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It’s that time of the year when everybody wants to make a change for the better. We call them resolutions, I guess because we have resolved an issue of our past and it has made a positive change in our lives. That’s great because making improvements in our lives is one of the best things we can do. However, there are a few problems with New Year’s Resolutions.
One is the fact that people rarely stick to them. It’s one thing to claim that you want to improve your life for the better, but you have to have resiliency in order to follow through with your resolutions. The best example of this would be the “better health” resolution, which includes working out more often and eating better and staying stress free. You have to be resilient in order to stay on top of a fitness plan because it’s NOT going to be easy. Working out with people is always motivating because it gives a single person the impetus to follow through with a plan. It always helps when other people depend on you for something. Having better eating choices is another one of these not so easy resolutions. Those deliciously scrumptious and fatty treats are ubiquitous, and it takes the best of us to withstand their deadly persuasion. I think having a shared goal with someone else will make this resolution easier as well. If two people are on the same sinking ship, they have both want to work together in order to survive, right? Managing stress is difficult. Even with a team, this is hard to tackle given that two people cannot occupy the same mind. Meditation, yoga, praying (the right way), and thinking positively undoubtedly helps. Also, talk about your issues! Don’t keep it bottled up. Harboring negative sentiments only hurts yourself and places stress on your body. And believe me, stress does kill. It’s not just a saying. Your cells depend on so many chemical interactions. Do you think your negative thoughts do not affect the way chemical signals are sent? Shiiiiiit. They sure do and you best believe that your cells will go into permanent cell cycle arrest unless you start to think positively. So do it and be OPTIMISTIC.
The other problem is this: why not make a change today instead of waiting for the new year? Well, maybe because this massive change in the grand conscious helps us contend against the beginning steps of change. I think this massive shift allows our minds to get over the initial steps of change. Maybe sort of like overcoming the activation energy of a chemical reactions. We need the new year to catalyze the change faster, otherwise it could take much more time, similar to how an enzyme lowers the activation energy of a chemical reaction in order to catalyze a chemical process faster. The new year is the enzyme, and our consciousness is the substrate.
Just a few minutes ago, I wanted to vent on how stupid New Year’s resolutions can be. However, I think I persuaded myself that New Year’s Resolutions are not so stupid after all, provided you have a team. This team will help you follow through with your resolutions and the massive shift in consciousness will propel the change faster. With your team, you will be able to stick to it. Just don’t give up on them. We have to work together. Make sure your team has similar ideals and goals as you. It doesn’t make sense to have a negative person your squad because one bad egg usually ruins the bunch. I’m not saying that because it’s some adage I’ve heard through the years; I’ve actually been that bad egg. But that’s an entirely different blog.
Happy New Year!!!!
I have a love/hate relationship with cold days. On the one hand, I like to snuggle up in a nice warm blanket and take long walks in a nice and comfortable coat. On the other hand, I hate being hit by the cold front and developing a cold. Well the cold took advantage of my immune system and I went under attack from a torrent of viruses, I assume. Maybe it has to do with the incredible amounts of saturated fats I ate over the past week. I had such an unhealthy diet, and maybe my liver was too preoccupied with generating fat emulsifying bile instead of cleansing my system of toxins. Well, I guess that’s just one factor. But anyways, now I have a fucking fever. Got dammit! I hope these NyQuil liquid gels work! I got a flu shot, maybe I shouldn’t have gotten one. I haven’t felt right since then. I don’t understand vaccines enough to be a conspiracy theorist, but I tell you, I haven’t been sick in awhile and ever since that damn flu shot, everything has been awry.
First, it is simply false that scholarships for people of color crowd out monies for white students. According to a national study by the General Accounting Office, less than four percent of scholarship money in the U.S. is represented by awards that consider race as a factor at all, while only 0.25 percent (one quarter of one percent) of all undergrad scholarship dollars come from awards that are restricted to persons of color alone (1). In other words, whites are fully capable of competing for and receiving any of the other monies — roughly 99.75 percent of all scholarship funds out there for college. Although this GAO study was conducted in the mid-’90s, there is little reason to expect that the numbers have changed since then. If anything, increasing backlash to affirmative action and fear of lawsuits brought by conservatives against such efforts would likely have further limited such awards as a percentage of national scholarships.
Second, it is also false that large numbers of students of color receive the benefits of race-based scholarships. In truth, only 3.5 percent of college students of color receive any scholarship even partly based on race, suggesting that such programs remain a pathetically small piece of the financial aid picture (2). So when Mr. Bohannon walks around campus and sees students of color, he may believe them all to be wards of some race-based preference scheme; yet the evidence suggests that at least 96.5 percent of them received no race-based scholarship at all.” —Tim Wise, A Bad Year for White Whine: College Scholarships and the Cult of Caucasian Victimhood (via steviemcfly)