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.

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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.

The Eve of the Unknown

Posted in Life by guittard on January 20, 2009

I had to put my first thought down right now before the changing of the guard. It is uncertain, scary, and even confusion what will happen with Obama. It has been so confusing for the past eight years.

I will say this about Bush, he stuck to his guns. He never wavered or flinched. This is a good quality in a President. I don’t agree with much of what happened over the last eight years. The terrorists didn’t get us again. But you know I lost faith really in America during this time. I think a lot of us became cynical with that yeah right attitude.

I don’t kow if Obama will hold the office of the Presidency with a high standard. People are yelling Socialist and other things but I refuse to yell. I think the country is so divided in idealogy but I honestly believe the truth is somewhere on both sides.

I lived overseas for the past two and a half years and quite honestly, I felt ashamed to say that I am an American. Something has gone deeply off course and I pray that America can get back on course. There are higher things at work that we realise. When we take this into consideration, may be we can button our lips and gets things done. Fighting through the division will be hard but the truth is narrow and there.

You may question me for being ashamed of America. I spent 2 years in the Peace Corps trying to represent America in the best light. It was hard because not everyone even wanted to know about America. Alot of people only knew America by what they saw in the movies. Well, America isn’t a movie. America is people. People who get up everyday and fight the good fight. This is the real America. It is time that America stands up with passion.