Me and the Internet

It has become very clear to me that my life is directed by the choices I make. I am watching those choices more closely.

Roses also have thorns

Roses also have thorns

I know that my thoughts and actions put energy into Life. I am a part of the total mix. I contribute to it, and am affected by all that happens in my life as a result.

I know that I can choose to see things differently. When I do this my experience becomes different. What I focus on, I give my energy to. This energy exchange compounds when I resist what I see.

I do not choose to resist, but rather to see things differently.

I see the Internet as the potential for free expression of thought and commerce. I also see the efforts being made by those who wish to stiffle the Internets’ spontaneous growth.

Those who feel a need to control the Internet for their own purposes, are driven by the fear it will loosen their control over the world they perceive. That may be true. The Internet has the potential to change everything.

The Internet has the potential to grant worldwide Freedom of thought and information exchange. It also has the potential for the control of all that information.

I am surprised no one sees the sleeping Dragon in our midst. It currently directs 80% of the traffic on the Internet. It controls what you see and where you are directed for information.

A twitch and whole continents no longer communicate. Talk of the “wrong” subjects, and your blog can be erased, or traffic misdirected in an instant.

The sleeping Dragon acts without conscience. Few see how easily it can be misdirected even in its slumber.

CERN is currently creating what they call a Virtual Internet. It will gather the Internet under one controlling system worldwide. The Virtual Internet is being brought online now and will be fully functional by 2012.

The software is already created that will know in an instant anything and everything about anyone. Who will control the Future Internet and the software directing it is yet to be seen.

I choose to support Open Source software and the enterprises it has spawned. I believe that the free sharing of ideas for a common good provides more benefit than profits for a few.

My energies are now directed toward supporting this free flow of information on the Internet. I see a need for the balance of information exchange and commerce within the worldwide Internet community.

I direct my energies toward seeking a more perfect balance in my Internet experience, because my Internet experience is a large part of my current life experience.

I prefer happy experiences, and I hope that is what your Internet hours bring you as well.

Smiles. ET

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Published in: on July 7, 2008 at 2:52 am  Leave a Comment  
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Little Changes Big Results

Awhile back, I realized I had fallen in to a routine. It worked pretty well, but I hadn’t quite put together what I wished my days to be. Much of my time was spent writing, but the results were never read. I started exploring options.

Blogging helped me see how I can reach others with my words. Managing my blog from an Internet cafe in Guatemala provided some challenges. A solution came when the Internet arrived at my home in San Pedro. That one change created many results.

Internet service at Casa Cortez has changed my daily routine. My daytime and my evening hours are easier to separate. I stay at home more. When I stay home more, I cook for myself more often. That saves me a lot of money. I still go out to eat, but it is more likely to be later in the day now.

Boredom visits less frequently. My days are different, though sometimes different appears in very subtle ways. Little things, like drinking tea, have helped cut my sugar and caffeine intake. I eat when I am hungry, no longer waiting an hour for my restaurant meal to arrive. My stomach is happier.

I sleep to rest, no longer needing sleep to help time pass. I have more things to do in my day. Cooking is fun, but it means I also get to do this dishes. That is OK, because it gets me off my chair. That’s really a good thing.

So, being able to manage my blog from home works well. I surf the Internet, and have time to enjoy what I am exploring. More important, I am able to communicate with the folks in my daily life very quickly, no matter how far away they are.

Change creates ripples. Drama creates waves. I prefer ripples to waves. I can walk on ripples. So can you.

Smiles. ET

Published in: on April 20, 2008 at 12:24 pm  Comments (1)  
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Bringing the Money Home

When I realized I was spending one third of my monthly income on petroleum products, I saw I needed to do something different. I took a sharp look at all the ways my income was being drawn away from me.

I had moved to a rural area where the cost of living appeared less. Getting the supplies I needed became very costly as gasoline prices went up. I had a good plan with a flaw. It didn’t work where I lived. I began looking for better options.

That is one of the reasons I live in Guatemala. Here I use a bus to travel longer distances, an occasional mini-taxi for shorter trips, or a launch to cross the lake. My current expenditures for petroleum products are usually less than $25 a month living here.

I didn’t get here in one big jump. I did it in little steps. The first step was getting a passport. Then I could travel and check out new options. I believed there was a better option, and I feel I have found it.

A new life began when I admitted to myself that I wasn’t where I wished to be in my life. I made some serious changes. Now my money goes for my home, food, and purchasing an occasional toy. Toy choice is more simple here. There aren’t very many to choose from, so my money stays home longer now.

I like that. Smiles. ET

Published in: on April 19, 2008 at 7:50 pm  Comments (2)  
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