More consciousness about death

Tomorrow, will be an unusual Friday evening for me. The landlord’s sister invited us to drink a glass of wine with her ill sister.

A few days ago she had a surgery, fluids were found in the outer shield of the hearth. I predicted that things don’t go well when the courier delivered a medical bed and oxygen tanks.
The family has pessimistic perspective about her wealth, and decided to invite us to socialize and watch pictures from this summer event that took place in the backyard.
I logically connected the dots and realised that the situation is not good…

Next day, the gathering

Me and other 3 tenants went upstairs. I was the first which entered in the room. Embracing my fear I made eye contact, she was standing on the couch with the legs on the table. I saw a very weak and dehydrated woman. I know her as a very active and social being which used to be a travel guide promoting the garden where she owns a wide collection of roses.
The sister opened a bottle of sparkling wine, she received the first glass and then she had a small speech speaking very rarely describing her illness and miserable condition. Doctors said that she has cancer and 1 month left being in a terminal phase. The reason for invitation was to say goodbye and reminiscing past events (all these while she was passing around glasses of wine).

Related with her condition the lymphatic system had collapsed and she has swellings all over with both legs bandaged. Basically the body is unable to eliminate toxins and is very dehydrated. Moreover she had a past intervention where she lost the ovary.

Very emotional moment, we remained silent perplexed about this situation while she was describing the amounts of drugs that she has to take from morphine to opium.
I’ve tried to bring a good energy and valuable talks at the table being also humble, the other guys brought jamón serrano that went well with the drinks.
We talked for one and a half hour, driven by alcohol and reminding about funny stories.

This moment is my first true reminder that life is finite and you could die by the second.
I will follow up on this story. Together with my roomie we started a major plan for her recovery including raw food and changing the beliefs system.

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Increase productivity: Count your daily time spent on facebook

Wasting time on Facebook is a daily shortcoming for my productivity. I said, what if I will count how much time I spend daily, and keep that number low…

I found a extension for Chrome Browser that tracks the time you spent on Facebook per day. The timer is reseted at the end of the day.
time-spend-fb-elias
Download: Time spend on facebook
Watch this video. A software that turns the productivity into a game based on Gamification system.

What tools/tricks do you use to incrase the productivity?

Future trends and scenario planning

The core ideea of “Mr. Nobody” (2009) movie, is that each decision taken has a series of consequences. As long as we don’t take any, everything is possible.
All futures are contemporary futures, in the same way that all predictions is based upon past experience.

Future trends picture

Vision became a living thing, only when most people belive they can shape their future. Yes, people need to understand the oportunities and threats that live ahead, but they can also consider the direction in wich they would like to travel.

Thinking about the longer term future is fundamental if we, as individuals or organisation, are to take full advantage of the myriad opportunities that lie ahead. Unless we want to end up standing  on the wrong side of history, it is essential for all of us, to develop an awarness of emerging risk, and try to see tomorrow’s problem today.

To deal with a future is a captivant subject but basically the step is to create a set of afternative future that cover a number of possibilities. This technique – called scenario planning or scenario thinking originated as a form of war gaming, or battle planning, in military circles, and was picked up by, among others, oil company “Royal Dutch Shell” as a way of dealing with ambiguity and uncertainty. In Shell scenarios corectly anticipated the  1973 oril crisis.

 A trend is an unfolding event or disposition that we trace back to its initiation, so trends tell us next to nothing about the direction or velocity of future events.

Trend analysis is not foolproof because the world is not binary -it is symetric, and influences interact with each other in complex and surprising ways, leading to change. It’s rare for a new ideea to extinguish an old one.

Change can happen rapidly, but in most instances it takes a decades often generation, for something new to cause something else to become extinct.

Many prediction about future go so horrible wrong

New York Times 1898The Times in 1894 suggest: – every street in London would eventually be burried under nine feet of horse manure. Why?

London was rapidly expanding, and so was the amount of horse-drawn transport. Londoners would, it seemed at the time, soon be up horse-manure creek without a paddle. What the author of this prediction didn’t forsee, of course, was that at exactly this time engineer Karl Bezn was developing the horseless carrige in Germany, and the new invention would change everything.

Karl Benz:  global demand for automobiles wold not suprass one milion.

1885 - Benz Patent Motorwagen

1885 – Benz Patent Motorwagen

Bezn made exactly the same mistake of extrapolating from the present. He preddicted that the global demand for automobiles wold not suprass one milion. Why?

Because of a lack of chauffeurs!
The automobile had been invented, but the ideea of driving by onself had not. Thus seemed inevitable that world would eventually run out of chauffeurs, meaning that the manufacture of the automobile would came to the end of road.

Ocasionally an ideea or event occurs is so sygnificant that history is divided into ‘before’ and ‘after’. Examples, arguably, include the development of the steam engine, the automobile, the microprocessor, the mobile phones, and the internet;
the collapse of the Berlin Wall, 9/11, and the rise of Google, Facebook and Amazon respectively.

Key trends in demographics, technology, energy, the economy, the environment, food and water suppliers, and geopolitics, are already approached subjects on the following websites.

These are the major websites that presents worldview:

In final remember that, not the most powerful being alive, nor the most intelligent, but the one who adapts the  easiest to changes.