Be content or else

I'm happy with a buck

At church last Sunday (2007-10-07), Senior Pastor Richard J. Anderson (SMCC) spoke about being content. Well, at least that’s what I got from it, no matter what tangents he might have taken.

We were studying the following passages:

  • Exodus 20:17 (NIV) – “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”
  • Philippians 4:10-13 (NIV)10 I rejoice greatly in the Lord that at last you have renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you have been concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
  • 1 Timothy 6:6 (NIV) – But godliness with contentment is great gain.

On index cards, I wrote this:

In the [tough] circumstances, rejoice in the LORD.

Don’t be bored! Be content that I have much less to worry about than most of the population in the world. War, food, gangs…

Understanding how many possessions someone really has lies with the observer.

Who’s point of view is it? Do we have a lot or a little?

For me, I can’t complain about food, computers, cell phones, movies, television, radio, or money. I don’t have the right to do that. There’s people out there with barely any food to live off from. Lots of people don’t have a computer. (One example: My mom’s sister in the Philippines.) Some people still have to resort to pay phones. Some people don’t own a television or DVD. (If it’s by choice, that’s a different story.) Even though our paychecks might not be keeping up with inflation, it could be much worse.

I don’t really have anything to follow “or else,” so I’m sorry about that. 🙂

Freedom is near – and other stuff

Want to know what’s on the the forefront of my mind?

I’ve been keeping myself busier than ever before by talking to more people about my business. The better I become in that, the faster I’ll get out of debt.

What am I doing? Basically, I help people/families get out of debt and show them how to retire financially independent. If they don’t have the money to do that, I can train them to do what I do. I love helping people, and in the process, I’m helping myself. It’s awesome! (Want to know more about this? Click here to contact me!)

Also, I need to get that going because I can’t save enough money to buy the new bass guitar equipment I need for Phantom Scream. Dan left, so I’m taking over for him.

In other “news”…

  • I’m scared to upgrade to WordPress 2.3. I don’t want to break K2, and I fear how the categories-to-tags conversion will work.
  • On Tuesday, I was interviewed about Flickr and Geotagging – plus other stuff. That really made my day.
  • I need to catch up on processing photos.
  • I wish I could go to Ontario to meet Chris Brogan and other PodCampers. Alas, I can’t take the time to do so.

Random points that constitute a full post

My mind has been vegged with DVDs and PS2 over vacation until this week started up with school. At work yesterday, I collected some thoughts to write about here.

  • Not sure what domain I’ll switch to, but I have some in mind to make it easier to spell.
  • I still love Pinky, but I’m not sure how to incorporate the lovable rat into whatever new theme I choose. (See Pinky and the Brain)
  • I love purging – when you see more space, it’s energizing. I’ve been wiping hard drives and removing the really old computers they’re in from my office.
  • Since buying my new ultra-compact camera, I want to carry it everywhere. That’s one more thing I carry with me. So in my bag, I carry my iPod, earbuds, and Tungsten E PDA. If I’m not wearing pants that has a cell phone pocket, I’ll put my phone in there, too.
  • I’m going to take at least one picture a day. Have you seen my photostream at Flickr?
  • I’m listening to less podcasts. If it’s over 40 minutes, it’s too long. Buzz Out Loud and Diggnation are the only exceptions. Merlin, I love your short podcasts. More people should create podcasts like that.
  • I haven’t done a weekly review lately. However, I love that it’s fairly easy to get back on track.
  • Mom’s coming home tomorrow. I think it’d be a nice gesture to setup a tickler file for her. I was showing her my own, and she seemed intrigued.

Finally, some email dialog between me and a coworker:

Liz: Here is the description of the open position in CDP. Can you please have it posted on the website as soon as practicable?

Bryan: I didn’t know practicable is a word.

Liz: Yup! If you hang out with lawyer-types long enough you will hear lots of things you otherwise wouldn’t think are real words.

Off to do some errands and clean the place a bit so my mom doesn’t freak out too much.

GTD from your desktop

When I saw Rooze’s Desktop, I was pretty stoked about how much this could help in making sure I’m as productive as I can possibly be. I fired up Palm Desktop, took a screenshot, cropped the extraneous stuff, and set it as a wallpaper on my desktop as well. Sweet!

The only problem lies is the lack of Tasks displayed from Palm Desktop – they don’t show up on the monthly calendar. I could have tasks dated, but I wouldn’t know it unless I pulled out my PDA or opened Palm Desktop.

Putting folders for things to do on that day is good – text files would work as well. Jot a few quick notes down, save, and put into the day you want to review it. Since I’m into concerts, I could also put a link to the Ticketmaster page where I’d purchase the tickets into a few days before the event.

Oh yeah, it might be wise to install something that’ll restore your icons’ location if you change resolutions. Although I haven’t tried it yet, Icon Restore should do the trick. (Golf clap: Lifehacker)

One year in blogging

Today marks a year from when I first started this blog. (This is a blog? I thought it was a website? What’s a blog? Reading the first paragraph there should suffice.)

If you see any positive difference with my posts now and the beginning, I’d love to hear them. If you could take a few minutes to write something, it’d help me reaffirm part of the reason why I have a blog. (Err, “weblog” – for Josh.) I’ll take constructive criticism, too. Otherwise, don’t bother. 🙂

Now then, inspired by Keith, I’m going to list a few things I’ve learned from blogging as well. Continue reading One year in blogging

Unblock number?

(Edit: Too many questions I can’t answer. Stop asking me.) If you have your phone number set to block caller ID all the time (like *67), what’s the code to unblock it on a call-by-call basis? I wanted to ask my friend if they can press that code for me. Thanks.

Answer: If outgoing calls from your phone number display a blocked/restricted caller ID, and you want the other person to see your phone number, dial *82, then their phone number.

Thanks Dan! It only took me six years to update this post. Eek. (2011-09-16)