Going from “I believe” to “I know”

David Seibold - Obstacle

“Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”” (Mark 9:24 NIV)

What happens when you go from “I believe” (and you want to get some help to the lack of belief) to “I know” / “I am certain”?

Some things change.

For example, where do you put life’s values into the 10 commandments?

If you know, choices become simpler.

Even if belief can tend to give more liberties than take, sometimes it may look that belief tends to take liberties.

But I think it gives more liberties while helping you decide between A and B in simpler ways.

Is there a counter-argument? Sure it is, right from the Bible:

He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20 NIV)

So, while I do claim I have faith, and it’s gone from faith to “knowing”, there are some obstacles.

What are the obstacles? Mainly from the lack of resources and motivation.

You know God exists, yet you don’t fulfill the basic commands:

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’
This is the first and greatest commandment.
And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Matthew 22:37-40 NIV

Sounds simple, right? Love God and people more than anything else. To me, it’s not that simple, and motivation is sometimes hard to get.

You want to do good, but sometimes you fail at it.

So, to knowing – there is a paradox – it’s hard to implement.

Is there a paradox to this, also?

It sure is:

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NIV)

You need to try and get results.

How to do so? With the ambition to move the mountains, or with help from a mentor / coach.

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Memory associations

Francesc Balagué - Post-it

I think I have a poor memory, I tend to forget things.

Sometimes, my life is like a movie: Memento (2000), I need notes and procedures to know what to do.

And that’s the thing – having a poor memory forces me to think a lot.

“OK, I don’t know where this object usually goes – but where would it go?”.

It’s far more tiresome to always think – “What’s the purpose of this object – than to know it, as far as I can tell.

But, all in all, there is a solution – associations (X is related to Y, which is related to Z) and procedures (X should be done like this, following this procedure, rinse and repeat).

Did I mention how great Google Calendar is?

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AI Bots and God

Orest Ukrainsky- The Queen Rules 1

It is said that all that happens in this world is allowed, to some degree, by God.

Yet, some things seem paradoxical, “Why would God allow this?”.

One possible answer would be that if you get your pet to the veterinary, the pet doesn’t understand what happens to him/her, but it’s still a good thing for him/her, so it must be done.

But I have another analogy – it’s like AI bots in chess. Sometimes, their moves seem very weird, but they are to be considered top move.

Even if people will look puzzled by computer moves, they’re still the best.

You don’t understand them? That doesn’t mean they’re not good.

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Theater director Chris Simion- Mercurian, Gabriel Trăistaru – Tele-kom Romania, entrepreneur Iulian Pădurariu and Raluca Radu – Answear.ro are coming to Fuckup Nights Bucharest Vol IX

Bucharest, March 15th, 2021: Chris Simion-Mercurian, director and founder of Grivita 53 – The first theater built together; Gabriel Trăistaru – director of the digital division within Telekom Romania; Iulian Pădurariu – entrepreneur (SeedBlink, Cruiser Aviation, Pony Car Sharing) and business consultant; Raluca Radu – country manager ANSWEAR.ro and founder MTH Digital – are the speakers for this new edition of FUN Bucharest.

Their career stories can be heard on Thursday, March 18th, 2021, starting at 19:00, online, on ZOOM. Event tickets are available here.

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Why choose WordPress as a CMS?

WordPress Logo

Why should one choose WordPress as a CMS (Content Management System)?

I think the main reason is the ease with which you can make changes.

Are you aiming for good SEO? A general SEO plugin, a caching plugin (like LiteSpeed Cache or WP Rocket), and a WebP plugin (Imagify, Smush) might do wonders. Lazy loading (a3 Lazy Load) images could also help.

Interested in a specific thing, a micro-mini-small-tiny thing you specifically want, but which, generally, is rather hard to get done internally, by a programmer? There’s likely a plugin for that.

Do you want to change how the website looks? Choose a paid template, do some customizations, and you’re good to go.

The thing is, each and every thing you want to get done with WordPress can get done in other platforms. You can code HTML from scratch, you can choose another platform, you can make your own CMS.

But it just gets harder and harder, as you administer more things.

If you have a one-page website, you can consider having it done in plain HTML, although even for this WordPress might help with a template and solutions for better performance (speed).

But if you manage things like content, users, security, speed for a larger website, WordPress is just the easier path. Lots of providers “fight” to get a good SEO to their users. Lots of providers of plugins compete to get good plugins. Lots of theme creators try to solve the needs of the aesthetics of users.

It’s just easier with WordPress.

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Jim Nix - flow

There’s a song which says:

“… Mă consum pân-o să mă fac scrum” (Alina Eremia – Cum se face – YouTube)

(adapted translation) “… I stress myself so much, that I’ll turn into ashes. I’m burning!”

Should you do it? Should you allow yourself to be so immersed into the living, that you feel you’re burning?

It depends. On one hand, stressing yourself too much might not bring you good results. You might lose some health aspects, you might live less, you might have an unpleasant life.

On another hand, if you’re into the flow, if you’re enjoying what you do daily, you might do some great things.

So, it’s unclear. I’d say it like this – if “burning” helps you do good work, and it doesn’t affect your health (physical and mental), do it.

If you get too stressed, do stress over this, too – how to stop being so stressed?

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On placing blame

Bruno Malfondet - We're one, but we're not the same

Sometimes, I get offended.

But, whenever I write something on this blog I try to speak about things that happen, as far as I can tell, to more than a single person.

So, if X does something that gets me upset, I’ll generally avoid writing about that thing.

But, if there is a generally bad thing (a company doing poor things to lots of people; a bad thing in the society), I will consider writing about this.

Why the difference?

  • If I’m the one being offended, I am allowed to forgive that bad thing. It’s OK.
  • If there is more than one party offended, it’s just for me to take action.

„Ai dreptul să ierți numai ce s-a făcut în paguba ta.” (Nicolae Iorga)
(via Nicolae Steinhardt »)

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Work fast

Patrick Dirlam - Speed demon

One time, during my professional life, I encountered a person who used to reply very fast to most emails.

Not only this, but the person also used to solve tasks quickly.

Some tasks were solved less-than-perfect, but, boy-oh-boy! – Were they done quickly.

I tried to learn from this as much as possible.

I tend to reply rather quickly to most messages.

As said before, if you give a quick answer you help that person lose less of their time.

If you value their time as much as yours, you might want to try and work fast and reply to emails quickly.

At least, that’s what I try to do.

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Words become flesh

Tony Hammond - On a Wing and a Prayer!

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)

The words we say have power.

The power is so deep, that things do materialize.

The flight becomes a statue.

The wind becomes a wave.

The thought becomes a word, and a word turns into being.

Say a negative thing to yourself, and it gets into you.

Yell, and you’ll be in the dark.

Placebos work.

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The games of power, the unwanted power of thorns

Rolf Schotsch - trifoi_1

I have vivid memories from the first part of my life when certain persons of authority (mostly, teachers), wanted to show that they had power.

And they did, they did have power.

But, at what cost?

What did it cost to put this power into practice?

People had not only power but also exercised this power aggressively. It felt like thorns.

I do have positive memories, moments of happiness, times of enjoyment.

But there were also times when people in power abused their power.

How did I use to look at their shadows?

As if it were huge, with immense power.

Because some pain of the thorns was real, even if the power was fictive.

The solution? Do some therapy, try to view the past as not-so-bad, associate good things with it, calm your emotions.

But some remains of the thorns are still there.

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