Saturday, May 16, 2020

practice discipline


PRACTICE DISCIPLINE
The Coming Crappy Crap Times call for preparedness. Obviously, the supplies are not there to prepare properly, because you were born under a cloud, Baby Jesus hates you, and your mother STILL dresses you funny, and you only just now discovered our tribal custom of obsessive hoarding. I thought prepping was smart, from age about 15 or so, just because Ivan The Bear had some tens of thousands of thermonuclear weapons pointed at whatever location I inhabited. I'm not saying I always was prepared. But I always knew of the practice.
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If you are a young'un, I excuse your bewilderment and confusion. If you are over forty, well, I love you bro but you're kind of a dumbass, aren't you? I don't judge. Well, I DO judge, but not harshly. You can still do a lot, even if it isn't the ideal. But completely prepared or not, here is something free we all need to be doing. Doing MORE than just buying more groceries or more ammo ( not that you stop doing so, just that you focus less on it ). We need to practice discipline. Hell, I need to do it probably more than any of you, having lived in a bubble for some time.
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I actually remember that one of my reasons for wanting to join the military ( I had a lot, believe me. I was offered free college, and turned it down, so focused on my desire to be a lean, green something or other ) was feeling I needed discipline. And be careful what you ask for because you always get it. I was a lazy kid, only wanting to read. Any other activity was a VERY egregious imposition on my time. But I also admired the seemingly magic trait of discipline those in the military possessed.
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But you don't have to be in the military to have discipline. I might even argue that the military doesn't make you disciplined as much as it makes you OCD. It does help learning discipline, at an early age. But nobody is handicapped by NOT joining the military. It's as simple as watching a tennis shoe commercial. Just do it. It is as simple as that. You only have to agree that life is not about pain avoidance at all cost. You need to go out of your way to embrace pain. And I don't mean stick a sharp pin in your testicles. I mean conquering the fear of discomfort.
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Discipline is avoiding discomfort and laziness, and doing that is the magic key to contentment and productivity. And for the apocalypse, that is going to be very important indeed. You need to already be used to saying Screw It to doing unpleasant things. I'm not saying to force yourself outside of your comfort zone. That is just unrewarded stress. If you are an introvert, hanging out in a crowd ( not factoring in Black Corona Death ) is not going to teach you anything other than that you are a dumbass.
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I'm saying, constantly force yourself to do things you simply don't want to do. Whatever you are addicted to, that is a weakness. You must practice overcoming weakness. Here is a perfect example. I'm sitting on my ass at least two hours a day watching YouTube. Not on my computer, at the office desk. In my reclining watching on the TV. I get comfortable and blow that time. I don't need to be doing anything important, I just need to be doing anything else other than wasting time on YouTube. Because there ain't crap on there anymore.
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Even reading a trashy paperback is doing something better ( exercising the mind ) than having my mind drift and turn to mush. Yes, YouTube is interesting. I USUALLY-not always, but usually- can use the material in my writing. It isn't the fact I watch YouTube, it is the fact I watch it WAY too long. If I want to watch long video's, I can do it at my desk, so that I don't watch drivel as a time waster. If there was a lot of good stuff on YouTube, like when Beer Virus first showed up, okay. Time is the price I'd pay to get topical information. But it has just mostly returned to infotainment rather than a form of audio/visual news/training “reading”. I let myself slip on discipline limiting my TV watching.
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But that was an easy fix, as I just deleted the channel on my Roku. Most things are not so easy. Like finishing my House Bitch chores ( NOL does not complain, rather she does it herself. This makes me feel worse, as the old gal has a few years on me ). I find myself making the excuse, well, I didn't feel like writing that third hour, but I did, so I'll treat myself and postpone mopping the floor until tomorrow. Only discipline is going to overcome bad habits. And the reason we should all do this is because you are practicing for the apocalypse.
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Today, you force yourself to mop the floor, even as you feel tired and grumpy. Tomorrow, that extra five miles humping it to your bug out location is easier to tackle in the late afternoon, when you just want to set up camp early. But putting that extra five miles a night means you get there a day early. And a day early might just save your life, as you go to ground before the really nasty fighting breaks out. Are you following me here? There are going to be some very unpleasant tasks to perform soon. Like killing otherwise innocent people, whose only crime was wanting to feed their kids.
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You MUST practice discipline every day. I used to tell you, do one little prepping thing every day. Now I'm saying, that isn't as important as discipline practice, not only every day but multiple times a day. I can't do push-ups past a certain hour. I drink most on my daily water ration in the morning, and that stops the stomach acid. I wait too long, and I get down in the position and am hit HARD with heartburn. So I was “forgetting” to do those push-ups until it was too late. This is why you must practice daily. Your mind always wants to fight you on discipline.
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Remember, the default programming on humans is Opportunistic Scavenger. We are programmed to conserve energy which was always in short supply, and in short that means lazy thieves. Lazy IS the default for all of us. You MUST practice AGAINST your programming every day. It is literally a survival skill. So, I forced myself to get through the push-ups WITH my heartburn, late in the day. Because pain is the perfect teacher. Now, I make sure I do early exercise. I'm practiced enough with discipline that I knew I had to get back into better habits, and so punished myself for being a slacker. Now, forcing those early push-ups is an easier discipline. It always gets easier, with practice, as long as you ALWAYS practice. You cannot stop.
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Forcing a LITTLE discipline now helps you more easily practice harder discipline later. Until you slack off. Then you have to start all over again. The only good thing is, that with practice over the years, starting back up after you dropped the ball, it doesn't take as long getting back in the habit. So, practice every day. Take on one more chore. Work on breaking any small bad habit. If you are a smoker, say, just discipline yourself into smoking LESS. A fatty? Tiny discipline steps, one less Twinky that day, or, one extra block walking AND one less sweet that day.
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I'm probably preaching to the choir here. But all of us can still always improve, can't we? It is a great survival skill anyone can do, instantly. For free. Free is good.
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24 comments:

  1. I know what you mean about youtube being a huge time waster. I’m subscribed to way too many channels right now. My heart sinks when I click on a video, and see that it’s much past 10 minutes, which is pretty much my cut off point. The only videos that I can watch that go beyond that, are topics that very interesting, or that camping with Steve fellow. And even for him, I have to make it a point to set aside some time to watch his videos (An appointment, if you will).

    I know you won’t listen to me, so this is for the others. Carbs. When I was on a low carb diet, my acid stomach/heartburn, etc, went completely away. I also noticed that my psoriasis went down considerably, though it didn’t totally go away. For those that wish to lose weight, remember that carbs = sugar. Even dairy has sugar (lactose). Plain yogurt is good. Yes, it has carbs, but the cultures consume the lactose, and convert it to lactase (A non-sugar). And no, I’m not saying you shouldn’t stock carbs. In fact, you should. What I am saying is that pre-collapse, if you suffer from the effects of carbs, you should reduce your consumption of them if at all possible.

    Fortunately for me, I don’t like milk. A long time ago I used to drink soy milk. But I cannot recommend that for the male of our species, especially for those of you residing south of the border. Lest you be saddled with the unfortunate moniker of “dry Martinez” (For those that haven’t heard the joke, that’s what you call a mexican that had a vasectomy :D )

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    1. And YouTube is getting worse as a lot of our folks are going to streaming. A very unfortunate trend. It would be like me going from 1k word articles to 10k. Yes, I might have very important things to say, but that is lost on a VERY long message.

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    2. 10 minutes is the sweet spot for advertising revenue. That's why Tim Pool takes 10 minutes to say 2 minutes worth of information / opinion.

      I play most videos at 1.25 rate at a min. Some I have going at 2x speed.

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    3. Carbs are not created equal as the body handles raw veggie carbs much differently than say, cooked pasta. Low fat dairy is handled differently too so always go for full fat but nearly impossible with yogurt.
      Meat is highly acidic and causes the kidneys to work harder so not optimum regardless of what Atkins or cavemen have to say. Balance is necessary to achieve homeostasis and blood PH of 7.4 ie. a small cooked steak and a raw salad.

      An excellent alternative to meat would be lentils at nearly 18 grams of protein per cup and 15 grams of fiber. They cook in 20 minutes (way faster than pinto beans!) with a delicious nutty flavor. Jury is still out on fart factor when compared to pintos.
      -RB

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    4. Meat is brain food, and cooked meat is what our brain works best on. But that is just another theory-and we can only work with whatever theory we see as the most probable in truth. Everyone always makes their case for their theory, but that doesn't make it absolute or irrefutable. Another theory I have is that there are many different body types, which makes even the Meat For Brain Performance only applicable sometimes. I believe we have adaptations to local food just like we do to location. Some bodies do better on wheat, others meat. One size cannot fit all

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    5. Yup, blood types and genetics really do make a difference. Healthy fats are necessary brain food which is why the push for low-fat everything. We don't save bacon grease just to be frugal! -RB

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    6. Damn Chinamen are stealing our bacon! To arms, comrades!

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  2. The streaming shit is the worst. The video starts and you get to listen to the guy saying "Is this working, is anyone here." Then they have to say hello to 8 assholes and have a private conversation for a few minutes. By the time they actually say anything worthwhile it's 10 minutes in.

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    1. Thank you! So it's not just me being impatient with better things to do. Like watching my brain matter drying on the wall after I eat a bullet.

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  4. Right. This gay as all get out stay at home nonsense has breeded a bunch of wannabe video stars due to the cultural shift from analog in person face time interactions to skyping from mom's basement, man on mars type of field report blatherings. Usually no better than drunks talking to chums on the phone at 4a.m. quality productions. What is up with the background decorum? Don't need to see your bohemian domicile of thrift shop rejects, gee whiz folks. Amateurs should stay out of the traffic, waste of internet electricity really.

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  5. Haven't been around in awhile, been busy. It's warming up around here finally and the honeydew list is long, plus my own endeavors.

    Hooked up with 2 diff CSA's within 10 miles of here so for $20/wk to each we get more than enough seasonal veg's that are non-gmo/Monsanto. Just have to be open minded in what you're dealing with. Fennel? WTF is that?

    Have free shipped boxes coming in every couple days from walmart. YAY! I don't have to actually go there anymore - the shit comes to me. What's not to like? Funny thing about Wally, the bigger the items the less the cost. No shit. If you buy 1 of something it costs $4. But if you buy 8 of them the total cost is $6. I don't get it. But I'm damn sure taking advantage of it. Gotta build another room on the house just to support the recent orders. The website is a little bit wonky but there is value to be had if you have some patience. Peace, Out.

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    1. I think Wally still has big dreams of competing with Amazon, so probably subsidizes shipping. You know, what Amazon is already doing. Two giants losing money for shrinking market share. But they'll make up for it on volume! Like the local gov-they must be working for bonuses, for each taxpayer they force into unemployment-the fed money will ALWAYS make up for that! That strange feeling you always have? It's because you're surrounded by idiots.

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    2. Ghost, speaking of Walmart, yes, best not to go there. It seems to attract the bat-shit crazy ... even moreso since the virus and all. In my AO, a woman set some towels on fire in a Walmart (she was arrested a day or two later)

      By the way,what is a CSA

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    3. Anyone else notice the Bat Crap Crazy on the roads? Extra careful on those bicycles

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    4. Oh, and PS-bound to get worse. The Happy Pills from China must all be gone

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    5. CSA = Community Supported Agriculture. Seems like most areas with large farms also have small ones and they are the ones that sell to private people. The large farms only sell to large corporations. Here is a link to 1 of the 2 that we are now connected to. https://sobremesafarm.com/

      I'm looking at this through long distance goggles. Yes, I like to roam the aisles at Kroger and pick the nicest looking tomatoes on the table and have my choice from 73 different types of lettuce from all over the world. I will continue to do that as long as I can. But, I believe that choice is going to wane in the future and rather than wait til the ax falls and be left with nothing I want to cultivate a relationship with local people that can provide me with what I need. In turn, perhaps I can provide a service to them or other people in their network for reasonable gratuity. I'm not a willing "people" person but rather a "necessity" people person. If I can do it myself I usually will but if I can't I must rely on others.

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    6. re:
      Kroger, Kroeger

      In Oregon, Kroeger acquired our local 'Fred Meyer' super-mercado chain.
      Fred Meyer has more square acreage and variety than a super-Wal*Mart.
      For the >55 crowd, certain Tuesdays are ten-percent off.
      Sixty-five cent tuna in water is something something cheaper.
      (Unless the oil is organic olive, I avoid it in my fish.)

      But I need to ask, it's not automatic.

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    7. If you need to ask for the discount, doesn't that mean you look young for your age? :)

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  6. The video deniers don't have to watch. Why stare at someone
    talking? Pretend the computer, whatever you use, is a radio.
    If the content is absurd just flip to something else, and
    whistle as you work.
    I must agree that the content is slipping down and the great
    stuff is rare. I like to learn something/never listen to the
    same crap over and over. Reading is another animal. It
    requires sheltering in place. Better choose wisely.

    Thanks Dakin,
    you do a good job.

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    1. And I'm sure there is an easy way to podcast the videos to be mobile listening. True. Okay, forgive my Bad Hair Day reaction.

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    2. Forgiveness not needed.
      The podcast concept is absurd.
      Why?
      I can read a hundred times faster than anybody can talk.
      Any offer of a podcast gets flushed.
      I always request a transcript, I always get ignored.

      Two exceptions to my podcast rule:
      a) -- Brad Yates doing Emotional Freedom Tapping aka 'EFT'.
      We all benefit from simultaneous tapping.
      b) -- LauraFarms driving her tractor.
      We all benefit from the pacing of farming.
      (Please do not confuse 'LauraFarms' with that freak-show 'FarmGirlLaura', they are opposite ends of the reality spectrum.)

      And I still invest five minutes in Uneducated Economist.
      Broadcasting from the front seat of his us$500 Camry gets me every time.

      And another five minutes with GoodPatriot.
      That chick is fun!

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  7. "That strange feeling you always have? It's because you're
    surrounded by idiots."

    Right on the money Bison...pardon the pun.

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