Bored out of your mind? Most vegetate, but a few meditate and come up with ideas to use their down-time in a helpful way. They use it to develop physical and mental skills that will be useful later on.
Otters gamify learning to get skills that can help them put the food on the table or oysters on their furry chests, anyway. If doing so can help an otter, maybe it can help you too.
A scientist was studying reaction responses in frogs. He took a frog and put it on the floor. The floor was marked off in feet and inches. Standing behind the frog, the scientist clapped his hands and shouted loudly. The startled frog jumped about 4.5 feet. The frog was retrieved and sedated.
The scientist proceeded to remove one of the frog’s front legs, cauterizing the incision, and then left the frog to recover. A few days later, the scientist repeated the experiment, noting that this time, the frog jumped about 4 feet.
Over the next several days, the surgery, recovery, test cycle continued with the scientist noting the decreasing distance the frog jumped after each amputation. Eventually, the frog has no legs.
The scientist puts the frog down at the starting point, claps his hands, and shouts loudly. The frog doesn’t budge. The scientist repeats his actions with the same result. The legless frog is just sitting there.
The scientist picks up his test log and makes the following entry: “Frogs with no legs are deaf.”
When I was driving in the mountains of Puerto Rico yesterday, I drove past a man on horseback and saw that he was texting on his phone.
At first I was impressed by the contrast of modern tech and his mode of transportation. I also worried about him being in danger, but then realized he was probably a lot safer than most people who text in traffic.
Unlike even the most advanced cars, his horse is self-steering and capable of accurate and safe navigation without a GPS. It probably cost a lot less than one too.
A good defense is never totally without merit. Even if the fight is lost, if enough harm is inflicted upon an aggressor by a well prepared defender, it tends to make the contemplation of any further attacks a much less attractive option.
"Sorry sir, but NO! You may not take away my favorite stuffed animal! Good day, sir. I SAID GOOD DAY." There are those who will not work at all during the day, but will get all worked up if you take their toys away. I am a teacher and I get about the same reaction when it is my duty to confiscate a phone during class.
When someone you love best loves someone else better, it's hard to take. But the inattentive find their personal relationships often receive an affection downgrade, while the more attentive fare better and receive an affection upgrade.
A lot of people I know get excited about their family, their hobbies and often times too, a newly acquired purchase, such as an Apple laptop. Not content to enjoy these things in private, they broadcast to the world what they have through Facebook posts, car art, and partially-eaten apple logos. I understand the desire to share personal joy with others. But I also understand that some of those others are willing to break a car window to get what is advertised on the outside of the car. This is nothing new. In the Bible, king Hezekiah showed off his riches to an ally. It didn't end well. The prophet Isaiah asked :"What have they seen in thine house?" Hezekiah answered, "All the things that are in mine house have they seen: there is nothing among my treasures that I have not shewed them." Isaiah said unto Hezekiah, "Hear the word of the LORD. Behold, the days come, that all that is in thine house, and that which thy fathers have laid up in store unto this day, shall be carried into Babylon: nothing shall be left, saith the LORD." So, the moral of the story is: Don't tell everyone your business. If you do, you just might lose it.
When mumbling is heard after an argument, it is no longer an option to tell the discontented mumbler to just "Let it go," because someone will burst out in a song from Disney's Frozen and miss the whole point. But wise King Solomon has advice about what to do when someone is overheard talking bad about you. It's not Disney, but it is in the Bible. That settles it for me.
" Also take no heed unto all words that are spoken; lest thou hear thy servant curse thee: For oftentimes also thine own heart knoweth that thou thyself likewise hast cursed others. " Ecc 7:21-22
My paraphrase: "If you don't want to rumble, ignore the mumble"
The solution to escape many of our self-imposed, or other-imposed mind traps is to look outward and upward.
1 Cor 10:13 "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.."