300 Word Memories #9 – Taking Things For Granted

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Zy Marquiez
May 3, 2017

Life has many intricacies that make it worth living.  It is in these intricacies, these auspicious moments that life seems to take a rather unique flavor.  Every day presents a new journey, every hour offers a new possibility, every moment is a gift to be had and appreciated.

As life begins ticking down the seconds, minutes, and days of our lives, and we get wrapped up in our daily routines, it’s easy to forget how precious and unique each of our lives is.  These leads to many people, myself included, to begin taking things for granted.

For example, one thing many people tend to take for granted is health.  People tend to think that because they seem healthy, they are healthy.  And then, ‘out of nowhere’ a diagnosis with a serious chronic disease hits them, utterly blind-siding them.  Whether the disease is cancer, diabetes, heart disease, MS, or something else, diseases don’t come out of nowhere.  This happens because the body has stopped being at-ease, and now is in a state of dis-ease.

While it seems obvious, things that seem to be common sense these days get overlooked all the time, which makes me believe that common sense is not so common, which is why I call it [un]common sense quite a bit.

I become disheartened seeing these events take place because we live in an age where people know more than any other age in history, and yet ignorance is more rampant than ever, especially ignorance about health.

If people take health for granted, which is arguably the most precious thing in life, what else are they taking for granted?

I am only ruminating here, particularly because I’ve been there, as many of you have as well.  That said, after being hospitalized half a dozen times and spending months in the hospital, I quit taking my health for granted.  This is also a reason why I share a lot of natural and alternative health information in this blog.

What I have learned is that there’s two ways we as individuals go through life.  We either contribute to a positive state of being in every single way, for ourselves, and others, which affects our heart, mind, body, and soul.  Or we contribute to a negative state.  Each and every single choice we make contributes to one of these two states, and there really is no in between.  There’s no half-way to healthy.  An individual is either healthy, or they aren’t.  Moreover, the combined net effects of these choices, hopefully positive contributions, will have a compound effect.   Having better health, helps your mind, body, and allows you to be in a better state of awareness.  When we have a clear mind, it is easier to make high quality decisions about all aspects in life.  The same goes for everything else.  Unfortunately, the opposite is also true.

Ultimately, life is about the quality of choices we make.  If we carry out high-quality decisions in life, we will have high quality results.  If we make poor-quality choices in life, we will have poor quality results.  It’s that simple.

That being said, for me, after almost having a dance with the reaper, choosing whether to be healthy or not wasn’t even a choice.  If I wanted to live a healthy meaningful and fulfilling life, I had to do everything possible and be proactive rather than reactive as I had been in the past.

No more taking things for granted, especially important things.  I am not going to become a statistic.

My only hope is that more people realize what they take for granted before it’s too late.  Lucky for me, I was able to re-steer the ship of my life into a new direction.  Unfortunately many do not have that opportunity.

We are the choices we make, and the totality of this accrues for better or worse, but in the end, we are in control, each and every single one of us.  Knowing that, let’s be cognizant and make high quality decisions every single day.

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Zy Marquiez is an avid book reviewer, researcher, an open-minded skeptic, yogi, humanitarian, and freelance writer who studies and mirrors regularly subjects like Consciousness, Education, Creativity, The Individual, Ancient History & Ancient Civilizations, Forbidden Archaeology, Big Pharma, Alternative Health, Space, Geoengineering, Social Engineering, Propaganda, and much more.

His own personal blog is BreakawayConsciousnessBlog.wordpress.com where his personal work is shared, while TheBreakaway.wordpress.com serves as a media portal which mirrors vital information usually ignored by mainstream press, but still highly crucial to our individual understanding of various facets of the world.

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Book Review: How Life Imitates Chess by Gary Kasparov

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Zy Marquiez
February 1, 2017

How Life Imitates Chess by former World Chess Champion and grandmaster Garry Kasparov does an incisive job of showing how life is a mirror for chess.  Or is it the opposite?

Filled with much erudition regarding the intricacies of life, How Life Imitates Chess sifts through Kasparov’s career in search for the gems of wisdom[syn] that not only helped him become a sharper, stronger, and more intuitive individual, but also dives into the importance of quality actions via precise decision making which undoubtedly help individuals rise to meet challenges as they go.

Throughout the length of the book Kasparov carries out a rather trenchant job in detailing many of the data points, or perhaps ‘life-lessons’ is a better term, which helped him grow as a chess player that became a grandmaster, but more importantly, as an individual.  Each of these life-lessons helped him grow in countless ways, regardless whether it was facing dismal defeats, or manifesting intense resounding victories.

To that effect, Kasparov makes it a point to go into why constant self-analysis is essential not only to survive in the world, but in fact to thrive.  Self-awareness and peak performance go hand in hand, as many of you know, and because of this he urges everyone to become conscious of our inherent decision making process and strive to polish it to become wiser.

An interesting component in the book are the myriad fascinating stories of individuals, chess matches, companies et al. which are used to drive home lessons to be gleaned from the events that took place within those instances.

Another notable point mentioned in the book is the importance of not becoming your own enemy.  In one instance, the author noted how it’s important to find the nascent stage of a crisis before it becomes a full-fledged crisis.  This might seem obvious at first blush, but we’ve all seen our mental state – or that of someone else – be overridden by emotions, which therein overrides our logic.  And not being able to use logic is downright disastrous since your mental precision is only a shade of its true power.

Furthermore, when an individual get emotional, not only does the amygdala go into overdrive, but “…the logic center processors [neocortex] get almost turned off and blocked.  Adrenaline, hormone levels, and blood pressure rise, and our memories become less efficient.  We begin to lose our ability to communicate effectively, and we turn to a form of autopilot to make decisions.”[1][Emphasis Added]

Hands down, my favorite part of the book, although admittedly there were many intriguing points, was how Kasparov relentless speaks about having to question everything.  As he warns:

“Question the status quo at all times, especially when things are going well.  When something goes wrong, you naturally want to do better the next time, but you must train yourself to want to do it better even when things go right.”[2][Bold Emphasis Added]

This reminds me of poker, as well as many other things in life, where one might make the most ridiculous and stupid choice, and still get rewarded.  If an individual chooses not to question their actions, they will simply not grow. Someone may make a very poor choice, and still end up winning untold sums of money.  When such is the case, individuals rarely if ever opt for introspection to verify that they were correct.  The assumption is that if the money is won…then the choice ‘had to’ be a good one.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

Moreover:

“Questioning yourself must become a habit, one strong enough to surmount the obstacles of overconfidence and dejection.  It is a muscle that can be developed only with constant proactive.”[3]

Another additional point brought up by Kasparov  was about the vital significance not only to move out of our comfort zones, but also to challenge ourselves in creative ways to push us into new boundaries.

Regarding this, Kasparov minces no words:

“When we regularly challenge ourselves with something new – even something not obviously related to our immediate goals – we build cognitive and emotional “muscles” that make us more effective in every way.  If we can overcome our fear of speaking in public, or of submitting a poem to a magazine, or learning a new language confidence will flow into every area of our lives  Don’t get so caught up in “what I do” that you stop being a curious human being.  Your greatest strength is the ability to absorb and synthesize patterns, methods, and information.  Intentionally inhibiting the ability to focus too narrowly is not only a crime, but one with few rewards.”[4]

This book almost has shades of being a self-help book, almost.  The book isn’t that, but it’s so versatile, and the book harpoons so many little nuggets of knowledge that it can certainly be used as such a tool.

Regardless, the book offers more than ample information for it to be worth the price, and it gives plenty of grist for the mill for individuals to ruminate upon.

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Sources & References:

[1] Christopher Hadnagy, Unmasking The Social Engineer, p. 166.
[2] Gary Kasparov, How Life Imitates Chess, p. 135.
[3] Ibid. pp. 34-35.
[4] Ibid. p. 170.

Who This Blog Is For

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Zy Marquiez
January 6, 2017

“The purpose of life is a life of purpose.”
– Robert Byrne

In fairness to give credit where credit is due, this piece has come to fruition due the work of a person who is highly respected in this blog.  The name of this researcher/investigator is Jon Rappoport [www.nomorefakenews.com], and he carries out very incisive work in a myriad of fields.  One of his posts, in similar light, inspired this particular piece.

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Let’s preface the body of this piece with who this blog isn’t for.

This blog is not for folks that are lazy by choice and lackadaisical.

This blog is definitely not for people who value conformity in any way shape or form.

This blog is also not for the people who want the easy way out.

This blog is certainly not for folks that just want comfort or want issues sugar coated.

This blog isn’t for folks who don’t practice self-education.

And this blog finally isn’t for people who just want to be told what is best for them. Only the individual themselves can ultimately decide what is best for them.

With that, Who is this blog for?

This particular blog is for the many individuals who strive to learn more from life; the individuals who will not be held back on their journey to achieve the pinnacle of their dreams – their true dreams, and not the ones prescribed by society.

Are you tired of the cookie cutter answers the establishment has ready-made for every single scenario that props up? Then this blog is for you. Are you searching for answers as to why the world is screwed up and don’t seem to find any semblance of an answer proposed by the comptrollers, then this blog is for you. Have your instincts taught you not to trust the mainstream media institutions/corporations that lie to you repeatedly? Then this blog is certainly for you.

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Now let’s take a side road for a bit.

People are often quick to tell you their likes, their dislikes. However, many a time we rarely hear an individual’s true passions if those particular dreams go against the grain. This is because some people often criticize everything that doesn’t conform to their reality and personal point of views, which prevents nonconforming individuals from opening up to them.  Moreover, this prevents individuals from flourishing in many ways having to seek their passions in the outskirts of societal circles.

With that in mind, what is it YOU want? What is it you truly want? Are you living the life you wish for? If not, are you at least pushing beyond conventional thought to solve the issues preventing you from attaining/creating your reality/dreams?

Its easy to live the comfortable life – the prescribed life. Unfortunately, that tends to get people in a funk, and often takes years to realize, or worse. Instead, it’s really hard to pursue your dreams when most others says you have to do A, B, or C.  Heaven forbid you think outside the box.  Or better, that there is no box.

If you’ve read this far, you are probably at the vanguard of the tidal wave that’s taking place in the undercurrents of our societal ocean. You are the type of individual making changes, pushing against the grain, cracking bricks with toothpicks of rebellion that give globalists spinning headaches at night because you are the key to this whole enigma – the free individual, who this blog is for.

Being the only ship making berth in a unique bearing, while the rest of the armada is anchored at the harbor can be quite daunting. It can seem you are not just the tip of the spear, but the entire spear itself, and can only count on yourself. You are your own help, your own protector. Even your very own liberator. But isn’t what life is all about? This is not about doing everything by yourself. But some particular battles rest upon on you, and only you.  And how you choose to live your life is one of them.

In any case, it is you who ultimately has to answer for the choices you have/haven’t made. It is you who will have the knack for success when the chance arises, or will learn from possible missteps on your path to knowledge/wisdom before reloading. It is you who has the brass stones to plow forth through the inferno of conformity, dislodging all obstacles in your path and it is certainly you who are responsible for your life at the very end.

So why not make all that matters in your life your choice? Your reality? Why not now? Why give others that option when it need not be?

Striving to create something greater for yourself [and others] takes a lot of drive/imagination and courage for that matter. It also requires a lot of effort and even truck loads of focused intent that when carried out efficiently leave your naysayers in the star dust.

Best of all is that, as you breakaway from the conventional, the monotonous and the prescribed, you will grow and shine brighter as an individual, and the brighter you shine the easier it will be for you to guide others through the darkness.

And if such words resonate with you, then that’s why this blog is for you.

Digressing:

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”
– Henry David Thoreau

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
– Lao Tzu

Financial Flagship – Managing Financial Oversights [Part 1]

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By: Zy Marquiez
December 9, 2015

“May your choices reflect your hopes, and not your fears.”
– Nelson Mandela

My mind is racing, the gears are turning, and there’s just no way am not going to end up writing, so might as well make myself useful/productive, right?

Continuing in the in depth examination that initiated in attempting to figure out what is the best use of one’s time, we will now steer this introspection from time use, to finance.

In any case, was thinking about a myriad ideas when a few of them struck me. The first of these being the issue of financial independence.

Ultimate financial freedom is essentially the capability – at least how it was taught to me – to be able to live completely free via your financial assets et al. Some schools of thought tend to think of this as retirement, and they would be right in a way. There are a lot of directions this notion can head into, but let’s just stick for that one for the time being.

Although it might seem insurmountable at first, like losing 25 lbs, overtaking a fear, or even talking to a certain someone, it all great events/adventures in life begin with a choice. Without said choice, one cannot conquer any goals, yet alone overcome any obstacles.

Seems obvious doesn’t it? So why is it that so many people run about the mill without even trying? There are a myriad reasons for that, but the point is that for every nine people with excuses, there’s someone out there pouring their heart/mind/soul into a specific goal, no matter how large or small. Those individuals should be lauded, because they are the exception, not the rule.

Getting back to harpooning the main goal, we need to start with baby steps. If we bolt from the starting line without a semblance of where we want to go, then we’re steering without a rudder, adrift on the sea of uncertainty that at times can be life. We certainly wouldn’t want to go towards our destination unprepared for that would be extremely unwise and counterproductive. Where does that leave us?

We need to set our course, of course. Now, for simplicity’s sake [there really should be some sort of rule for making things as simple as possible], let’s combine the ultimate idea/goal of financial freedom, with smaller more tangible scenarios we can attain. In this way we can keep in mind the entire breath of goals – the short term financial goals more readily attainable, with more long term goals that build upon those.

So we can’t retire immediately?   Well why not start saving bucket loads of money in the meantime in order to attain that, and/or other goals, whatever those may be.

Now, keep in mind, since most people won’t attain financial freedom quickly, they will give up outright. Just like they do with many other goals. That’s definitely not the way to go if you want to breakaway from the conventional monotonous funk that can be a daily routine.

Yes, it can be daunting. But aren’t most things that are worth it a little bit of work, at minimum?   What about retirement? Isn’t that a goal to strive for? That’s not something that just happens. Like your health, it is something that we must work on daily to achieve the desired results.

In any case, let’s begin.

Am going to cite three examples of things that were taking place in my life that were draining my financial capabilities/savings quite a bit by untold magnitudes.

The first example of these is coffee. Was given coffee since the nascent age of 5 years old, and was instantly hooked. It became my go to drink for everything. Need a pick-me-up? Coffee. Stressed? Coffee. Want something you like? Coffee. Simple, and efficient. And downright expensive in the long run. Let me repeat that again: It, is, downright, EXPENSIVE, in the long run. Experience is the best teacher you know.

My favorite place to financial fund and donate part of my retirement to at the time was Barnes & Noble. Furthermore, to be exact, it wasn’t just coffee; it was that, and in fact caramel macchiato. Loaded with sugar & caramel [extra caramel shots cost, yes, more money!]. My blood sugar levels are going up just at the mere thought of such flavorsome drink.

How much did these cost? Anywhere between $4-6 dollars between coffee & tips.   To make things simple – law of simplicity here – let’s round that up to $5. Easy, two a day, for a minimum of 5 times a week. This is really low-balling it, because many times a whole day could be spent researching things from sunrise to sunset, in which case the amount of coffee gone through just got out of control. Think crack addict, but with coffee. Hey, we’re being honest here right?

What other financial wrongdoing was yours truly partaking in?   Television – not that much was watched. Then again, regardless of whether it was or not, it was paid for, so it was financial ineptitude in all its glory. That’s like slipping on soap and meeting the floor face to face like it was your lover and having the dinner that just took you half a day to make scattered all over the floor whilst the plate smashes into a million pieces, just like your ego. Yeah, don’t do that.  

How much was the loss? If my recollection is correct, it was around $80. Many people pay more than this too.

Finally, what other horrendous choice was yours truly making that was utterly draining my savings? Drinking/Pool/Restaurants. And no, sadly, this does not count regular fast food runs. That might be on another piece.

Every weekend. Sometimes Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Talk about overdoing it huh?

How much did this vice cost on average? Easy, $100 a weekend [yes, not even a week!], and many times, more than that. Talk about a waste of money/resources/time.

Now for the fun part. Let’s tally it up, on a week by week, month by month, and yearly basis for each of those downright ridiculous habits. Am not saying don’t ever go out, drink a cup of coffee, or watch a movie. But everything in moderation.

First, coffee. Two cups a day, five times a week [at minimum], at $5 each, is $50 a week. That’s $200 a month, and $2400 a year. Oh man, my heart just sinks knowing that. Not joking.

Secondly, cable TV cost $80 a month [$20 weekly], and $960 a year. And most of the time the TV went unwatched! Talk about a double whammy.

Third, we have going out on weekends. This cost a preposterous $100 a weekend, which adds up to $400 a month, and worse, $4800 year.

Now we have:

Coffee/Caramel Macchiato:

Weekly: $50
Monthly: $200
Yearly: $2400

Cable TV:

Weekly: $20
Monthly: $80
Yearly: $960

Going out:

Weekly Weekend[ly]: $100
Monthly: $400
Yearly: $4800

Total from all financial oversights:

Weekly: $170
Monthly: $680
Yearly: $8160

How about them apples?

Now, if that last particular number isn’t a huge red flag, nothing will ever be.

That is not smoke signals ascending on the horizon. That’s an F10 financial vortex/conflagration dematerializing all your savings in your personal treasure chest.

This is just a snippet of the financial failure in my personal life, in hopes that it may better aid you in reaching your goals.

Instead of financially eviscerating your savings, why not spend time with folks that lift you up?

There is always room for improving your financial latitude. The first step is realizing what are the holes in your financial flagship, and repairing those, one at a time. Without a decent ship to steer into your horizons/dreams you’ll just be stuck at the pier without functioning vessel.

Now that you’ve seen my personal example, what are some of the vices you engage in that would be able to increase the financial flexibility of you and yours?

We must realize, that each dollar federal reserve note is like a seed. It will only sprout when planted. The more seeds you plant, the greater your bounty will be in your future, and that of your family’s.

Are you seeing the financial possibilities pop-up in your mind? Are the gears turning attempting to figure out where you can zap the foes of finance so you can be better prepared for your future? Are you seeing light at the end of the tunnel? Great.

Now, if you haven’t done so, put pen to paper and get moving. Time is money!

Remember, everything is a choice. Even inaction, is a choice. So ruminate a bit, and make the right choice for yourself.

“No matter what the situation, remind yourself, ‘I have a choice'”
– Deepak Chopra