24th February 2017 – Quote of the day

Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.

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“Knowledge speaks, but Wisdom listens.” Jimi Hendrix

“A Wise person knows that there is something to learn from everyone” – Poster Quote (Not sure the originator)

The first is one of my favourite quotes, and one I tend to adhere to as much as possible. Mainly because it speaks so many truths. I’m an avid listener rather than a talker (mainly because I hate the sound of my own voice :D), to spread knowledge is great but to broaden the horizons of your own knowledge is much is greater, knowledge is power after all!

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I slightly disagree with the second; I would say a knowledgeable person knows there is something to be learned from everyone. Where-as a wise person would know how to use that information to either aide themselves or others with the new acquired information. But yes you can learn so much from other people, with just a little in depth observation, whether in conversation, watching them perform an act or just in a more general sense.

If Knowledge is information or a tool, then Wisdom is the understanding and application of said information or the craft within which you use said tool.

Unfortunately we can gain a lifetime of knowledge, yet never see the wisdom in it.

-The Bloggerman

Happy 14th February

Just a little shout out to all my Single friends and bloggers. I hope you have an amazing day on yet another hyped up, commercialised day of worship to another mystical glorious Saint! I dislike this day for two reasons:
1: It’s ridiculously commercialised, everywhere’s busy and everything costs twice as much.
2: My ex’es birthday was on Feb 11th so this time of year was a double whammy in monetary terms LOL

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Just because you’re ‘alone’ today doesn’t make you any less of a person. You keep being the best YOU that you can be and I’m sure someone will come along one day and show you how much they love and worship you every day, not just on Valentine’s Day!

I don’t look at people celebrating today with their partners with distaste, just don’t forget to not neglect your significant others for the other 364 days in the year (for a start it’s cheaper on any other day 😉 )

-The Bloggerman

The Rule we never Heard

Have you ever come across a term or rule that we all follow but never knew about?

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So, the other day I was traipsing through the World Wide Web as you do, and I came across an historic rule in which we all live by in the way we structure our sentences. Now the complex derivative of the alphabet and language has always astonished me. It just doesn’t seemingly make sense in my head that at some point in time communication and the symbolism of lines that create these words and letters could just come to be.

Anyway, on my travels I came across this excerpt from a book called: The Elements of Eloquence (catchy huh!) in which it denotes that;

“Adjectives in English absolutely have to be in this order: opinion-size-age-shape-colour-origin-material-purpose Noun. So you can have a lovely little old rectangular green French silver whittling knife. But if you mess with that word order in the slightest you’ll sound like a maniac. It’s an odd thing that every English speaker uses that list, but almost none of us could write it out.”

Being someone with a particularly dirty mind, my first thought was; “So that’s why I fucking love cake, and don’t love fucking cake?!” Excuse my French, but I did make myself chuckle!

Now for something that I’d never heard of, or even thought about, it makes complete sense. I was pretty fascinated that there are rules out there that everybody follows without even knowing it and if you were to disobey that rule then everybody would know instantly. After this I went on and did a little research and realised that there really are an amazing number of subtle techniques and applications to speaking English that must make it so difficult for outsiders to learn! It’s the subtle difference’s like when we record a record or present a present or tell a rebel to rebel. It’s a difference that is very hard for people to learn, and is the main reason that, in a strong French accent, there’s no difference between happiness and a penis.

-The Bloggerman

Coming to terms with Solitude

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Solitude – the state or situation of being alone.
– lonely or uninhabited place.

The definitions you’d find on the Internet. For me I couldn’t disagree more. I spend most of my time in the company of others; I work in an office through the week and at night and weekends I am socialising with friends and family almost all of the time.
I may be alone when in solitude but I certainly do not find it lonely or subdued, in fact quite the opposite. When I’m alone it’s a great time for my mind to wander and start reflecting, reminiscing and analysing current, future and past events or situations. It’s almost the only time that I can find peace and tranquillity within myself.
Of course to spend an eternity in solitude would be quite dismal and depressing but in the circumstances of my life I do find it helps to assuage any grief or tension.

-The Bloggerman

05th December 2016 – Quote of the day

“Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.” – Bill gates

“Whatever you do in life, surround yourself with smart people who will argue with you.” – John wooden

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We, as a group, find that surrounding yourself with individuals that think to a higher intellect, most discussions will get picked apart and debated, whether you’re correct or not. I find this greatly improves and aides in decision making, as you’re naturally used to picking apart and analysing things in many different styles and at the very least you gain an insight to how other peoples minds work in life; even when the answer is put in front of someone and explained, they may still have a completely different outlook to you.
Being smart is taken for granted a lot more than we account for. Being smart isn’t always being clever, and you mustn’t take for granted the fact that because you’re right; you always will be. Sometimes we forget that the journey we’re on can change at any second. You never know when the tables are going to turn and the shoe will be on the other foot. Just because we’ve been successful before, doesn’t mean we always will be. Once we’ve achieved something and we start progressing in a direction we often think that because we’ve put the hard work and dedication to get to this point you no longer need that commitment to your cause. As you all know this process of thought seldom works and we find ourselves becoming complacent and inconsistent. Of course, it’s difficult to maintain a motivated approach to cause 24/7, I often find myself procrastinating and deviating from the task at hand, after all there is now so many distractions in life to deter you. I think that’s one of the biggest problems in life, we all get so caught up in the general day-to-day activities of the norm we forget about the bigger picture.

Remain humble, remain grounded.

-The Bloggerman

Family’s an intricate entity!

The annual family fireworks get together was a lot more rewarding this year.

So firstly, I’ve been away for a while. To anyone who’s been looking out for new posts I apologise at my lack of activity.

I’ve always been under the assumption that you can only truly be yourself when you’re around closest friends; Those nearest and dearest who know all of your ‘quirky’ bad habits and your disastrous ‘imperfections’ that you may keep away from the public eye. Rest assured, I have many and I’ve always tended to portray a little bit of a different persona from the real me when entertaining family and guests. That’s not because I’m ashamed of who i am! Far from it, but I have family from different styles of upbringing and culture (Irish, Catholic, London, Country etc), so certain subjects and topics are usually frowned upon or avoided when we’re in our masses as a family.

Last Saturday was the annual family get together for the local Rye fireworks night. It was a pretty good turnout with about 75% of the family there (with ours that’s a pretty high figure :-), fallouts are common!) Unfortunately the procession leading up to the fireworks was mediocre in comparison to previous years, from what a remember a 45 minute procession was around the norm, but this year only a few bonfire societies and 2 floats trundled by, which made for pretty terrible viewing. A wet and windy day led to the sky being extremely smoggy from the wet timber that was on the bonfire, which resulted in the fireworks being hidden from vision. This was a double shame as a local hero, who went by the name of Jimper, was having his ashes sent up and scattered with the last firework and nobody got to see. Although the niece was extremely excited still so all was not lost.

Anyway, this is an annual get together and before all the hoo-ha started with the fireworks we all made our way down to Nan’s for a nice big buffet of hot and cold food and drink; Tea’s and coffee’s by the dozen, chilli, spag-bol, sausages, crisps, nibbles, it’s all there! Once fed and watered we all crowded around in the living room and people broke off into their own smaller conversation groups. Now my Nan, bless her soul, is an Irish Catholic who’s been brought up in a traditional manner away from all of the atrocities we surround ourselves with these days (so you can imagine the sort of things you wouldn’t normally speak about around her, drugs, sex, atheism etc), and she was now sitting there in amidst this conversation that everyone decided they would like to pipe-up on. I won’t go into too much detail but the conversation started by one member of family complaining that my Auntie had put the household Internet on lock-down due to ‘someone’ in the household going onto too many naughty adult sites. What followed was possibly the funniest part; the first person who was caught out was her partner, which led to everyone having a bit of banter. Our youngest cousin was the next victim of the lock-down and that’s where the conversation took a bit of a turn for the more cringey side, (I’m Lol-ing so hard right now, more-so for the look that was on my Nan’s face)  it turned out that the sites that had been visited were for cartoon adult sites. Everybody was now laughing and making jokes at each other expense and generally having a really good laugh about it, except my Nan of course who just looked a little shocked. It turned into one of those would-be horrendous dinner topics, yet it seemed so normal and nobody seemed to be alienated or to be in any form of discomfort.

It was at this moment, I leant back in my chair and took a moment for realisation and evaluation. No matter who I am, what I do or how I portray myself, no matter how strange or cringey the topic, I (and everyone else) can truly be myself and will be accepted within my family. I’m not an overly emotional person, but this realisation sent a really powerful warming feeling to me. This statement may seem a little obvious to some of you, or a million miles away from the truth for some of you, after all we’re all different and the same goes for our families. I guess it was just a really nice evening and I realised that, even though they’ll always be there for me, I probably take my family for granted a lot more than I should.

As I’ve been away I’ve got a couple of relative quotes too 😉

“Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.” – Michael J. Fox

“The love of family and the admiration of friends is much more important than wealth and privilege.” – Charles Kuralt

Until next time,

-The Bloggerman

 

20th September 2016 – Quote of the day

It’s funny, we spend such a small amount of time in this crazy messed up world. Yet we always find ourselves letting it slip away in such a preposterous manner it’s uncanny. Too much we dwell on the past, on issues that when you look back weren’t all that much of an issue and for what??

“So many people get involved with carrying grudges and having these moral battles with people, where they cast themselves as the righteous and the other guy is the dirtbag. They waste tons of energy on it, create all kinds of darkness around themselves and the other person. It gets you nothing.” – Stephen J Cannell

-The Bloggerman

12th September 2016 – Quote of the day

So I recently unearthed a little gem called Poor Richard’s Almanac, by Benjamin Franklin, a collection of periodicals were issued from 1732 to 1757. They contain humour, information, and proverbial wisdom. Some of the quotes seem really ahead of their time, definitely a high recommendation!

“If you would not be forgotten
As soon as you are dead and rotten,
Either write things worth reading,
Or do things worth the writing.” 
– Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanack 1738

-The Bloggerman

Quality YOU time!

Hey guys and girls! How are we all?

I know it’s been a while since my last proper blog, but it’s been a bit of a busy time at work with summer (not that we’ve had much of that!), so forgive me please.

To quote Newton’s Third Law – For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Life comes with its high’s and low’s, I’m yet to meet a person who is always on a buzz with no down time, it’s how we deal with the low’s and what you do to keep yourself on the right track in life (I mean this in the literal sense to your own personal agenda, no one really knows what track we’re supposed to be heading down, do they?)

Stress, fatigue, repetitiveness, grief, isolation … just a few things that can bum a vibe! I personally find stress gets to me the most. I find the universe bottles up as many things as it can find to niggle at my stress levels and throws them at me all at once, it’s never just one problem at a time is it? These will be things like work, money, cars, trying to balance everything into my life … don’t worry I’m not going to indulge in all of my life problems, maybe a different day 🙂

I’m rather fortunate, I work in an office with a few bodies and most of my down time is spent in the gym or with my friends, so I actually spend a rather small amount of time alone. Due to having a small amount of alone time this gives me reason to utilise that time and make it all about me. Obviously everybody is different, but for me personally this time is key to reflect and relate on the happenings of the world and my world. I will usually kick back and put a chilled playlist of music on which really lets me relax, music is massive part of my life so with the right genre it helps me through pretty much any emotion. Sometimes I’ll delve into some meditation and ‘cleanse’ my inner self. Meditation is a topic I’ll write a couple of blogs over the next few months, I honestly can’t tell you how much better it makes me feel, emotionally and physically.

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You always hear of people saying to spend quality time with loved ones, family and friends. What about YOU!? Please never forget yourself.

To repeat what I said earlier, everybody is different. The way you utilise your time will be personal to you. Unfortunately finding what is right for you to relax and unwind is something I cannot help you with, but I’m a really strong believer that if you spend some Quality time on and with yourself you will most definitely feel better about everything.

I would love to hear some feedback on how you achieve this, or if you didn’t before how you are going to try!?

-The Bloggerman

High five! Have some advice!

So if by some miracle you are here, reading my first blog entry, welcome!
I made this blog around a year ago with the intentions of updating every month or so … As you can see this is my first blog and that hasn’t gone to plan!

Okay so I’m going to be giving some advice which I hope will be handy to everyone, but if only one person takes something from this that’s still a success. (And i guess kind of relevant to me starting this blog a year later)

“It’s never too late!”

Now whether this statement will relate to you in regards to business, relationship, health, trying something new and scary or in any other form I’ve found that it pretty much covers the board however you look at it. I’m neither a wise old man, nor an ego crazy teen, just a middle aged guy who’s seen a little bit here and there.

I’ve found the biggest problem with change in regards to any of the topics this statement could help you with is that people will hang on to a mistake, or will be too scared of trying something new because of the time they’ve invested in the previous.

I’m surrounded by people who; are in relationships solely for the fact that they have been with them for a elongated period of time, are at jobs they no longer enjoy or aspire to achieving promotion, won’t incorporate a healthy lifestyle because they’re unorganised or are  “in routine” etc and the list goes on.

My point is that people worry about what’s around the corner and the thing is, Nobody knows! If you’ve spent 3 years investing time into X and you’ve come to the conclusion it isn’t the right thing for you, surely it is worth starting again with Y and not investing more into X? Time is of the essence and we only have a small amount of it in hindsight, so why not branch out and try something new or a little different? Jump out of a plane, apply for that new job, ask that guy/girl out you’ve been giving eye contact to every day, learn a new language;

It’s never too late!

 

 

Now, if somehow, you’ve held on until the end and read through, firstly; Thank you!
Secondly, as mentioned previously, I’m just a guy with an opinion and my blogs will be a mixture of opinions and personal escapades, which I hope you will all enjoy,

Until next time,

The Bloggerman

P.S Any advice is very welcome, please PM me!