I am always, ALWAYS the WINNER!

Optimism in Thailand: I am always the winner
If i SEE it, I kill it. This is my new mantra here
in Thailand, land of a billion bad bugs.

Far too many times since being here I noticed
a new bug flying around. I hope it lands, and
usually they land on me.

As i’m admiring it, the colors, shape and
weirdness… it bites me and sometimes the
bite is not that pleasant…

And so I KILL IT.

But, today after a long skinny bug bit me and it REALLY
hurt, I got smarter!

I realized… if i kill everything
before it bites me then I AM THE WINNER.

My uncle used to have a t-shirt, “He who has the most toys, Wins…”

My shirt would say, “He who gets the smartest, Wins…” One could
have toys out the a$ and not be having a great life… However, if
you were the smartest – you’d be smart enough to know how to have a
great life.

I think i’m on my way to this – but if you put me on a timeline I’d need
to get SCARY smart in the next few years before I die of something to
compensate for all the “slow growth” years I’ve had before these last

Attitude and outlook on your life – no matter how lame your life might
be – is the key to a great life.

There are people living in caves meditating and eating rice – only rice
– and drinking a little bit of water or coconut milk everyday – and you
know what? They’re having a great life…

Me? I’m kicking my a$ to make what I think is a great life… and yet I
know it won’t be that great even if I accomplish 100% of what I’d like.

Why? Because I also know that as much as I kick my own a$$, the factors
in my environment that are beyond my control (God, statistics, evil) are
conspiring to kick my a$ to a power of 5 beyond what I’m kicking my own
a$ to do.

I’ll try to simplify…

I’m kicking my own a$ to this degree, we’ll call “A$-x”

factors outside my control are kicking my a$ to this degree:

(A$-x) x (A$-x) x (A$-x) x (A$-x) x (A$-x)

However, while I’m kicking my a$ in a positive manner… which could
lead to positive things… factors outside my control are kicking my a$
AGAINST all of those positive efforts. So – they are a reducing my positive
efforts by being a NEGATIVE a$ kicking…

hence the equation above now becomes:

-[(A$-x) x (A$-x) x (A$-x) x (A$-x) x (A$-x)]

when you add up my POSITIVE a$ kicking to environment’s negative
a$ kicking to the 5th power – it just doesn’t add up in my favor…

I’m still NEGATIVE a$ kicked to the 4th power.

So, I think I need a new outlook on life… I once married a girl that
had this awesome outlook on life… at least she SAID she did… and
I loved the saying… In fact I need to make another shirt…

my other shirt would be this…

“I am ALWAYS the winner.
If you are the winner,
then I AM ALSO the winner.

But, if I am the winner,
then I am the ONLY WINNER.”

This is a nice way to look at things… and maybe will help me get to a great

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve seen some things… I’ve experienced some things
that appear great to everyone else… but the greatest things that I ever
experienced were these two… in this order…

1. Vipassana meditation to the point of stopping the mind and having
“my” consciousness mesh with the fabric of all that is…

2. Laying down on a mattress on the floor with my son who was only a couple
weeks old… and watching him sleep as I breathed in the breath that he
exhaled… and then he slowly awoke and I watched him smile as soon as he
saw me… he just looked at me smiling for a long time and we smiled at
each other for what seems like eternity…

Author: Vern

I'm an American expat living in Thailand. I like to write informative pieces about life in, living in Thailand, including topics like: Thai People, Thai Culture, Nightlife, Technology, and I have published a lot of photographs, videos, and even books on Thailand that you can find at ThailandeBooks.com. There are many photographs of Thailand here - feel free to share with attribution (a link back to the home page). All written content on this site by Vern Lovic. Contact me at Google+.