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Make Things Happen

nothing happens unless first we dream

That Jigsaw Does Turn Into a Car

The first step in almost every journey is knowing where you want to go.  The first step in any project is knowing what it is that we want to achieve.  To achieve anything meaningful we must first have some sort of a plan.

We choose to go to the moon in this decade…..  ~ President John F. Kennedy

Less than seven years later Neil Armstrong was the first man to step onto the surface of the moon.  The whole Apollo program cost about $25.4 billion, and that dream only took about a thousand years after the rocket was invented in China.  The lesson is that to realise our dreams we must not only have a plan, we must also have the means and the perseverance to keep on going when it all seems hopeless.

There are a couple of pertinent lessons from history;

If at first you don’t succeed try, try, and try again.  ~  Robert the Bruce

and perhaps this more interesting and valuable piece of advice;

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.  ~  Albert Einstein

However, one must always remember that some dreams are totally misguided and the projects they turn into become utterly stupid delusional chimera.  One example of a dream turning into a South Sea Bubble is Tesla, the Californian manufacturer of expensive electric cars.  Despite that their least expensive Model 3 costs some £39,000 in England, and their most expensive roadster will set you back about £200,000, it will take about 1,600 years for the company to earn back the amount of money invested in it.  Frankly, I think you’d be better off investing in bitcoin, and that’s the investment equivalent of playing roulette.

A fool and his money are soon parted.  ~  King James Bible

The dreams of most men revolve around the equilateral triangle of money, sex, and power ~ and the greatest of these is money.  Given enough funds most men can get all the casual sex they want.  And, if you have enough money, some ‘friends’ and lots of perseverance, even a stupid man can become very powerful.  I cite Presidents Trump and Biden as my examples.

Some say that the mark of a man is not what he achieves, but what he longs to achieve.  And that all human activity is driven by desire.  All I know is that we should be very careful what we set our heart on ~ we may get it.


jack collier


that’s supposed to be an ark

oh Good Grief!

My Life’s Plan

at dawn, at the morning of the day, all things become clear

Conscious thinking is what we do when we don’t know what to do.  When you don’t really know how to drive a car, you have to think about it.  When you can drive your subconscious mind takes over and leaves your consciousness free to do other things ~ like try to work out WTF you’re lost.  For 95% of the time your subconscious mind is running your life.

Yesterday, while I was out taking my meditative walk, my subconscious mind came up with an idea ~ a plan for living the rest of my life.  Except it wasn’t just an idea, it was the whole plan, almost fully formed.

Take up one idea.  Make that one idea your life ~ think of it, dream of it, live on that idea.  Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone.  This is the way to success, that is the way great spiritual giants are produced.  ~  Swami Vivekananda

This plan is simple, complete, integrated, mindful, and self-contained.  There are only 5 parts and each one is important to the whole;

  1. Live a Healthy Life.  It is health that is the real wealth, and not pieces of gold and silver.  Gandi.  For most of my years my lifestyle was unhealthy: too much work, too  much stress, too much booze, not enough sleep, not enough exercise, and no spirituality whatsoever.  Now I have an eating plan in a Paleo Diet, I walk 10,000 steps a day and do a little yoga, have a good sleep routine, and I am sober.
  2. Travel Far and Wide.  The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page.  Saint Augustine. I have travelled the world, but mostly I have done it with my eyes and heart closed, and mostly I have travelled alone.
  3. Enjoy Time with my Friends.   ‘Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and to have her nonsense respected.  Charles Lamb.  For most of my years I pushed people away, now I hope I can welcome new friends into my life.  And what better way to travel the world than with a special friend.
  4. Words and Pictures.  Write what should not be forgotten.  Isabel Allende.  I do not need to work but I need to be creative.  Reading, writing, photography ~ hell I may even learn to paint ~ people, places, things, ideas, beliefs…..
  5. Spirituality.  A healthy mind in a healthy body ~ Juvenal.  And this is the crux of the whole plan.  I lived in a straight-line, goal-oriented, competitive existence, and I was wealthy in money, miserable, sick, and suicidally depressed.  I cannot learn spirituality, I need to live it.

I believe in this plan, that it will work for me.  Thinking about it, my plan doesn’t work without integrating all of these 5 elements, but I don’t need to add a number 6.  Even Love is encompassed and runs through the whole of it

Some say that no plan survives contact with reality.  And that they could live happily if only…..  All I know is that tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.


jack collier


evening, a time of rest and reflection


Creating Your Dream

Failure is not final ~ it is the courage to continue that counts.

I am successful enough to visit places like this.

For a little while I had this weird idea that I would never make plans again ~ that I would just drift along like some Californian beachcomber, taking whatever each day, each hour, gave to me.  No goals, no dreams, no program, no plans, no schemes…..  And what a fucking damn stupid idea that was.  I’m better than that.  Anyhow, without a solid program I’d just drift deeper down into the Dark Abyss.

Without dreams and goals, plans and schemes, my life would be grey and meaningless, and who would want to know a guy like that?  Without plans how could I have a truly rewarding relationship, and how could I take my favored travelling companion on a road trip to see the world?  Rely on chance, fate, luck…..?  Relying on luck to create my future seems like a bad idea to me ~ a bit like relying on winning the lottery to solve one’s financial problems.

The future is not something we enter.  The future is something we create.  ~  Leonard I. Sweet.

Truly successful, really interesting people, never rely on chance or fate.  You might look at an extremely accomplished, charming, Renaissance-type man and think he just got lucky ~ just being in the right place at the right time maybe?  You know what?  Every piece of what seems like good fortune is usually the result of hours, days, months, years of hard work and preparation.

The more I practice, the luckier I get.  ~  Gary Player

So, I’m going back to making plans.  Actually, I already have goals and dreams and plans and schemes ~ and they’re mostly written down.  But it isn’t enough simply to have goals and dreams, a plan of how to achieve them, and some idea of what things will be like when you’ve reached your goal.  Putting a plan into action involves believing that you can create your own future, that neither luck nor fate nor somebody else will determine what happens ~ your future is in your own hands.

What we think and feel are the lock and the key to our future success.  Not allowing anything that happened in the past to determine our present and our future begins in the mind.  We should not allow others to bring us own, and we should never rely on others for our happiness or our success.

Some say that their lack of success is all their parents fault.  And that chasing a dream is too risky and just a waste of time.  All I know is that a goal without a plan and hard work is just a wish.


jack collier


In the sunny USA I usually plan on driving a Mustang convertible

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