139 – The Crap in Your Life and Suicide

Highlights from today’s show…

  1. It’s Memorial Day weekend in the U.S. And this is what I am doing…
  2. Something I have been dreading for years…
  3. It’s just about never as bad as you think. I go in depth about this statement today. 

Welcome to episode #139 of The David Madow Lifestyle Show. It’s the show where I help you live stronger, thinner, healthier, and happier. And as you know a lot more than that.

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Before I get started, I have got to tell you a funny story. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed it. I just recorded episode #139 or at least I thought I did. I recorded it a short time ago. I was finishing up and I look down at my recorder and for some reason it just wasn’t recording. I figured out the reason. It was a technical problem but I had just gone through this whole thing and recorded a beautiful episode for you and there was nothing there and no way to retrieve anything. It just stopped. So this is the second time, I am recording this episode. And I think it’s going to be even better than the first time. Because whenever you do something once it’s good and everything but it’s like a practice. But then the second time you do it, you nail it. Now obviously I don’t have the time to record it once and then record it again but it does happen sometimes. I like to think I am a perfectionist to a point. Of course every episode I put out won’t be perfect but I am enough of a perfectionist that if I ever record an episode for you and I don’t think it’s great, I will delete it or abandon it and record another one for you. Because I really want this to be great. If you are taking 20 or 25 minutes out of your day to listen to me, I want it to be good. So, this is the second time I am recording episode #139 so enjoy it.

Memorial Day

It is Memorial Day weekend here in the United States. And it’s a day where people normally barbeque (hopefully just vegetables). And I always take several minutes out of my weekend and just reflect and think about being thankful and praying for the men and women that made the ultimate sacrifice and lost their lives in military service. So I always give my thanks, I think, I meditate, I pray. And I think that’s what the holiday weekend should be about.

Choices

I also wanted to take a second and tell you what else I am thinking about and praying for. I am referring to the billions and billions of land animals and even more aquatic animals that are killed every year so human beings can eat. It’s unlike those people that gave their lives either volunteering or knowing that they are defending our country. The animals, unfortunately, don’t really have a choice. They are bred into this animal agricultural system. They are living lives in misery, sickness, pain, disease, and fear. It’s a horrible life. And then comes the point where they are taken to the slaughterhouse and their lives are ended. Unfortunately, that is probably the best day of their lives. It’s just horrible. Hopefully one day this craziness is going to stop. So if you are doing any kind of thinking or meditating or praying, just think for a couple moments about all the suffering of the animals and the killing.

By going vegan and eliminating animals and animal products from your life, this world would be such a better place. Since going vegan, I just feel so much better about my purpose and I am so much more at peace with myself because I am no longer contributing to the suffering. Every time a person decides to stop eating, wearing, and using animals, it makes a big impact on this planet. If you haven’t done it yet, all I ask is that you just think about it. That’s all I ask. Can you do it?

T Shirts

Before I get into today’s show, I just want to talk to you about my website really quick. It’s going crazy and we are getting so many visitors. Thank you so much for listening to The David Madow Lifestyle Show. I have my “Oy Vegan” T Shirts  on the site. They are a beautiful green color with “Oy Vegan” accross the front. And let me tell you something. They are a conversation starter. I guarantee you that if you are wearing one of these you are going to get noticed. They are going to ask you about what “Oy Vegan” is and you will be able to tell them. Not just the good that we are doing here. Not only that, but when you order a t-shirt from me, I donate $2 per shirt to a charity. Right now I donate to the Catskill Animal Sanctuary. I have visited there personally with Yoko. It’s a beautifully run sanctuary. A little bit adds up and we can help the animals that way too. So take a look. We have sizes running from small to extra large. We just received an order from a few good people in Australia. I want this shirt to be all over the planet. Order yours today and know that you are not only promoting being a vegan but you are helping the animals so please consider that.

The Crap in Your Life

I want to talk to you today about something I have been dreading for somewhere between 5 to 10 years. I will explain. I have my office and I have a little warehouse in the back. And over many many years not only have I been shoving a bunch of files back there but things that I don’t really need but didn’t want to part with. This warehouse has become a storage area for Dave’s old cluttered junk. I don’t want to say junk because a lot of this stuff was important to me at the time, I just didn’t have a place to put it. I put it in this warehouse knowing full well that one day I would have to be in there sorting through all of it. It’s not that I obsessed over this day, I didn’t. But I am happy to announce today that I did it. We are downsizing our office which is a great thing because these days so much stuff is done virtually. I work from wherever I am on the planet. I don’t need a private office anymore. Our team needs an office of course for their desks, computers, and phone lines but we don’t need anywhere near the space that we had over the past 10 to 20 years. So we’re moving into a much smaller place. I am really excited. Downsizing just means that you don’t have all the junk that you once had.

But along with downsizing means that you have to start going through junk and clutter and figuring out what to do with it. Like 5 to 10 years worth of stuff that was cluttered back in this warehouse. I had to clean out. The day was scheduled out and it was on the calendar but let me tell you something. I was dreading it. I was obsessing a little over how difficult it was going to be; I didn’t want to do it. I didn’t want to be in the situation of having to figure out what to do with everything. I was going crazy over this. I was losing some sleep. I did not want to be in this situation. It was last Tuesday. Number one, I am still alive. I didn’t get hurt. I finished the job. And let me tell you something,  it was much easier than I thought. All this worrying and wondering and it turned out to be easy. I had a couple team members back there helping me and it was great. We made piles for trash, stuff to keep, and stuff to give away. As it turns out I did a little post on a local Facebook group stating that we were cleaning out our warehouse and that most of the things were free. I announced the time as between 2pm and 3pm. And sure enough by 1:40pm people were already lining up outside on the warehouse steps. I am not exaggerating. And I have not seen so many happy faces in one place in such a long time. Because of my clutter and my junk, I made so many people happy. A woman came in and bought a guitar from me which was actually one of my first guitars.  She bought it for $40 and said that she was going to be giving it to her 10 year old son on his birthday and that he was going to love it. It made her so happy. Bottom line is that all of those people from the community that were in there talking and smiling, I made their day. We had a great time. I learned that there was no reason to learn to dread this day. It turned out to be so much better and so much more fun because it turned out to be so much easier than I thought. I started thinking back and there have been so many times when I have had a meeting or an appointment or an interview and I thought I just don’t want to do it. And 99.9% of the time these things turn out to be nothing. They turn out to be much better than we ever expected. Things in our lives are generally not nearly as bad as we think they will be.

Suicide

As I am walking down the street in my neighborhood, there is a little memorial on the street. There is an orange traffic cone with a large flag coming out of it and flowers and memorabilia around it. The reason this cone is here is that about 3 days ago, unfortunately a young man decided to take his life by driving down my street and putting a bullet through his head. He was 18 years old and was a volunteer firefighter for our local community. He was also a student. I didn’t know him personally but he lived nearby and drive by here all the time. So a few days ago he decided to end his life by putting a bullet through his head. And I started thinking how bad did he perceive things were? What was going on in his brain? Did he lose a girlfriend? Is he broke? Did he lose a job? Is he flunking out of school? What could have happened that was so bad that this 18 year old man decided to end his life? Thank God I have never really had a problem with some type of chemical imbalance in my brain. I know how bad that can be for people and how bad depression can be. But it’s generally never as bad as we think it is. There is always a way to get help or medication if you need it. There is always a way. I just feel horrible looking at this memorial right now knowing that this great kid who was already contributing a lot to society decided to end his life.

I come back to the warehouse in my office. Again, I don’t want to even begin to think that the two are equal. Me cleaning out the warehouse is not the same as someone taking their life. Trust me. I know how horrible that is. And maybe he had some real problems, I am not really sure. But I thought the warehouse clean out was going to be horrible. I thought it was going to take me days and days and days and a lot of stress to clean it up. It was nothing, it took a few hours, and it was a lot of fun. As I think back on my life and getting into college and professional school and a lot of things that I did in my life, I thought they were going to be hard. But rarely did they ever turn out to be as bad as I thought they would. I wish I could have talked to this young man before he did this to himself. So if you think there is anything going on bad in your life, if things are tough and they are tough for a lot of us. I have told you on this show many time how much junk and stuff I have been through. I am here to tell you that things get better. They get better if you work at it. Things have a tendency to work out. If you are sitting here now thinking there is no answer, no hope, I am here to tell you it is almost never as bad as you think it is. No matter how bad of a situation you think you are in.

I want you to take some time to reflect. I have given you several things to think about. The military people that have given their lives and the billions of animals that die every year. Think about anything that you’re going through or a loved one and please get some help for yourself or help somebody out. Because again it’s rarely as bad as you think. Let’s get that crap out of your life too! It’s not nearly as bad as you think! I love ya!

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