So, a few days ago, I had my 58th birthday.

I felt really great this week, compared to times when I used to feel depressed that it was my birthday.

But, yes, I am doing great and I’m over that flu sickness thing a few weeks ago. I think I am about 100% back now.

The thing is, I felt so good this week that I did all kinds of activities. I was super busy with the garden, whipping it back into shape. And I’ve been woodshedding on the drums and practicing solos. Then I started jogging again, and my only problem was that I started feeling tightness around my right achilles tendon. And I woke up in the middle of the night a few days ago, almost getting a leg cramp, but was able to stop it.

It’s been intermittently tightening up but I’ve been massaging it and applying Ben Gay Zero Degrees, which I highly recommend for muscle soreness. You keep that in the freezer, and when you’re ready to use it, it gives you the ideal application of heat and cold, plus the end of it is smooth and hard so that you can massage the muscle at the same time you are applying the gel.

Anyway, I was going to write this long post yesterday about the stock market. Yes, it’s been tumbling this month, but I think it could be bouncing back at the beginning of February. Well we shall soon see, as typically in the past few Mondays the stock market has tumbled.

My portfolio is down 7%, but I’m confident it will go up in the next few months. It just takes patience, and I did turn over my stock portfolio towards the end of 2015. So, I have new positions that need to develop.

I was thinking about relatives recently, and how we are supposed to be close but just because we are blood-related doesn’t mean we will get along.

Take this recent development (and I don’t mean to dish out any family drama, I’m going to keep this as vague as possible). A couple of blood relatives unfriended me on Facebook. Out of the blue!

I seriously feel that, no matter how good of a person you think yourself to be, somehow you’re just going to piss someone off. And I have to say that I’m the kind of person who wouldn’t hurt a fly. Well, maybe, but I practice compassion on a daily basis and I try not to create enemies. But in this age of social media and online networking, you’re going to have frenemies, people who want to become your friend or become connected with you, not for your benefit but only for their own, and they might have evil intentions, I hate to say. But it’s true.

Whatever the case, at least in my mind I’ve done nothing wrong to these people. I’ve only tried to help in whatever way I can, and all I get is retaliation, animosity and hatred from them!

I think there are some people out there who have no sense of gratefulness and appreciation to those who helped them or simply treated them nicely all these years, especially when they were in a position where they REALLY needed the help.

It all comes down to the concepts that people sometimes lack out there: Compassion, Forgiveness and Understanding

Okay, enough of this or I’ll really get upset. 😉

I’m out…



Carlos Rull

Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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