Today I was late for work again. For three minutes that is.
You may ask why I’m writing on an event as insignificant as this. Hold on a moment I don’t intend this to be a whining or rant post, but a post that you can learn from.
What can we learn about me being late you may ask? Hmmm… let’s learn (or contemplate) about something called “Cause and Effect.”
In some metaphyical traditions as well as science itself, cause and effect is a commonly accepted law of the universe. That is for every cause there is an effect, and for every effect there is cause.
Something to contemplate about, though, is:
A cause may have multiple effects. For example, going to the gym to train with weights can be a cause for you to… (A) Gain more muscle. (B) Lose more fat. (C) Become more attractive to opposite sex. (D) Be able to wear again your old overgrown clothes.
An effect may have multiple causes. Going back to me being late at work I was late for some factors I can think of. (A) I didn’t get up in bed early enough. (B) I could have skipped taking a bath. (C) I could have started walking from the public transportation (Jeepney in our country) when I sensed traffic isn’t moving. (D) The traffic. (I know it’s like blaming the traffic, but no one could deny that it was a valid cause.)
There is a chain of causes and effects. Meaning that an effect can in turn become a cause for another event, and so on. For example: A mother taught her children to be kind to people (cause 1). Her children in turn became kind to other people (effect 1 – cause 2), and because of that those people who were treated with kindness felt good (effect 2 – cause 3…). It could go on and on, like those people who were treated with kindness in turn became kind to other people, too.
There are lots of more to contemplate on the law of Cause and Effect, that I can write another post for it in the future. For now, though, it would be nice to contemplate on these things, even for a moment.
The law of Cause and Effect is for real, and remember (A) A Cause can have multiple effects; (B) an effect multiple causes; (C) there is chain or link of causes and effects.
I was just visiting my blog a while ago when I was surprised from that notification I received from wordpress.
It’s been a year….
When I first started blogging my writing wasn’t that good. I didn’t even expected that I’ll be writing a lot of posts.
But then something happened. I started to like writing….
I remembered back then I was dreaming on becoming a real writer. You know, those people that who writes books and articles.
I bought a read a lot of books about writing, honing my skills along the way by writing posts in this blog.
Back then I was writing daily. Yes daily.
I never wanted to miss a day that when I can’t write a full post I’ll just write one of those short quotes.
Ah those were the days.
So what happened? Why did I lay low in writing posts?
As I can remember I missed a day of writing a single post. I tried to make up for it by writing some more, but in my mind it’s already alright to miss a day of writing a post. Also, I wanted a break from daily writing back then.
Fast-forward for a few more months and here I am writing a blog post again. I decided that since it’s my blog’s anniversary then I shouldn’t miss the opportunity to write a post.
And oh, since I like learning new stuff. I learned this new acronym tl;dr (or TLDR) which stands for…
Too Long Didn’t Read
Whitebeltblogger is celebrating his blog’s anniversary by reminiscing the past.
If you’re familiar with old school self-help authors (90s and earlier) you’ll hear the usual (and overused) advice, ‘Read books.’ Being an avid book reader I actually support that kind of advice.
But times have changed. Besides books there are lots of learning materials out there. Blogs, youtube videos, podcasts, online courses, etc. We’re not limited to reading books anymore.
If you’re a child of the internet like me, you probably already know all of those stuff and more. So why I am stating the obvious you may ask?
The reason is I want to change the belief that a person can only get quality learning through books. Other mediums are just as effective (or more).
For example, I learn better technical materials watching video tutorials compared to books. While some people like to learn from podcasts while driving or commuting. To each to his own.
So the next time someone asks, “How many books have you read this year?” or “What book are you currently reading?” You can answer with, “I just watched this awesome video on making ice-cream last week,” or “I listened to Engineer Bob’s podcast yesterday.”
That person might give you a weird look, but what’s important is you have learned something, the mode of teaching is a lot less relevant.