Fulfill Your Destiny

Keep your frame of mind positive, since your frame of mind becomes your future.

It only takes a minute to pause and think about your life. Resist the urge to carry out actions on impulse. Assemble your ideas with honorable thoughts, since ideas influence conversations. Deliver your conversations with a respectful tone, since your conversations influence your actions. Command your actions to be honorable, since your actions become your disposition. Make your disposition ethical,  since your disposition becomes your frame of mind. Keep your frame of mind positive, since your frame of mind becomes your future. Your future becomes your destiny. Your destiny becomes who your are. It’s a simple concept, yet we make our destiny complicated.

Overuse Of The Exclamation Point Hits Epidemic Proportions!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

An exclamation point is used to emphasize a vigorous event or commanding revelation. I begrudgingly accept that, its overuse has resulted in nothing more than just another punctuation mark or a broken nail pounded with a jackhammer at the end of any sentence.

The obsessive overuse of the exclamation point on social media and writing has become an epidemic. It has evolved into an obsession to emphatically over emphasize ordinary circumstances. An exclamation point has become mundane, misused, overused, and unexcitable. It is often misunderstood and seems interchangeable with other forms of punctuation. I openly admit I am not a professional writer nor an English major and I make mistakes in grammar frequently. However, I have a good understanding of when to use the exclamation point correctly. A basic understanding of grammar should be sufficient to digest the proper use of the exclamation point. We all have that basic understanding, right?

An exclamation point is used to emphasize a vigorous event or commanding revelation. It is used to indicate excitability and can offer great revelations when used properly. Its overuse has resulted in a rusted nail flattened with a jackhammer to drive home any point at the end of statements. Exclamation points are often used incorrectly and are even used to affirm emotions which have angry tones. Many people despise the exclamation point and immediately ignore expressions of statements which have a nail pounded at the end. At no point in the English language is it ever considered ideal to use multiple exclamation points after making a statement.!!!!!!!!!!  It creates a negative interpretation because of the repeated marks of nonsense some folks have adopted as proper grammer. When a point has been made, one exclamation point is sufficient. No useful purpose is served by adding multiple nails with an overwhelming g-force that flattens the keyboard. Multiple exclamation points exposes lazy vocabulary skills. There are a multitude of word choices available to drive home a point without using an exclamation point.

Feuding with one who has ended their statement with an emphatic exclamation point quite often begins a volley of exchanges. This can quickly escalate into quarreling or combative words that are impulsive rapid fire rants. Slow down, think about what needs to be said or written without the emphatic sledge hammer at the end of a statement. Composing a rational viewpoint which limits the possibility for turbulent exchanges and minimizes misinterpretations may take some time and diligent thought. Draft a sentence or thought that can initiate an exchange of ideas which are mutually acceptable to each party and omit the exclamation at the end. The outcome will result in a willingness to engage in understanding each others viewpoints and contribute to a well thought out volley of words. We want our viewpoints recognized, so minimize the use of the nail, it rarely garners an exchange of words which contributes to civility and understanding.

Concise, honest, and compassionate writing along with prudent conversation helps cultivate the groundwork for humanity. Writing and speaking skills are a means of expressing our resourcefulness for ideas and a means to showcase our grammar. If one must use an exclamation point, do so in a manner that reflects excitability, civility, or in a way that transitions a persons attention to an urgent matter and please one explanation point at the end is enough. The command of our English language has been hijacked by texting, using numbers for words, using individual letters for entire words, acronyms, and twisting of words. We have steadily slipped into the depths of limited vocabulary, limited knowledge of proper sentence structure, general withdrawal from proper english, and limited writing skills. Don’t be lazy with grammar, be creative, resist the urge to pull the exclamation point out of the tool box because there are many other tools that can be used to drive home a statement.

Steve Cowgar

Golden Christmas

With each passing year our destination draws near. The precious moments captured in the window of our soul warms our heart with all we’ve seen. Olden days of yesterday, golden days for the years ahead, that’s what we love.

I love to be with you this golden Christmas Day, our heart and soul filled with the gift of Jesus.

We are blessed this evening to stroll by the ocean, a gentle breeze, waves methodically reaching the distant shore. The solemn sandy beach is empty, our day fading with the sitting sun. The shadows cast their form, the daylight hours fade away. An evening chill has settled in, our hearts grow tender with memories of yore, of gifts and love. The troubles flee, they are cast adrift miles away, no worries, only glee. Our faithful family and friends forever in our heart, loved ones of times gone by tucked beautifully in our minds.

I’m holding you tight this Christmas evening my love, side by side we are cradled together, two souls are one. There is no better place, no better time, and no better love than you, my darling. With each passing year our destination draws near. The precious moments captured in the window of our soul warms our heart with all we’ve seen. Olden days of yesterday, golden days for the years ahead, that’s what we love. We have each other dear, a treasure trove bursting with life.

This magnificent Christmas evening we are inseparable, rest must come, our day fulfilled. Goodnight my love, I’ll keep you close this golden Christmas night. May God bless you love with all the blessings you need. Tomorrow will come, we must believe.

steve cowgar

Stay Informed, Don’t Lag Behind

Epic proportions of information are available for those who are driven to learn and stay engaged in society.

The multitude of information obtainable today is extraordinary. Never in our history have we had so much information available to us. Ancient rulers were able to control their followers through the flow of information. Only a few volumes of information were contained in the form of books which were closely guarded by a select few. Those select few were able to isolate libraries or destroy them for the sake of control over people. Today information is available in epic proportions and control over people is more challenging.

If we are not staying informed, we can expect a profound negative effect on our life. With so much information available it is easy to believe we have no need to learn because it’s all stored in a data bank where someone must have access, or somebody knows what is stored in the data bank. Why would we need to know about information if it is accessible when we need it? Accessing information only when its needed might be to late. Life is such a whirlwind that procrastinating about staying informed will leave us in the dust. Massive files are quickly created and expanded which demands swift action when making decisions. We cannot be uninformed about issues which affect our life. The ability to efficiently process information and to get engaged in the surge is a requirement to stay current.

It is accepted knowledge the average person uses only 10% of their mental capacity and a genius uses only 15%. Imagine our brain which has a potential of 100%, yet we use only 1/10 of that capacity. That is quite astounding considering there is 85% to 90% of our brain which is just idling. We have not even come close to discovering how to access and utilize that part of our brain which is idling. If we just commit to absorb one more percent of information we could become be better equipped to excel and make decisions. One percent does not sound like much, it would only require a little enlightenment, training, and the will to grow mentally.

We should never become complacent to the point where we are not in tune with the times. The information deluge is not going to slow down. Stay alert, stay focused, and stay interested or the collector of the heap which swiftly fades will come knocking at the door. We could depend on others to keep us informed, but in reality we can’t depend on anyone but ourself. Don’t let information overload be the reason to coast through life uninformed and unprepared. Why give someone the advantage because they are more informed? Make a commitment to learn something new each day, that is an easy task which requires minimum time and effort.

Chemicals/Pesticides, Are They The Norm We Have Become Desensitized To?

Chemicals/pesticides have become so commonplace we tend to be very accepting of their use as opposed to being very cautious about long term exposure.

So now we spray neighborhoods with chemicals/pesticides from the air because of the Zika virus threat or West Nile threat. What are the long term consequences of human contact with chemicals being sprayed from the air? Why on earth are we spraying pesticides from an airplane where air currents carry the chemicals over vast areas. I personally think it is absurd to blanket spray any neighborhood from the air without people in the area being fully aware of the consequences. I’m frosted that someone can fly over anyones house with the blessings of some bureaucrat and bomb them with chemicals without their knowledge unless they turn on the evening news for updates. I am totally on board when it comes to minimizing the threat from mosquitos, but shouldn’t we be a little more concentrated on specific targeted areas with on the ground and on the specific site where insects have tested positive instead of blanket spraying entire areas? What else is being sprayed in the atmosphere that some whacko deems necessary for some kind on insect control or indirectly, people control that I am unaware of. Wild thought eh?

I woke up this morning to the landscaping company at our condo complex spraying chemicals on the lawn and posting signs for pets to stay off the lawn for 24 hours. This is a scheduled occurrence which happens about four times a year. Although it may appear that the wind is not blowing, the very small droplets of the lawn spray are picked up by air currents and are deposited wherever the drift carries them. If these products are unhealthy for my pet, then they are also unhealthy for me.

My point is – did you ever take a minute to think about all the chemicles a person comes in contact with during a day. Think about the chemicals in cleaning products, soaps, deodorants, foods we consume, the air we breath, clothes we wear, makeup, perfumes, furniture, lotions, flooring products, any insecticide, chemicals from drugs and agriculture runoff in our water, paint or building materials, fuels, and on and on. Imagine for just a moment all the chemicals that a person is exposed to in just one day.

I’m not saying get rid of all chemicals, but in a world of modified genetics, and molecular modification of products shouldn’t we be very aware of what we allow ourselves to be exposed to on a daily basis? I’m not saying stay in a sterile room with filtered air, but minimizing exposure is a smart move to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Now go outside or stay inside and take a deep breath, do you know what you just inhaled? Exactly, you have no idea. Contrast that with the air from as little as 200 years ago. Don’t you think it is logical to be assured it wasn’t as polluted as todays air and environment? Sure life is much better today than it was back then, but at what expense to our longterm well being?