting to co-opt “The Donald’s” message that Walker has failed to highlight much of what he has done as a Republican governor. Not saying that I agree with his politics (not saying that I don’t either), but it is fascinating to watch a candidate who was once polling near the top as he scrambles to find his way back.

Walker’s problem is ultimately that he, like many candidates, was yanked off course by a gravitational political force with a capital “T.” Few has resisted its pull. Those that have stuck to their own narratives seemed to have fared better. We will see what happens as Jeb Bush tries to directly confront Trump in order to at least secure the mainstream Republican vote.

It seems unlikely at this that Walker can gain much ground back, but this is an unusual political year already, so who knows.

Fighting Uphill Battles (The Pursuit of Happiness)

If life is too easy, if it always feels like the path before you is simple, be wary. Either you have opted out of living a rewarding life with challenges to outcome and obstacles to best, or you are on the precipice of great complexity and challenge.

Putting yourself in front of steep hills and regularly climbing them is the only way to build the mental fortitude to deal with adversity when it comes (and it always finds its way back to all of us).

Understand that ours is a right to the pursuit of happiness, not to happiness itself. Aiming for happiness alone is the pursuit of comfort. These are two vastly different ideas. The pursuit of happiness is an ongoing process that brings its own kinds of rewards along with purpose and joy. Comfort is a temporary station that is not under our control. Comfort can be disrupted by outside forces. It is subject to the whims of the world. The pursuit of happiness, on the other hand, is up to you. You may pursue as much as you want in whatever way you wish (within reason).

Vibes May Seem Silly, But They Matter

It seems silly to judge someone based on the “vibe” he or she gives off. After all, much of that judgment is based on bias, hearsay, and other external factors. It fails to do more than go past the initial couple layers of a human being.

However, I have found vibes to be reliable more often than not. Notions, feelings, and impressions have served me far too well to ignore them. We can’t spend all our time giving people endless chances to prove themselves, and vibes help speed up the process.

It becomes important then for us to consider the vibes we in turn put out into the universe. This concept is a two-way street. You are giving vibes off as much as you are receiving them.