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Worn Out Excuses September 21, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Life Balance, Mindfulness, People.

People often claim that they don’t have the time . . . to exercise, eat right, or meditate. 

Often, it’s not a lack of time holding them back ~ the activity in question is just not a priority for them.

So they hide behind a socially acceptable, worn around the edges, excuse ~ the claimed lack of time.

In like vein, businesses making unpopular decisions often claim they “had no choice” . . . as they bulldoze forests . . . pollute the Gulf of Mexico . . . outsource jobs to China . . . or club baby seals to death for their fur.

In reality, these greedy bastards had other choices available that they chose not to explore.

These S.O.B.’s are so concerned with the immediate bottom line that THEY would rather rape the planet and give the rest of us the finger than wrestle with the morality and long-term sustainability of the choices they make.

Sorry.   You’ll have to excuse this post.   

I hate pointing fingers at unnamed generic C.E.O.’s (Chief Exploitation Officers) like this, but I had no choice ~ I just don’t have the time to explore this issue in greater depth and detail right now.  

I’m busy. 

I have a lot of balls in the air right now ~ I’m contemplating my navel, watching  paint dry, and twiddling my thumbs.  All at the same time!  

What’s your excuse?  😉

Aah . . . that’s better!

Quote (via The Blue Lotus Cafe):  “It’s our nature to want happiness and not want suffering. Thus, Buddhists do not ask that one give up the pursuit of happiness, but merely suggest that one become more intelligent about how happiness is pursued.” – Jeffrey Hopkins, “Equality”

Related posts:  The Illusion of Time (Think Simple Now) * Time ~ What Makes You Tick? (Real Simple)


1. Andra Watkins - September 21, 2012

It is my sincere wish that hell for such people be full of the extreme consequences of the greedy decisions they made.

nrhatch - September 21, 2012

The Blue Lotus Cafe shared a quote today that’s PERFECT:

“It’s our nature to want happiness and not want suffering. Thus, Buddhists do not ask that one give up the pursuit of happiness, but merely suggest that one become more intelligent about how happiness is pursued.” – Jeffrey Hopkins, “Equality”

2. sweetdaysundertheoaks - September 21, 2012

Nancy I like this post! I really like the quote by Jeffrey Hopkins you have stated in your comment to Andra. I am holding that quote close to me today.

nrhatch - September 21, 2012

Isn’t that quote AWESOME!

When we aren’t mindful of the choices we make, the pursuit of happiness results in more than a few dead ends.

3. suzicate - September 21, 2012

Love that quote you shared in your comment reply to Andra.

nrhatch - September 21, 2012

One of the best quotes I’ve bumped into recently. It’s been promoted from comment thread to quote within the post. 😉

4. Zen and Genki - September 21, 2012

My excuse…I’m catching up on my favourite blogs 🙂 A great excuse if ever I heard one (and a pretty fun one too!)

nrhatch - September 21, 2012

That IS a great excuse, Z&G! Enjoy . . . 😀

5. Pocket Perspectives - September 21, 2012

A few years ago, I compiled a very long list of “excuses” I sometimes use…and those of kids I taught and coworkers…it’s huge. I’ve been thinking of simplifying it and making it into a post. As you add in the comments..no matter what “excuse” someone is using, we’re all pursuing happiness, and the excuses simply reflect that…but to learn to use more intelligent reasoning…whether ceo or just in everyday life! what a challenge. Right now, I’m too busy figuring out blocked emails (?!?) and cookies (?!?) to think more about excuses…oh, I guess that’s an excuse??? 😀

nrhatch - September 21, 2012

Bwahaha! You call that an excuse?!

We just got back from an Anniversary Celebration of Meals on Wheels. They served cookies ~ really good cookies. We voted for the Strawberry Shortcake cookies to become the newest flavor of Grandma’s Goodies & Cookies . . .

Oh, wait . . . you meant the OTHER kind of cookie. 😉

Pocket Perspectives - September 21, 2012

I’ll use anything I can come up with as an excuse…but would way rather have real cookies….ooooohhhh…strawberry shortcake cookies!…I’m so hungry! (there’s a mouse living in the kitchen and I’m avoiding going in there right now..we have a live mouse trap, but it won’t go in!…too much ethics here! and it’s ridiculously cute..and I don’t even like mice! )
oooohhhhh….real cookies!!!!! yum!))

nrhatch - September 21, 2012

The cookies were FAB . . . maybe you could use them to bait the trap for the mouse in your house?

6. Irene - September 21, 2012

Too bad fire squads are illegal in the US. There will always be the ones that have excuses. The lessons can not be taught because they won’t listen.

nrhatch - September 21, 2012

It’s amazing to me that they can stomach the sight of their own reflection. 😦

7. kateshrewsday - September 21, 2012

Like you say, Nancy: It’s all about priorities…..hard to believe other people’s are so different…

nrhatch - September 21, 2012

This post evolved from conception to fruition . . . perhaps due to shifting priorities during gestation. 😉

8. klrs09 - September 21, 2012

We all make excuses — it’s human nature. It’s recognizing that we do that matters. Great post.

nrhatch - September 21, 2012

Thanks, klrs. Yes! It’s not just profiteering pirates who use worn out excuses for not doing things they should do when they don’t want to do them.

klrs09 - September 21, 2012

Try saying that ten times really, really fast! lol

nrhatch - September 21, 2012

Bwahaha . . . I don’t think I could even say it 3x fast. Besides, I don’t have the time. 😉

9. Patricia - September 21, 2012

Well, I wasn’t going to comment because I don’t have the time but I hate lame excuses…

nrhatch - September 21, 2012

Cofidence stems not only from knowing what to say . . . it’s knowing that we need not say anything at all.

But thanks for speaking up! 😉

10. Tammy - September 21, 2012

I really like the concept of the triple bottom line that considers environment, community and profit in tandem. It’s hard to do but a discipline worthy of acquisition.

nrhatch - September 22, 2012

That’s an excellent model for businesses (and people!) to implement in daily decisions:

1. What is the advantage of X to us? (the gain)
2. What impact will it have on the environment?
3. Will it benefit the community as a whole?

Thanks, Tammy!

11. bluebee - September 21, 2012

I do like that quote

nrhatch - September 22, 2012

There are many ways we sabotage our happiness as we move through our days:

* We give in to anger . . . and add to our suffering.
* We refuse to forgive . . . and add to our suffering.
* We hang on to hurt . . . and add to our suffering.

We beat our heads against the wall . . . and wonder why WE get a headache. 😛

12. 2e0mca - September 22, 2012

Mrs McCarthy, Ah doo declare we’s found us one of they Comoonists!

Good post Nancy and I certainly don’t think it needs excusing! However, remember the words of Supertramp…

“I said now watch what you say they’ll be calling you a radical,
a liberal, oh fanatical, criminal.” 😉 Which is one of the ways that these expletive deleted’s deal with those who stand up to them.

I’m working on defeating my excuses – got a nice new bicycle and going to get out there and lose some weight 🙂

nrhatch - September 22, 2012

Bwahaha, your McCarthy imitation was an unexpected pleasure! I have been called a radical, liberal, communist-sympathizer before . . . so I must be doing something right. 😉

And I love The Logical Song . . .

When I was young, I thought that life was so wonderful
A miracle, oh, it was beautiful, magical
And then they sent me away to teach me how to be logical
Responsible, sensible, practical
There are times . . . when all the world’s asleep . . . the questions run so deep . . . for such a simple man

Now . . . hop on that bike and pedal about town (with your camera) to see if you can spot any radical, liberal, fanatics to invite back home for tea! 😀

Pocket Perspectives - September 23, 2012

Nancy, I don’t know this song…wonderful lyrics!…I know about that process! I see it’s from 1979…I wonder what I was doing that I missed this??? Thank goodness I live so close to Berkeley…makes it easier to be as liberal as I like!

nrhatch - September 23, 2012

13. sufilight - September 22, 2012

Oh, dear…. averting your cyber eyes, I often use the excuse that I don’t have time to do certain things… but, it’s true! I swear. 🙂 I have to instead of making excuses to simplify even more so I can focus on what’s important.

nrhatch - September 22, 2012

I have decided to stop using lack of time as an excuse when it’s really lack of interest. Instead, I shall say something like:

“I don’t have the necessary energy or enthusiasm for that endeavor at the moment. If that changes, I’ll be certain to let you know.” 😉

sufilight - September 22, 2012

You have a very good point here. Thanks! I am paying attention. 😉

nrhatch - September 22, 2012

Oh, don’t pay me any mind, Marie. I’m muddling through the dark at the moment. 😉

Karen J - September 26, 2012

Methinks we’re all muddling through the dark, Nancy! It’s good to have companions on the path, though – Thank you for being here! 🙂

nrhatch - September 26, 2012

Thanks, Karen. I believe I see a light at the end of what has been a very L~O~N~G tunnel.

14. jannatwrites - September 22, 2012

You do have a point here. True, time is in short supply for me, however, if I’m faced with needing to do laundry or meet a friend for lunch, you can bet I’ll make time for lunch 🙂

nrhatch - September 22, 2012

Eating is my #1 favorite thing to do! 😀

15. Perfecting Motherhood - September 25, 2012

CEOs of publicly held corporations are only guided by business profits and it doesn’t matter how they drive the profits. The greed coming from the stock market is what drives most bad decisions nowadays, making a quick buck off other people or the environment’s back.

nrhatch - September 25, 2012

Yes! I concur. But . . . as more people vote “green” with their pocketbooks, the more green choices become available.

Consumers are FORCING some CEO’s to consider the environment in their race for profits.

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