I Lived Fully

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INSEPARABLE – starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Nathalie Press

I found this short film the other day when I was looking at Vimeo staff picks. It tells an incredibly moving story about two brothers and second chances. I won’t give away more than that. You’ll have to watch the short film for the rest of the story. Suffice it to say that it’s an extraordinary piece of acting by Benedict Cumberbatch.

-Roland K



The Joys of… Peanut Butter?

Yes, you did read the title right. As I started writing this post I had just finished eating a spoonful of peanut butter. Skippy creamy peanut butter to be exact. Anyway as I was eating it, I was struck with the thought “Why don’t I stop enjoy the simple things in life more?” At this point you might be thinking to yourself “Peanut butter!? What does peanut butter have to do with stopping and enjoying the simple things in life?” To answer your question, it doesn’t get much simpler than peanut butter.

Peanut butter is a semi-solid and can therefor...

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Still confused? Let me try and explain. I am a pretty busy guy. Between school, work, and friends I very rarely slow down and enjoy myself. I am always looking forward at the next event coming up in my life. Now there’s nothing wrong with looking forward. In fact I am of the opinion that if you don’t look forward and make a plan you won’t get to where you want to be. But as I was eating my spoonful of peanut butter I realized that I rarely stop and enjoy the simply things in life. I am always planning for the next thing or stage in my life. When I should be enjoying the present with all of the simple things that are around me.

All of us get caught up with things in our lives. Sometimes they are good things, and other times not so much. We’ve got things to do, people and places to see. However, with our busy lives it’s important to remember to stop and enjoy the simple things, like peanut butter!

-Roland K

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Phil Hansen channels your stories of limitations into art

All of our stories, both good and bad, make us who we are. When you put all of our stories together you get something beautiful.
-Roland K


TED Blog

In this 16-minute documentary, artist Phil Hansen stands in front of a giant blank canvas with a Sharpie in one hand and his cell phone in the other. Soon, using just these tools, a detailed image emerges — one of three birds maintaining in choppy water.

[ted_talkteaser id=1747]When Hansen’s TED Talk, Embrace the Shake, was posted in May, he launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a video about a new crowdsourced project. But he didn’t just ask people to contribute money — he asked them to contribute their personal stories. Hansen posted his phone number and asked people to call him and tell him a story of how they’ve faced a limitation. Hansen then took each story and converted it into sentence form — some letters spaced out, some clustered on top of each other. The dark and light of the letters of these stories is what forms this…

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Make It Count

It’s a fact, you and I are going to die. We may not like thinking about it but it’s the truth. While we know that some day we are going to die. We don’t know when, where, or how we are going to die. You and I could die today, tomorrow, or seventy years from now.

Every once in a while it’s a good idea to ask ourselves questions like “If I died tomorrow, would I have any regrets?” or “If I only had twenty four hours left live how would I spend them?” In reality how often do we actually ask ourselves those kind of questions and live like today could be our last day here on this little blue orb called earth? If all we have is today. Shouldn’t we make it count for something worthwhile?

-Roland K


The 5-senses showdown: How to grade your experiences

TED Blog

[ted_talkteaser id=1806]Sight. Sound. Touch. Taste. Smell.

We all know the five senses by heart and yet, points out designer Jinsop Lee in today’s talk, few products and experiences tick all five. And thus he created “5 senses graphs” to grade objects on how well they play to each of our assorted senses on a scale of 1 to 10. Riding a motorcycle = good on all but smell and taste. Instant noodles = good on all but sight and sound.

Watch this whimsical talk, which will have you grading almost everything as you go about your day. (Reading email = low on sound, taste and smell. Walking down the street = low on touch.) And below, we asked Lee to use his scale to compare some great experiences to explain why some are just a little more compelling.

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It’s That Feeling… The Law of Attraction

We’ve all experienced it. It’s that that felling you get when you’ve been hanging out with a girl or guy and all of a sudden you realize how attractive they are. You start noticing things that you never noticed before like the way they smile or how they hold their head when they’re thinking about something. Before you know it, you’re looking forward to next time you’ll be seeing them. As time goes by you may end day dreaming about them and about spending more time with them.

Opposites Attract

Opposites Attract (Photo credit: ragnar1984)

Now the process of attraction I have described above, may not be true of you, but it is true of me. I have noticed that when I am attracted to a girl I end going through the mental stages described above. What I listed above are the early stages of serious attraction that could lead to serious dating or courtship.

When I start going through those early stages of attraction I stop myself and ask myself if it’s worth it? I ask myself if I am ready for a different kind of relationship with this girl besides friendship? Most of the time the answer is no, I am not ready for a committed relationship. For example last fall/winter I probably could have started dating a girl I was interested in, but I decided not to peruse it because I needed to focus on school.

Now as I am finishing up my bachelors degree whenever I begin to go through the stages of attraction I am also asking myself “is this girl what I am looking for in a life partner? Does she meet the requirements that I am looking for? Could I spend the rest of my life with her?” So far the answer has been no. When I find a young lady that I can answer yes on all of my questions I know I’ve found the right gal for me.

So you might be wondering why I am posting about attraction? Part of it comes from the fact that’s it just the stage of life I find myself in. It seems like a lot of the people I know, who are close to my age, are either married, engaged, dating, or soon will be dating. Now that might seem odd to you. Considering that the average age of my friends is about 21 and the average age that people get married in the United States is about 27-28. Granted I do attend a semi conservative church which has a culture that encourages marriage at a younger age. Though thankfully it’s never preached from the pulpit.

German chocolate cake from a bakery

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I recently had a conversation with a mentor of mine about finding a life partner/helpmate. I mentioned to him that I tend to get impatient with wanting to find a girlfriend sooner than later. After I was done talking he used an example of a cake in the oven as a metaphor for finding a girlfriend. If I took the cake out to early it might smell and taste the same. However, the cake wouldn’t be as satisfying as if I had waited until the cake was done baking. So, moral of the story. If you rush into relationship it’ll end up like that half baked cake. However, if you’re patient and do some waiting the end result will be much more satisfying.

So why am I sharing all of the above? Well, call me a romantic but guys if you like a girl and she likes you back. Man up, take the plunge and go ask her out!!! Or if you have been dating a girl for couple years go propose to her, don’t put it off any more!!! Prove that you are a man by taking the initiative, and not just another boy pretending to be a man!!!

Now some of you might be thinking “Wait!!! Hold on!!! Time Out!!! Didn’t you just say I should wait!?!” I did just say that. However, there’s a time to wait and a time to act. I can’t tell you if you should wait or if you should act. What I can tell you is that if you wait to long the cake is going to burn.

-Roland K




As you can see from the picture I Lived Fully has a 1,001 views!!! Not bad for only being around for 2ish months. Granted 432 of those views happened in one day. But still this is cause for celebration!!! There’s gotta be some kind of One Thousand and One Nights reference that I can make… But I can’t think of any. Until next time keep calm and blog on.

-Roland K


New Look!

As you may have noticed I changed the look of the blog. The first theme that I used, I liked but it didn’t quite do it for me. Then I found this new theme which is pretty much what I wanted when originally started this blog. Anyway hope you guys like the new look. If, you don’t like the new look let me know in comments below.

-Roland K


Tired and Worn

Ever feel tried or worn? If so then this video is for you!!!

The above video is one of my personal favorite songs and music videos. Most of the songs that Tenth Avenue North writes are reminders of the God who loves us and of his unending grace and mercy and how we should respond to that grace and mercy.

-Roland K


An Anomaly

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So about a week ago my visitors and views suddenly spiked. As you can see in the picture above on July 24th I got 206 visitors and 432 views. Over the next couple of days the number of visitors/views drops back down. What’s interesting is that all of the views and visitors were on my post “it’s not about the nail.” Based on the stats page for that day it looks like this was caused by someone liking it on Facebook and someone emailing it to friends. Anyway I share this as a example of what can happen when someone who is the center of a social network shares something online.

I am 100% positive that this is just an anomaly as the average number of views on my other posts hasn’t gone up at all.

-Roland K