Reflecting on Life’s Lessons in 2016

This Is The Morning Cup

Bruce Lee

I’m just kicking it at home this morning for my Morning Cup post.

I’m having one of those Verismo Pod espresso roast coffees this morning. Just decaf. It seems that these days I’m sensitive to caffeinated drinks, so I have to go easy on those. There’s still a bit of caffeine in decaf, so maybe I just developed a sensitivity to caffeine after years of drinking it.

Dumpster Fire?

Anyway, if there’s anything we learned from 2016, it’s that:

  • 1. Change doesn’t always go in our favor.
  • 2. You’ve got to roll with the punches.

I have to say, I’m pretty much done with the Dumpster Fire that was 2016.

More Piano Gigs

Well, it wasn’t all bad for me. It’s been a struggle, but overall I feel blessed.

I began to work more in the latter half of 2016 as a working pianist (in addition to being a working drummer), and my goal to emphasize more piano performances became a reality.

A Quote About Adaptability

And, I have to share this quote by Bruce Lee:

“Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” —Bruce Lee

One More Thing We Learned in 2016

Life is fleeting…

Success, fame, fortune… they do not guarantee longevity, but they CAN guarantee immortality for the generations to come.

In 2016, so many celebrities, rock stars, actors, actresses… they passed away. And it was a year unlike any other in the way of celebrity deaths.

Carrie Fisher (aka Princess Leia) passed on, then her mother, Debbie Reynolds, followed the next day. And these recent deaths marked a year of numerous celebrity deaths that shocked the world.

Sadly, I’m thinking 2017 will be similar, as we move into an era where the first of the Baby Boomers have reached that golden age of senior living.

The Trump Effect

And what of Trump?

For better or worse, America voted for him.

He’s rude. He’s brash. He’s got one of the biggest egos on the planet. And we now have a billionaire businessman as president. And no doubt he’s proven to be a bully and treats women as objects. Videos show just how he treats women, and that is why there’s going to be a 1 million women march in Washington at the time of his inauguration. He’s elected a ‘colorful’ group of people to his cabinet (most of whom appear to be multi-millionaires and billionaires and CEOs). This could be a good thing, or it could be a potentially bad thing.

He still hasn’t shown us his tax returns!

I don’t think he ever will, because it’s pretty obvious that he’s hiding something in the way he has done business over the years.

And he’s shutting down his Non-Profit Foundation, saying it’ll be a conflict of interest, yet he tried to get his children involved in his cabinet and his presidency! I honestly think the man knows nothing about how things are run in Washington because it’s also obvious his never held a public office. He’s never been a politician.

But, Arnold Schwarzenegger was an actor turned politician, so it’s been done before. And then there’s Ronald Reagan.

Anyway, the bottom line is that Trump likes to talk-the-talk… and beginning in 2017, we’ll see if he can walk-the-walk as well.

Either Way, God Bless America

We can not change everything in our lives.

And we have to be adaptable.

We need to be as fluid as water.

And we need to let our lives flow…



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

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