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    Boredom is the result of expecting others to entertain or occupy us.

    June 30th, 2011

    This saying means boredom is part of being self-centered. Here I don’t use self-centered to mean independent or self-sufficient.

    Rather, I define self-centered as “centered in oneself” or “concerned solely or chiefly with one’s own interests.”

    I used to be bored a lot when I was in high school. Not outside of class, but in the classes. Most of the classes I took taught to the slowest student, and just dragged for me.

    This resulted in me either occupying myself with other pursuits or, if I had a teacher who forced me to do nothing but pay attention, becoming disruptive.

    I was moved into more advanced classes at least twice because the teachers understood the reasons for me being disruptive. The new classes challenged me, and I wasn’t disruptive.

    In high school I didn’t have much choice about the classes I took or the way they were taught. Looking back I was also very self-centered.

    As I’ve gotten older I’ve learned to occupy myself. I understand that I have choices.

    For example, I’ve always read lots of fiction, and, over the past few years, I’ve become more choosy about what I read.

    For some reason I used to have the idea that if I started a book, I had to finish it. Today, if I start a book and it doesn’t capture my attention, I stop reading and move on to another book.

    Occupying myself is my job. What I do is my life.


    Stop It

    June 20th, 2011

    The answer to self destructive behaviors. “Stop It”


    Consciousness Is A Superposition Of Possibilities

    June 19th, 2011

    It’s Sunday morning and too hot here in Arizona to take the dog for a walk so I let the internet distract me for a while.

    I ended up watching a Youtube video of physicist Leonard Mlodinow and the new age author Deepak Chopra talking about quantum physics.

    Now, I’ve never read one of Deepak’s books, and never spent much time thinking about quantum physics, but the video is only three and a half minutes long so I watched it.

    Anyway, about 2 and a half minutes into the video, Mlodinow says he’s never heard a definition of consciousness that makes sense.

    Deepak Chopra replies with his definition:

    Consciousness is “a superposition of possibilities.”

    Now, I always thought consciousness was being aware of my surroundings.

    Dictionary.com gives the following definition:

    Noun – the state of being conscious; awareness of one’s own existence, sensations, thoughts, surroundings, etc.

    This means my understanding of the meaning of the word consciousness is pretty much the same as the generally accepted usage.

    I thought about this a little more, and decided Deepak’s definition might be an attempt to get his followers to raise their awareness, but to me it’s a misuse of words.

    Consciousness has nothing to do with position much less a superposition whatever that is.

    Maybe consciousness is about possibilities because increased awareness allows more observation.

    But, that could be easily said as:

    ‘Pay More Attention To The World Around You.’

    That’s actually what this blog is about. How I improved my life by looking at how others respond to situations that baffle me.

    I don’t need some obfuscating (that means talking in code so he’s hard to understand) guru’s advice. I only need to open my eyes.

    Deepak Chopra @ 2.35 of this video.


    Submission to what people call their lot is simply ignoble

    June 14th, 2011

    “Submission to what people call their ‘lot’ is simply ignoble. If your lot makes you cry and be wretched, get rid of it and take another.”

    I was at a 12 step meet a while back and the topic was “Expectations.”

    I sat and listened to the people share their ideas.

    I heard statements like:

    “If your expectations aren’t being met, your expectations are too high”

    and

    “The idea isn’t to meet your expectations, it’s to be happy with what you have.”

    I don’t go to many meetings anymore because this attitude disgusts me.

    Quote from Elizabeth von Arnim,
    New Zealand-born British novelist