I could spend countless days in the dark, but for what? Why choose to dwell in thoughts of loss, pain, misery, and neglect? My circumstances do not dictate my thoughts. In only a few moments I can bring light to those dark places. When I shift my thinking from grumbling to gratitude – I have conquered!

Get tired of being tired. Seriously take a look at your circumstances, take a look within yourself, then DECIDE whether or not you are willing to move forward.

If not, give up! You really don’t have anything to lose anyway. If you’re no longer willing to grow, then you’ve already decided to die.

Building A Better Perspective

Imagine being a very important builder. You show up to a work site, kind of life on an Undercover Boss mission. You see two stonemasons working about 30 feet apart. You talk up to the first and ask, “do you like your job?”

He looks up at you and says, “I’ve been building this wall as long as I can remember. The work is monotonous. I work in the scorching hot sun all day. The stones are heavy and lifting them day after day can be back breaking. I’m not even sure if this project will be completed in my lifetime. But it’s a job. It pays the bills.” You thank him for his time and walk on.

About thirty feet away, you walk up to a second stonemason. You ask him the same question: “do you like your job?”

He replies “I love my job. I’m building a cathedral. Sure, I’ve been working on this wall for as long as I can remember, and yes, the work is sometimes monotonous. I work in the scorching hot sun all day. The stones are heavy and lifting them day after day can be backbreaking. I’m not even sure if this project will be completed in my lifetime. But I’m building a cathedral.”

What these two stonemasons are doing is exactly the same. The difference is, one understands and cares about the purpose of the work.

We have a habit of putting a good spin on things… wording the information in a way that makes us look good; padding our resumes. This is manipulative and backward thinking. Simply do and be good, and any accurate description of you or your actions will be the same. Quit frontin’!

A Change Genius is a next level misfit succeeding as a change agent. Extraordinary, brilliant, effective, and FREE.

Change Geniuses dream big, reimagine better, refuse to settle, challenge the status quo… and WIN.

Change Geniuses are masterful misfits experiencing max fulfilment:

“Can’t” is the most offensive four letter word and “Watch Me!” is their motto.

A Change Genius never learns to lose, because creativity will never be a zero-sum game.

Change Geniuses own their brilliance and therefore need never ask for permission from others to shine.

A Change Genius creates value and ethically leverages principles to make progress.

If you ask the managers or brokers of the world’ current “should’s” and “ought to’s,” they’ll tell you what Change Geniuses endeavor to do will not work… until it DOES!

Change Geniuses:

Inspire as they lead.

Create what they desire.

Admire the best but believe in better.

Share what is learned: and CARE.

Change Geniuses are motivated knowing that they are the ones who expand the limits of what “can be.” We REDEFINE possible.

I AM A CHANGE GENIUS.

How bold d you have to be to show up in Washington D.C. holding a hanging rope for the Vice President of the United States of America?

C’mon, who really believes they can walk right in front of the National Guard, Secret Service, Capitol Police, and pretty much every media outlet in the world and espouse intent to hunt down and do harm to the second and third persons necessary to ensure continuity of the US government?

How ridiculous would it be to ignore the fact that there are hundreds of thousands, if not millions of people with similar sensibilities, ideological affinities, and violent tendencies?

The January 6, 2021 insurrection was a rude awakening… for some. The National Guard wasn’t going to end up with any more egg on its face. Anybody in their ranks with even a hint of fondness for or affiliation with Q Anon, Proud Boys, Oath Keepers, etc. couldn’t be deployed to help secure the Capitol on Inauguration Day.

Since then, the military decided to take a closer look at to whom they are giving guns and uniforms. Might not be a good idea to keep turning a blind eye away from the potential enemy within. All those people with a ridiculous sense of entitlement are angry as hell. Why? They are convinced that you just sat there are let “those people” jack their now eternally venerable homeboy.

It’s a trip how quick all that hateful rhetoric began to matter when the intent to harm was insurrection rather than racism.

The problem is, the military isn’t the only institution empowering these bold, racist, insurrection-supporting extremists. I’m surrounded by a whole bunch of them each and every day. The state gives them the power and authority to write and enforce policy; practice, investigate, and justify the use of force; assess the level of risk we present to public safety; manage our case files; narrate our chronological behavioral record; and control the conditions of our confinement.

I wasn’t surprised by what happened on January 6th. Prior to the election, it was a common thing to hear Correctional Officers and Sergeants screaming “four more years!” Blue Lives Matter flag-adorned face masks and other political accessories embellished the uniforms of plenty facility personnel.

There were, and are, thriving communities of bold and proud “patriots” in this place. Individuals and groups of ideologues, who believe this pandemic is a hoax, won’t trust anything on mainstream media, and would re-elect Donald Trump over and over just to watch him walk on water one more time.

It has always been bad on the inside. This is an extremely polarized, toxic, and politicized environment. Yet, the state has consistently turned a blind eye to the fact that this is the perfect place for the bold, hate-filled extremists to hold the most power and to do the most harm. As prison guards, correctional staff, and para-military professionals, these positionally-powerful oppressors have complete control over the people they generally hate the most.

The incarcerated populace, disproportionately minorities, has historically written grievances, filed law suits, and informally complained about the hateful rhetoric and actions of correctional officers and staff that have had free reign to enact vigilante justice in a multitude of ways. But the popular narrative is one of us as monstrous and violent convicted felons.

I just want to encourage the public to dig a little deeper. These people are bold! The evidence is out there. Department of Corrections employees have social media profiles. You can easily access a list of people working at a prison. It’s all a matter of public record.

The whole world say what these people’s intentions, and their willingness to act in broad daylight against some of the most powerful political figures in America. Dig a little bit and you’ll find out what they’re posting on social media. Whatever you find offensive, make a record of it.

Do you trust them to make a safer Colorado for today and tomorrow when those are the things they openly espouse in public forums? Can you imagine what they get away with behind these razor wire fences and mechanically closed steel doors?

In the interest of justice, in the interest of abolition, or even if you’re just bored and kind of nosey; participate in our research project. Let’s find out how many haters are holding the keys, and demand that prisons stop being run like plantations.

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Perfection is a decision. Choose wisely.

I have seven governing values that constitute my decision-making criteria.

These are the values and standards I use to make decisions. Then I can evaluate the results by looking at my list to see where these decisions fit in:

  • Truth
  • Peace of Mind
  • Integrity and Honesty
  • LOYALTY
  • Quality of Life
  • Quality of What I Take Part In (Excellence)
  • Adventure/Change & Variety/Excitement

Not all of my decisions will include all of these values or meet each standard but knowing my priorities in order of what I value makes daily decision-making a whole lot easier.

Today, I have a list of thirty-four governing values in my Personal Constitution

Eight of those thirty-four values define what success means to me. Those are:

  1. God’s affirmation
  2. Someday being a great husband
  3. Someday being an outstanding father
  4. Financial freedom/independence and wealth
  5. Self-mastery
  6. Personal health and fitness
  7. Helping society; and
  8. Pleasure

When it is all said and done, if my life has not included each and every one of these elements in the ways I have explicitly defined them in my Personal Constitution, then I cannot consider my life’s journey to have been a success.