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Ramble, ramble, ramble, ramble, ramble yeah! (Part 1)

Dear Readers,

OK, so who of you picked the reference to a recent song by LMFAO?

This is one of those occasions where I’m not so sure what to write about but I knew I just had to, well, write and see what came out.

I have been sick over the last few days which I feel has severely affected my judgement (“What! More so than usual? I hear my well wishers shout in unison) I am also a wheelchair basketball player and have a tournament to prepare for in the next few days. These two facts are important in the situation I found myself in today.

Rewind to yesterday. I had arranged to go out with a very dear friend of mine and felt that, due to tournament preparation, this would end up not being possible. I reluctantly texted said friend to deliver the bad news. Overnight, I had an epiphany and realised my preparation today would not be so crucial that I had to miss going out with the friend. In a panic I quickly texted and then called my friend (I thought I was nagging) and while I did not receive a response straight away, it turned out that the opportunity I had so mindlessly thrown away because of my on worries and trying to think and plan ahead, was not in fact gone. I had a wonderful afternoon chilling out.

Why am I so afraid to take chances and why do I spend either too long or not long enough thinking and over thinking on these opportunities? Why does my lack of thought or over thought allow me to either push the opportunity away or spend so long on it that it goes away? Why do I stress so much over what others think to the point that I think I have to deny myself what will make me happy?

Back to this afternoon….A wonderful time was had with a deep, honest, intelligent and wonderful friend. Someone I am so, so lucky to have in my life and though I met this person in a different setting and quickly convinced myself it would never work, it turns out (2+ years after meeting them) this is someone whose influnce I am a better person for having had in my life.

This was an opportunity I was presented with and though I dropped it quickly, I was able to pick it back up and see it through. All my life I have been facing those questions and missing opportunities. All my life I have been trying to plan ahead and not face what is and can happen RIGHT NOW.

I have 2 sisters. One is a young adult and one is a teenager. I love them both to bits and dont know what my life would be like without them. I am constantly amazed and astounded by my teen sisters maturity and wisdom. Recently I had a deep and meaningful  with her and she left me with one phrase that impacted and challenged me: “Live in the moment”……..WOW! I cannot begin to tell you what a moving experience it was for me to be taking such powerful, useful advice from someone who should more obsessed with boys and school work rather than humility and living in the moment (For the record, the conversation started regarding the concept of humility. I’m still astounded that someone so young would even know what humility is let alone have a grasp of the concept that people 3 times her age do not have).

OK dear sister, I accept your challenge. I want 2012 to be the year where I dont give the opportunities I get so little thought that I miss an obvious flaw but so much thought that by the time I get around to doing something about it, the opportunity is gone. I want 2012 to be the year where I start to think about myself and not give up an opportunity just because I dont want to upset soeone, nag them or worry about what they think. Of course their happiness and what they want and think is so important but I want 2012 to be the year where other peoples thoughts and feelings and worrying about what they might think, doesnt come at the expense of my happiness too.

My companion this afternoon put it beautifully (again) when they said one phrase “Joe-you’re too nice”.

2012 is the year when I remember something I’ve been taught all my life: “Love others as you love yourself”. 2012 is the year where I dont just buy everyone else dinner when we go out. I’ll be treating myself too.

Well this post is long enough. I do hope it makes some sense and isnt too much of a ramble…..oops, there I go again……

Thats a wrap!



This is the dawning of the age of Aquarius……

Dear Readers,

Hello! Miss me?

Well, now that my short-lived but not entirely unsuccessful career as a Web 2.0 consultant is at an end (the other posts on this blog so far are the children of this) I can now get back to using this blog as I see fit, serving up a regular dose of the dim-witted, corrupt, sick, warped, twisted and somewhat humourous tom foolery you have come to expect from The Lyons Den. This blog will now be ENTIRELY devoted to my personal and professional pursuits and cover topics from the personal, to the technological and geeky and even the down right disturbing (though I promise to keep these to a minimum). I cant guarantee that everything you read will be as light and fluffy as a good pavlova and would even cautiously use the words “vent” and “outlet” but keep an open mind in your head and a stiff drink by your side and I’m sure we’ll all get through this 🙂

For starters, as its almost the end of 2011 as I write, I would like to talk about my New Years Resolutions. I have been on holidays/vacation for some weeks now and because, just for something different, I was terribly and totally organised for Christmas this year, I’ve had little else to do but think ahead. Of course, the end of one year makes me think about what I want to achieve from the next. So (because I believe in being honest and because I want my friends and family plus any other hangers on to hold me accountable), here goes. My resolutions for 2012:

  • Find a new church……thats it…..for those expecting a silly remark, sorry!
  • I want to reduce by Calorie intake. Those of you who know me and have been unlucky enough to see me in the flesh will know that I am rather partial to my calories but this year I want to turn my salt and vinegar potato chips into a much healthier alternative and I want to replace my soft drinks with tonic water and cordial.
  • I want to not only buy but also actually read every edition of my favourite motoring periodical (only my Australian readers will know which magazine I am referring to).
  • I want to work on ME! I want to go to the gym, get fit and strong and lose a few kilos all while working on my self esteem.

To elaborate: my best friend-a young lady I met at church some years ago and someone who is as gorgeous on the outside as she is on the inside-told me at the beginning of 2011 that she would like to visit one of our local motor shows (or Auto Show for my American readers). As I come from a city with no motor show, I was thrilled to possibly have the opportunity to spend the day in one of my favourite environments with my favourite person (the next one is in 2012). However, my slightly overweight, rather unshaven paraplegic body is not something that should be seen with the naked eye and as such something must be done to correct this imbalance or else many millions of people will be subjected to a scene akin to “Beauty and the Beast”. In short, I want to go from Jabba the Hut to George Clooney and I want to be someone that my beautiful best friend (who I know loves me for who I am inside) would LIKE to be seen with not HAVE to be seen with!

Finally ladies and gentlemen, to show you that I want 2012 to be the best year yet and not one full of doom and gloom. I have decided, ladies and gentlemen that I want my New Years resolution to be 7680×4320…….see what I did there? :-p

All the best for 2012 everyone. Looking forward to being your blogger of choice for this year and many to come. That, ladies and gentlemen, is a wrap 🙂

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