Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Never easy to be positive!

Have you ever tried to think positively, or engage in positive creativity when you are tired or exhausted? You may agree that it's very difficult, if not impossible.

Thinking negatively, on the contrary, comes so easy, especially if you are not in top shape or are down on your luck. In fact, both positivism and negativism work like any sport of gravity, making climbing hard and going down very easy. lead to satisfaction and elation, while negativism is not as fun as downhill skiing, but more like a bike descent without any brakes, that lead to hurt, sadness and depression.
This is where the comparison ends, however, as positivism, in spite of the work and attention it demands, lead to satisfaction and elation, while negativism is not as fun as downhill skiing, but more like a bike descent without any brakes, that lead to hurt, sadness and depression.

So next time you're tired and are tempted to think down, relax your mind, shut it down if you can and fall asleep. This will pay greater dividends!

Monday, July 16, 2018

France, Soccer, diversity and success

During the Soccer World Cup final, a friend of mine from Nevada texted me, saying that “France is a country of immigrants as well [as the United States] and that its team was well represented by immigrants”.

I responded that the small Caucasian portion of the team was “paling in comparison to the whole” which is another truism.

If one were needed, this is a convincing evidence of diversity at work!

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Before Belgium, the U.K. lost to Trump

What happened later last week in England shows that Ms. May and the Queen didn't know how to handle the terrible Donald.

They should have known better though, had they observed and learned from what had happened before, to Trump's 16 other primary opponents or to Hillary Clinton. The man is rude and uses his bully tactics knowing full-well that no one will reciprocate under the guise of proper etiquette or diplomacy.

Like many, they should have never heeded Michele Obama's flawed motto: “When they go low we go high”.

Trump was no diplomat when he trashed May in the Sun interview and she should have told him: “I don't enjoy being insulted, Mr. Trump. If you want to have a meeting with me today, please start with a full public apology for what you said yesterday. If not, fly out of the U.K. tonight and spend the weekend in Russia, in Mr. Putin's company”.

The Queen would have then echoed her Prime Minister and sent that message to Trump: “The tea party is canceled. If you're thirsty, just ask one of your Secret Service Agent to grab a can of Coke off one of the vending machines we have everywhere in London. Goodbye”!

This, unfortunately, didn't happen as both cowed to the Bully-in-Chief.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

To ride or not to ride again?

On Wednesday I muster the willpower to get my road bike out and rode again for the first time since my accident more than 6 weeks ago. I was a bit apprehensive while walking my bicycle out of the garage, but once I hit the street, it was as if I had never stopped using it.

During my short, 5 km ride, I thought about the pluses and minuses of getting back on two wheels. I came up with this:

On the negative side, biking, just like skiing, is equipment intensive and requires a lot of preparation just to get going, like slipping on special clothes, helmet, gloves, eye-wear, getting water ready, checking the bikes for air, etc.

It's also extremely equipment-dependent (maintenance, transmission problems, flat tires, etc.)

Finally it's not a super safe sport, especially as we get older (vicinity of cars, falls, collision with people and animals, etc.)

On the positive side, it's obviously fun and part of our long, beautiful spring, summer and fall seasons, here in Park City, whether it's on a road bike or on fat tires.

In addition, we just can't stop simply doing something because there's some danger associated with it, living alone, is eminently dangerous.

Finally, we own the bikes and they're anxiously waiting for us inside our garage!

Friday, July 13, 2018

How long will I ski?

If you asked me that question today, I'd probably answer “Till the day I die”, something totally predictable.

I had just read an article in the British “Telegraph” on how to ski into old age and I, too, have my idea on it. The article tried to address injuries, natural decline and some sophisticated analysis and regimented plans. This is a bit too much. I don't want to see a guru or enroll into some kind of “rejuvenation program”!

My philosophy is more along the lines of “going with the flow” and following one's common-sense just like using more gravity and less muscle strength - that's dwindling anyway - and by listening closely to our very own instincts that tend to protect us from harm.

For instance, my body tells me not to jump a 5 foot drop anymore because it knows that it's shock-absorbing capabilities are no longer effective to soften the landing.

Of course, I try to stay as fit as I can, without enslaving myself into some unrealistic objectives, knowing full well that I won't be able to spectacularly push back my physiological decline.

You could call this being smarter in using whatever we have left, and that pretty much covers it.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Please, compete to win!

Utah is a red, red state and Republicans, an offshoot of the Mormon Church, are holding tight to power, labeling Democrats as the “abortion party”.
This November, Jenny Wilson will be running against Mitt Romney for Orrin Hatch's seat. Already, political pundits are giving Romney a clear winner. If that is the case, why should Ms. Wilson even bother running?

If you recall, Romney was the former governor of Massachusetts, a losing opponent to Obama in 2012 and in between, in charge of the Salt Lake Olympics, for which Pierre de Coubertin's motto was that “the important thing is to participate”.

I don't agree with this at all. If any one is to compete, it must be in order to win, especially in a one-on-one contest like a run for the United States Senate. My point is that Jenny Wilson must have a plan to WIN. Not just pretend to participate and let Romney take the spoil of victory. If not, there is no point in wasting money and effort to even enter that race.

The times are now extremely serious and there is no more room for another hypocrite like Romney, to represent Utah in Washington. This man is a hypocrite because he first said Trump was a “phony”, now he's ready to work with him.

Even worse, back in May of 2012 he said that the 47% of Americans who don't pay any income tax systematically vote Democrat because, and I quote him: “I’ll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives."

So my final point is whether Jenny Wilson is really willing and courageous enough to take on Mitt Romney with a plan that can send her to the Senate? I'm waiting to hear from her.

If it does make sense or if she heeds my advice, I'll fight on her side to execute that plan. Just competing without a winning plan is totally senseless.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

What to do?

Political news is rarely elating me; on the contrary, they seem to be an irritant or just maddening most of the time. So the question that arises, is how do I process them?

Do I let them make me upset, angry or even more disillusioned, or do I turn them into some form of constructive plan of action? The answer is pretty clear and applies not just to politics but anything that impacts my daily life.

Any dissatisfaction should be transmuted into some concrete action, likely to push back - even if it's generated in minute amounts - against whatever I dislike, as long as it is reasonable.

So whenever we experience something we don't like, our next logical question should always be: “What could I do about it?”, followed by the statement “This is what I'm going to do about it.”