Choices…

Dear reader,

Have you sometimes thought why determined events happened in your life and others did not? Have you guessed ‘what if’ you had done this instead of that? What would be the outcome for you? Occasionally I make the same questions to myself…  🙂

For years I have been thinking why some people have a better life than others, why other people have a very miserable existence and why some people just try to survive during their pale presence on this chaotic planet?

There are of course many reasons such as lack (or not) of formal education, (good or bad) health, a nice (or not) family, (good or bad) luck, and probably many others that we could cite here. However, I think that every single moment of our lives is just a matter of choice! I mean, we are constantly making choices, usually not the correct ones (that’s why most of us are always complaining)…

Most of people don’t realize that some of the choices we make on a daily basis are unconscious ones. For example, you didn’t want to talk with someone today because you were so busy or thought that it wasn’t important. Because of that maybe you missed an interesting opportunity in your life… Another (opposite) example: you greeted someone at your work or at school and because of that you started a conversation with him (or her) that resulted in something good (or bad) to you later.

There is an quite interesting metaphor fork in the road, based on a literal expression that by analogy means a point where from only two possibilities to be taken a choice has to be made.

                              A real fork in the road, in Carlsbad, California – US                                         (unfortunately it was removed later)

We are always deciding which route to take (although most of the time we don’t realize it). Only the fact that you have spent some time to read this post (thanks a lot! 🙂 ) can make (or not) a difference in your next move though your long journey in this world.

Therefore, when possible, you always should ask yourself:  Which path should I choose?  😉

Our future is set by the choices we make every single minute…

I will finish this article (I hope you liked it) with a beautiful poem, entitled The Road Not Taken, written in 1916 by a famous American poet called Robert Lee Frost.

It’s really worthwhile to think about it… 😉

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveller, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I —
I took the one less travelled by,
And that has made all the difference.

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Analog & Digital Worlds

Dear reader,

Our world is, of course, extremely different from thirty years ago. More specifically, when comparing the computer technology of the 21st century with the previous one, we can say that nowadays we live definitely in a digital world! The former (and old) analog world was very different…

Without being so detailed here we can state that the Internet conception was initiated in the middle of 60’s in US when the first research and development plans started, i.e., Merit Network, Inc. was founded (it runs the longest regional computer network in the world) and ARPANET ( Advanced Research Projects Agency Network) was created.

The Internet as we know today, really started in the beginning of the 90’s when existent computer networks were merged, the WWW (World Wide Web) was invented by the English scientist Tim Berners-Lee and Mosaic, the first popular web browser, was released.

While the last ten years  of the 20th century can be considered as a natural transformation (although sometimes not so smooth) of the previous analog world to our current digital word, the creation of the first social networks (have you heard of GeoCities?) in the middle of the 90’s can be considered as the initial seed for our digital world.

Therefore if you were born:

  • on this century, all your existence has been only in this digital word,
  • between 1990 and 1999 you had a very small glimpse of the analog world too,
  • before 1990 you had a small or a complete experience of our previous world!  😉

It’s amazing (and scary too) how ubiquitous and pervasive all kinds of electronics gadgets have been present in our lives on a daily basis. If before it were only personal computers and notebooks, nowadays we’re surrounded by smart phones, tablets, smart TVs, etc.

If by one side we’re able to contact anyone in almost any part of the globe in real-time and access news, programs, etc at anytime and anywhere, on the other side our communication skills have been eroding…

Personally I feel frustrated when I see almost everybody in a train just looking at their own smart phones or tablets. It’s very uncommon to see someone start a conversation with a stranger…  😦

Maybe I’m exaggerating, but I think we’re becoming extremely dependent on machines for everything, even to start human relationships!

What do you think, dear reader? Do you agree with me or not?  😉

Best Regards from this analog man based in Japan  🙂

Connecting the dots…

Dear reader,

I wonder if you’re like me where, from time to time, try to think what are the reasons for some events that occur not only in our own lives, but anywhere…

Personally, I don’t believe in coincidences. A long time ago I have arrived at the conclusion that everything that happens in our chaotic world has a specific reason and especially, a connection with someone, someplace, other events, etc.

The grand mystery is to know the real cause of such things in advance! Most of people don’t realize that anything that they do in their lives will affect not only those that are near them, but everybody in this planet!

Do you want an example? Think about the several wars, including isolated terror attacks, that are occurring in almost all continents these days. I bet that you and/or most of your friends think that wars happen because of religious, political, social and/or economic divergences between countries or different groups of people.

Wrong! All these wars has only one very basic reason: weapons trade. The only and definitive solution to stop current and avoid future wars is to stop making and selling weapons abroad right now. Think with me: where all those terrorist groups, drug dealers, militias, etc get their armament? Almost 100% of them don’t have the resources and technology to design and make such powerful weapons…

And the most interesting thing is the way we connect the dots. Millions of threads are made and changed every minute in our world. A single late or early second, a single spoken word, a rational or irrational decision, etc makes an enormous difference in people’s lives. Some of our actions have an immediate impact and others may take some time (months, years, etc), but all of them will influence how the future is molded.

I’m pretty sure that if someday most of us understand clearly how everyone and everything is connected, then most of our problems in the future will be solved forever…

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Best Regards from rainy Japan,

Your humble writer 😉

I’m back here (and I intend to stay)!!!

Dear reader (are you still there?),

I’m really ashamed for not keeping writing (as I promised here before a lot of times). Unfortunately, due to some circumstances (work, health, budget, etc) I had to stay away for almost six months! 😦

But I’m back now and I don’t intend to disappoint you again (yes, I know that I said it before using other words, but believe me: this time will be different)! 😉

Just two things that I would like to comment here:

a) One is just a remainder that I have already finished adding all the twelve regular pages (sections) of this blog. You can access them by clicking on the following links or on the respective tabs located at the upper-left part of this blog main screen:

https://wilsonpardijunior.wordpress.com/culture/                                  https://wilsonpardijunior.wordpress.com/electronics/                            https://wilsonpardijunior.wordpress.com/foods-drinks/                        https://wilsonpardijunior.wordpress.com/health/                        https://wilsonpardijunior.wordpress.com/lost-bits/            https://wilsonpardijunior.wordpress.com/movies/                                      https://wilsonpardijunior.wordpress.com/music/                                            https://wilsonpardijunior.wordpress.com/photography/                                https://wilsonpardijunior.wordpress.com/reading/                        https://wilsonpardijunior.wordpress.com/science/                                https://wilsonpardijunior.wordpress.com/soccer/                                      https://wilsonpardijunior.wordpress.com/software/

b) Today (July 18th) is my mom’ BIRTHDAY! Therefore I wish her a LOT of happiness and good health! Having the opportunity to stay with her during the World Cup in Brazil last month was a God’s blessing!

Muito obrigado mãe pela oportunidade em revê-la!           Um grande abraço e um beijo bem apertado do teu filho querido! Um FELIZ ANIVERSÁRIO com BASTANTE SAÚDE e  FELICIDADES! 🙂

Next week I will write about someone very special that I had the opportunity to meet by the first time when I was in Brazil. So stay tuned, please! 😉