Cause and Effect: Be Honest With Yourself

To everything there’s a cause and effect. But most of us, I think without really thinking about it, most of the time put the effect before the cause. Now, I do believe many times we just make excuses when something goes wrong or doesn’t go our way. For example: There’s a train track that you cross every day as you drive to work. You always leave home fifteen minutes prior to having to be on time for work. On most days you have an uninterrupted trip to work. But every now and then you get held up by the train on the track and is late for work. Okay, think about it for a moment so you can determine the (cause- why you were late for work) and the (effect- what caused you to be late). Most people would be fuming because they got caught by the train and they know no matter what, that they’re going to be late for work. Cause: you didn’t leave home in time enough to either cross the track before the train came or your leaving home at the same time everyday does not add into account something could happen to delay you a few minutes.

Here’s a more familiar example: You are running late for work and a police officer pulled you over for driving five miles over the speed limit. Take a look at this video and then determine what’s the cause and the effect of the police officer pulling you over. Cause is “WHY” something happened and the effect is “WHAT” happened. In the above example, when you got to work you told your co-workers you were late because you got pulled over by a police officer. Now if you apply the cause and effect rule you’ll realize you got pulled over by the police officer for (cause), because you were driving five miles over the speed limit and the (effect) was, you were late for work.

Too many times we blame other people, situations and circumstances for our down falls or short comings. And too many times I think the cause and effect of many of life’s challenges are straight out just not even put into consideration.

This cause and effect topic is just the beginning of many more writings I’ll do as I introduce my God given plan of action to not only identify many everyday causes and effects but to also introduce solutions to the problems.

The next time you’re caught in a situation where things don’t go as planned, use the cause and effect rule to determine “WHAT” went wrong and “WHY” it went wrong.


The Best Time For Me Getting Best Results

I have noticed from past and present experiences that I get better results doing things that are required to help me reach my dreams and goals before the sun rises. When I wake up mornings around five o’clock am to do any online work, writing or even just to think, I get much more accomplished. I think the reason is because not many things that I do personally can be done in the wee hours of the morning.

The best part about my new schedule is it didn’t take long at all to get used to. I started out getting up around five am and after about four days my body and mind had already adjusted to the change. I never used an alarm clock to wake up. If I needed to use the bathroom around four am I wouldn’t get up at that time. I would go back to sleep knowing my bladder wouldn’t let me sleep too long. I’d wake up again within thirty minutes to an hour and a half. If it was within thirty minutes times my mind would not let me get back to sleep because I thought about the positive results I would get when I got started for the day. If it was an hour to an hour and a half, I would get up immediately. Presto, after a few days my mind and body had adjusted and from that  point on it became automatic.

Now I may have an advantage over many people because I live alone and don’t ever have other people that I have to divide my time with. For those of you who have a significant other, family and/or friends that you have to share your time with, it would be much more beneficial to you as well to get up at a time different from everybody in the house. When you do this you don’t have to worry about any distractions or interference as long as you devote your time to the things that you’re getting up early to do.

When you start seeing your results change for the better you’ll be motivated to continue this process. Celebrate your small achievements and continue to get closer to accomplishing your dreams and goals.

One of my main goals is to do all that I can to contribute all that I am and have to bettering the lives of other individuals. As I learn new things, experience new things and find success in certain areas of my life, I will share with as many people as possible.

If you want to get different and better results than you’re actually getting at the present time, then you have to do something different. Try my method and start your day before the sun rises and greet it once it does. To your success.



The first thing I’d like to clear up with everybody is, the V.A. Administration has many great benefits and is very helpful in many ways. But on the other hand many of these so-called benefits are more nerve wrecking than they are BENEFITS.

Here are a few of my most recent issues:

  1. Time wasted: About two months ago I went to the Shreveport, V.A. Emergency Room with a very painful swollen big toe on my left foot. No it wasn’t swollen profusely but the pain was very annoying. The Emergency Room Doctor looked at, (let me repeat that), looked at my toe and immediately told me to come back when it was  flared up more.
  2. Several months ago I tried to log into my eBenefits Account, to no avail. I called and spoke with one of the representatives who fixed the issue. At least I thought it was fixed. Within the same week I couldn’t login again. I just called again in hopes of fixing the problem again. PSYCH. There was a 27 minute wait time. I hung up and tried the eBenefits Chat Option only to be told that there system was down until much later in the month. I was told to call the Customer Service Number to get some type of Special Authorization. REALLY?
  3. I just finished logging into my My Health V.A. Account to refill my prescriptions only to discover that several of my diabetic related prescriptions are Inactive. REALLY, my diabetic prescriptions inactive. Wow!

As stated these are just a few of the issues that I’ve recently experienced. Now the bad part about all of this is having to pretty much take this sub-standard treatment over and over again because I have to go back and see or deal with these same individuals again in the future. For instance I went back to the Emergency Room again last week to get my toe checked again. I prayed up to the time they called me to be seen that I would not see the same doctor that I saw the last time. I got to see the doctor that I prayed to see. He went over and beyond (as always) to see that I got the proper care. He looked at both feet to do his comparison, explained to me what the deal was with my toe from x-rays (a confirmed bunion), prescribed meds, readjusted some of my meds because of pre-existing conditions, and explained all follow-up procedures. While mentioning this toe problem, let me add a key factor. I initially thought I had gout because of a knee injury as well. It took 10 months for me to find out that I didn’t have gout.

I know that I am by far not the only vet who’s experiencing these types of problems because I hear the many horror stories from other vets. When I share some of these problems with you all, you will be just as shocked as I was and still am.

Let’s get together and create CHANGE. WeRBetter2Gether!