Game of Thrones Haikus

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3 Tips from The Most Dangerous Game

Published in 1924, The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell is a suspenseful short story. The main character, Rainsford, is sailing by a mysterious island on his way to the Amazon to hunt jaguars. He and his mate discuss the ominous land in the distance.

Rainsford admits he has a bad feeling about the place and ends up shipwrecked on the island soon after. He quickly meets the owner of the dark island and learns the reason why this place is feared.

This is a short, exciting read and even better – it’s in the public domain (it’s free).

The Most Dangerous Game provides three lessons about life:

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1 – Put yourself into the shoes of the prey.

Rainsford shows a hint of an ethical dilemma early on in the story as he speaks to his partner on the ship. He brings up the question of how the jaguars they’re hunting will feel about being hunted. This foreshadows the fact that Rainsfored will very soon become the hunted instead of the hunter.

Not only with the sport of hunting, but with all things in life – put yourself into the other person’s shoes. How are your decisions and actions going to affect others around you? How are you actions going to make others feel? Are you doing what’s right by other people or are you having fun at the expense of the “prey?”

Consider others’ feelings and show empathy. Don’t pursue things that aren’t necessary if it’s going to severely hurt someone else.

2 – Don’t let your guard down.

The owner of the island and his exhilarating “game” came to an abrupt end because he let his guard down. He thought he was safe in his home and he allowed himself to grow overconfident in his ability to be the hunter. He left himself open for Rainsford to sneak in and end the suffering of shipwrecked sailors.

Even if you’re the best in the game or at the top of the food chain, stay on your toes. Don’t let outsiders come in and destroy your hard earned empire by getting cocky. Don’t assume there’s no one out there capable of one-upping your skills.

Stay fresh and humble until it’s time to retire.

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3 – People need to be challenged.

Rainsford discovers that the owner of the island hunts down men because of man’s ability to reason, unlike his big game prey. The owner hunted every type of animal and grew bored with the lack of competition from the creatures. Consequently, he turned to hunting men.

Obviously the man had a bit of sociopath in his genes. The owner could have found other ways to satisfy his thrill (like maybe trying to hunt with only a knife instead of using a gun?).

But the fact remains that if we as humans are not challenged, we will grow uninterested and we will lose motivation.

Keep yourself challenged and always explore new opportunities to test yourself. This will keep you from growing idle and seeing life as mundane.

(Disclaimer – don’t hunt people, or any animals either. I’m not condoning hunting of any kind here except the hunt for self-improvement.)

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To recap, The Most Dangerous Game‘s Life Lessons are to put yourself into the shoes of the prey, never let your guard down, and keep yourself challenged.

On a safety note, watch out for spiked pits and flying knives if you’re trekking through the jungle. These might severely injure you and your hounds.

Thanks for reading. Try not to get shipwrecked on an island owned by a psycho.

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3 Motivating Lessons from I, Eye Guy

Eye Guy makes his appearance in episode 8 of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Season 1. Eye Guy is a guy, covered all over in eyes. I bet you didn’t see that one coming.

Rita is starting to understand that she and her minions aren’t very smart, so she concocts a plan to steal a young boy with high intelligence. Why is Rita’s latest solution to her problems to kidnap children? That’s not going to solve anything, Rita.

Anyways, there are three big life lessons in “I, Eye Guy”:

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1 – Don’t let the putties get you down.

The Rangers walk their little friend to his science fair. Along the way they’re attacked by putties. Once they defeat the putties, they continue walking to the fair.

Don’t let distractions and haters keep you from achieving your goal. Brush them off, maybe kick them in the chest, and then go on about your day as if nothing happened. Don’t be upset, don’t dwell on it, just keep doing your thing.

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2 – Go after a friend in need.

The little boy’s science project is disqualified because the judge thinks the boy is playing around and causing a scene at the fair. Though it wasn’t the boy’s fault, he can’t convince the judge and runs away from the fair upset. Concerned, Billy, Jason, and Zack go after the boy.

When a friend runs off and acts like he/she doesn’t want to talk, that might be when that friend needs you most. We all do irrational, crazy things when we’re emotional and hysterically upset. We need a friend to chase after us and give us a hug or a pat on the back to let us know that everything will be okay.

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3 – Let your work speak for you.

The boy returns to the fair after his kidnapping by Eye Guy and rescue by the Power Rangers. He’s delighted to find the judge and another person laughing and enjoying his exciting invention.

The judge honors the boy with a first-place blue ribbon. The kid doesn’t have to speak, in fact, he thought he’d been kicked out of the fair. But because his invention is so well designed, he’s automatically pushed to the top of the ranks.

Let your hard work and valuable creations do all the talking for you. Too many people talk too much and produce nothing of value or interest. They’re all talk. Sometimes it’s more productive to keep your head down, your mouth closed, and work nonstop on your goal.

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That’s it for “I, Eye Guy.” Don’t let the putties get you down, go after friends in need, and let your work speak for you.

On an employer note, if you’re trying to kidnap a child because your minions aren’t smart enough, just fire them and hire new employees. Why go through the trouble of stealing a kid? Seriously, Rita.

Thanks for reading this post. Watch out for those internal vortexes.

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Sea Rim State Park


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Dear Past…Go

I don’t much obsess over you anymore. Thank the Lord, or whomever. I guess I’ve just got brighter things in my life now. I have a plan now. Well, not a plan. That’s laughable, I suppose. But I have dreams and goals.

And where are you? Stuck back in 2002?

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I don’t want to change you, Past. Not anymore. You’re set in stone so what good is it to pray for some change to a published book? No go backs. And that’s fine. I don’t want to go back. The future is bright.

The future might not be bright, Past. But it doesn’t matter because it’s my choice. It’s my book of blank pages. You’re already published, Past, so rot, rust, and collect dust. I’ve got some more writing to do.

Thanks for the lessons, Past. You can keep most of the memories. I’ll be making more everyday now. I’ll be moving forward instead of looking back.

Past, I won’t miss you. In fact, I’ll be glad you’re gone.

No offense, Past, I’m just moving on.

Sincerely,

A Dreamer


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Advice from Big Sisters To Help You in a Crisis

Two powerful giant eggs in a magic box sit quietly in a cave near Angel Grove. Rita knows these eggs contain “universal power,” but learns that only an innocent child can open the box containing the eggs.

Rita’s solution = create a giant chicken and kidnap a child. Because, why not? She’s an evil witch.

The conflict arises when putties crash a peaceful picnic with Kimberly, Trini, and a child they’re helping. The girls fight but the putties end up teleporting away with the child.

There are four important life lessons in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Episode 1:7:

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1 – Stay calm in a crisis.

Kimberly starts to lose a little of her cool while the team of rangers searches for the missing child. Jason calmly reminds her to settle down and reassures her that they’ll succeed in locating and rescuing her little friend.

Kimberly is close to this child and probably feels somewhat responsible for the kid’s kidnapping, so she’s not keeping a level head. Thankfully, team leader Jason is there to talk her down and keep her mind on the mission at hand.

Stay calm in a crisis because panicking won’t help anyone but the enemy. You won’t accomplish anything if you don’t keep your cool and focus on the task.

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2 – Find alternatives if the normal path isn’t available.

The Rangers’ teleportation and communication devices are malfunctioning just when they need them. They need the guidance of Zordon but aren’t able to speak with or see him right away.

The Rangers don’t give up, they don’t get angry, they just find another way to get to Zordon. Billy saves the day with his new invention, the “Rad Bug.” It’s basically a slug bug that flies. So the Rangers end up flying in the “Rad Bug” to the Command Center.

Problem solved.

Regarding real life, if something isn’t working don’t give up or get angry. Be creative and find another way to accomplish your goal. The possibilities are endless if only you explore them.

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3 – Sometimes the boss has to come get his/her hands dirty.

Once the Rangers launch the precious power eggs back into the lake, Rita rides her 18th century bicycle down from space and joins the fight. This is the first time Rita has directly entered a fight with the Rangers on Earth.

If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself, right? The boss is the leader, the commanding officer, but that doesn’t mean he/she can’t come down and help out the employees if they’re struggling. It’s builds respect to see the boss come in and do some grunt work for a change.

Of course, Rita achieves nothing with her appearance. I’m not sure she gained any respect. She’s a terrible example.

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4 – Don’t kidnap children.

Obviously.


“Big Sisters” ends with the child claiming she’ll now be the most “popular” in her class because she was rescued by the Power Rangers. At least she has good priorities.

Always stay calm, find alternatives if your way isn’t working, the boss should get her hands dirty occasionally, and don’t kidnap children. Thanks, “Big Sisters.”

On an inventive note, I learned that a great way to create monsters to fight the Power Rangers is to abnormally enlarge everyday animals. Make that farm animal super big and boom – we have our next villain.

Thanks for reading this post. I hope you aren’t disqualified from any science fairs today.

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2 Eye-Openers from the Flat Earth Theory

Last year a kid told me about his theory that the Earth is actually flat, not round. I laughed it off until I listened to a podcast on this very conspiracy theory a few weeks ago.

It was then that I realized that this idea that the Earth is flat is an actual movement – this thought is spreading. Grown men and women are buying into it. There are events out there promoting the Flat Earth Theory.

I didn’t learn about the shape of the Earth from this theory, but I did learn a couple facts about life:

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1 – An idea, no matter how insane or irrational, can spread immensely.

Whoever started this modern movement has done a great job of amassing followers. There’s no doubt about that. A full on conspiracy theory has developed and all of the spherical Earth images found online are viewed as lies by this group.

Ideas can potentially be the most powerful resources on the planet. Some are used for good, others are used to cause destruction. We all have ideas both small and large. We all hear about, read about, or spread ideas everyday. It’s only natural and it’s a gift. Ideas allow us to use our intelligent thinking and creative sides.

Some ideas have the power to spread across populations, regardless of the intent. In fact, the crazier the claim, the more likely it will probably spread.

Be careful about what you spread as far ideas go. Most importantly, be careful what you believe.

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2 – People will look for faults and lies in everything.

I believe having a hint of skepticism in life is a good trait. Some people think, “Hey, they’re lying to us about the shape of the Earth!” Maybe they are. Who knows? Who are they? And what motive would “they” have to lie to us about this topic? Regardless, we all have the right to ask these questions.

Having skepticism also allows the other side to say, “I don’t believe that theory. I think the images of round Earth are legit and that theory is incorrect.” We all have the right to make this statement as well.

Whatever you believe, you have the right to believe that. I respect those who stand by their belief systems. Make intelligent conjectures and question everything. We shouldn’t believe everything “they” tells us, but we also aren’t being lied to about all the details.

Be skeptical, not insanely cynical, but a bit skeptical.

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That’s what the Flat Earth Theory taught me. I’m personally not a fan of the theory but if you are, I respect that. Ideas have power, question everything.

On a daily routine note, it wouldn’t affect my everyday life if the Earth were flat or even a pyramid. Nothing would change except the structure of Google Earth.

Thanks for reading this post. I hope you think of some great ideas today.

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Twelventures #6 – Rocks and RIding

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Dear Stray Dog…Follow Me

You’re free to follow me home. I won’t scream, kick, or chase you away. In fact, I’ll feed you and love you forever.

But you must know, stray dog, if you follow me home, I’m a stray too. Following me will bring you to an island of lost wanderers. We are misfits thrown from the norm, castaways from the ships of society. There is nowhere we truly belong except in the midst of others who have failed to find homes as well.

Stray dog, you didn’t deserve abandonment. Whoever threw you aside is the lowest of all human souls. You are far more than something to be taken for granted. You are to be loved, hugged, and cherished. You are the most wonderful creature and I do hope you choose to follow me.

Our trek is far, stray dog, for I often wander lightyears from my pack. They allow me to wander. I require it. They are allowed to wander as well. They are at peace. I am at peace. We are lost and we are proud. Would you like to be one of us? With us, you will always be home.

Don’t be afraid. You do not fear me, not entirely. Otherwise you wouldn’t still be listening. Trust your canine instincts. They are pure. You are pure. You deserve better than what you’ve been given by a lowlife human. I will show you that not all humans are scum. I will show you love and care. You will never go hungry. You will never be neglected.

Do you trust me, now, stray dog? Do you sense my good-natured spirit and soul craving your love in return? My pack is one within itself. Together we are lost and we roam the roads with patience and reverence. We experience joy, pain, anger, and love together. We are a team. You would fit in great with our pack.

You are still here, new friend, listening to my sincere words. Let’s go home now, stray dog. Follow me and I’ll give you a name.

Welcome to the pack.

Sincerely,

The Misfit Wolf Pack

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5 Ways Running a Marathon Teaches About Life

Back in 2012, I ran my first (and only, as of now) full marathon in Dallas, TX. For me, it wasn’t easy. I didn’t pay attention to my finishing time because I didn’t care. I just wanted to complete the run. I’m slow, but I made it. And I wore that shiny sweaty finisher’s medal with pride.

Looking back, the marathon taught me much about myself. It taught me five important life lessons as well. Here they are:

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1 – Always prepare wisely.

Thankfully at the time of the marathon, I was in pretty good shape. I didn’t give myself enough time to train properly, so I had to skip some stepping stones on the progression chart.

When event day arrived, I was sort of prepared. I had ran twenty miles a couple weeks earlier, so I knew I could finish the famous 26.2. But improper preparation led to some serious pain and misery during the run.

Whatever your goal is – prepare the right way. Give yourself plenty of time to progress and learn. Because going from zero to one hundred in anything in life is not good for the mind and body.

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2 – Music is a life saver.

Figuratively and literally.

I wouldn’t have finished that marathon without music. I doubt I would have made it halfway without songs to motivate my tired soles.

Not just in running, but with all aspects of life – music gets us through it all. There’s a song for every mood, every occasion, every feeling, every relationship – it’s perfect. Music keeps us from going absolutely insane. It distracts us from the mundane parts of life and excites the rhythm of our souls.

Music helped me finish that marathon. It also helped me finish college. recover from bad habits, and meet some great friends.

Music is Life.

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3 – Keep moving forward.

Literally in a marathon, the only think you can do is keep moving forward. Maybe you have to stop and walk, get some water, use the bathroom, or stretch, but you’ll always return to that motto of moving on.

Take one more step. Run ten more yards. One more mile. Two more songs.

Whatever motivates you to keep going in life, hold onto that for as long as you can. All we can do in this mysterious universe is keep taking steps forward. Life goes on. The race goes on. Time goes on. So we have to go on.

When you’re in pain and all you want to do is give up – keep moving forward. Always.

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4 – We’re all in this together.

Maybe the first one hundred people in the marathon cared about beating others. Most of us there either wanted to finish or beat our own personal times. We didn’t care if a thousand people finished before us. Comparison is useless when the goal is to meet a personal goal.

So if a person falls or fails, help her up. Let someone run ahead if has nothing to do with your own goal. Once you cross the finish, cheer for others that are coming afterward.

In life, we’re all in this together. We don’t have to compare and compete with anyone but ourselves. Congratulate others in their successes and encourage those who are struggling. We are one massive, giant team of people trying to live life and be happy.

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5 – Our bodies are fascinating.

You will never know how strong and awesome the human body is until you push yourself to the limits.

How can we be so mean and judgmental of our bodies when they can do all these fascinating things?

I’m not saying you have to run a marathon to see how amazing your body is. It’s awesome right now because it’s going to adapt and adjust to your personal lifestyle. You want to run twenty miles? Your body will increase its cardiac output so you can go further. You want to eat processed food? Your liver will detoxify the chemicals. You want to live in a very hot place? Your body will increase its tolerance to heat.

The human body is amazing. It’s a biological masterpiece. Be grateful for it and be kind to it.

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Marathons are madness, and people out there even do much more than run 26.2 miles. It’s a good goal, if you’re interested. It taught me how strong I can be – mentally and physically. And to recap what it taught me about life – prepare wisely, move forward, listen to music, we’re all in this together, and the human body is a wonder of science.

On geographical note, I was able to see A LOT of Dallas I had never seen before. Run twenty miles in any city and surely you’ll see a lot of details you normally miss in a car.

Thanks for reading. I hope your day is filled with joy and pleasant music.

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