It is always now

“If you are depressed you are living in the past.
If you are anxious you are living in the future.
If you are at peace you are living in the present.”
― Lao Tzu

Don’t waste your life. Live it.

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A very graphic reason why you should know self-defense….

I run a Krav Maga studio in Austin, TX and I love what I do because I have the ability to help save a life every day. What is Krav Maga? In lament terms, it is self-defense for the streets. There is absolutely no reason you should not know how to defend yourself, because the unfortunate truth of the matter is – you can not rely on others. Below is a video that I was only able to watch 5 secs of and I had to turn it off. It sickens me that our society has come to the point where people will stand by and let things happen instead of intervening. I blame a lot of on this on the fact that people are afraid and untrained. DONT BE AFRAID AND UNTRAINED. LEARN TO DEFEND YOURSELF AND OTHERS.

WARNING – this video contains bloody violence and is quite depressing. Do not click if this is a problem for you. You have been warned…

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The “me, me, me” mentality

When did we begin this “me, me, me” mentality? When did we start to disassociate ourselves with people from other countries? How often do you hear about a bomb killing 5, 10, even 100 people in another country – and you don’t think twice about it? Had that happened in America it would be on the news for days, covering Facebook, everyone would change their profile pictures “in remembrance of”. People in other countries are people too. They breath, eat, sleep, live, love, laugh, just like us. Why are there tragedies any less “tragic”?

I hear people say “we’ve gotta take care of our own first, stop helping other countries!” The majority of the people in those other countries were placed there by the universe – just as I was placed in America, and you wherever you are. Most of us didn’t choose the country we belong to, some of us just got lucky.

Whether a person is hungry here in America or in Africa – all that changes is their location, they are still human and they still need our help.

The next time you read an article like the one below titles “Blast in Baghdad cafe kills at least 27” – don’t just pass by it like it is an update in the weather. Recognize that a human life has been lost and send a little love out into the universe.

Blast in Baghdad cafe kills at least 27

You are going to die tomorrow

You are going to die tomorrow. You will never see your family again, but they will continue to celebrate holidays together after you are gone. You will never hang out with your friends again, they will find new friends after you are gone. You will never get to play catch with your dog again, but hopefully someone else will.

The outfit you bought at the mall yesterday will never be worn again and your savings account never be spent – at least not by you. The car you drive will stay where you last parked it, until someone else gets to use it to get from point A to point B.

The fight you had with your girlfriend yesterday will not ever be mended. You will never get to prove that you were right. Not that it matters. Because you will be dead. Your ego will be gone. You will have nothing left to prove. In fact, you will have nothing left. But the world will go on, traffic will still be there on Monday morning. Food will still be cooked and eaten. Everyone will still be going out on Friday night. But you won’t be.

But if you did it right, your memories will live on. People will remember your smile, and your positive attitude. Hopefully. Or will they remember your grumpiness? They’ll remember all the things you did for others. Or will they remember your selfishness? Others will continue to live a long and happy life because you took a moment to care and to make a difference. Or not.

Tomorrow You, as the world knows You, will cease to exist and all that will be left is your energy. It will spread with the wind until it clings to and becomes another life form. Will your energy pollute the world with hate and anger? Or will you bring smiles to everyone that feels you blow across their skin, as they are comforted by a random feeling of joy and love?

You are going to die tomorrow. What will you do today? How will you spend your last hours?

And if by chance you do not die tomorrow.

Make sure you read this again.

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