Glimpse Into My Life Series

This series gives you some real insight to my life, the ups and downs that I have had, and amazing memories that I have shared. It took some looking back on some (good and bad), and I had to be brave on others. 

Many readers of this site have learned a great deal about me with these posts. From amazing times when I asked my wife to marry me, to sad times when my best friend moved away. One thing that I have always focused on is the truth. I have always viewed myself as an open book, and I wanted to share my story. 

I have some more “Glimpses Into My Life” posts coming up. From bad decisions I have made to amazing moments I have been in, I want to continue sharing my life and my story. 

If you have not read any or just a few of this series, I would recommend clicking on the link below and start from the first post. There are a total of nineteen, so far, in this series. I do hope you enjoy reading them, as much as I enjoyed writing them. 

Glimpse Into My Life Series 

~robert1ee

New Year, New Goals…

Dear Readers:

I know I haven’t been staying up-to-date on my blog.  A few things in life has changed over the past few months, and it has made it difficult to have a few moments to keep this blog updated.

What’s changed: A new career path.  I finally left a job that I didn’t feel appreciated at… or rather… a job that I felt was becoming routine and doing a position that I wasn’t hired to do.  I am now working for AT&T.  This is a big move, but a very good move, for me.  I have always enjoyed electronics, especially mobile electronics, and now I can help customers with theirs.

For this new year, I have decided to make some goals… as I don’t believe in resolutions, I believe in making goals.  Below will be a list of goals that I would like to accomplish this year… we will call it… hmmm… let’s say: “The 2014 Bucket” goals list.  I’m going to focus on a lot of miner things, as one major goal will be harder to approach.  So here it is…

  1. Exercise.  I am currently weighing 204.  I want to be around 190-200, with less than 13% body fat.  I am around 25-30% body fat now.
  2. Read.  I currently read a lot of tech information online, and I stay up-to-date with politics, however; I don’t get the chance to read many books.  I would like to change that this year.  I am going to try to shoot for a book every two months (a small goal of 6 books this year, but it gives me a starting point), and also continue reading my tech/politics news too.
  3. Anger Management.  I feel that I can get snappy at times.  I do know that I am hard-headed, and I can be stubborn at times… This year I am going to focus on taking a deep breath and find a solution to the problem before freaking out.  Over the years, I have gotten better, but I still find myself get angry at times.
  4. Eating Habits.  (this goes with exercise) I need to start eating healthier.  I have noticed myself stopping at McDonalds more frequently, and eating unhealthy food sold at the mall.  I need to get myself back on fruit/vegetables, and I need to start eating smaller meals throughout the day.
  5. Thoughts. I feel this goes with Anger Management.  I need to start sharing my thoughts on my blog more.  This blog allows me to share my opinions and to talk about my life’s events.  Sharing is a great way to decrease the stress in your life.
  6. Lastly… I want to be the man that my future Mrs. deserves.  I want to be a man that she can count on and will come through for her.

I will look at these goals again mid-year and at the end of the year.  If you have any tricks or tips, or would just like to give some words of encouragement, I would appreciate it

Topics of Discussion…

I have gotten to a point where I am not sure where to start taking my blog posting stories to. So… I am asking my readers to help provide some talking points that you are interested in.

Comment to leave some topic suggestions, and we will go from there.

Thanks!

robert1ee

This Road…

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It’s Amazing…

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The Devil Within…

Different Devils

Google Glass: Update…

So I was able to purchase my Google Glass: Explorer Edition the other day…

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However… I had to turn it down.  As much as I would like to have this… the cost was what turned me away.  I didn’t mind saving up the $1600 to get this product.  I didn’t mind saving up the $1600 to be a beta tester of this product.  The money for the product, at first, didn’t really mean much to me.  What bothered me was going to get the Google Glass…

Google expected me to fly out to California or to New York.  Paying for the Glass was already going to cost a leg… and then paying for the airfare, back and forth, to pick them up was going to cost me an arm.  Just airfare, alone, was going to run me around $600.  That would be ON TOP of the cost of the Google Glass.  This just started to look like a very very expensive beta project.

I was hoping Google would of included the pickup fee at no extra cost, and/or would have had the option to ship this to me.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get either.

So instead of helping Google beta test Project Glass… I will have to wait til these are available to the public in a year or two.  Instead… I used the money to purchase a new, much needed, laptop.

To all the folks that will have the Explorer Editions, I envy you and will be jealous.  I am sad that I passed on this opportunity; however, the cost could not be justified.

Robert1ee

Take Care Of The Golf Balls First…

Saw this on Facebook today and had to share!  This lesson is amazing and also… so very truthful!

robert1ee

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The Mayonnaise Jar

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day is not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and two cups of coffee.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him.

When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and fills it with golf balls.

He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured it into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls.

He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else.

He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous “YES”.

The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

“Now,” said the professor, as the laughter subsided, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things – God, family,
children, health, friends, and favorite passions. Things, that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the things that matter like your job, house, and car. The sand is everything else — the small stuff.” he said.

“If you put the sand into the jar first,” he continued, “There is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are
important to you…” he told them.

“So… pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Worship with your family. Play with your children. Take your partner out to dinner. Spend time with good friends. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the dripping tap. Take care of the golf balls first — the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented.

The professor smiled and said, “I’m glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend.”

A Glimpse Into My Life… Pt. XVII

Closing a chapter in your life is one of the hardest things to do…

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I have walked many paths in my life.  I have seen more than I feel I should have.  I still dream of a “perfect life”, but I will settle for a life I see perfect.  There are many things in my life I am not proud of doing, however, even though I am not proud with some of my past, I still have to thank my past for the adventures I took.  If it wasn’t for my past, I wouldn’t be the man I am today.  Being able to take a step in the right direction, and to continue that step in the right directions, takes courage and strength.

Let It Go…

There is nothing more bothersome than thinking that you can save something, but to find out it’s way past dinner time.  Once you start this path, there is no going back.  You are closing this chapter.  You are never again going to focus on the subject, and if you do do-so, you will put yourself into a mental state of mind that is not healthy.

There is nothing that can prepare you for finally making that first step.  It’s like having a child… you can read all the books you’d like to; but until you have that experience, you won’t really understand how to handle it.  But handling it, you will.

Soul Searching…

Love thyself. Accept thyself. Forgive thyself. And be good to thyself.

Very important lesson I had to learn.  You can not accept a new beginning if you don’t first accept you in a new beginning.  I had to learn to accept my past, accept my failures, and forgive myself for the past that I had.  I had to learn to love myself and be true to myself. Only then… can you be ready for your new journey.

Let Happiness Find You…

The last thing I had to learn was harder for me than the rest… I needed to stop pushing for love.  I need to stop looking for that special someone.  I had to learn how to accept that fact that my love to myself was good enough until someone walked into my life that I could share that love with.  Searching only hurts the heart.  Only scars the soul.  Once I stopped searching for this… someone walked into my life that changed me forever.

Take Your Breath Away

 

To Be Continued…

robert1ee

 

Statue of Liberty: The Truth…

You may have seen the following being passed around on the Internet and on FB:

The Original Statue of Liberty (false story)

Internet rumors have prompted new research into the origins of the Statue of Liberty, American’s 151-foot-tall monument to freedom erected in New York Harbor in 1886.

The traditional view, as taught to American schoolchildren for the past hundred years, holds that Lady Liberty was created to commemorate the friendship forged between the United States and France during the Revolutionary War. By 1903, when the statue was inscribed with Emma Lazarus’s poetic words, “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” it had come to symbolize America’s status as a safe haven for refugees and immigrants from every corner of the world.

The rumors, which have circulated in various forms and served as the direct inspiration for National Park Service anthropologist Rebecca Joseph’s decision to revisit the Statue of Liberty’s past, tell quite a different story:

A History Lesson
It is hard to believe that after my many years of schooling secondary and post) the following facts about the Statue of Liberty was never taught. Hundreds of thousands if not millions of people including myself have visited the Statue of Liberty over the years but yet I’m unable to find one person who knows the true history behind the Statue- amazing. Yes,amazing that so much important Black history (such as this) is hidden from us (Black and White). What makes this even worse is the fact that the current twist on history perpetuates and promotes white supremacy at the expense of Black Pride.

During my visit to France I saw the original Statue of Liberty. However there was a difference, the statue in France is Black. The Statue of Liberty was originally a Black woman, but, as memory serves, it was because the model was Black.

In a book called “The Journey of The Songhai People”, according to Dr. Jim Haskins, a member of the National Education Advisory Committee of the Liberty-Ellis Island Committee,professor of English at the University of Florida, and prolific Black author, points out that what stimulated the original idea for that 151 foot statue in the harbor.

He says that what stimulated the idea for the creation of the statue initially was the part that Black soldiers played in the ending of Black African Bondage in the United States. It was created in the mind of the French historian Edourd de Laboulaye, chairman of the French Anti-Slavery Society, who, together with sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi,proposed to the French government that the people of France present to the people of the United States through the American Abolitionist Society, the gift of a Statue of Liberty in recognition of the fact that Black soldiers won the Civil War in the United States.

It was widely known then that it was Black soldiers who played the pivotal role in winning the war, and this gift would be a tribute to their prowess. Suzanne Nakasian, director of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island Foundations’ National Ethnic Campaign said that the Black Americans’ direct connection to Lady Liberty is unknown to the majority of Americans,BLACK or WHITE.

When the statue was presented to the U.S. Minister to France in 1884, it is said that he remonstrated that the dominant view of the broken hackles would be offensive to a U.S. South, because since the statue was a reminder of Blacks winning their freedom. It was a reminder to a beaten South of the ones who caused their defeat, their despised former captives.

Documents of Proof:

1.) You may go and see the original model of the Statue of Liberty, with the broken chains at her feet and in her left hand. Go to the Museum of the City of NY, Fifth Avenue and 103rd Street write to Peter Simmons and he can send you some documentation.

2.) Check with the N.Y. Times magazine, part II_May 18, 1986. Read the article by Laboulaye.

3.) The dark original face of the Statue of Liberty can be seen in the N.Y. Post, June 17, 1986, also the Post stated the reason for the broken chains at her feet.

4.) Finally, you may check with the French Mission or the French Embassy at the U.N. or in Washington, D.C. and ask for some original French material on the Statue of Liberty, including the Bartholdi original model.

However… there seems to be a lot of confusion going on here.  For starters.. the statue above depicting a black woman was actually made in 2007 to mark the 159th anniversary of the 1848 Emancipation from slavery.  This statue is located in St. Maarten (that’s in the Caribbean for those that don’t know).  Below are a few more images of this statue.  (funny… since in these pictures there are tropical plants… I wonder where in France he went to see tropical plants???)

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Also… Snopes does awesome research here: http://www.snopes.com/history/american/statueofliberty.asp

Out of everything that I have read… I have come to the conclusion that these accusations are nothing put false truths.  Until I see more evidence that this statue or what he is saying is truthful, I will continue to believe what I have researched to be truthful.

robert1ee