Calipers-Staying within your bounds

When it comes to building anything, measuring is the key to success.  Whether your measuring for the next cut, measuring the size of the hole you need to drill, or measuring your progress… staying on course and to specs is crucial to the success of any project.

This article from Man Made DIY talks about the importance of calipers in your toolbox.  I believe this tool is mucho important for both your physical toolbox and your spiritual toolbox.

Much of our lives as men is graded upon our ability to meet standards, stay within certain criteria and follow instructions (even if we choose to not read them).  No matter if we are building a barn or assembling a jungle gym for our children, we judge ourselves personally on our ability to accomplish the goal and have it function when we are done.

Calipers are our tool for measuring these benchmarks.  And by no means are they only for use in the workshop.  Within our daily lives as men, we are judged by others and ourselves for our ability to stay within the boundaries set by our environment, community and personal values.

Without these benchmarks, a man has no measurement of success vs failure and instead lives a life of contentment for the lack of knowing where he stands.  Every man, good or bad, wants to know where he sits on the scale of accomplishment.

Use your calipers well… make them a part of your life.  Are you staying within the boundaries of your value system and what is right in your eyes and spirit?  A true man measures his progress and holds himself to the scrutiny of the calipers.

 

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What is M.A.N.?

This country and the freedom that we enjoy everyday is not something that came easy and is not something that can continue to prosper without the deliberate actions of men that possess the same determination and focus as the men that founded our country.  When our constitution was written our future was not guaranteed but the men that drafted the document and risked everything to defend it believed in success and fought for it.

Do we have men like that in this country today?  I consider myself an eternal optimist (being a pessimist is so depressing) and believe that the counterparts of Adams, Washington, Franklin and so on are living and walking among us and have no doubt that when times get hard they will stand and reveal themselves.  If you look hard you can see them peek out of the crowd in everyday life.  From the young man who stands up and offers his seat on a crowded bus for a lady, to the rookie fireman who rushes into a burning building to save anyone inside despite the harm that could await himself.

In everything from politics to day-to-day life, we tend to notice the less appetizing types of men that seem to undermine the integrity of God’s purpose for Man.   Men that get into politics only to advance their own political status and will stand up strong for the issue that will get him the most votes.  Men that call themselves reverend yet use their social status to spread hate and racism using their followers as gasoline to increase the flames to insure their careers.  Men like these have always plagued the planet and always will.

This is what I want to address with “M.A.N.”  M.A.N. stands for “Men America Needs”.  America has to have the men of quality and integrity that it was founded by in order to continue.  I believe these men exist and always will as long as we, as a society, work to cultivate these men through the quality family structure and education that made the great men of history.  In our society today, men are demonized and made to look insignificant which causes some that would be great to try to assimilate to the culture of weak get along men.

Anything that is worth having doesn’t come easy and men of strength, determination and integrity are needed to stand up and protect whats right for his family and country.  My hopes with this is to make it okay for a man to be the man he was created to be without doubt or ridicule from those that want to foundationally change the core values that we were created to defend and honor for our descendants.

Men need America in order to succeed and America needs free Men to insure her success.

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Humus is Manly

Guys, don’t be scared of humus.  That’s right I said humus… it sounds a little, how do I say, light-footed?  But in actuality it is a mainstay in my kitchen and has many uses.

Humus is nothing more than puree garbanzo beans and can have many different seasonings and ingredients added to create different types.  The first time I heard about this, I figured it was some high-end health food crap that I could do without.  Turns out it is great!  Although it does have health advantages, it is still a far cry from granola or tofu!

I use humus as my sandwich spread, dip for veggies or chips, in a tortilla as a snack and anywhere else I need a little extra something.  I make it with anything from avocados, jalapeno, red peppers, cucumber, chilies and almost anything else.

Since humus is nothing more than beans ground up, it is really clean and healthy as well as has a decent protein content… and as you know any extra protein in your diet is a great thing.

Making humus is so simple there is no need to buy it already made.  What you need is:

  • one can Garbanzo Beans
  • 2 teaspoons of olive oil
  • Seasoning of choice (I like Cajun seasoning)

Drain water from the can of beans and save in a bowl.  Dump beans in your ninja or food processor and give them a little grinding.  Add the olive oil and just a bit of the water from the bean can.  Puree until smooth and then add seasonings and give it a stirring.  Taste and season till perfect.  If you want other ingredients add in before the oil and water and grind a bit.  The left over water can be thrown out.

Give this a shot and see what ya think!

New beginnings

As the new year draws closer, I use this time to think back on the year and see what I accomplished and what I dropped the ball on… the later is sometimes greater of the two.  New Years is by far my favorite time of the year because its like a new beginning and the opertunity to learn from mistakes and focus on strengths for the next year.

I am a bit of a nerd and I’m always on the look out for ways to better plan and execute the plans of my dreaming mind.  This helps me to focus on my goals and whats important.  I have made a little progress every year over the last 10 years in my career of letting go of the nonessential and focusing more on the important to me.  I have high hopes of making 2015 the year that I make a big push to finely tune my career so that I can advance there but also focus on the goals of my new little family and be the new father that I want to be.

This article has some very interesting ideas for getting all my poop in a group and preparing for attacking another great year!  Give it a read and see if it can help you as well.

5 Ways Dreamers Can Become Doers.