I Still Have A Soul – from Primal NY
It’s wonderful how a short film can tell a beautiful story. It shows a man down on his luck by circumstance, or by a few poor decisions, and overcoming the obstacles of poverty and doing what ever it takes to obtain his dream of becoming a professional boxer. In a little over two minutes it illustrates that he’s homeless sleeping under an overpass, carries around his tin of change every where he goes, steals a bar of soap from a bodega to wash his clothes and himself, gets judged during his commutes due to his disheveled appearance, works as a day laborer, pawns his gold cross, donates his blood plasma, gets into street fights, all to pay for his afterhours boxing training with his compassionate coach.
It puts into perspective how generally unappreciative of the blessings in my life. I’m typing this on a state of the art laptop next to a mobile phone, which both cost me e … (continued)
Who knew $20 would make such a profound impact. I had to make a post after seeing a late night rerun of the CBS evening news. I haven’t seen something as touching as this in a long time.
Perseverance always trumps talent. I’m always inspired by quotes (without context and some nice photogenic background) I stumble upon the internet and have to do detective work to find the source. One that recently stuck out at me was “If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.” – Michelangelo
I completely understand what he is saying. People only evaluate the end result and not the hard work and perseverance needed to reach that goal. The majority of people I know are only concerned with shortsighted goals. I mean how many times have you heard someone say, “How many pounds do you think I could lose in a week?” or “What’s going to be the return on investment in the fiscal quarter?” (I know 90 days, that’s nothing for a company) It’s never how can I be healthier, or how can our organization make a difference in the long term, not just so our financials look nice on a spreadsheet to our board of directors.
Once people u … (continued)
Social media is destroying today’s youth. The ‘like’ mentality makes it simple to associate yourself with things you don’t need, don’t understand, and honestly don’t give a shit about. To support a cause by simply clicking a button, i.e., by not participating, is just as empty as proclaiming to the world that you’re a vegetarian, when nobody cares about your opinion.
People like certain brands simply due to their name and reputation (North Face, Coach, Louis Vuitton); thinking that if they show the world that they ‘like’ this, that they have sophisticated tastes and will obtain higher social status or acceptance from the group they are in, or trying to become apart of, but in reality, you’re turning yourself into a sheep. Without proper debates or discourses about trending topics people are becoming a mere category an advertiser judges you by. Seriously, can you truly tell the difference between Nike, Underarmor, Reebok, or Adias apparel? I can’t or maybe I don’t hav … (continued)