Why I Don’t Watch Reality TV

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I do not feel duped today like the millions of people who allowed their lives to be wasted by the big summer wedding of Kim and Kris.  Whatever..sorry I do not even think they deserve first name status but that seems to be the way my daughter referred to it while it was occuring.  If you are not sure what I am referring to, here is the big news.  Caution: don’t read this over breakfast!   The five million people who wasted their lives wrapped up in this nonsense might want to consider their role in this news.  They are nothing more than pawns to these people who have allowed somebody to record their lives with multiple cameras and then make a few bucks from the curiosity of people who must be so bored with their own lives that they will waste hours in front of a TV or magazine.  The print media is not in any way excused from this either.  People magazine paid $3 million for the  exclusive pictures.   I can’t believe I am admitting this but somebody in my home receives People magazine and I was pleased to see it in the trash a day after the big wedding edition showed up in the mail.

The numbers that get me (and should you also).

87 days engaged.

72 days between marriage to divorce filing.

$17.9 million NETTED by Kim and Kris in wedding related publicity.

Oh and now both TV and print media will make a fortune because so many  will be glued to the next riveting detail of the split up.

If somehow you are feeling sorry for these folks..consider this.  A total of 159 days of engagement and marriage is a little over five months.  That is $112,578 a day since the stunt started.  Divide by two and you get $56,289 a day.  Humphries $3.2 million NBA salary is no small change.   But being a part of this wedding charade was a better career option for him than the NBA..particularly right now with no NBA in sight.

I would like to take this post down the road of saying these are two young people that made some bad decisions and they will learn by them.  No, I think as long as there are people who care about this, watching the latest headlines and consuming the print media, there is another reality wedding and divorce just waiting to happen.  Paris Hilton-you need a career boost right now.   This looks like a great gig!


What Are Your Allligators?

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“When you are up to your armpits in alligators, its hard to remember to drain the swamp.”-Ronald Reagan

Are you so busy that you are not even sure what day of the week it is?  Are you just figuring out that this is the Holy weekend?  Now you will know when people are not working tomrrrow it is called Good Friday.

Those alligators….they are chomping away and hurting your productivity.  Sapping your energy as you try to avoid them.

Life does not look so promising in that swamp with those alligators.  Stay positive.  find the drain.  Alligators distract you and keep you away from your focus.  Hopefully each day you have a goal that does not involve taming the alligators.  My goals usually require ignoring the alligators, or preferably draining the swamp.  If all I do is deal with the alligators, at the end of the day I do not feel like I accomplished anything.

Some examples of alligators in my life:

Email (I bet this one leads your list also)

Problems that I have nothing to do with but somebody wants me to get involved and solve.  OK…I am a little bit of a sucker for this as, like most guys, I like to find solutions.

Social media- are you tired of these words like I am?  I have several friends who are spending hours a day on Facebook.  Not sure what that accomplishes, but Facebook has a drain..it is the off button on your computer or the browser close out window or even some programs now available that allow you to set a timer for how long you will be on a site.

Social media this and that…what do 140 character messages really communicate?  Got an idea of substance?  It most likely involves more than 140 characters.  I utilize a tool on my desktop called Seesmic and it streams in all of my social media feeds.  It actually can help me to not need to go to the various social sites and just monitor quickly the postings.  If I want though, I can just sit and read these all day.  So many are comments that add nothing to my accomplishing a goal.  There are nuggests, but I have found it to be a productivity tool because with a quick glance I can seek anything relevant.  I turn this off when working on accomplishing a goal.  I turn it on when I am slaying alligators.

Drain the swamp..let out the alligators.  It is up to you.  Your decision.  How do you define quality?   How do you focus on a productive goal?  Are you working and producing something of value or are you knee deep in the alligators?

Wisdom Vs. Bull___t

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A turkey was chatting with a bull. “I would love to be able to get to the top of that tree,” sighed the turkey, “but I haven’t got the energy.”

“Well, why don’t you nibble on some of my droppings?” replied the bull. “They’re packed with nutrients.”

The turkey pecked at a lump of dung, and found it actually gave him enough strength to reach the lowest branch of the tree.

The next day, after eating some more dung, he reached the second branch. Finally, after a fourth night, the turkey was proudly perched at the top of the tree.

He was promptly spotted by a farmer, who shot him out of the tree.

Moral of the story: Bull___t might get you to the top, but it won’t keep you there.


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The other day I was getting my blood pressure worked up over an injustice that had occurred to me recently. Like so often happens in my life, God usually sets me straight when I start spending too much time on negative energy as it affects me.  Sure enough, that same day, appearing in my email box was this amazing video. It is a little long so save this for when you have a ten minutes. Or when you think the world is out to get you.

You may already know the story as it was featured in Sports Illustrated a year or so ago. I do not recall that story providing so much on the forgiveness that appears to be a huge part of what this incident brought. Simply amazing.