Saturday, January 01, 2022

Doing All the Right Things

Most people will readily admit that they are not perfect -- and have not lived a perfect life -- but that should not stop them from trying.  Those imperfect moments accumulate over a lifetime to produce what we know as aging -- the failure or inability to respond appropriately to all the challenges and opportunities life brings.  Bad things don't just happen, and neither does good things.  They require some effort on our part, some action, some involvement on our part -- and not just somebody else, some god, who is responsible for everything turning out the way they have -- and over a lifetime, there's nothing one could have done at any point -- to turn things around, and alter the outcome of what they feel is inevitable -- and fated.

That is the usual regard we have for "aging," rather than the much more state-of-the-art realization that is the accumulation of all our past deeds, words and thoughts -- and we could have done it better, and that was the whole point.  At no point should we have given up and stopped trying -- to do one's best.  However, that does not mean that one has to bench press, squat and deadlift more than they ever had before, and in fact, continuing to think that way, is a well-proven failure -- that one must find another way -- even if they have to create it themselves.

What they can do -- can be anything.  It doesn't have to be what everybody else is doing -- to disastrous effect.  Obviously, exercise that is impossible, difficult or painful to do, is not the answer to the age-old problems of why people fail.  It flat out doesn't work no matter how much of it one does -- until finally they simply give up in despair, and then give up on everything.  One certainly is entitled to find out what works -- if for nobody else but oneself, especially when following the herd, never delivers the results as promised.

It's not illegal to do what works -- and hasn't been previously sanctioned by the governing bodies who claim exclusive jurisdiction on such matters -- and in fact, that they own the turf.  How that came about is anybody's guess -- but usually it is to those who presume that authority, and nobody thinks to challenge it.

However, when many of its best advocates and acolytes are dropping dead prematurely, one is right to question whether that is a fate one wants for themselves.  What is the bigger picture objective?  For most, that is living as long as possible in the best health possible -- and everything else is a secondary, or moot concern.  That seems to imply everything else.  A momentary and fleeting best is usually lost in the greater scheme of things.

Successful longterm investing is the same way -- rewarding only if it lasts -- and not simply making a fortune to lose a fortune just as quickly.  That is the siren call of those promising they can make one a quick fortune -- but not necessarily so that one can walk away from the casino with that fortune.  "Many are called, but few are chosen."  That is the plight and quandary of modern life.  Easy come, but easy go -- and where the wheel stops, may leave a lot with less than they started out with.  So the quick gains, are not the point -- but a lifetime of sustained improvement is what is life-changing.

There may have been a time when life was short, nasty and brutal, when one had to grab each spoil as though it might be their last -- but in a different time, that orientation may serve them ill -- except as a self-fulfilling prophecy.  Yes, they win, but don't live long enough to enjoy any of it.  That was the fate of the original Marathon runner -- who announced that the Greeks had prevailed, and promptly died -- and was celebrated thereafter because he was no longer among them.  We don't necessarily have to be that guy.

Nor are similar sacrifices required for the benefit of everybody else anymore.  People don't have to be thrown into the volcano to appease the gods.  Communities no longer have to enforce rigid conformity to ensure their continued survival -- or encourage development only in one ideal for survival, which was invariably who could tolerate the most pain, torture and suffering -- even if inflicted upon themselves.  Rather, the healing of oneself became the road to personal salvation and resurrection.

If that is the case, it doesn't matter what anybody else thinks they ought to be doing; they can simply do what works -- as self-evident proof that it works.  Everybody else can continue with what is obviously not working -- but they are compelled to do -- and think that is all there is.  The suppression of any other alternatives is not brutal, but just as effective -- that one wouldn't even think of it.  That would be that exercise can and should be easy -- in order for it to be possible to do all one's life -- with no reservations and limitations -- because it is the doing that is the magic, and not the theory and explanations that don't work.

As in the investing example, it is not necessary to understand the why -- only the what.  The why is a separation and division from the reality and actuality of the matter -- and serves no purpose.  If one gets the desirable results each and every time, it is not necessary to have a why -- apart from the what is.  It is not like one is advising one to do something dangerous and difficult, but quite the opposite -- doing the possible as the necessary.  And in that doing, is the manifestation of that possibility and reality.

One is not asking anyone to do 100 pushups or 100 pullups -- but only what they can do, for 100 repetitions.  It can be a movement of their own design -- and purpose.  Doing that everyday, will make them good at doing that -- and there is no other action (movement) that is more important to do.  It is as simple as that -- and the longer one lives, the more they realize that.  That is the integration of the mind and body -- that is the resistance.

Wednesday, December 01, 2021

How People Grow "Old"

The obvious way to tell a person's age and condition -- is to look at the most obvious and visible parts of their body -- which is the head, hands and feet -- where the circulation is likely to be the poorest, even while containing the most vital and important faculties of the body -- the senses located at the head (seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, thinking), hands (grip and touch), and feet (balance and locomotion). They are usually the first to go -- and that is why they are usually reliable indicators of age and condition. Only an exceptional few belie the usual trajectory of this deterioration with age.  Many people are not aware of this -- so commonplace is it in the older people -- characterized by this predictable obvious pattern of deterioration.  For the few who show no such deterioration at these extremities, it is very difficult to assess their age -- because they defy the predictable and expected pattern.

Along with the deterioration in appearance is the lack of movement at those extremities  -- which are actually designed for movement rather than the immobility they become with age.  Many fail to notice this lack of movement (animation) because they are not observant -- and may even have been taught as children, not to pay attention to these things in others.  And so they fail to pick up important clues for why it happens in older people generally, and even to younger people who lack those articulations.  They simply never think to move in that way -- although they can.  On the other hand, a very small segment of the population, train themselves to move skillfully and masterfully in those ways most don't even think is possible, and may have even been advised that such movements are dangerous and should never be done -- even while millions of people in the world may do it routinely up to the days they're still capable of doing anything.

One of the most common examples is the simple squat-sit -- done by many indigenous people in the habit of moving frequently until the day they die.  On the other hand, contemporary society produces and encourages many to move as little as possible -- and even requiring the assistance of motors or others to shift them from one position to another -- they've grown so unused to moving at all, with no plan or intention of improving those capabilities from here on out the rest of their days.  One would expect them to become increasingly less capable  -- with no program for ensuring they maintain those capabilities and movements.  The nerves making such movements possible, are no longer fired, let alone systematically exercised for improvement.  Many are convinced that is even the preferred way to be -- to do as little as possible for themselves the rest of their days.  Yet who is going to do it for them?  Maybe their children or grandchildren, or as is becoming increasingly the case, a paid caregiver.

The furthest thought from their mind, is that they should become increasingly self-reliant and independent -- as though that is only what stupid people do -- because they have not figured out how to make everyone else do everything for them.  And though such a life of idleness and uselessness are highly fashionable, as a practical matter, that is not the best way to go -- and go one surely will.  So a lot of this premature demise is cultural -- and popular, rather than the best nature has evolved.  It requires individuals to take it to the next level -- just as it always has been.  The struggle for survival does not end at 40 or 60 -- but remains a lifelong challenge as long as each individual lives.  It just becomes more individualized -- and personal.

What worked for most at 20 -- may not work for anybody at 80.  It is far more likely to be the case that what works at 80, works for most at 20 -- rather than vice-versa.  Ironically, it is easier to see what works at 80 than what works at 20 -- because there are fewer confounders to weed out.  Participation rates conveniently weed out those who are still in the game -- from those whose best are far behind them.  Of course, some still talk about their youth as the prime of their lives -- rather than their present being the summation of all their days.  Obviously, that requires a wholly new orientation and meaning to our lives.  Is it half over, or only half begun?  That difference in attitude may be the most significant marker of the new age from the old one -- and whether life gets better, or disintegrates.  Of course the last to know, will be those who should know better.

They are too full of the old knowledge -- and not the one being discovered and created.  It's always been that way.  The harbingers of the new, have never been embraced by the defenders of the status quo -- no matter how dysfunctional and hopeless things were.  A certain death was preferred to any unknown yet to be discovered and revealed.  Those are the great moments in human consciousness  and evolution.  Not simply more of the same in a slightly modified form.  An entirely new way of being must emerge.  It's always been that way.  That is the evolution of life.

Monday, November 01, 2021

One or the Other

 The muscle is designed to do two things: Contract — and relax, and in doing so, produces movement — visibly, and internally.

The heart is the best illustration of this: it functions by reliably contracting and alternately relaxing, and in doing so, produces the necessary pumping effect — which doesn’t happen if that muscle only contracts or only relaxes — in which case, we note that the heart has ceased to function. It is in doing both alternately that it is meaningful and productive — so just to do one or the other is a meaningless question because one gives meaning to the other.
I know many exercise “experts” will tell their classes that they need to do this or that to get their hearts pumping — but the truth of the matter is that the heart is always pumping, and is always the hardest, perennially working muscle — and when that ceases, so will life dependent on that pumping effect — or circulation. Respiration and circulation enables one to sustain themselves in this environment — and is also dependent on the muscular change from fullest expiration (contraction), to fullest relaxation (inspiration). Again, one gives meaning and power to other.
That’s why in any movement and activity, that which produces the greatest variability between these two extremes is life and health enhancing — while the cessation of one over the other, must result in death or disability long before that definitive end. For this reason, many bodybuilders are incapable of sustaining gains and growth because they focus on one or the other — when it is the change of muscular states from one extent (extreme) to the other that is most productive and allows them to retain their viability to the day they die. They tend to lop off the extremes from their movements — even while doing a lot of minimal change movements — characterized by foreshortened movements, such as adding more weight to further reduce their range of movement.
How that is achieved is fairly easy to do — rather than the impossibility that most exercise instruction insists it must be, and so it becomes a more unproductive activity and eventually forcing most to discontinue it as a nonproductive activity — rather than the primary way of enabling and empowering all their daily activities and functioning. Then it would make sense to begin each day in such a way — or suffer the consequences.
Rather than the resistance (workload) being important, it is actually the range of moving the muscle from one extreme to the other to effect the circulatory function — and not the one or the other the teachers instruct. Health is that which is “optimal” — and not merely one thing at the expense of all the others.

It is the range of moving from one extreme to the other itself that causes the contraction and relaxation -- and not the resistance or workload. So it is knowing what positions the bones must be in to effect these different states -- that is obviously achieved when bodybuilders can contract their muscles very forcefully while posing -- or as the yoga people do in adopting certain postures to effect relaxation. Obviously in these situations and circumstances, no resistance is required -- and would actually be a hindrance -- to obtaining the fullest contraction or the fullest relaxation.

It's been known for centuries that one can achieve these prodigious muscular developments before the advent and invention of so-called exercise machines -- which are usually sold by emphasizing the added strain on the heart -- but that is not the deficiency in most people. Most people's problem is that their voluntary muscles are unexercised because they require willful intention to activate -- while the heart is always automatic (autonomic) and does not need to be prodded into doing more or less. It will always do what is required -- without that willful intervention. One similarly does not need to "invent" gravity for that purpose; it will act infallibly.

One need not invent a machine to make water run downhill -- and think oneself a genius in doing so. The lack is getting the water or weight uphill to the preferred location where it will do the most good. So as I witnessed many feats of impressive destruction, one wondered, could any of that energy be used to construct something useful -- and in the case of every life, it would be to optimize the health and well-being of what fails prematurely -- from the lack of use and circulation, because that is the real intent of exercise and activity -- and not merely to waste (burn) as much energy as possible.

Exercise of that sort must fail -- because it misunderstands its purpose in the thinking that sheer destruction and waste, is the objective of any meaningful and productive activity. As such, it is not life-sustaining but becomes increasingly self-destructive behavior -- invariably leading to disabilities and death. The feet, knees and back are prematurely worn out, making even the simplest daily movements prohibitive. Of course the media writers will write about the one in a hundred who managed to overcome that elimination from further participation -- as proof and testimony that such programs work, while ignoring the 99% that prove the obvious rule.

In fact, in many academic circles, what is celebrated as fact, is what has never been observed to be true -- because that would be too obvious, and not require "experts" to explain. Instead, they're usually advising people not to do what would not require instruction but only the awareness of what is happening -- or not. Increasingly, laws are passed to prohibit one from finding out the truth of any matter for themselves. That's what media celebrities think is their job -- to tell everybody else what to think. It doesn't matter if it is true or valid but that we all jump on the same bandwagon -- as what they think is the function and purpose of society.

Everybody on the same page, makes it "true" -- regardless of the self-evident truth. Then it is a matter of how steadfast one can hold their conviction -- until everyone comes to their senses, and sees the simplicity of the matter.

Friday, October 01, 2021

"More" is Not the Answer

 Up until the 21st century, it was always thought that "more" was always the answer -- and never that better might be less, and even different -- from what we presumed was true -- because the self-proclaimed "experts" said so -- because they purchased their certificates from those who sold them.  But usually, it takes more than money to make one an expert in any field; it takes time, effort and insight -- in actually learning to think for oneself -- because that is what makes one truly an expert, and not the countless drones merely repeating what somebody else told them is the truth -- and they have no way of finding out the truth of the matter for themselves.

And that is the beauty and joy of life -- discovering the truth of life for oneself -- instead of repeating what all the countless drones before them have -- despite all lack of success.  One doesn't want to be among the countless failures who simply "know better" -- while the world around them collapses on top of them.  We have a glut of too many of such experts.  Some things we use and abuse too much, while other capacities, we use not enough -- and that is the justification for the exercise of those capacities, and not that one must run oneself ragged as though somehow, that was the answer to any question -- under all circumstances.

More often than not, every situation is unique -- requiring the appropriate unique answer for each individual -- rather than the "one size fits everybody" terribly of the last half of the 20th century.  We live in a world now that is fully capable of being custom-designed for every individual -- and not the hand-me-down society that was good enough for all the previous generations.  But that requires a little bit of personal initiative from each individual -- and not that the government is going to ensure that for everyone equally successfully -- as the politicians promise.

That's also very 20th century -- the government knowing what is best for everybody -- rather than each individual determining that (better) for themselves -- because they have those abilities available to them.  That includes health better than the institutions are capable of providing for them.  They can now take unprecedentedly better care of themselves -- beyond what the medical systems alone can deliver.  Because ultimately, they are better able to provide and determine those things for themselves.  And surely, that must happen -- for there to be continued evolution of the human experience.

Simply repeating life as it's always been experienced before -- is not the end-all, be-all of existence.  There are always these quantum leaps to where life has never gone before -- but works better, as another one of those fortunate accidents that happens because life makes it possible.  What if we have to get better -- and there is no choice about it?  Those in poor heath will not survive -- not because we are prejudiced, but because it is a fact of life.  Only one's best will suffice.

But does that simply mean doing the familiar old things more -- or is there some other dimension of unlimited possibilities -- unimagined before?  That is the very march of progress and evolution.  Not more on the continued pattern, but the leap to better understanding and appreciation of the whole -- which has always been the next frontier.  Otherwise, we just go around in circles doing the same things we did last year, and fearing there is nothing else -- but more of the same.  At such times, civilization has come to a dead end -- of which different measures are entirely necessary.

Such changes do not simply take generations to change and manifest, but is the speed of life as is possible today.  At first there will be only the few, then a trickle, before a torrent, and then the stampede to the new.  Of course one hopes to be on that leading edge -- and not the rear guard defending the status quo that have already fled leaving them holding the bag -- and nothing else.  That is always the quandary living in any time.

Are you a bagholder, or one discovering the greatness of life -- even for oneself?  And that does not mean living half one's life waiting to die -- from the next Big Thing.  Surely, one deserves more than that.  Does one go out on top, or only halfway there? -- or never knowing for sure where one is.  It is all a blur -- from one calamity and crisis to the next -- with never a moment to rest and appreciate all one has -- before desiring the "more."  More often than not, the answer lies in something else entirely -- and that frame of mind, is truly "fitness."  It is the obvious.

It's the range of motion that is the exercise -- and not the limited range of movement (thought) done more often.  That is movement into the 21st century -- and beyond.

Wednesday, September 01, 2021

One Day at a Time

 While planning for the future is good, looking too far ahead often gets one in trouble.  It is better to think that what works well in the present, provides the stepping stone to the future -- and so one must ensure that is done as well as possible.  Otherwise, one gets too far ahead of themselves, and is often tripped up.

Those are the words of wisdom embodied in the advice to build one's house on a solid foundation -- lest the slightest shift in the winds of fortune, blow one away.  Then, if one runs out of time and money, those coming after them, can continue to build on what one left behind -- as their legacy.

Not to think in this manner, means the next generation will always have to start from scratch, repeating the same mistakes of every previous generation -- and so it is lamented that history only repeats itself, rather than building on the previous generation's work and knowledge.  In that way, some cultures pull ahead, while many others remain in the Stone Age -- casting rocks as the only thing they know to do.  Implied in that, is the fierce struggle to get to the top, but once there, they have no idea what to do but to keep everyone else down so they cannot get ahead of them.  That is the proverbial zero-sum game in which there can only be one winner, and everybody else must be losers -- and there is no greater meaning and purpose beyond that.

We know that as the life in the worst of conditions -- where nobody can go to sleep comfortable and confident in knowing that when they awaken again, they will still have everything they went to sleep with -- and not that everything can be taken from them at every moment.  That is the fierce struggle for survival among many of the beasts of the world -- as well as a few cultures that must die out for that lack of planning for that secure and prosperous future.

That is what culture is: the foundation upon which everyone else can proceed on further.  It need not be perfect, but it is at least a start in the right direction, and if it turns out to be the wrong direction, it is recognized as that rather than erased from memory.  A written record of being wrong, is often as valuable as no record of being right -- and how we got there.  It is a paper trail -- of what we did right, as well as what we did wrong -- and not merely keeping the right, and erasing the wrong -- to make ourselves seem infallible.  The process is every bit as important as the solution -- and by that, we know how to discover that again -- each time we need to.  But merely holding the answer, tells us nothing about how to get there again -- if we lose it, or lose our way.

So much for knowing all the answers -- but not knowing how to get there.  The truth of any matter is not discovered once for all time -- but is rediscovered each time, and even refined and improved in each iteration.  That is the process of evolution -- and not the countless, unvarying repetition for ages.  That is not an accurate portrait of reality.  Every person doing something, adds a little bit to the process -- whether they realize it or not.  It may be their lack of understanding, as well as greater insight.

And so life turns out differently -- for everyone of us.  So to believe everyone will have the same outcomes in life, shows a real lack of understanding of anything.  That is to believe that one can just do anything, and the results will be the same -- but that is how many think, and that is the sorrow in the world.  

When people no longer get the desired results from what they are doing, it is not that doing all the right things no longer works -- but quite obviously, that they are not doing what they think they are doing.  In observing people presumably doing the same thing, the astute observer will notice right off, that is not the same thing -- or anything.  That frequently occurs when a person loads a bar with so much weight, they can do very little -- if anything with it.  Eventually, they just get injured -- to no beneficial effect.  In fact, that might be the pivotal event which signals the end to all further doing.

Before that happens, one is better advised to go back to the simplest of beginnings -- which was when good things began to happen -- and when they strayed from those foundations, bad things began to happen -- even while they think they were still doing the same thing.  Or just as bad, to get no results -- which leads them to the futility of all further efforts, and any connection of cause and effect.  They merely hope for the next miracle drug -- the next panacea.  Life is beyond their control.

Sunday, August 01, 2021

Everything One Does is an Exercise

No one is as certain as a person who has no idea what they are talking about.  People who know better, are much less certain that they know -- before they have bothered to find out for themselves.  Most just accept what others tell them is the truth of the matter.  It's much easier this way.  They never have to question anything -- just presume to know what they are doing, because they think they know what everybody else is doing and thinking.

Undoubtedly, the world is changing -- just as it always has.  Change is simply what we have to deal with -- neither good nor bad.  That is simply the challenge of the moment -- time and place.  In no time was it easier, or more difficult.  So what is one to make of it all?

Not just a part -- but the whole.  Health is being as good as one can be -- all their life.  For many more, that is now possible.  Exercise is a good thing -- and not the last thing one should be doing.  Eating has a purpose, and not just the latest entertainment.  Lifestyle is the best one can conceive of being.  That was not preconceived a long time ago by people who knew more than we do today.  In this time, we know as much and more than was ever known before -- because we have greater access to all of it -- the good, the bad and the ugly.

Quality of life is increasing one's exposure to the good -- and eliminating, or at least avoiding the bad as much as possible.  Those are the options in life -- we can choose to exercise -- some more than others, and by those choices and outcomes, we create our lives.  Nobody can and should do it for anybody else -- and ensure those outcomes for everybody else.  That is simply not possible -- because we are born as individuals, of which the meaning is, wholly unique and indivisible.  We all own our lives -- whether any constitution guarantees that or not.  It is simply a fact of life -- just as herds of zebras will attempt to cross a crocodile-infested river -- but not all will survive.  Most will, or the species will not survive.

Humankind is blessed to be much more adaptable -- and have more options capable of being exercised.  One doesn't necessarily have to be the singular world champion at it for it to be useful and meaningful.  It just simply has to do the job -- and serve its specific purpose -- and that invariably means, doing what absolutely needs to be done -- first and foremost, and not being distracted by all the entertainment and trivial available.

At this time, as every other, it is a challenge to determine which are the urgent and which are the trivial -- just because another thought of it, and wants to sell it to everybody else.  In that way, a lot of people lose their way -- in games, alcohol, drugs, and self-aggrandizing/isolating activity.  They are convinced by the marketers that "fake" is better than "authentic," and come to prefer it -- even if it endangers their existence.

So "exercise" is not "fake," but the real -- what one actually does, whether in front of a large group of witnesses, or for their own better judgment exclusively.  Those latter, are far more likely to know the real course of their lives -- than the many deceived by the applause of those who know even less than they do, or they would be doing it themselves.  But the truly meaningful, is doing it themselves -- and finding out the truth of any matter -- with minimal risk to one's continued viability.

One has to risk not knowing -- in order to learn the new, and in that wager, only risks the unknown.  Those who presume to know, never bother to find out -- so certain they are, that they already know everything that can be known, and are even convinced, they discovered/invented it themselves.  

Such people think they know all the right answers, when they have not even begun to ask the right questions -- and think all those who do not know what they do, must be censored and persecuted until they come around to seeing what they do -- as the only way things can ever be.  That is the timeless history of civilization, evolution and actuality.  What one does, is the way life and the world is.  That is the exercise of life -- and not just meaningless practice.   It becomes the real.

Friday, July 16, 2021

Getting Started

 The difficulty in doing anything, is getting started.  That is true for exercise programs, diet, writing, speaking, changing anything.  As always, the best time to start doing anything different, is right now, and not a moment longer continuing the old ways.

Most will counter that they have to finish off their junk food before they can begin a healthy new diet -- which means they are adding to the problem, rather than stopping it immediately, and beginning on a new better course.  So of course, they maintain their old habits -- rather than living a better life immediately, and thereafter.  Diet is obviously the most visible and tangible example, but also along that line, are the many behaviors that are less obvious, like saying one thing, while doing something else entirely -- often what is expressly counterproductive, as though it was a neutral and normal act -- when it is the problem, or not working.

Yet people persist -- and wonder what went wrong.  They may even insist they are doing all the "right" things but getting all the "wrong" results -- and have no clue that the "right" efforts, produce the right results -- and no amount of doing the wrong things, will get the right results.

That's often not what one is taught in the classroom as the "right" answer -- and so one must never question it.  However, in every random sample of people, there will be the one or two who will question everything -- because that is the kind of person they are, and will probably remain so all their lives.  Those are the few who go on to discover many things that most will not suspect possible -- nor be able to tell the difference, because everything they know to be true, is what somebody else told them -- and never what they have determined for themselves.  Everyone has that right -- but few will choose to exercise them -- waiting only for somebody else to tell them what to think, and what is right -- as though there is only one authority on such matters, rather than everybody finding out what the truth of the matter is.

The truth of any matter, is that nobody knows with absolute and authoritative certainty what the truth is -- although a few will come forward and claim that omniscience.  To question them, is to question and spit in the face of God Himself -- they will suggest to unknowing and undiscriminating reporters.  In fact, many of that profession, pride themselves on being undiscriminating about anything -- which should make one wary of accepting such sources -- because admittedly, they cannot tell the truth from the false, and have no way of knowing but to ask someone else.

Thus it has been noted, that a falsehood can travel around the world, in the time it takes to unravel the truth of any matter -- as though speed was all that mattered.  Simple truths, often take time to be revealed -- but by then, many have lost interest, and have jumped on many subsequent erroneous bandwagons on the road to folly.  So ultimately, time is the test of truth -- and abandons most when they need it the most.  That is the aging process.

Those who live their lives well, see their lives get better, while those who have wasted every advantage ever provided, have nothing left, and are deeper in debt and deficit on every facet of life.  Ultimately it shows -- whether they were naughty or nice.  Eating more than their fair share of food -- eventually shows up -- everywhere.  Not exercising shows up as well.  Not writing or speaking, results in an inability to communicate -- especially in what one thinks should be obvious.  It was never made obvious -- in any tangible way.  The wishful thinking was never communicated to the universe -- one hoped and expected it would.

That may be in another universe -- but not this one, where things are made manifest.  Therefore, people who know what they are talking about, show it -- in appearance, thought and action, and not that the truth is what anyone says it is -- regardless.  Who has been given that authority and dominion over all the others?  That is a sobering question for those who presumed that authority -- just because they could.

But everyone has that authority in their own lives -- but should proceed cautiously and deliberately, and not with reckless abandon just because they can, or saw somebody else do it.  That is true even following the advice of all the designated experts in the field -- the best of whom do not claim to know everything, because finding out for oneself, is the only real truth -- and what ultimately matters.  That is an ancient wisdom that has never become obsolete.

That moment of truth arrives as soon as one stops listening to the "experts," and listens to the truth of what their own body and senses are telling them -- in the mind-body connection.  Those who do that well, become the masters of their own universe and lives -- which reveals itself in time, as one ages, and how one ages.  If everything they know is false, that facade is revealed -- for truth will stand the test of time, or expose them.  That is the (un)pleasant truth of every life.  How a person ages -- or doesn't, is the story of their lives.  That's what time tells.

None of that gets wiped away.  Every thought, deed, and action is etched on their faces and bodies.  It can be a blessing or a curse; it is cause and effect, played out in every life -- as it must be.  They may get away with it for 20, 40 years, but eventually, it catches up to them -- but that is good or bad, depending on what one did.

When the forty or sixty years are up, there is still time enough to get it right -- and that is the beauty of it.  One can always begin anew -- from now on, but even those given "one more chance," will find a way to waste it.  But they get a chance, with every moment they still live -- until it is over.  But if one has previously wasted every moment of their lives, the chances are not great they can turn their lives around -- but it is always possible, as long as there is life.  And so the question remains, what is possible -- and how to make it so?

It's easier done than said.  It doesn't need saying -- it needs doing.  But rather than doing the most difficult thing possible, one should try the easiest thing possible -- and that works if one is nine or ninety.  But one has to actually do something -- and not simply think or talk about doing it.  If one can make that connection, then there is a way to improve one's functioning and condition.  One does not need to ask how much? -- and all those diversions from actually doing anything.  That is most people's first line of defense -- to convince themselves (and everybody else around them) they cannot.

If they just lift one finger, that is more than they have done in years -- on their own behalf.  When they realize that, they see why the world and themselves are in the condition it is in -- with good reason and purpose.  They have to make the connection between thinking of doing something, and actually doing it -- and in that insight, the world is changed, and everything is different.  Nobody can do it for anybody or everybody else.  That's how the world changes -- one life at a time, wholly, individually, and personally -- and that is the actuality of every life by every individual.