Side Effects

Joe Gallagher Jr.

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  2. 2 Allyson 05:02
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  3. 3 Broker's Blues 02:38
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  4. 4 Cannons 03:32
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  6. 6 Paralyzed ft. O.B. 03:37
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  7. 7 Indian Giver 02:45
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  8. 8 Happy Medium 03:12
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Managing Expectations  

Managing expectations.  This topic was brought up and requested that I write about it for my weekly Wednesday blog.  Well, what can I say?  People are fallible.  They will most of the time, disappoint us.  We can’t rely too heavily on the promises from others because 9 times out of 10 they will let us down.  Sometimes I feel like I could have the right stars in alignment, the situation or task should come together seamlessly and then BAM!  Someone drops the ball and the whole project goes to shit.  It happens way more often than I’d like to admit but not only am I guilty of the same thing, there is a solution.  If I accept others as being just as they are, human beings who make mistakes, just like I do, therefore lowering my expectations of them or having none at all; I leave the results ultimately in God’s hands.  If I put all my physical, mental and emotional effort into a project and it still fails, it’s obviously not God’s plan for me and I need to change my mind about it and seek something else.  It really is a tough principle to practice and it’s incredibly tough to make progress in this area but as Les Brown says, “It’s Possible!” He’s correct!  All my dreams and wishes are possibly going to come true.  If I’m hungry enough and persistent enough-and if it be God’s will, it’s all possible!  Some might ask, “At what point do you give up and try something else?” When you have absolutely, without a shadow of a doubt, done everything you can and then have done even a little more, and it still fails?  Time to change your mind about it and get into something else.  “It’s my actions that will either save me or kill me” -Robert B.  I encourage any comments, questions or criticisms so feel free to let me know what you think.

Justified Anger 

Anger is a natural human emotion.  Sometimes it’s necessary when the universe is trying to teach us a lesson.  Maybe the person or thing we are mad at is actually showing us a part of ourselves that we don’t like.  Getting screwed over in the music industry is unfortunately a pretty regular occurrence.  The music industry is not the problem here though.  How many times have I screwed people over in my past?  Throughout my messed up juvenile years, I was oblivious most times when I made mistakes and hurt someone and it was usually always the people closest to me who got hurt the most.  I can admit that I have done wrong and cost some people a lot of money without them ever getting a dime back.  I’ve made terrible choices and I’ve learned a great deal in the process.  In those cases, if I can’t pay someone back, I can ask if there’s another way to make things right.  Sometimes after making such mistakes, living right and really trying to become a better person is the only restitution possible. 

Hindering or Helping 

I have to be aware of the two main sins at all times.  I have to ask myself, “Am I hindering someone’s spiritual growth or am I hurting my own spiritual growth?”  If I am in fact causing damage I need to stop immediately and readjust the way I’m living.  The universe won’t allow me to be fully effective if there’s behaviors and actions that I’m taking that are negative influences of myself or someone else.  Recently, this has become apparent in my own life.  A lack of sleep and not following my typical healthy routine has led me to feeling irritable, restless and discontent.  My body has been run down.  My thoughts have been scattered and less focused.  I had to surrender and take an inventory of these glaring defects and admit that I need to change my behavior.  It sounds simple and kind of lame but it’s really not easy to stay vigilant and it’s never easy to change.  However, it’s necessary if I’m to live a well-balanced life.  The number 3 has such profound prominence in the world I live in.  Mind, body and soul.  I’ve been neglecting my body by not exercising at all this week.  I’ve been depleting my mental faculties by not getting enough rest and I’ve missed my most spiritual moments of every day by not being present for the sunrise.  The good news is that I’m aware and I can turn it all around at any time.  So can you.  Good luck to you on your journey throughout the week.  I look forward to trudging ahead with you and checking back in next Wednesday.

Idle Time 

Idle time sucks.  Waiting sucks.  But patience is a virtue.  It’s extremely hard to move forward yet step back at the same time to see where you’re going.  Periods of reflection could be used as great tools to prepare for the future.  Opportunities are around every corner.  I can just about put my fingers on them.  However, I need to calm down, wait patiently with an open heart and mind.  The right time may not be here just yet.  That’s where acceptance comes into play.  Acceptance is usually the answer to all my problems.  Character building should be my main priority.  If I accept where I am and focus on becoming a better me today, all the dreams and possibilities naturally start pulling towards me.  Am I going to accept these gifts with humility and grace or am I going to show boat and seem ungrateful?  It’s all up to me, who and what I become.  God knows my passions and aspirations.  If my calling will help other people, God will assist in making it happen.  It’s going to happen in his time though and when he feels I’m ready.  The old cliche when the student is ready, the teacher will appear, has come true in my life time and time again.  We can have personal, financial, freedom and happiness as long as we move graciously through this life without causing harm to others.  If our motives are pure and we intend on helping others with our gifts, they shall be granted.  And when they are granted, we should remain grateful and teachable.  When we stop learning is when we die. 

Working Through Ego 

I’m receiving gifts and blessings everyday and it’s overwhelming.  I’m not complaining but there’s just been a lot to process.  It’s gonna sound strange but I’ve had a fear of success.  The unknown territory, the promised land, for a long time, has just been a theory, hope or wish.   What is my life going to be like when I accomplish my professional goals?  How are people going to treat me?  I have to remember to stay grounded and not get swept away by compliments.  Trust me, my ego is alive and well and it wants to tell me that my success was all my doing but it wasn’t.  I had lots of help.  I guess keeping an attitude of gratitude is the principle I must try my hardest to practice.    Sure, it feels good hearing from other people how well I’m doing but it actually makes me uncomfortable.  Humility is not something that comes natural to me.  Being cocky and arrogant is my default setting, being humble is not, but I have to stay humble in order to keep the gifts that are being given.  There’s so much to learn on this journey called life.  I’m not going to be perfect at it so I have to accept my humanity and try my best to be a better person everyday.  I have to do the next right thing for the people around me to show how grateful I am.

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