Monday, July 25, 2011

J Dilla

Awesome tribute to J Dilla, filmed in Brazil on May 3, 2006.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

A Few Tips for the Gentleman

While chivalry may be dying, do what you can to keep it alive.
-Be courteous to women! Hold doors open, say hello, walk them to their car, pay for their coffee/food (if you are able to do so). It's okay to be a gentleman and it doesn't always mean you're interested.

It's always better to be over dressed than under dressed.
-Don't be afraid to wear a nice outfit while going out. It's better to go to a casual dinner wearing a shirt and tie only to realize everyone else is in a t-shirt rather than showing up to a semi-formal or formal event in flip-flops and jeans.

Mind your hygiene!
-When leaving the house, make sure you have bathed recently, are wearing deodorant, your teeth are brushed, your clothes are clean, your nails trimmed, and your hair is cleaned up. Cologne is optional, but a little bit of a nice scent is always nice. Don't leave your house looking/smelling like you you're taking a stance against the societal norm for what it means to be presentable, you'll always be on the losing end of this protest.

Learn to speak proper English.
-Try to cut down on the amount of "likes," "dudes," "ums," and anything else that makes you sound like a middle school child with a minor speech impediment when speaking with others. Speak with eloquence, confidence, and in a way that shows you actually have something to say.

Don't be afraid to get your hands dirty.
-While being clean and smelling good is important, being a man who isn't afraid to do some hard work is much more so. Don't shy away from work that will put some sweat on your brow, on the contrary, seek it out! But do make sure to clean yourself up afterwards.

ALWAYS respect your elders.
-Never speak to an older person disrespectfully. While you may not agree with everything they say, being rude or crass makes you appear like a mild-mannered fool. Be courteous, respectful, and polite. You can learn a lot from people who have lived longer than you, and you should always seize the opportunity to spend time with your grandparents if this opportunity is available to you.

More to come in the near future!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Just a thought...

How often is my faith and trust in God tested? How often do I come out feeling somewhat beaten up and more than just a little bit humbled? It is unfortunately all too often that my faith is more vocal than actual and I had a chance to be reminded of that in a very real way recently. As some of you may know, I had somewhat of a fiasco with my car and the whole thing didn't quite pan out like I would have preferred. But... something good did happen. God showed me how faithful He is when times are tough and He also showed me just how little I really trust Him.

Thank you all for your prayers in the past couple of weeks, they mean a lot and had it not been for them, I may have still been wallowing in my puddle of self pity and discontentment.

I urge all of you to not get hung up on financial difficulties and every day trials. Learn from them and become stronger as a result of the experience. Spend more time worshiping the Lord for His never ceasing goodness as opposed to questioning His actions and the directions He takes us in. Spend more time with those you love and cherish as opposed to time on your own during times of hardship, dwelling on the things that are out of your control. And most importantly, wholeheartedly praise God for the trials in your life; without them you would be weak, confused, and utterly helpless.