The airplane sits idling on the tarmac just feet beyond the jet bridge as a soothing voice can be heard over the speakers; “Should we experience a decrease in cabin pressure, four oxygen masks will fall from the ceiling compartment in front of you. Should this occur, reach up; pull a mask toward you, placing the cup over your nose and mouth, securing it with the elastic band. Please secure your own mask before assisting others. Breathe normally, even though the bag will not inflate, know that oxygen is flowing.” Anyone who has traveled by air has heard this flight attendant’s safety presentation. Continue reading “Professionally; Put Your Own Mask On First”
“This pain in my side is really driving me crazy.”
“Honey, why don’t you take the pain pills that you have?”
“Because the doctor hasn’t determined what is causing the pain. If it gets worse, I need to be able to know it. If the pain is hidden by the medication, I will have a false sense of security thinking that all is well when it really isn’t.”
The above conversation highlights a central belief of mine. Pain is just a symptom of the actual problem; it is not the problem in and of itself. Physical, mental and spiritual pain is our body’s way of communicating that something is wrong. In neighborhoods all across the Country; we see, hear and feel the communications telling us that something is wrong in our societies. And just like the short discourse above between two loved ones, the evidence point to the facts that we are torn between continuing to manipulate the symptoms and wanting to solve the problem. Continue reading “Cloak the Pain or Solve the Problem”
We live in a time when campfire stories, legends and myths are no longer the common method of detailing remarkable persons, places or events. For millenniums, leaders have been memorialized through the retelling of their outstanding character traits. In some ways we seem to have outgrown those ancient forms of communication for something better; something more progressive. As a storyteller, I am personally torn in my acceptance of the various forms of modern communications. Continue reading “Millenniums of Storytelling”
After many years of research and countless interviews on the topic of wise decision making, this picture sums up my findings nicely.
In the study of the lives of people who openly admit that they had tremendous struggles in their life and through deep personal reflection, we can usually pinpoint the single initial choice that started much of the discord. The pivotal questions that I routinely ask are,
“What other choices did you consider at that moment in time?”
“Did you consider at the time, that one of the other choices would have been the right or even a better choice?”
“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”
Look at any company’s website, mission statement or recruiting material; one of the first messages you will receive is that they value their people. This is a great sentiment for them to portray because we all desire to be valued…but do they? If they truly do, it will be evident by the experience level of their workforce. Current statistics paint a different picture however. Tenure is down and long term employees are starting to build tenure later in life so maybe, just maybe, our business leaders don’t really get it; despite what they are trying to make us believe.
What’s the big deal?
Have you ever seen the statistics on New Year’s Resolutions? Below is listed the top ten resolutions for the year 2015 as assessed from a University of Scranton study.
|Rank||Top 10 New Year’s resolutions for 2015 – University of Scranton|
|3||Spend Less, Save More|
|4||Enjoy Life to the Fullest|
|5||Staying Fit and Healthy|
|6||Learn Something Exciting|
|8||Help Others in Their Dreams|
|9||Fall in Love|
|10||Spend More Time with Family|
They then grouped those ten into four types of resolutions, Self improvement or education related, weight related, money related, and relationship related.
As we enter into a new year, it is common for each of us to search our hearts and minds for guidance toward new directions in our life. Over time this soul searching that develops into the conviction for an en route path of change has become known as a New Year Resolution. For all of us who has honorably and with the best of intentions, set a new course for our life only to see the road eventually wind back around to the familiar and well-worn ruts of previous years; fear not, the solution is not as difficult as it may seem. Through the Power of the Wisdom of Three our goals are within our grasps. Continue reading “Three Requirements of Positive Change”
Once more we are given a template for wise decision making, over the top productivity, and a cohesive business model through the simplicity of the Wisdom of Three. To understand this lesson all one needs is to consider the ordinary wood screw.
The screw is a mechanical marvel based on the working principles of the helix. It has only three parts, the head, the shank, and the helix; each part, though separate and unique in functionality it is manufactured from one stock, contributing to the overall success of its use. This simple machine is commonly used in construction to accomplishing three goals; binding, strengthening, or stabilizing two piece of material to one another. Continue reading “The Power of the Wisdom of Three Teaches Teamwork”
As a Modern Solutionary I enjoy solving problems. That is what I do!
I have a great solution that would likely put an end to the abortion battle without having to change the abortion law of the land. Instead of fighting amongst one another over whose rights are more important, let’s celebrate the truth that no one can deny; the date our life truly began. I propose that we, as a nation, change the way we define an individual’s date of existence, our traditional birthday. We should pass a law (all politicians love to pass new laws) that establishes a more progressive age tracking system; one based on the individual’s start of life not when they are removed from their mother.
With the vast medical advancements made in prenatal medicine; it is time to change with the times. Who could oppose such a modern program?
Instead of celebrating an annual birth day to keep track of our age; each person will celebrate their “Life Day”. This date will be the date a doctor ascertains to be at least thirty days after the date of conception. This date is based on scientific evidence that our heart begins to beat anywhere between eighteen to twenty four days from conception. If any rational person came across any life form with a beating heart they would surely consider it to be a living creature. This is the true start date of any species’ existence. Our traditional birth day is nothing more than our revelation date to the world and our families.
“Now think, what difference would this change make?”
Well, if our Life Day was medically established and a Life Certificate issued at that time then any disruption to that life would result in a required Death Certificate. The doctor or coroner would be mandated to list on the death certificate the reason of death; making both certificates a permanent record of the concurrent events. By requiring the medical professionals to explain this process to an expected mother at the detection of a heart beat would drive home the facts as they truly exist. We would have legal recording of the documentation of the new life and in the case of an abortion; the death.
Imagine if this would have been the process since the passing of Roe v Wade and the States would have had to list all of the abortion deaths in their statistical reports. It is estimated that over fifty eight million “legal” abortions have been performed since the law passed; each without the requirement of a death certificate. For your knowledge, currently a death certificate is only issued for non aborted fetus’ older than twenty weeks. Aborted fetus’, regardless of age, are not part of any permanent vital statistic record in the United States.
If a child is issued a life certificate that would mean that the parents would have ability to cover the child with life insurance and health insurance prior to the twentieth week of gestation. From what I know about insurance, using the “self-inflicted exemption clause”, neither health nor life insurance would be required to pay the claim. This would also solve the dispute as to whether the Affordable Care Act should pay for an abortion with tax dollars. By definition, it would not. Currently there are some restrictions as to the level of coverage for health insurance and life insurance on a non aborted child cannot start before the twentieth week of gestation.
Think about how the discussions would change about sex between consenting adults. With the possibility that within forty five to sixty days of their sexual union a life certificate might be required to be issued resulting in the couple having to declare their parenthood on the document. With the additional ramifications of that legal record as well as that of a death certificate in the event that one or both of the couple desire an abortion; it could offer cause for further consideration as to if the risks out ways the pleasure. What if sometime in the future, these individuals had other children and those children decide to do a public search of possible siblings. The life dates, dates of death, and cause of death would be revealed. Would this possibility help people make better choices before it goes that far? I would hope so.
Wouldn’t you like to see us to start celebrating the Life Day of our children?
What do you think?
If this is my last post, I want all to know there was only one purpose for all that I have written; to have made a positive difference in the lives of others.
Anthony “Tony” Boquet, the author of “The Bloodline of Wisdom, The Awakening of a Modern Solutionary”
This is a story about a young man who grew up in a verdant valley surrounded by foothills and a beautiful mountain to the east. Every morning he would awaken before the sunrise so that he could view the unique majesty of the various images that the sun’s rays would create as they shot past the magnificent peak. He was amazed by the multitudes of colors and the contrasts of the rays depending on the amount of clouds or the seasons of the year. Continue reading “Our Visions Change Our World”