Jim Guittard’s Place

How Really Free Are You?

Posted in Life by guittard on November 15, 2009

Let’s break it down. I may be wrong but let’s see.

1. Are you burdened by student loans that force you to work jobs you really do not like so that you can pay it back?

2. Are you underneath a mortgage on a home?

3. Do you pay loans are your car?

4. Are you able to get up and go anywhere you want?

5. Do you bring your work home with you? (If you enjoy your work, then that’s a different story).

6. Are you so obsessed with the latest gadgets and things?

7. Do you have a lot of credit card debt?

8. Are you happy and satisfied or at least moving towards what you perceive to get you there?

9. Would you keep working your job for free because you like it?

10. Are you doing overtime just to stay afloat and not go into the tank?

11. Do you have free time to do the things you enjoy?

12. When was the last time you got up and felt you were really making a difference?

13. Are you burdened down with fear?

14. Are you too busy?

Solutions:

Don’t watch T.V.
Rent or share a home with someone.
Stop buying things.
Quit your job and do something worthwhile.
Turn on, tune in and drop out. 🙂
Take some risks.
Do your part.
Become self-reliant.
Create yourself, do not let others create you.
Resist greed, anxiety, depression and fear.
Help others.

Now if you’re buried under debt and such, I wouldn’t suggest turning on tuning in and dropping out but I’d suggest really finding out what makes you happy and to move in that direction at least. It has been a long road for me and I’m still working on it and I’m rather on the debt free side but just looking for my niche that is helpful to society and to me.

I told my uncle once that if it takes me 50 years to get there, then it takes me 50 years to get there.

Rediscovering Myself, Again!

Posted in Life by guittard on December 18, 2008

Me in 1991

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Well, I’m back in the States and so what next?  I found the following in one of my stored boxes and for awhile I really lost track of who I am, especially in my college days.  It’s a recommendation for me when I was a senior in high school from my band director.  I really think kids are smart these days and know exactly what they want to do.  To Whom It May Concern: Jim Guittard is an outstanding young man.  During the four years that he has been a member of the Highland Park Band and Orchestra program, he has consistently displayed those qualities of loyalty, dependability, intelligence, consideration and leadership which characterize truly valuable students.  He has consistently done much more than simply his part in all activities.  He served as trombone section leader in  both the band and symphony orchestra during his junior and senior years as well as being a featured soloist on both trombone and guitar with our jazz/rock ensemble, the Boogie Brigade. Jim is highly regarded both by his peers and teachers.  He is among that rare class of people who have the capacity to see a goal (group or personal) and willingly work toward its fulfillment.  He will be honored and valuable member of any group, and I recommend him without reservation for any consideration you can extend.   Orchestra Director January 28, 1992

Guittard Destiny and Shadows

Posted in Change, Family, Risk and the Unknown by guittard on March 5, 2007

I’ve figured everything out!  I think destinies are a bit demanding and take so much thought.  But maybe if things were spelled out more.  Here are the obvious choices for the rest of my life.   

1. I could move to California and go sell chocolates for a little company called Guittard Chocolate Company. However, I despised sales when I worked for a car rental company.  My last name may get me into this company.  I’ll show up at the front door and say, “I’m here for my job.  Give it!” 

Currently, my uncle is feverishly working on linking the Texas Guittards to the California ones by way of DNA testing.  As soon as the results come in with a positive match, I’ll fly to California and make my demands.  This will work I know it. 🙂

2. I can be a song and dance man.  My Guittard last name must have some meaning.  Maybe it was back in France that my ancestors took up the guitar because they got sick of hauling around the Hurdy Gurdy or the French Horn.

3. I could go to Waco, Texas and hang out on Guittard Avenue on the campus of Baylor University.  I could start yelling and hold up a sign about how my Great Grandfather was a History Professor at the University for fifty years. 

4. Or I can do what I do and make my own destiny without reference to the shadows of the past. 

I think that I will choose number four and I’ll make my own shadow.

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