Self Reliance by Brian KindsvaterDuring times of general economic troubles we should not look to the government to spend and tax its way to improving our financial situation. It is important to, as much as possible, be self-reliant.
In your job, that means doing excellent work. Doing more than what is asked of you. Exploring avenues for bringing in new customers and/or reducing costs. Making yourself indispensable to the company.
For the security of yourself and your family, start your own home business. Not only does this produce extra cash, but additional tax deductions that effectively serve as an income boost. More importantly, by creating self-income you help insulate your situation from the surrounding maelstrom.
Becoming more dependent on the government is not a solution. It only creates more taxes, more controls and limits on your life.
Loss of Freedom.Beware of politicians promising to take money from others to help you. Are they really helping you, or are they self-interested in expanding their own personal power?
Of course, many need help at some point.
Quotes about Charity"And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity."
(Bible, 1 Corinthians 13.)
"But charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him."
(The Book of Mormon, Moroni 7:47.)
"Acts of sacrifice, charity and penance are not to be given up but should be performed. Indeed, sacrifice, charity and penance purify even the great souls."
(Bhagavad Gita 18:5.)
"A man's true wealth hereafter, is the good he does in this world to his fellow-man. When he dies, people will say, 'What property has he left behind him?' But the angels will ask, 'What good deeds has he sent before him?'"
"He who wished to secure the good of others, has already secured his own."
(Confucius, Analects, Book 6 Chapter 28.)
Charitable Contributions by Brian KindsvaterCharitable contributions by me and my family:
Disabled American Veterans
SurvivalSo far, I have survived:
The 1989 San Francisco Earthquake. Thought the building was going to come down. From our apartment window you could see the fires in the Marina and two-story buildings that used to be three-story buildings.
Hernia operation. Upon waking up and learning I was still alive, I supposedly beat my chest and entertained the nurse with a huge Tarzan yell.
What have you survived?
What have others endured?
Another way of thinking about this is that no matter how bad the economic situation, there is always someone in a worse position. You could be in a worse position. Just think of the food shortage in (pick your African country). It's a matter of perspective and understanding that it could be worse. If Brian Kindsvater could survive it then you cold too. Things could always be better. So find ways to make your life better.
ArtA few of the fantastic art pieces I have created. They are sure to soothe your soul.
MoviesNeed a great movie to watch and be entertained? Here is my list of movie favorites.
Ordained MinisterI have become an ordained minister. Quite interesting how simple, easy and fast that is to do. My certificate reads:
"This is to certify that the bearer hereof Brian Kindsvater has been ordained this day May 24, 2015 and has all rights and privileges to perform all duties of the Ministry."Admittedly, it is the Universal Life Church where the credentials of ministry have recorded the name Brian Kindsvater. At least it was the original ULC and not one of the "new" churches with the same or similar name which charge fees for this process. Obtaining my credentials and certificate of proof did not cost anything.
Say what you will about the ULC, being able to do this has been interesting and enlightening, and may open doors to further help other people.
Running for PresidentHere are some initial positions on a potential run for President. Let me know what you think about the idea.