This is my favorite ad from the superbowl because it is creative, makes a cool statement and has good music. It’s one that makes you think and says at the end. Things change. but pepsi stays tasty, relevant and brings people a little pleasure no matter what the fad is. enjoy!
I was talking to my brother-in-law, Charles Talbot, today about dreams. He was saying that the last couple of years there had been lots of broken dreams. I think many many many people feel the same way. This got me to thinking of a time in my life when I thought one of my dreams had died.
I had always wanted to travel around Europe. And once I was put on a special task force with several other people at work: our mission was to go to France and set up sites for UPS. Two weeks of hard work and then 4 weeks of support. The support thing was they real sweet spot. We just had to be within a days travel of the 6 or 7 sites we were to setup. That basically means anywhere in France. We were going to have a 4 week all expenses paid vacation in France from the company. I had registered for school,but with this opportunity I dropped out. I think I was so excited that it got annoying to people at work. Because when it all fell apart and the trip got canceled, of course after the semester started. I had a bunch of my coworkers laughing at me. Sure I was bummed, but I had been exciting to think for a couple of weeks is was going to happen.
What was amazing is that within two years I had a chance to go to Europe again. I got 4 trips total out of the deal. Spain, Italy, Germany and England. For a total of 5 + weeks. All the trips were amazing. Some work but there was a lot of what you would consider vacationing. I visited, Museums, went to plays, ate exotic food and met some wonderful people. Looking back… these trips were better than the if I had gone to France.
It’s funny how sometimes our dreams turn out better than we thought.
Keep dreaming. Keep Working. Try to endure the storm and love life!
I have been involved with the Boy Scouts for almost 30 years. It is a great organization. In the past I would get information for meritbadges from www.meritbadge.com/org. I hadn’t been there in over a year and I see that they have moved into the web 2.0 arena. Check it out if you are into Cub Scouts or Boy Scouts they have some great resources on that site. I am going to add it as a link too.
I have been struggling on what to call my self when people ask what I do. So last night I was inpired, as I was contemplating all the things I can offer people and business when it comes to the internet. I can build and design web sites that is true. But there is so much more to the internet than building websites. There are so many tools and applications on the web that will make you personal life better, make companies more competitive. One thing I have realize also that the internet being connected with technolgy and is ever changing so people need to be kept up to speed on what the internet offers. So I have decided to change my title to Internet consultant and I am also going to change my pricing model. I haven’t worked out all the details on the pricing but it will make the services I offer.
For instance I was working with a bike shop in a little town. At first I was looking at what I was going to do to help the owner with the web site. However, after a little research I found out that there was a company that is specifically tailored to helping bike shops set up a really killer web site. The owner, being freaked out about the economy, decided not to do it. But I went from recommending a change to his web site to recommending an application that really was going to make the business look better and save them a bunch of time on updating their own site.
There are tons and tons of applications, so are even free, that will make the online world easier for companies and individuals. The real problem for business is they don’t have the time or the resouces to find and develop these things. That’s were I am really going to add the value.
Twice this week I have been told stories by friends that when life just got too much to bear they prayed that they would be helped. While all of their problems didn’t vanish they were given respite from the storms that were raging in their lives. Enough reprieve the were able to rest and regain the strength they needed to carry on. This has reminded me God does care about every person and if we are willing to let him into our lives he will carry us through the bad times. Which reminded me of a talk given by Elder Bendner about tender Mercies.
Elder David Bendenar
This is a personal post. and I am guessing most of the people reading my blog are family . This is mostly a journal type entry. Today I figured out something that I hadn’t realized before. Most of my life I have imagined that the Atonement was only taking effect in my life at the spots were I was making mistakes and I was trying to repent for those mistakes. I know the Atonement has taken effect because I remember the remose and anguish I have felt and that I wanted to change. I also realize I don’t feel that anymore. I am happy.
This is what I realized. I feel happy today because of the effects of the atonement in my life. So the Atonement is really effecting my life everyday. Instead of just the times I was overcoming difficulties. I have not been fully appreciating the effects of the attonement in my life. I will do better with this.
This then goes into the next topic. Now that I understand something how to I share this with my freinds and neighbors. For those whom I trust and have a similar belief as me I can share this whole thought. With those that do not share the same faith as me I think at very least I can express to everyone that I am happy and I have peace in my life.
This of course does not mean I am not struggling with afflictions. Life is hard for everyone. I just have the feeling I am moving forward and eventually everything will turn out for the best.
It’s interesting how much prayer makes a difference in my life. I looked up a couple of studies that were done on patients with prayer. I was hoping to find some really definitive info. But like with all real scientic studies there isn’t ever black and white definitive information. But I will list a couple of the things I read and then give my opinion
Harvard – This Study said 59% had complications versus 52% that didn’t have people pray for them.
St. Luke’s Hospital – This study said prayer made a difference.
I also realized that they were praying for the people to get better. However, if you believe in God, maybe God would rather have the people in heaven. I think I would rather be in heaven, no pain lots of happiness no death. so who is to say being made well here is better.
I can say I know I am happier becuase I pray and because I believe God helps me through the hard times, and helps make the good times better.
If you and thinking to yourself. I don’t believe that. I’m not asking you to believe I am only telling you about my expereinces. If you want your life to be better I can tell you what I’ve done to make my life better. It’s up to you to try it… or to not try it. You may find something that makes your life better, or makes your life happier I would like to hear about it.
I would really like the blog posts to be more consistent, but then again my life isn’t super consistent so I will probably ramble on and find some other medium in which to be more consistent.
Charles and I went over to home teach the Turners. I really enjoyed the discussion and hoped they didn’t think I talked too much. Gabby and Ben are very intelligent, At first we spoke with Gabby about home schooling. She was explaining some of the reasons to home school your kids. I have believed home school can be very effective with kids, as long as the parents are committed and organized. While I think all kids could benefit from home schooling. I don’t believe all parents are prepared or capable. I don’t believe I and Amanda are prepared or capable. However, if we were forced into the situation I think we could handle it. My problem is I’m too lazy, and unorganized. I think Lazy is the worst trait a home schooling parent can have. Amanda is not lazy but I do believe she would be very stressed that she wasn’t doing a good job. And once again It’s me being lazy not wanting to have to deal with that.
One of the discussion topics focused on the fact that schools all too often have become a day-care for the double income family and that the schools are teaching the kids unproven theories in class. On was global warming. Just because Al Gore says it’s a problem and a bunch of scientist think it’s a problem. Doesn’t make it a problem. A bunch of educated people used to think the world was flat. Lord Kelvin one of the worlds great scientists of the time said air travel would never be commercially viable and people would continue to waste their lives in the pursuit of flight. He was quoted in an interview saying that, only one year before the Wright Brothers took their first flight.(If you want the reference to the news paper interview) I can get that.
I brought up my opinion about global warming. I believe we are pretty arrogant to believe something man has created really has the ability to affect the weather. Just like someone saying they have a weather machine. However I do believe the human race is having an effect on the weather. Not because of the Carbon Dioxide, but because of the moral decay is causing God to use natural disasters to get people’s attention. While this belief is going to get a huge scoff from the non believes, to the faithful it makes sense. This led to a discussion on the current financial situation.
First on the whole world financial crisis: Charles and I discussed with the Turners some of the reasons. Ben Turner is an actuary, which means he figures out much a company should plan to spend on insurance. He also has a degree in Economics. I have been watching the stock market for 15 years. I watch the stock market, like others watch an follow sports. I am a casual observer, but count myself informed. Like I’ve written before I am not an expert and only follow a couple of companies closely enough to make intelligent decisions about their stock. So I have my theories. I learned some thing from Ben that I had not known before. The guy running the Federal Reserve during the depression actually caused the problem by squeezing money supply so tight the economy choked. Currently the Fed had loosen up the money supply like never before. Many other countries are doing the same. Ben also explained this could lead to 10 to 15% inflation in 3 to 5 years. Or it could be a really slow recovery. Or the Economy could collapse or Fall apart, which I am not sure exactly what that would entail. Ben explained that’s the text book answer to the problem. I tried to put the religious spin on it. I believe the smart money guys are right about what is going on. I also believe this is part of the cycle, showed in the Book of Mormon, Humility leads to blessings, blessings lead to wealth, Wealth leads to Pride, Pride leads to cutting off of blessings. Cutting off of blessings lead to Wars, natural disasters, famine, plagues and poverty. All of this leads to Humility and we have come full circle. This cycle is making itself manifest with the current situation in the world economy. Ben acknowledged that could be a reason for the situation.
For me the conversation with the Turners was very invigorating. I know I was more of a benefactor from the interaction, then they were. I would like to thank them for that.
That is for sure my biggest blog entry ever. I guess that what you get from being place in a pretty confined space at 35000 feet.
Happy New Year
Christmas was fun, but it always goes too fast. I thought I put it back to the old theme for now But I will probably be working on a new theme. I am trying to decide how often I will change the theme. I am also trying to figure out the best way to upgrade and move WordPress installations.
Happy Holidays. Just trying out a Holiday theme for a couple of weeks. I have been thinking about changing my theme for a couple of days. I am not sure What I would do with a new theme. Of course this theme is just temporary.
And a Merry New year to all.