3 Lessons from Day of the Dumpster

In 1993, a kids’ television show called Mighty Morphin Power Rangers was released. It featured an evil witch attacking the earth while a group of teenagers fought to protect our world.

Power Rangers might be cheesy and for children, but there’s some good stuff deep down in the dialogue and symbolism. Please bear with me and check out what I learned about life from the very first episode of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Day of the Dumpster (S1E1):

1 – Bullies are idiots.

Bulk and Skull enter the juice bar early on in the episode with clumsy music playing in the background. They pick on people, they’re obnoxious, and they’re…idiots.

This paints a great picture of how we should view bullies. They aren’t big and strong, they aren’t admirable, they’re just greasy antagonizers who try to make others feel bad about themselves.

2 – Crazy claims mean nothing without proof.

Zordon explains to the teenagers that they’ll have power and zords to control when they morph. The kids don’t believe Zordon and they leave.

Quickly, they’re attacked and they decide to test the morphers. It worked out well for the rangers and that power Zordon mentioned, turned out to be very real.

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My point here is, we should all be skeptical of the crazy claims out there. Some of the ads and products we are sold are ridiculous. Let’s be wise and search for actual proof before we buy into an insane idea. And I mean REAL proof – like you have lived this and tested it yourself, just like the rangers did with their morphers.

3 – Unlikely friendships might lead to a great team.

The five teenagers chosen to become rangers are all different. They are a diverse group with a variety of personality traits. A team should have a dynamic set of skills among its members and this ranger team is an effective example.

Zordon matches each ranger with an ancient creature according to his/her unique style:

Add them all together and we have ourselves a pretty awesome and well-rounded hero.

The first episode of this long-running kid show taught me that bullies are idiots, get proof before you believe something wild, and that different skillsets build powerful teams.

On a less serious note, I learned that if you find a 10,000 year old well on a distant planet – don’t open it. That should be obvious.

Thank you for reading this post and I hope you have a nice day on a planet not under attack by a space witch and her docile minions.

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3 Hard Lessons from Never Getting Closure

Closure, when referring to relationships, is bringing the connection to a close. It’s the conclusion to feelings, memories, and time spent together. Maybe feelings go on and memories pop into the head for months after the closing, but closure means peace has come to the mind and soul at the ending of the relationship.

So, with that being said, what happens when a person doesn’t get closure? What happens when the story lives on without a conclusion or resolution? I’m sure it’s a different experience for everyone, but here’s what I learned from never getting comforting closure:

1 – Sometimes you just have to move on.

We want closure to everything and we HATE not getting it. We dwell and dream of how great it would be to have a final talk to put everything out on the table. And sometimes, we get that. But other times, we don’t. Things can take a nasty turn and end abruptly without anyone getting to release caged up emotions.

The life lesson to be learned is that even though it sucks and painfully rips into the sensitive heart – it’s time to move on. Dwelling to hope of closure is extremely damaging. Yes, closure helps in the moving on process, but it’s not one hundred percent necessary. We can all move on just fine without it.

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It might take a little bit longer and a lot of soul searching, but accept that closure isn’t coming and get started on the liberating journey of moving on.

2 – Writing letters without sending them might seem weird and cliche, but it can actually let out some of the tension leftover from an ended relationship.

Write it down and let it out. Tell that person what he/she meant and the feelings surrounding the relationship. Talk about everything. Write twenty pages if it feels necessary.

When the letter is completed and everything is down on paper, seal it up. Let it sit for a couple of days and then shred it pieces. Burn it, if you want to be intense. Either way, let it out, destroy it, and then move on.

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3 – Get Help.

Moving on is one of the most difficult tasks on the soul. Get professional help because it can really aid in the process, and there might be more going on inside.

On a less serious note, I learned that any person who would treat me that way is absolutely horrible anyway. That was a terrible person I’m lucky to be free of.

So without closure – sometimes it’s best to just move on and writing letters can be cathartic. That’s what I learned.

Have a great day and move on from anything holding you back.

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Three Lessons from Walking My Dogs

People walk their dogs everyday, all over the globe. What could a person possibly learn from this experience? Here are three life lessons I derived from this two mile trek with my pups:

1 – It’s not about the speed or distance, it’s about the journey.

Do you know how annoying it is to have your walking buddies literally stop, sniff, and urinate every twenty feet? But you know what? They actually have the right idea. Humans like to rush through life. We could all benefit from slowing down a bit and smelling the roses. Even if it makes the trip twice as long, it makes the experience more enlightening.

2 – Ignore any others watching from the sidelines trying to distract from the goal.

Neighboring dogs throw major hissy/barking fits when I walk by with my pups. My pups couldn’t care less. They ignore the distractions and keep strutting along.

How empowering would it be if, instead of letting others bring us down, we just keep trekking as if those downers are just barks in the wind? They are only angry because they aren’t walking with us.

Strive to keep doing your thing and ignore those who refuse to venture out.

3 – Home is where we can rest.

That big white rusty house is a sight for sore eyes after dodging wildlife and dusty traffic. We made it home! And that means…water, rest, and time for treats.

Rest is important. We worked hard and we deserve to relax. Make your home a place of kicking back and being proud of the hard effort put into the day.

On a less serious note…I also learned that my dog will absolutely not get out of the road for a coming car. It’s his world, we humans are all just living in it.

A simple dog walk = focus on the journey, not the destination; ignore the haters; and rest.

Have a great day…go out and learn.

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A Life Lesson from a One Year Old

At one year, babies are on the move and trying to see as much of the world as possible before a bottle is shoved in their mouths and sleep inevitably takes over. Oh, and literally ANYTHING in sight is destined to enter the slobbery mouth. So what’s to be learned from a tiny human discovering new sights, smells, and senses every second?

Put off sleep until as much exploration as possible takes place.

Sleep is for the weak – according to one year olds. In this case, ‘sleep’ acts as a metaphor for ‘responsibilities.’ Adults usually have to be…adults, and we put off fun time because there are mundane tasks still undone.

Take a lesson from babies and say, “Nope. Not today. I’m busy exploring.” Adults need fun, too. Sometimes it’s actually more productive to say, “I’ll just do that laundry tomorrow. Today, I’m playing in the mud.”

On a less serious note…I also learned that apparently having your diaper changed is a traumatic event. Who knew?

Make time for fun. Those dishes and bills will still be there tomorrow after we ‘adults’ let off some steam and act like a one year old for a moment.

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