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Life is a Journey ~ Enjoy the Ride

The important thing is to enjoy your life to the fullest.

So many of us have a propensity to drift though life, to accept that today will pretty much be the same as yesterday, and that tomorrow will pretty much be the same as today.  That is no way to live your life.  That isn’t living that’s just existing.

So many of us live as if the most important things in life were going to work, making money, and then making even more money, and then buying expensive status symbols we don’t really need.  And yet, we know there is no point whatsoever being the richest corpse in the cemetery.   There is no good in lying on your death-bed when your best memories are of bad days at work.

The most beautiful things are not associated with money; they are memories and moments.  If you don’t celebrate those, they can pass you by.  ~  Alan Wek

What we should all be doing is living life to the fullest, and making good moments we can remember with real pleasure.  Carpe Diem ~ Sieze the Day

Here are some personal hints and tips from me, garnered by painful effort and as the result of calamitous mistakes I’ve made over the years.  Follow some of these suggestions, and I promise you that your life will get better.

  • Make a firm promise to yourself that you are going to make the most of every hour that you have left on this good Earth.  Think about your promise to yourself, get the wording right, repeat your promise every day, write it down and keep the words safe.
  • Make yourself a list of the things that you really, really want to do.  Don’t write down the things you have to do, or the things you should do, just the things you actually want to do.  Do not limit yourself to things that sound sensible, possible, or realistic, if you want it, then write it down.  DO NOT show your list to anyone else, especially not your partner, (if you have one).  Showing this private list to others will cause strife.
  • Be brave.  Take your courage in both hands and get out there ~ have adventures, slay dragons, meet interesting people, see the far horizons.  And remember this; Faint Heart never won fair Lady.
  • Don’t ever listen to your parents, partner, lover, family, or friends when they are gainsayers and tell you that you, of all people, can’t ever widen your horizons and do cool stuff.
  • Stay fit and healthy.  Work at being fit and healthy in body, mind, and spirit.  Get a lot of fresh air, sunshine, and exercise.  Eat well and healthily.  Stop smoking, boozing, and taking drugs.  Stand up straight and walk tall into your better world.
  • Always look as good as you can.  Junk all the crap in your wardrobe and buy new and better stuff.  Get a haircut, manicure, pedicure.  Lose the fat, paunch, and stoop.  Buy decent perfume, cologne, aftershave lotion, make-up, and use it wisely.
  • Do not allow yourself to be defined by your job or career.  You are not just an airline pilot, doctor, banker, hooker, or whatever.  Unless you find your career utterly, totally, indescribably fulfilling, you are not your job.  Go to work, if you have to, and at the end of the day walk out and forget it until the next working day.
  • Do not allow yourself to be defined by your apparent role in society.  You are not just a mother, husband, wife, brother, young person, veteran, bum, drunk, or whatever.  You are you, and you can be just about anything you set your mind to be.  If people try to pigeon-hole you, then maybe stop meeting those people.
  • Improve your relationships.  If you are having problems with someone; parent, partner, child, sibling, friend, co-worker ~ then do the very best you can to make that relationship work better.  But remember this; it probably isn’t your fault that certain relationships suck.
  • Leave toxic relationships.  Some connections with others are just so bad they’re not worth having.  If someone does not fill you with pleasurable feelings, if someone actually makes you unhappy, then get out of that relationship.  Tell the wazzock to leave you alone, forever, fuck off and have whatever day you want, and please don’t keep in touch.
  • Don’t worry about money.  If you have a little money in the bank, the bank doesn’t really care about you.  Conversely, if you owe the bank a lot of money, then the bank really cares about you.  Trust me, I used to be a high-powered banker, so I know all about money.
  • Finally, always cultivate and practice a really positive, optimistic, and never-say-die attitude.  A positive  physical, mental, and spiritual attitude goes a long way to making your life better, and the world a better place to be.

Nobody can suddenly start to do all of these things at once.  Some of my suggestions may be a big leap from the humdrum greyness you’re languishing in.  Start with one change today, do one thing from my list, keep doing whatever good thing that is.  Then, when you’re ready, start doing another really cool thing, form good habits, and have a Great Life.

~

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

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Islamic Terrorism Escalates

Terrorism is a significant threat to peace and security.

In some places I could be prosecuted for a hate crime, or at least be accused of racism, for even using the term Islamic Terrorism.  The simple fact is, the number of unspeakable acts of violence perpetrated by Muslims purporting to support Radical Islamic organisations such as ISIS / Daesh, has increased exponentially in recent months.  It’s terrorism, done by Muslims, and just lately a lot of innocent men, women, and children have died because of it.  The Muslim Terrorists are proud of what they do, and have no sympathy for the people they kill and maim.

Whether most Muslims are peaceable is irrelevant.  The fact is that fanatics rule Islam now and act-out what the Qur’an truly says… maul, march, murder every infidel if they won’t convert.  ~  Gary Patton

Since the horrific events in Paris on Friday November 13th 2015, when 130 people were killed, there have been terror attacks right across Europe, America, and the Middle East.  These terribly memorable events go on, and on, and on.

On 19th December 2016 a truck was driven into crowds of innocent shoppers at the Christmas Market in Berlin.

On Wednesday March 22nd 2017, an SUV raced through pedestrians walking across Westminster Bridge in London, before crashing into the gates of the Houses of Parliament.

On Saturday April 8th 2017, a hijacked heavy truck was deliberately driven through a crowd of pedestrians, including young children in Stockholm, before crashing into a department store.

The left-leaning, and ever so tolerant, Metropolitan Liberal Elite keep to their mantra that Muslims are not terrorists.  Tell that to the families of those killed in the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and aboard the four hijacked airliners on September 11th 2001.

Or come to London and tell that to the families of those killed and maimed on Public Transport on July 7th 2005.

It’s not just in Europe and North America that Muslims kill the Kafir.  Yesterday, Sunday April 9th 2017, Palm Sunday, two bombs exploded in Chuches in Egypt.  Many Muslims in Egypt and all across the Middle East hate their own Coptic Christian minority populations just as much as they hate other Christians.  Egypt is a popular tourist destination, but the whole country is quite dangerous, up to and including your flight out of it.

The list of terror attacks committed by Muslim extremists goes on, and on, and on.  Civilised Peoples cannot ever appease extremist religious terrorists, we cannot negotiate with extremist religious terrorists, and we can never win their hearts and minds.

Right now, there are some places in the world I would not like to visit, unless my trip was essential.  Among these countries are; Turkey, Syria, Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, and the soft tourist target of Morocco.  If I was unfortunate enough to have a non-essential trip booked to any part of the Middle East, I would seriously reconsider my options.  Going on a vacation isn’t worth risking my health and life on a bad bet.  Neither would I be keen on travel to Berlin, Brussels, or Stockholm for a while.  At the moment I would only go into parts of Central London if I had to.

This world has always been a dangerous place.  I am afraid that it’s becoming more and more dangerous by the hour.

Let’s all be careful out there.

~

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

travel broadens the mind

To travel is to take a journey into yourself.

Doing a little research on something else, I was bored enough to read a narrow-minded American’s opinion of visit to England, which pissed me off somewhat.  Here are some real facts about Americans;

64% of Americans do not own a passport.

In states such as; Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, and South Carolina only about 25% of US citizens own a valid passport.

When most Americans visit another country it’s to either Mexico or Canada.

Annually, less than 5% of Americans travel overseas.

More than half of all Americans have never been outside of America.

Most Americans have not been to more than 5 US states.

Many Americans have never been more than 100 miles from where they were born.

The commonest complaints of Americans visiting England are;

  • ‘the bacon is terrible…’
  • ‘few ethnicities are represented in London cuisine…’
  • ‘there is no Mexican or Latin American food in Britain…’
  • ‘British people are cold and hard to befriend…’
  • ‘the London subway is unreliable…’
  • ‘the British are obsessed with the Queen and Royal Family…’
  • ‘it always rains in England…’
  • ‘the English drive on the wrong side of the road…’
  • ‘British cars are undrivable…’
  • ‘free healthcare is such a stupid idea…’
  • ‘British TV sucks…’
  • ‘refrigerators and washing machines are very small…’
  • ‘there’s no dress code…’
  • ‘black people are just people…’
  • ‘they eat with their forks upside down…’

SFairportI’ve travelled all over the world, I’ve worked, lived, and had many vacations in the United States, I have some close friends in America, and none of the above surprises me one little bit.  American culture is so in-your-face and all-pervasive, (you only had to watch the recent Oscars ceremony to realise that), that all Americans think the rest of the world is just like America ~ trust me, it isn’t.

In addition, working Americans are allowed and take so few vacation days, (average 10 days a year), that the idea of visiting some of the great cultural sites in Europe just never crosses their minds.

The whole world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a single page.  ~  Saint Augustine

Which is why it does not surprise me that;

  • Middle America elected Donald Trump as their President.
  • Americans are obsessed with social media like Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook.
  • More than 80% of Americans believe in conspiracy theories, and that the Government has kept secrets about UFOs.
  • More than 85% of Americans believe in one or more of; aliens, flying saucers, angels, astrology, extra-sensory-perception, Big Foot, ghosts, reincarnation, the healing power of crystals, witchcraft, that they can win money in Las Vegas casinos, and that winning the lottery is a viable financial plan.
  • Over 75% of Californians believe that more than 25% of Americans are Gay or Lesbian, (the true figure is 3.5% of Americans are LGBT).
  • 25% of Americans believe in creation theory and that the Earth is the centre of the universe.
  • 25% of Americans believe they won their Independence from a country other than Great Britain.
  • All Americans feel they need a planned and fixed itinerary before setting off on their travels.

A good traveller has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.  ~  Lao Tzu

To a well-travelled, well-read, and well-educated Englishman like me, it’s very sad that most Americans are like a Monday morning quarterback ~ they think they can talk a good game, but mostly they talk bullshit.  Actually, it’s worse than that, most Americans think their opinions matter to others.  They need to get out into the world a bit more.

And in England, ‘Trump’ is still another word for ‘Fart’.

Have a nice day.

~

flagjack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

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