Jim Guittard’s Place

Mockery Driven Purpose

Posted in Future, Life by guittard on May 9, 2009

Have you ever thought that our real enemy is ourselves?  America is falling from the inside not because of terrorists or other outside forces.  Americans need to get up from their deep sleep and take our country back.

What was America built and founded on?  Why did our ancestors come here?  Have we lost our roots?

Now alot of us are all driven by a purpose of mockery:  money at all costs, prestige, sex, fame, notoriety, wealth and fortune.  I don’t think our founding fathers would want to be a part of our current culture. 

What can we do?  Demand better, resist fear, greed, anxiety, and  mockery driven purposes.  Everybody is wondering.  What next?   Must I stay in this never-ending situation?  What should I do?  What does it all mean?  Does God care?  Why should I care anymore? 

Get up.

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Wake Up Now Americans!!!

Posted in Family, Life, Society by guittard on February 20, 2009

A lot of stuff is going on right now that is more than mind-boggling.  There are a lot of folks out there that have been negligent, ignorant, selfish and greedy.  This I believe is why all this bailout, stimulus package has come about.

Do you think that throwing money at these people will help?  No!  Because it is an internal problem of the mind.  It is bad habits and total disregard for doing the right thing.  Yeah, in the old days people worked hard to get somethere.  There are a lot of Americans still today that do work hard to get somewhere. 

My Great Great Grandfather immigrated from France in 1846 to Ohio.  He didn’t know English.  He learned it and struggled his way to become a country doctor in New Bedford, Ohio.  He struggled through hard winters and cared after people with pneumonia and other diseases of the day.  There were no cars and he went around by horseback making calls on patients and would be gone from home days at a time.  THIS IS AMERICA!

Many people have the “lottery” mentality wishing for everything under the sun to come there way without any lifting of fingers.  It is sickening.  I believe America will fight the good fight.  There is something higher at play, here.  Will we exist as a nation of hard workers or a nation of “lottery” lovers.  The time is now to wake up and not settle for the mediocre, “I can’t” mentality.  Get up, stand up, rise up!  For God, For Country, For Honor!

Whose in charge here?  We have forgotten what the country was made of.  Overseas we get trashed for how America is now.  They expect us to lead!  How can we lead if we can’t even see through the confusion and chaos?  I lived overseas for two and a half years and I was confronted on few occasions about American Politics.  Let’s put it aside and go back to our roots.  It’s burning within each of us.  And by the way, Mr. Attorney General, Americans are not cowards.  Shame on you!  They stand for what is right.

Dr. Francis Joseph Guittard

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Learning to Live with Pain

Posted in Life by guittard on February 11, 2009

This article may poke fun at things but really it is written with best of intentions and I’m no therapist.  Think for yourself. 

I’ll start with America. Yeah, we’re having a helluva a time right now.  That’s what the news says at least.  This is a place where people live with the least amount of pain compared to the rest of the world. You say prove it! Okay, well, here it is.

There came a shift, I believe, in the early 1990s. Prior to the 1990s, people were living more constructively with their pain. Now, they do not live with it; they put it aside for the quick fix. You have all seen the drug commercials that hit television in the 1990s?

Prior to the mid 1990s, when people had shyness, or anxiety they confronted their fears head-on and worked through the “pain.” During my college days, I signed up for acting and speech courses. I also joined a Toastmasters group and took a pricey Dale Carnegie course. I was doing the deal.

Now alot of the public resorts to taking pills, first. I was sucked into the whole pill popping scene of the late 1990’s. It was after seeing a Paxil commercial. I went to my psychiatrist and requested Paxil and he prescribed it. It was so easy. I saw a commercial and in a few days I had pills. Now think about this phenomenon. Just look on Youtube and you will see testimonials about this.

The basic video is: I saw the drug commercial and went to see the psychiatrist or M.D. but they were too busy and so I talked to a nurse and told her my symptoms and then I got a prescription.

The follow up video goes something like: Now I am having side effects and cannot sleep or I am gaining weight. The doc is changing me to another medicine. I’ll see how it goes but maybe I should get off pills.

The third video goes something like: The new pills are not working either. I keep telling the doctor that I can do it on my own but the doctor insists I give it a try.

Then the video maker usually falls off the face of the earth. What happens next?

The next video comes out something like this: I am so mad at these doctors. They know nothing. I am better off just living with the anxiety than these side effects.

Through it all, I have held onto my guitar more than the pills. I’m no doctor or therapist.  Do your own research. The doctors know best about certain mental conditions that require medicine.

In my experience, it was more trouble and money than it was worth it. I should have learned to just live with the pain instead of buying into a quick fix.  I’m an artist by the way, and this is what drives me. 

So here it is, keep pressing on, don’t give up, don’t complain, just get on with it.

Time Between

Posted in Change, Family, Music, Risk and the Unknown, Society by guittard on May 9, 2008

From my journal on March 21, 2004 Dallas, Texas:

I am out on the balcony of my grandparents 2-story home smoking an Indian Bidis cigarette in the dark sneaking around like I am a child. I am 30 years old with nothing concrete to show.

As I sit and breathe in and out, I feel that familiar sinking, pushing down feeling on me. The fear and anxiety grips me along with the regret of much of my life. The feeling is that I should have spoken up for myself and not pretended that all was fine.

I’ve been in my current living situation for about seven months. I have never wanted to be like everybody else, to live an insignificant life of mediocrity. I just never knew my thing or felt confident enough to express it.

I think back on my college days in Colorado and the years I wasted going through the motions. I remember watching on late night cable “The Lost Weekend” where the actor locks himself up in his apartment to try to shake the booze cravings and to be a writer. Shame and fear or whatever else always kept him down. For me it was the fear of the unknown that got me caught up or the fear of breaking from tradition or the mold.

Fastforward to today 2008.

I guess, enough is enough, right?

Well, I have been in Bulgaria for the past two years with the Peace Corps teaching English at a high school. Not really teaching, mostly supervising. Ha, ha, ha….

Jim - Sofia, Bulgaria

I told you I wanted to do things different. I have been writing songs and posting about my experiences in a foreign culture. It is pretty foreign. I have even written some songs in the Bulgarian language.

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Stachkata by Jim Guittard

Blog title comes from Chris Hillman’s song on The Byrds 1967 Album “Younger Than Yesterday”