77.54 Lentil

1120. Daniel Fast:

The Daniel Fast is referenced in the Bible in two sections of the Book of Daniel:

Daniel 1:12 - “Please test your servants for ten days, and let them give us vegetables [pulses] to eat and water to drink.”

Daniel 10: 2-3, - “In those days I, Daniel, was mourning three full weeks. I ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.”

1121. Ryan Holiday:

What we have to realize is that more is not the answer to our problems: more sex, more money, more power and renown. These will never satisfy the place inside us that never feels full. Nor will magical thinking, or plant medicines in the jungles of Peru.

No, you don’t fill the void by fleeing from it or by compensating with externals. According to the Stoics, we satisfy it simply by living our life as nature demands. By being good, by being true to ourselves, by focusing, by not wasting a second wishing anything was otherwise or caring what other people think of us.

1122. After a month with almost no money, I have turned to a diet where I can easily live on $6 a day for soup and salad and fruit.  Next month, I will continue that trend to stay healthy and build up reserves.

1123. To develop my physique and get ready for iPT, I need to develop exercise routines like prisoners do for survival.  I am stuck here at home for at least 11 weeks, so I have the perfect opportunity to develop exercise routines that can be done at home.  Over this 77, I will track my physical activities as well as keeping a food journal.  

1124. After 77 days, I should tweak what I track to see what has to be done at the next level.  Build on each 77 day routine.  Life goes on.

1125. Vegan Epicure Travel

1126. EVERYDAY VEGAN LENTIL SOUP

An easy, everyday vegan lentil soup recipe made in 1 pot with budget friendly ingredients. Naturally thick, satisfying and filling! Perfect with some fresh crusty bread.

Course: Soup

Cuisine: Italian

Servings: 8 servings

Calories: 250 kcal

Author: Nora

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic, carrots and celery. Cook, stirring frequently for about 4-5 minutes.
  2. Now add the can of tomatoes (with juices), lentils, vegetable broth, cumin, coriander and smoked paprika. Stir to incorporate everything.
  3. Bring to a boil, then lower heat to a simmer and cook for about 30 minutes, until the lentils are tender and the soup has thickened.
  4. Stir in the spinach and lemon juice. It will only take a minute for the spinach to wilt. Season with salt to taste.

Recipe Notes

  1. For a thinner soup, simply add more water or vegetable broth until the desired consistency is reached.
  2. If desired, blend just a few time with an immersion blender for a slightly creamier soup.
  3. This soup freezes well. Either freeze in individual containers or a large container for quick future meals.
  4. May substitute kale for the spinach, but you will need to cook the kale in the soup about 10 more minutes to get it tender.

1127. I am looking to add a number of vegan soups to my diet to add variety.  I should become an expert on simple vegan recipes.  I favor those that let me cook once and eat many times.

1128. Since I’m stuck at home, I don’t have to work the midnight to 4:44 am timeframe.  I can if I am awake, but I don’t have to.  

1129. Which Nations Will Crumble and Which Few Will Prosper in the Next 25 Years?

Here are the factors that will matter in the next 25 years:

1. The ability to engage and survive non-linear change, which is rapid, unpredictable and systemic, as opposed to linear change which is gradual, predictable and limited in nature.

None of the current political systems are decentralized enough and adaptable enough to survive the non-linear era we’re entering. As I explained in What If Politics Can’t Fix What’s Broken?, the politics of centralized compromise and incremental, top-down adjustments are wholly inadequate to dealing with non-linear disruptions.

The problem, as we all know, is the parasitic elites rule the centralized hierarchies of wealth and political power, and they will cling to power even as the nation they rule crumbles around them. 

“4. Solutions will obsolete the existing centralized financial and political structures. Reforms will all fail, as the parasitic elites will never relinquish their control or power. The “solution” will be the total collapse of the centralized financial and political structures and the parasitic elites that control them.”

1130. Life is that stench, he was saying. We are the rotten meat in a skin bag. From the second we’re born, time starts ticking towards our expiration date. A lot of people want to turn away from that. They want to pretend it’s not real. We’ve gotten very good over the millennia at coming up with ways to help us pretend and to turn away. It’s why so many people are unproductive—they think they can afford to be, because they’re in denial of their mortality and the fact that life is rot, rot, rotting away as they sit there dicking around.

1131. If we say that animals have a right not to be used as property, means we have a moral obligation not to use animals even when we would benefit, such as research subjects.  We are obligated to not bring more animals into existence by not perpetuating domestication.

The Abolitionist Approach states that continued, deliberate domestication of even dogs and cats is not moral.  No matter how well we treat our pets, they are still legally our property.  Millions of dogs and cats get turned out into the streets, dumped, or taken to a shelter or vet to be euthanized, a fancy word for killed.

We retain the legal right to treat our animals as we see fit.  Domestic animals are dependent on humans for when or if they eat, whether they have water or shelter, and if they get any exercise, and more.

1132. As for a Daniel Fast, I am abstaining from canned food as far as possible, especially if there is a fresh, dry, or frozen alternative.  I don’t have a good alternative to crushed tomatoes, but other than that, frozen and fresh will make a good soup.  I am also not giving up coffee for the first 10 days.  If the sugar is not under control, then I will go water after that.

1133. I'm not sure that America can survive our current economic state.  While no one knows the timing, I don't see how we can escape the debt bubble our "leaders" have gotten us into.  We continue to consume, and we measure our success by how many of our citizens can purchase useless stuff from China.

When I walk about Jacksonville, I am taken aback by how we have become Fat Ass Nation, even among the homeless.  Maybe they are recently homeless, but there sure are a lot of them.

A trip to Walmart shows the extent of obesity.  Cici's Pizza (a pizza buffet) is even worse.  We have taken to calling it Cici's fat.

Our politicians do not address real issues that affect our society.  Obesity is a major issue in my mind, as is diabetes and heart disease.  On top of that, something has to give in our prison and criminal justice system.  We ruin more lives by sending dope smokers to jail than we can ever rehabilitate.

1134. Our country must change if it is to survive.  I am not optimistic that we have the will or capacity to make that change.  You can describe our challenge as making disorderly change instead of following our linear nature of wanting more.

In our Fat Ass Nation, we obviously don't need more food.  I advocate a vegan lifestyle for health, weight loss, disease prevention or reversal, saving the environment and atmosphere, and not killing animals.  You may have other ideas, but our current system of animal agriculture is not working for many if not most of our citizens.

Tweaking the system will not work.  That's why we see a number of Democrats who would be President adopt a false solution of socialism to cure our ills.  I give them credit for identifying the limits and problems of capitalism, it's just that socialism and communism have never worked.  The only place close is something like Kuwait where you have a monarch who provides birth to death social security for its people.

1135. One Word - One Goal

The world has changed.  The old models for building a secure career and life are long gone.  As IBMs (Introvert Boomer Males), the light at the end of the tunnel grows brighter.

Now is the time to pick one word to describe where you want your life to go.

Not only is the old model broken, but I don’t know what will take it’s place.  All I see among younger Americans is success being based on consumption.

I believe we need to construct our own life themes.  I personally don’t want to own anything I have to take care of.  I don’t want to own houses, cars, or backyard pools.  Uber and Airbnb look mighty fine to me.

With whatever days I have left on this planet, I want to wake up each day in anticipation of adventure.

Letting go of old ideas about yourself starts the transformation.  We need to determine our core beliefs and create the life theme to support them.

Everything begins with your core values and builds out from there.  There is no universal blueprint that works for all people all of the time.  If there were, only one self-help book would have been written from the beginning of time.

You are the only constant in your life.

Your life theme is about knowing what matters to you and focusing all your attention on it.  Expect hard work, and frequent corrections as you learn.  

For boomers, forging a new life path that’s right for you seems impossible.  With all of the mistakes in the rear view mirror, it’s easy to get gun shy.  Self-doubt coupled with the grind of everyday life can make us feel trapped.

Trouble is, when the lights go out, you will have taken the chance to improve, or not.  You’re still going to be dead.

Building your new life theme never stops.  There is no finish line except death.

Ask yourself, are you living your life, or is your life controlling you?

Over the course of our lives, we have tended to fall into the paths that society has recommended to us.  Go to college.  Get a good job.  Buy a house.  Raise kids.  Retire and die.

Society’s recipe for success is one size fits all.  No one cares about your individual quirks and nuances.  All you have is a nagging fear that you are locked in a predetermined career without much wiggle room.

For the most part, you don’t even know what your options are.  If you follow the script, society does the heavy lifting and defines happiness for you.  We all know the cliche of the empty nesters asking what was it all about.

Rewriting your life script will be the most difficult and scariest action of your life.

IBMs spend decades working like dogs to satisfy the needs of others.  Even if you “don’t mind”, or feel like it’s your responsibility, it’s time to go stoic and look inward to uncover your wants in sync with your core beliefs.

Ask the hard questions that will uncover your authentic self.  Be selfish.  Don’t think about who society thinks you ought to be, but who you really are.

Your starting point is the noise that disrupts your life as it currently exists.  Advice and expectations come at you from all directions.  It’s hard for your individual expression to rise above the din.

Some advice you get is helpful and real.  Separating decent guidance from trash takes skill.  Most good advice comes from people who know you as an individual, not some general talking head self-help guru junk meant for everyone.

Filter any advice by being honest with yourself.  If the message you receive takes into account you as an individual, and it rings true, consider it carefully.

For my own part, I am facing any number of health and financial challenges.  To move forward, I am entering a 273 day pain and agony period worthy of the most severe, devout monks.

Time is of the essence.

My one word - solopreneur.  My one “goal” - 3,000+ words per day.

The one goal does not mean I let everything else go.  I still have to eat right and exercise to control my diabetes.  But if I do the hard work of writing, I will have over 800,000 words of original content to turn into books, reports, articles, posts, audio, and video.

If that can’t be monetized, I will pivot and learn a new skill.

If others around me attempt to turn me to a different direction to fit their own agendas, tough.  They don’t have to answer for my life.  I do.

Don’t wait to be who you are.  Don’t wait to do what you really want to do.

We all know people who scrimp and save for retirement, then drop dead before they have a chance to enjoy it.  You have no guarantee of a safe and secure future, even if you followed all the rules.

It’s impossible at age 21 to know what will make you happy for the rest of your life.  For IBMs it’s easier, because there is not so much rest of our lives to consider.  It’s time to use our experiences to find new paths.

The career as we knew it is extinct.  And who wants a career when you can have a life.

If we follow a stoic ideal of constant small change, an ancient version of Japanese kaizen, we are constantly creating better versions of ourselves.  Each version of you - daily if possible - is not a final build.  Permanent beta.  One small step forward.

We are all subject to distractions that can come at us from all directions.  You have to expect the change.  Embrace it.  Enjoy the tension that comes.

Society is obsessed with outward displays of success.  The fallacy is the presumption that we all agree on the definition of success.  In fact, it’s different for everyone.  For IBMs, success is a moving target as we age and gain experience.

Once we strip away the daily grind we agree ourselves into, we can get down to a blank canvas where we can reconstruct our life theme based on our core values.

I don’t know about you, but all the dumbass things I did over the last 50 years tend to bubble up in my self-consciousness to hinder change.  Reinventing oneself is not a linear progression but a series of fits and starts and restarts.

We become so attached to the past - guilt and all - that we refuse to let go of the past.

As many of us are now retired or nearing retirement, we can let go and even kill the career.  I have been a lawyer and diplomat, both “careers” I destroyed by not being very good at them.

Solopreneur makes me responsible for building my life without worrying about building a resume.  The traditional career is dead, and has been for decades.  Look how many lawyers don’t practice law, and registered nurses who have moved on to other careers by leaving nursing.

Instead of squeezing ourselves into a career path that is supposed to define our entire working lives, more and more of us are pursuing our interests instead.  

A career is a container, or maybe a cell or cubicle.  Is it reasonable to expect a 20-something man or woman to choose a career for a lifetime when they have limited experience, much like choosing a mate for marriage.

The message for IBMs is clear:  build a life theme around your interests.  For maybe the first time in recent memory, live for you.  You have done your duty for family, god, and country.  It’s time to live for you.  Yours is the only life you are ultimately responsible for.

An IBM reboot grows out of this basic truth.  Why spend one more minute doing the work others should do for themselves unless it also advances your own agenda?  When are you most alive, when following orders or doing your “duty”, or when doing what you love to do when you want to do it?

I choose solopreneur as my guiding word.  I must know every aspect of what I call Anytime Anywhere Income.  It’s not that I won’t outsource and automate - I will.  But I need to know how the engine works and be able to repair and adjust as necessary.

My AAI is Internet marketing.  I expect it to change over time, and I will be ready for it.  But if I am to succeed over time, it’s critical to keep my mind limber and fluid.  The last thing you need is static, fossilized thinking.

Examine your core.  What is it that you have always enjoyed doing?  Have you gotten so far away from your true identity that you don’t recognize the person that was you?

Are you an accountant who should be playing music?  Are you a caregiver who cannot extract 15 minutes a day to care for yourself?  What fulfills your soul?

This has nothing to do with being rich or famous.  It’s about being excited to wake up each morning because you have places to go and things to do.

You core is a need, not something you would like to do.

One way to identify your core beliefs is identifying who you are not.  What are the traits and activities that don’t mesh with your identity?  You want to create your own unique life theme as Picasso, not a house painter.