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Jack winning the rat race.

Jack winning the rat race



How to win the rat race.

When I was young I was a show off, some say I am still young and a show off. I loved to ride the crane-hook and get an adrenalin buzz walking along steel beams high up where a tight-rope walker would not go without a safety net.

Young Jack working on the Snowy Mountains Project.

Young Jack working on the Snowy Mountains Project.

Another incentive for being a Rigger was we were paid well. Only one thing I loved more than earning money, was spending it. Not always wisely, but it was easy come easy go back in my youth.

Their boy back home for a night out.

Their boy back home for a night out.

The first past the post is not always the winner. I was paid to do what I liked, that is how I won the rat race. As they say find an occupation you like and you never have to toil again.

Tongariro Development NZ.

Tongariro Development NZ.

With the right attitude work is a pleasure, your time and effort is worthwhile. Hard work is all in our mind. My work was interesting, full of variety, out in the fresh air, keeping fit; constructing useful projects, to benefit people, was a good game to play at.

What is a winner? Mike Tyson was Heavy Weight Champion of the World and won millions in prize money, but his life was a mess. That is not my idea of a winner punching someone senseless.

A winner has life skills and is aware of the effect of his actions on others and the world he lives in. There are many rich and famous people that are not enjoying life. Money is good if use in the right way.

I was not first past the post I stopped too often to admire the flowers and followed a few wrong paths. I learned from the detours and always found my way back on track. The people that raced past me in haste missed a lot of free gifts. The people that pause and appreciated this wondrous world are the winners.

Trophies on the shelf for worthwhile achievements are good, but there is much more to life than collecting things. No one owns a sunset, but all can enjoy it.

Sun set not a cloud in the sky.

Sun set not a cloud in the sky.

One does not need to own a swimming pool to have a swim, there are rivers and oceans. Without envy we can appreciate many things on display without owning them. Possessions are often a hindrance to our freedom and happiness, possessions can a burden to care for, maintain  and protect.

Winners do not participate in the rat race or if they do they withdraw early. I learned the hard way, like a donkey, hungrily chasing a twenty two caret prize, I almost became a looser. Everyone makes mistakes learn from them fretting over them is a mistake. In time these mistakes can turns out to our advantage. Never cry over spilt milk, is good advice. The loss is bad enough, without letting it spoil your day.

Caravan office by lake.

Caravan office by lake.

 

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Windows and views.

There is no end to the different ways of look at windows and photographing them. If we use our imagination photography is an art and a way to show others something they may not notice. So I have chosen for Dawn’s “Lingering look at windows.” a variety of thing we can see looking at windows and out of windows and the varied designs of windows, how windows often reflect like a mirror and how abstract compositions can be made using windows. My photos are not the high quality of a professional photographer but I hope they can give ideas for others to follow-up.

Often we are critical of a photo that may be a bit out of focus and miss its other qualities. A judgmental approach to all things in life hampers our ability of enjoyment. We are given the wrong message as children when we are told you have to do better. Top of the class second place is no good. We should be told do your best and enjoy what you are doing, stay focused and keep practicing. You can only do your best.

I paid my three sons a wage for helping me do the work in running our home. They each got the same wage and my eldest son thought he should get more than his brothers because he did more work. I asked him was he doing his best and if his brothers were doing their best. “Yes” he said to both questions. “That is good, because that is what you are being paid to do, no one can be expected to anymore.” My answer satisfied him but I gave them all an increase. They were earning it and they all have grown up able to look after themselves.

Everything you do should be your best but that does not mean you have to make it a chore. People say to children do your chores or you will get no pocket-money. The definition of a chore is an unpleasant task. My sons felt grown up they were paid a wage for working and the work was challenging for boys but the rewards were worthwhile.

What has all this got to do with windows? Everything is interrelated, I will explain that some other time. I have already wandered away from the window and my view is lost. Getting back to the window, my view is do your best have a go and enjoy your view.

This is different.

This is different.

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