Archive for the ‘Life’ Category

The Hunger Games

Saturday, March 31st, 2012

Last night I saw ‘Hunger Games”. You know, the movie in which a totalitarian society has an annual competition, sort of like “Survivor”, where teenagers kill each other. The movie was pretty bloody. The competition in the movie is televised, and crowds of people with funny clothing, funny hair, and funny opinions attend live shows and watch the games on TV. They are the bad guys, insensitive to the life and death struggle of the protagonists.

Most of the audience at the movie was teens. When the movie ended the audience applauded, a fairly rare movie experience. All I could think of was the audience of funny people in the movie, watching the games and applauding. I wondered how they had been transported into my movie theater.

Time is the fleeting asset

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

In “My Losing Season”, author Pat Conroy says ” . . . I mourn for the quicksilver racehorse passage of time. Its swiftness has caught me with the same ineffable start that comes to every man and woman who lives long enough. It remains as the single great surprise of any life”. I cannot say it that well, but this point is a key in my book “Fortune & Freedom”.

Fortune & Freedom Quiz

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

Take a look at the FnF quiz. The link is in the center of the home page.

Jim

Jim’s Musings

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

Do you ever think in halves and doubles? I mean, when you were half as old as you are now, what were you doing? My son is 30, working on his career, so half a life ago he was 15, in high school. Double his age and he would be 60, his career and personal life largely on the record.

Halves and doubles are a useful way to get past the invincibility that most young people feel as they come out of their teens. It helps with the task of thinking about your life, planning what you want your life to be. Double your age and picture yourself. Where will you live? Married? With children? Doing what? The prime wage earner in your personal family unit? And we could ask a lot more questions in the “doing what” area.

Now picture yourself “halved” – that is, at half your age. What were you doing? Where were you living? And so on. Think about the progress you have made in the second half of your life to date. Are you moving along? If you keep up the pace, are you likely to arrive at the place you pictured when your age has doubled? If so, can you fine tune things to be even better? If not, what needs to change?

Jim