The Hawaiian Nation

There is a lot of resistance to the efforts to create an “Hawaiian Tribe”  recognized as a Native American Tribe.  Hawaiians are afraid the will lose their claim to sovereignty.

They claim the Hawaiian Nation still exists and the overthrow of the Hawaiian Nation was illegal even by the standards of the nineteenth century.

There are strong legal arguments for their position.  A current letter to Secretary of State John Kerry presents the case and asks for clarification.  Check it out at http://wp.me/P2tHjW-1L

The smart light bulb is here

LIFX raised an incredible 1.3 million dollars with this simple video and kickstart.  Talk about modern technology for more resilient living.  LIFX saves you money and makes life easier.  It is energy-efficient LED lighting at its best.  Think about how Kickstart can help finance your projects.  This video is short.  It shows exactly what the project is and it ends with how a contributor can benefit by helping fund the project.

Get pono – Dealing with depression

I have a friend who is a very creative artist and photographer. She is also the General Manager for her husband’s business. She keeps everything going and it is a 24/7 high stress job.  We are working on a website to market her work.  She called me today to cancel her appointment.  She is feeling overwhelmed and depressed.  I told her to take a break, pack a lunch and go to the beach.  Sometimes on the River of Life, you have to pull up on the shore, study the river and decide how best to navigate to your dreams.

Good, but superficial, advice.

The book by my daughter, “A River Worth Riding” may be helpful.  It is not a how-to book, but it does teach you how to think about life in a positive and productive way.  The way to get the most out of it is to focus on one of the Chapters each week.  14 Chapters in 14 weeks.  Then do it a gain.  Repetition builds habits.  Lynn is available for one on one coaching.  Think of it as a personal trainer for the mind.

Specifically, to deal with being over whelmed look at Chapter 11, page 178 talks about your spirit and how we can get so caught up in day-to-day stuff that we lose track of what is important.

 

Let me summarize what we must do to reconnect with our spirit.  Here are some suggestion on becoming pono:

  • Meditate.  Simply clear your mind.  Sit comfortably in an upright position so you can breathe from you diaphragm.  Focus all you attention on you ki.  Ki is the center of balance in your body. Ki is an amorphous, undefinable force, but it is generally described as the energy of life itself. It binds all living things together and gives each person his or her spiritual, physical and mental power.  Hawaiians call it being pono.
  • Practice silence.  There is a trail to the top of the ridge behind my house.  At the end of the trail is a lookout point where I can sit and look out over Kaneohe and Kailua.  I sit quietly and listen to the  wind. On the way back, I can think about the things that are important to me. Silence is my favorite form of prayer.
  • Art can reconnect your spirit.  Your own art can be a form of mediation.  Don’t let anything interrupt you when you are creating.  Your creations are an expression of your spirit.  They don’t have to be master pieces, but they do reflect you spirit.  Study other’s art.  You will be surprise how you connect with the artist.

  • Mt Shukstan

    This is my church.

    Try getting outside and experiencing nature.  Some of the best times of my life have been back country camping with my family.  But, if you are fighting depression, go alone.  I was mediating on the beach.  Time stood still and I was aware of nothing, not enven the sun and the wind.  As I came out of it, I was aware of the shadow of a frigate bird stretching across the sand from my knees to the waves.  I was hiking in the Blue Mountains of Oregon.  I came to an escarpment overlooking the La Grande valley.  The valley spread out a 1000 feet below me, and as I sat on a knife ridge lighting played in the clouds 30 miles to the south.  Again, time stood still and I was enveloped a warm yellow haze.  I’ve been on the top of mountains when the static electricity had my hair standing on end and I knew lighting was immanent.  This was not like that.  It was more like being in the presence of God.  Nature is definitely my church.

  • Finally, take your self on an artist date.  Schedule some time each month to go on a date with the artist within you.  If you like drawing, draw.  If you like hiking, hike.  If you always wanted to sky dive, do it.  Look at the thing you want to do most each month and schedule the time to do it.

Bear in mind, we are not talking about the deep physiological depressions that need professional help. We are talking about the kind of depression resulting from overwork and stress.  This kind of depression can be very debilitating consequences if not dealt with.  Understand you control your mind.  You can decide whether or not you want to make the changes necessary to deal with your depression.  A positive point of view is essential.  If you don’t think you can make a change, you won’t even try.  Find a mentor you admire and ask for help.  Hang out around positive people who are accomplishing what you want to accomplish.  Above all else, take time for your self.


Build resilience into your life.  If you are chasing you tail, STOP.  Focus on the important things in your life.  Carve out at least 4 hours per week to work on what is important to you. Of course, The more effort you exert the faster you will accomplish your dreams.

Aside from family there are two things that are important to me.  One is to leave a better earth for my kids and yours.  The second is to earn enough money to be able to do the first.

I produce an environmental documentary every month.  It takes the better part of a week to shoot and edit.  I try to spend a day a week maintaining my home.  Cut the grass; prune the trees; you know the drill. The rest of the time I concentrate on business.  Oh, I forgot to mention,  I give a lot of my time away to the Kaneohe Neighborhood Board and a lot of other causes.  Business happens in the middle of the night and 9-11 in the morning and from 6:30-8:30 in the evening.  At night I do internet and direct mail marketing.  During the day, I’m following up with prospects and clients.  When I have a paying gig, that takes priority, but I’m trying to avoid the pit falls of a traditional business.  It is to easy to get caught up in the 24/7 always on duty of a home business.  I look for work-from-anywhere businesses where sales become automatic and my time is leveraged by my websites and the people I am working with.

I concentrate on building teams and benefiting from their work, so I can do what I want, when I want.  When you build financial resilience into your life, you will no longer have to worry about your cash flow.  Do you have the time and money to live your dream?  If not, make a change.  Join my team and we will create our financial freedom together.

The biotech industry has quietly inserted a dangerous policy rider into the Continuing Resolution (CR) now being debated on the Senate floor.This dangerous rider was not included in the House-passed CR, and we are extremely disappointed to see that the Senate has included it. Though wrapped in a “farmer-friendly” package, this Monsanto-driven rider is simply a biotech industry ploy to continue to plant GE crops even when a court of law has found they were approved illegally.

Click here to petition the Senate to drop this CR

 

Nothing has changed. We still treat our veterans abysmally.

Tommy

by Rudyard Kipling  (1865– 1936)

I went into a public-‘ouse to get a pint o’beer,
The publican ‘e up an’ sez, “We serve no red-coats here.”
The girls be’ind the bar they laughed an’ giggled fit to die,
I outs into the street again an’ to myself sez I:

O it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Tommy, go away”;
But it’s “Thank you, Mister Atkins,” when the band begins to play,
The band begins to play, my boys, the band begins to play,
O it’s “Thank you, Mr. Atkins,” when the band begins to play.

I went into a theatre as sober as could be,
They gave a drunk civilian room, but ‘adn’t none for me;
They sent me to the gallery or round the music-‘alls,
But when it comes to fightin’, Lord! they’ll shove me in the stalls!

For it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Tommy, wait outside”;
But it’s “Special train for Atkins” when the trooper’s on the tide,
The troopship’s on the tide, my boys, the troopship’s on the tide,
O it’s “Special train for Atkins” when the trooper’s on the tide.

Yes, makin’ mock o’ uniforms that guard you while you sleep
Is cheaper than them uniforms, an’ they’re starvation cheap;
An’ hustlin’ drunken soldiers when they’re goin’ large a bit
Is five times better business than paradin’ in full kit.

Then it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Tommy how’s yer soul?”
But it’s “Thin red line of ‘eroes” when the drums begin to roll,
The drums begin to roll, my boys, the drums begin to roll,
O it’s “Thin red line of ‘eroes” when the drums begin to roll.

We aren’t no thin red ‘eroes, nor we aren’t no blackguards too,
But single men in barricks, most remarkable like you;
An’ if sometimes our conduck isn’t all your fancy paints:
Why, single men in barricks don’t grow into plaster saints;

While it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Tommy, fall be’ind,”
But it’s “Please to walk in front, sir,” when there’s trouble in the wind,
There’s trouble in the wind, my boys, there’s trouble in the wind,
O it’s “Please to walk in front, sir,” when there’s trouble in the wind.

You talk o’ better food for us, an’ schools, an’ fires an’ all:
We’ll wait for extry rations if you treat us rational.
Don’t mess about the cook-room slops, but prove it to our face
The Widow’s Uniform is not the soldier-man’s disgrace.

For it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Chuck him out, the brute!”
But it’s “Saviour of ‘is country,” when the guns begin to shoot;
An’ it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ anything you please;
But Tommy ain’t a bloomin’ fool – you bet that Tommy sees!

 

!Notes

“Tommy Atkins,” or just “Tommy,” is the name popularly given to the typical British soldier.
red-coat — an old fashioned term for a soldier (they used to wear red coats)
public-house – a pub, drinking house
publican – the pub owner
stalls – best seats near the stage
blackguards – ruffians (pronounced “blaggards”)
the Widow – here – Queen Victoria

You can never say “Thanks” enough

This article is about building relationships in business, but it applies to all your life as well.

It is the law of Entropy states that without energy input everything  comes to a stop.  

That is as true of friendships as it is of engines.  The gasoline that powers you friendships are expressions of love.  You have to stay in touch, and a Christmas card once a year is not enough.  Let your friends know you care about them often. Check in and see how they are doing.  The most important thing in life and in business is the friends you make.  Iʻm not talking about acquaintances you may know well enough to say “hi” to when you see them in a crowd.  Iʻm talking about people you can call on for help when you need it. These are people you will drop everything for when they need help.  Friends are people you have a close relationship with.  You can turn an acquaintance into a friends.  You can make customers your friends.  It takes time.  Just show people you care about them.

This article talks about creating business relationships.  The tips are important for all aspects of your life.

Living with Nature

Take a lesson from the Jersey Shore.  Engineers are taught to conquer nature, but nature usually wins.  So far, the Dutch have succeeded to hold back the sea, but will they continue to succeed against super storms and rising seas? Check out this video and then think about the Envision Laie development that proposes to build luxury mansions on the Kahuku foredune.

Man is destroying Godʻs creation in just 7 generations. Deaf and dumb politicians heed not the warnings of our scientists.  In the lifetime of my great grand children they will see a 7 degree rise in average earth temperature and a 10 foot rise in the ocean.  That is not the world I want to leave to my kids.

What can we do?

All anyone can do is to continue to share what we know about our environment with others and fight to elect politicians who understand what we must do to maintain the quality of life on earth.

Beach Money

Beach money means getting paid over and over again for working one time.  Beach money allows you to go to the beach (or wherever you want to go) and get paid whether you go to work or not.  Beach money does not mean working hard for your money. Beach money does not mean working smart for your money. Beach money does not mean working for your money at all.  In fact, Beach money is 100% passive income. Passive income is royalty income that comes in week after week, month after month, and year after year.

When you have beach money, you have complete and total freedom to live your life the way you want to live it.

My business is to help you create beach money. What’s more, I do it for free, and I help you show others how to create their beach money.  The more you help others create their beach money the more you will make yourself.

Are you living your dreams?

My wife used to break into laughter when reading Dr. Seuss to our grandchildren.  The kids looked at her in wonder.  What is Grandma laughing at?
Who can forget Green Eggs and Ham or Cat in the Hat? But as fun as those were to read as a kid, the good doctor was a genius in other ways as well. He had his finger on the pulse of life and disguised his wisdom in stories for children.

But now that you are all grown-up, you can take a deeper look, and the works of Dr. Seuss will seem brand new again.

For instance, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” well describes lifeʻs adventures.
As the story starts, the main character is setting out for “great places” – just like you are …

You have brains in your head.

You have feet in your shoes.

You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
But pretty soon you hit obstacles …

I’m sorry to say so but, sadly, it’s true that Bang-ups and Hang-ups can happen to you.
And a slump can set in …

And when you’re in a Slump, you’re not in for much fun. Un-slumping yourself is not easily done.
You might find yourself just waiting for things to happen …

Waiting for a train to go or a bus to come, or a plane to go or the mail to come, or the rain to go or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow or waiting around for a Yes or No or waiting for their hair to grow. Everyone is just waiting.
You may spend a lot of time by yourself …

All Alone!

Whether you like it or not, Alone will be something you’ll be quite a lot.
And when you’re alone, there’s a very good chance you’ll meet things that scare you right out of your pants. There are some, down the road between hither and yon, that can scare you so much you won’t want to go on.

When you look back over your goals for 2012 – you’ll remind yourself what you need to do in 2013. Are you on track, or do you need to make some changes? Youʻll re-evaluate your goals.  Did 2012 get you closer to your dreams.  Looking at 2013, what are your goals?  How are you going to break your goals down into measurable steps so you will know you are moving closer to living your dreams. You will build your momentum with small, consistent steps so you will know you are moving closer to living your dreams.

I build on the success of others who have accomplished what I want to achieve.  I look for guidance from people who will share their success with me.  I build on that success, and help others do they same.  Mentoring is about paying it forward.

My life time goal has been to leave this world a little better than I found it and to encourage others to do the same.  There is so much to do and so little time, but working together, we can create miracles.

My goals for 2013 are:

1.  Track legislation in the Hawaii 2013 Legislative Session that affects our environment and encourage everyone I can reach to advocate for good legislation and stop special interest legislation that can be harmful.

2.  Produce 12 environmental documentaries broadcast on Olelo and posted to the internet.

3.  Help at least one person a month start an aquaponics garden.

4.  Outreach to our Windward Oahu community to build community resilience.

5.  Help 24 people create a work-from-anywhere business that will enable them to retire within 5 years.  In so doing, I will create a business that provides my daughter a residual, retirement income after I am gone.

6.  Create 2 dozen bowls from native woods I have stored.

You say where is my focus?  Focus doesnʻt mean you cannot do multiple things.  You just have to focus on one thing at a time.

I need:

6 hours per week turning bowls.

10 hours per week building my business

8 hrs per week producing video

12 hrs per week in legislative advocacy during session

Everyone needs a mentor.  The best mentor is someone who has done what you want to do and who will support and guide you efforts.  When you commit to your mentor, you must to follow through.  It is motivational and your mentor can help keep you on track.

You know my goals.  Iʻll report each month on how I am doing.  I invite you to share your goals with us, to ask for help when you need it and to share you accomplishment each month.

And yes, I will ask for your help.  We have to share the word, find common goals and help each other succeed.