domingo rogers: Capturing Life in the Fullest

Friday, the 21st of November

Today is – I Walked to Work and It’s #!%$* Snowing Outside!!!!

My normal 15 minute commute takes about an hour walking. It snowed about three-quarters of the way but overall aside from stepping into a puddle I didn’t see, it was a good walk to work.

Why did I walk to work? Well, the forecast today is calling for 15-20 per mile an hour winds so I figured walking would probably be harder overall. Is it worth it, we shall see this afternoon!

Thursday, the 20th of November

24 Degrees this morning, Sunny skies and overall a nice ride to work.

Found a cut-through in the office park and adjacent neighborhood that cuts out about 5 minutes out of the overall commute. Meaning less time out in the cold!!

Quotes and Such

Today, the grasses hue is that of a deep vibrant green. That hue that only one sees on an overcast day. Drops of rain, on leaves and blades…a grand day to scour the Internet for quotes and such. Enjoy…
“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.”
Henry David Thoreau (found on www.quotationspage.com)
Today’s search results for the word “money” on Google – April 08, 2006 @ 2:34pm EST
Clipmarks – now this site is wicked cool! I’ll be using this even at work!!
This one is too easy to harp on…hopefully something will come of it yet though! I don’t know anyone Flock-ing to use their browser, it does look promising. If the team at Flock cares to let me know when they release version 1.0 or at least a release that doesn’t take a developer to appreciate I’d love to try it out…I for one am going to try to keep tabs on these guys and girls! Anyone giving Microsoft a run for their money on IE gets my vote…for now I’ll keep enjoying Firefox.
Hadn’t seen this quote before:

“My problem lies in reconciling my gross habits with my net income.” [My family is prohibited to comment on how this reflects on me?!] =)

Errol Flynn
US (Australian-Tasmanian-born) movie actor (1909 – 1959) (found on www.quotationspage.com)

J. Paul Getty (another person that had loads of money) said: “If you can count your money, you don’t have a billion dollars.” (found on www.quotationspage.com)
Changing course from Money to Marriage –
“Nearly all marriages, even happy ones, are mistakes: in the sense that almost certainly (in a more perfect world, or even with a little more care in this very imperfect one) both partners might be found more suitable mates. But the real soul-mate is the one you are actually married to.”
J. R. R. Tolkien, Letter to Michael Tolkien, March 1941

“Remember, that if thou marry for beauty, thou bindest thyself all thy life for that which perchance will neither last nor please thee one year; and when thou hast it, it will be to thee of no price at all; for the desire dieth when it is attained, and the affection perisheth when it is satisfied.”

Sir Walter Raleigh
English courtier, explorer, & historian (1552 – 1618)
And from Marriage to Fatherhood.

So, I have enjoyed two hours of reading, compiling, and composing other peoples thoughts and ideas with my own. Time worth spent? Probably not, but I understand myself a little better in my journey of life.

“The Faith Sonar” or “New Hope for the Bank”

Well it’s been far too long since the last entry and one may beginning to wonder if this blogger fell of the face of the planet. Not to worry my dear subscribers, *cue the crickets*, but your Entrepreneur is here! Oh well, enough of that and back to business. To remain a work in progress, I fear this blog will begin to become more a tablet of my ponderings and ramblings rather than be an actual well orchestrated editorial piece…perhaps for the better.

With the most recent turn of events, a new opportunity has shown itself and my sense of being has renewed and a brighter hope for the future seems to be rising in the east. A change in jobs, when one is being offered an opportunity to move from one economic status into a new one that results in a positive move I’m sure accounts for much of this. To boot, a territory of Manhattan!! So stoked!

Then there’s the separation from the kids and my wife. Difficult in general and when considered in the evening somewhat depressing. There is hope in knowing this is temporary but hard to bare while hearing my wife’s cry of frustration and the kids cry or say my name. This though, too drives me in my tasks the next day; to provide for them that which I have not been blessed with or been able to in the past. So hope endures as my zeal for wealth and that which it can provide on earth moves forth; yet I remain conscious that it is He that has given me this great opportunity and He that I thank every day.

A search for a place of worship continues…Good to see old “friends” but not challenged nor feel ministered to at Peace or Colonial. So, I pray and search and look forward to making new friends in churches all around the Raleigh area!

Health, Debt, and Happy?

What can be added to the happiness of a man who is in health, out of debt, and has a clear conscience?

Adam Smith – Economist

The above quote, by Adam Smith, the Scottish political economist and philosopher of the mid to late 1700’s made me stop and think today, “Having ones health is definitely priceless, but just because one has a clear conscience and is out of debt doesn’t necessarily mean that ultimate financial happiness has been achieved.” Perhaps he was writing about happiness in general…Then again maybe he’s talking about bad debt not good debt. In either case, I challenge the following: Outside of nuns, monks, and those on the opposite side of the spectrum – money addicts, why do people from all walks of life strive in some degree to enter into debt?

For those that have entered into a vow of poverty, they have not entered into a promise to be “dirt poor” but rather a vow to not own any of their own belongings. Instead money, tools, clothes, and other “earthly” items are shared as a community and put back into society. Monks, nuns, and many other religious devotees focus on Heavenly treasures and the spiritual well being of themselves and others. With this focus and servitude they are often times living in the exact life that Adam Smith speaks about; healthy, clear conscience, and debt free individuals. However, there are others in society that though being debt free, penny pinching, healthy individuals are content but not happy. These individuals are constantly worrying about their future in some way or the other. They cut coupons, sock money away in the bank where it’s “secure.” Others don’t trust the government and stash the money away in their backyard or underneath their mattress. Oh they don’t have any debt, they own their house free and clear, drive an old reliable vehicle, and boast quite adamantly about these accomplishments. Are they truly happy, though? Are they happy in their mind because they don’t know anything different? Is the colloquial saying, “What you don’t know, can’t hurt you” true? As one considers these questions and ponders the fact that the movers and shakers of history have started from both very financially wealthy and poor backgrounds, one must keep in perspective that these individuals have chosen to remain in their sec of society while others have gone to the opposite side of the spectrum and choose to become very wealthy or live a very meager lifestyle.

While there are those that choose to live a life of meagerness because of religious beliefs or because they want to have as little risk of loss in their life; there are those that live in excess and are living in debt and beyond their means to a grand level. Whether society puts these individuals under the label of those dealing with gambling addictions or money addictions, these individuals are living in denial of a deeper problem. I found an interesting link from the University of Maine on addictions to money and am including it here for consideration:

http://www.umaine.edu/eap/money_additions.htm

My further reading found that according to an article on the Center For Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) website, “[The] combination of bubble-induced wealth effects and declining wage income has led to record levels of borrowing. The combined level of mortgage debt and consumer debt stood at a record 108.3 percent of disposable income at the end of 2003. This ratio of debt to income is almost 16 full percentage points above the 2000 level, which was already a record.” They based this statement from the Bureau of Economic Analysis and Federal Reserve Board. For those of you wanting to do more research here is their links:

My research and thought process must take a pause, but this discussion will continue and so will the journey…

First Crawl, Then Walk

cre·a·tion n.

The act of creating.

The fact or state of having been created.

The act of investing with a new office or title.

The world and all things in it.

All creatures or a class of creatures.

Creation The divine act by which, according to various religious and philosophical traditions, the world was brought into existence.

An original product of human invention or artistic imagination: the latest creation in the field of computer design.

cre·a’tion·al adj.

wealth (wĕlth) n.

An abundance of valuable material possessions or resources; riches.

The state of being rich; affluence.

All goods and resources having value in terms of exchange or use.

A great amount; a profusion: a wealth of advice.

[Middle English welthe, from wele, from Old English wela.]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition Copyright © 2004 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

Creation of Wealth…this phrase can mean many things to different people. As one that is a Believer and driven to achieve worldly wealth, the multiple meanings that I face with this phrase are compounded and often seem to contradict each other. This journal is not supposed to out rightly challenge ones views on monetary wealth versus spiritual abundance, but rather be the means that records the journey I experience of success in the creation of wealth. I’m sure my views of wealth and the creation therein will evolve with the challenges of current culture, economic and political developments, and the very decisions I make every day. My wish is that you the reader take something away from my experiences in this journey that has begun but only just started.