Diamonds Aren't Forever

"Can I have $150?"


"For a diamond ring. It's healing me."

(I think for a moment, before speaking)

I don't have a $150 to give you right now.

"How much can you give me?"

Whatever's in my wallet.

(I reach in and grab every bill and hand it to her)Here mom.

(She counts it slowly, deliberately.)

"Thank you."

Exit mom. Empty wallet in hand, I think about my mother. Despite her mental illness, she always finds a way to share something valuable with me.

For my mother, at this stage of her life, I'm not surprised that she believes a diamond ring could heal her. I see this kind of thinking from people everyday.

If I had a job, then I'd be good...

If I had a man/woman, then life would be fulfilling again...

If I won the lottery, then I could tell my boss to kiss my [insert body part here] and I can live an awesome life.

And yet, the person who gets the job, loses it months later.

The relationship that begins, soon ends.

The lottery winner squanders it all, and wonders, what happened? -- as they begin looking for another job.

Nothing wrong with this kind of thinking. The person who gets the job IS good - for a moment.

I'm sure the person who wants to be in a relationship badly would experience fulfillment - for a moment.

The lottery winner gets to tell their boss off and live an awesome life gets to experience that - for a moment.

Mom is stubborn and persistent. If she wants a diamond ring, she will have it, despite her physical and mental limitations. Nothing will stand in her way.

And I'm sure, she will experience healing - for a moment - maybe even longer, if the placebo is strong enough - but it won't last.

If there's anything meditation taught me (experientially, not theoretically), is that:

no moment lasts.

It's here and gone, just like that. Through meditation, I got to experience this phenomenon happening throughout my entire body.

Practicing meditation for long periods of time is a transformational experience, perhaps because the meditator gets to experience CHANGE as it happens from moment to moment, so the meditator naturally changes as a result.

Change. It's here, now. You don't have to wait for it. Expect it.

When you get your 'thing', whatever it is, that feeling WILL go away. This too, shall pass.

Nothing in the universe is permanent. Nothing.

So what will you do when your moment is gone? What happens when you get to your mountain top? What will you do then?

Unfortunately, mom will find this out sooner or later: diamonds are NOT forever.


...oh yes it will...

Problems or symptoms?

For every thousand hacking at the leaves of evil, there is one striking at the root.

-Henry David Thoreau

Are you working on the right problem?

It's a question I'm constantly asking myself. At work I like to say I'm working on the problem of poverty, but in actuality, that's not true.

After studying the problem of poverty, I found that it splinters into a subset of other problems such as:

  • poor information
  • lack of organization
  • poor lifestyle choices
  • lack of access to resources
  • unproductive network of people and cultural influences

It seems that poverty isn't the real problem at all - it's merely a symptom.

Let's explore one bullet on this list - poor information, and see where it leads.

Poor information

Information is fundamentally neutral, but there's no doubting information's influence on my thought process, and how I behave in the world.

If we take a closer look at the word, we see the word broken down as:

in - form - ation

in = what's happening inside | form = to shape

Why is information so important? Because it is shaping who we are INSIDE, and whatever's inside will eventually see the light of day outside.

In fact, physicists say that information is a basic property of the universe and is literally shaping reality from moment to moment.

Good or bad. Complete or incomplete. Information is the backbone of the decisions I make on a moment to moment basis.

How? Decisions are being made based on the number of choices available to me at any given moment.

The number of choices available to me, and the quality of those choices, are a result of the information I have acquired during my lifetime.

So we must go to the source.

Two worlds

We live in two worlds simultaneously. An invisible and a visible world. The visible world has its roots in the invisible world.

See this illustration of the tree?


This is a useful metaphor. The roots of the tree are invisible to our eyes, and the trunk, branches, and leaves of the tree are visible.

But the trunk, branches, and leaves CANNOT exist without the roots.

Without the roots, you can't have any fruits.

The basic information of the tree determines whether the tree produces apples, oranges, or almonds. Since information is a building block of the universe and all living things, then it's critical that we acquire the 'right' information so that we can shape reality and our lives in a way that is suitable to us.

Whether you're conscious of the information you receive on a daily basis or not, this is an ongoing process that is ALWAYS influencing you, and every living and non-living thing.

Humans, squirrels, apple trees, and rocks all have their basic nature, BUT humans can create, shape their worlds in unimaginable ways that animals and nature could NEVER do. Well, maybe apes can, too.

Without quality information, quality behaviors and results cannot manifest. Regardless, whether the quality of information is good or poor, information is always present in our lives and will find its way to the surface. Just look at your results.

From their fruits ye shall know them; do men gather from thorns, grapes? or from thistles, figs?

- Jesus

Problems or symptoms

Poor information is a root problem that manifests as a symptom (poverty, violent behavior, obesity, etc.).

If your tree's roots are rotting, which is causing the leaves to be brown (brown leaves are a symptom) instead of green, then you have to deal with the REAL problem, not the symptoms.

Real problems are mostly invisible: poor information, habits, beliefs, thoughts, emotions and feelings, self-image, self-esteem, confidence, etc.

Symptoms are in the realm of the 5 senses: obesity, poverty, abuse of any kind, a sluggish economy, corrupt governments, emotional outbursts, stress, unhappiness, cancer, etc.

Here's the billion dollar question: are you working on the REAL problem, or are you dancing around symptoms?

Ex: your headache is caused by lack of water, so you're dehydrated. You're not aware of this, so you take an aspirin. The same problem comes up 3 days later. You take another aspirin. All this time, your body is crying for water - the real problem.

This is why information is so vital, and affects every aspect of your life. Not just whether you're rich or poor, but ALL areas of your life. The quality of relationships, your health, whether you have a growth or fixed mindset, and your ability to organize for maximum productivity.


  • The visible world ALWAYS comes from the invisible world. Never forget that.
  • Every REAL problem in the entire universe lies beyond the 5 senses. Go there for long-lasting solutions.
  • Ask: what's the real problem here? What caused this? What caused that? Keep going until you've clearly identified and defined the problem.
  • Problems are a part of life, and there's wisdom and intelligence in this, but destructive problems that are harmful to others deserve to have their roots taken out.
  • Transformation is elusive until real problems are confronted, not symptoms. Sure, you may make some symptoms go away temporarily, but they'll be back, sometimes much tougher than before.
  • It's ok to take some ibuprofen from time to time, but if it's a recurring issue, then it's time to deal with some roots. Stop being lazy about chronic issues.

Find the real problems - in your job, organization, or your business - and solve them. Watch how life transforms for everybody involved.


p.s. remember the quote from Thoreau? Next time you're working on a big problem, make sure you're the ONE who's striking at the root.


Worldwide Transformation - A Manifesto

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Love to you all.


Have Faith


You're a gardener and you live in a small village. A group of foreigners stroll into town one day to trade and barter with the locals.

As you walk from tent to tent, examining the merchants' offerings, a strange looking old man captures your attention. He's sitting in front of a table with small pouches of what appears to be seeds.

You walk over and ask him what he's got in the small pouches.

"These are magical seeds that will produce the toughest, strongest, most durable trees in the world. You can use these trees to build bridges and roads, heal physical ailments, make clothes, craft furniture, create cooking utensils, and construct musical instruments."

Then he adds, "But these seeds require you to have meditation master's level of concentration and the patience of a tortoise traveling thousands of miles."

"Many have bought seeds from me, but few have seen them come to fruition. You must follow my instructions exactly as I have told you. Only then will you realize the benefits of this wonderful tree."

Curious and full of ambition, you buy a pouch from the old man, and ask him for the instructions.

He pulls out a piece of paper and writes hastily the following words:

"Plant seeds. Water everyday. Have faith."

Sounds simple enough, but with an intriguing final instruction. Have faith? What does that mean exactly? You notice a few other villagers have bought his seeds, too.

Eager to get started, you go to open land to plant the seeds. After all, if these trees are everything the man says they will be, they must be a tremendous asset to the entire village.

And so everyday, you tend to the seeds you planted. One week passes. Then another. Then a month passes, then another and another.

And soon, it is the end of the year. And nothing has happened.

But you keep in mind that final instruction. "Have faith."

So you continue to water it on the days it doesn't rain.

Weeks pass. Months pass. Still nothing. Year two is done.

The neighbors who also bought seeds come to you. "You're still taking care of those seeds? The old man is tricking you. It's all a con."

You think about what they say, and consider it carefully.

What if he was just deceiving me? What if I'm just fooling myself and wasting my time?

But you remember this statement from him:

"But these seeds require you to have meditation master's level of concentration and the patience of a tortoise traveling thousands of miles."

So you decide to stick with it. And everyday, no matter what, you go to where you planted the seeds and continue to water it. Some people snicker, especially the people who have stopped tending to theirs. Others praise you for your commitment and dedication, but deep down they doubt anything will happen.

But regardless of what they think, good or bad, you will continue to water those seeds. Even if it's until your very last breath.

Two years have passed. Still nothing.

Now three years have gone by, not a thing.

Year four comes and goes without a hint, but you still persist. You've made it a part of your daily practice and it's a ritual now.

And in the fourth month of the fifth year something happens. A tiny sprout. A perceptible green leaf.

You wonder if your eyes are playing tricks on you, and if someone put it there to get you excited. You touch it and it feels so real. You are ecstatic but decide not to tell anyone...yet.

The next day, more leaves spring from the ground. And then you know that it's really happening. And then you think, even if it takes another five or even ten years to watch these trees grow, it will have been worth my efforts.

But then something so unexpected happens. You just can't believe it. One month after seeing the first, tiny green leaf, an abundance of stalks have grown to fifteen feet.

It's miraculous. They are growing so fast. The entire village is now in disbelief.

Two months later they are at fifty feet.

Three months after the first leaf sprouted and now the trees are nearly one-hundred feet into the sky, towering over the small village.

Soon the trees reached their peak, and the villagers celebrated and honored the one gardener who persisted, demonstrated faith, and never, ever gave up.

Oh, and the name of that tree? It's called Chinese Bamboo.

chinese bamboo


[dropcap type="2"]I[/dropcap]t's kinda funny. For many years, I secretly wanted everything to be out of order or different. I mismatched clothes, people (if the majority went one way, I'd go the other), and ideas.

And if I was at school, I always loved the special days. Half-days, school rallies, special events, and even a teacher showing a movie during class time was better than nothing.

But I didn't want those special days so I could be a part of them -- ooohhh nooo. I wanted those days just so I could experience something different.

School was rarely challenging or fun for me. At least the academic part of it.

In high school I remember getting poor grades because I just didn't feel like doing the homework. But when test time came, I would study my butt off, then get A's and B's just to show everyone that I could and that their system was kind of pointless. Ahhh youth.

I still got bad grades, and ended up going to night AND summer school for three out of the four years I was there. I would barely graduate on top of that, and would have to pick up my diploma unceremoniously from the school office a year later.

School = 1 | Paul = 0

My strange, rebellious behavior would continue on into adulthood, and I think it was embedded deep within my subconscious at this point. I proceeded to drop out of college three times, and it wasn't even a fair fight.

School scored first round knockouts every time (I dropped out in the first quarter of my return every time). I think I may have had .5 credits to my name. Maybe.

School = 4 | Paul = .5

Why'd I do that?

And this led me to wonder why I behaved certain ways and continued to get the same results in certain areas, while I improved in others.

It wouldn't be until the year 2000 that I would finally understand what the heck was going on, after much reading and studying on my own.


Around the year 2000, my friend Bernie introduced me to a book titled “The Path of Least Resistance” by Robert Fritz. In it, he makes a very intriguing statement, but for me it was quite profound.

He wrote that structure always determines behavior. In Fritz's own words:

"Structure generates behavior. It determines outcomes. It produces patterns. You can't fool mother structure." ~ Robert Fritz

What does this mean?

Well, if a river flows in a certain direction, then it BEHAVES that way due to its underlying structure, which in this case is the river bed. Simple, right?

Another example. Our homes have a certain structure to them, which includes the basic layout of the actual house, furniture, and other accessories.

This structure determines how we in effect BEHAVE in our homes. Examples of our behavior include passing through hallways and empty spaces, through doorways, and avoiding running into walls and furniture.

Structure generates behavior. It determines outcomes. It produces patterns. You can't fool mother structure.

A shower has a specific structure that is fundamentally different from a bath tub, and each determines how we behave. You stand in a shower and generally lay or sit in a tub, unless that tub has a shower head, etc.

Fritz’s point was that since the way something is structured would determine your behavior within that particular structure, then it would automatically lead you down a certain path. The path of LEAST resistance.

And whatever you do now, regardless of who you are, you have some type of structure that is determining how you behave and act in the world. And this is your path of least resistance.

If you want to change a certain result in your life, such as weight or money or productivity, and you find that you have A LOT of resistance, AND you find it very difficult to change, then just realize that your current structure does not support your wanted change.

In our prior example of the house, this would be like trying to walk through a wall in the home. The current structure of the home does not allow you to walk from the bedroom directly into the kitchen.

It doesn’t matter how hard you TRY, or THINK POSITIVELY, the structure of the home simply does not support you walking through walls.

Now, if you want to knock out a wall, and create a direct A-B pathway to the kitchen, then you will have altered the fundamental structure of the house, and that will cause you to change your behavior.

Following me?

This is really powerful stuff. And it’s everywhere.

Nature has structure. Societies have structure. Cultures have it. Governments have it. Businesses have it. Schools have it...

And people have it.

Everyone has structure

In social work, I used to hear how young people have no structure, and if they just had some, it would make the difference in their lives.

While I agree that a change in structure is necessary to facilitate change in our lives, I would also assert that EVERYONE has a structure of some kind.

We can start by becoming aware of that structure FIRST, and then making a decision to change things will naturally follow.


If there is an underlying structure determining your behaviors and habit patterns in your life, then what does this structure consist of?

Is it internal? External? Both?

What results or behaviors would you like to change in certain areas of your life?

Do you think it would be difficult or easy to change? Why?

To be continued...


[dropcap type="2"]C[/dropcap]ommitment. Oh boy. I am probably the LAST person in the world to dare write something on commitment. My hope is that only a select few read this post so that I am not jeered in the streets of Seattle and have tomatoes thrown my way.

Of course I'm being dramatic. But still, commitment is not an easy topic to broach for me, as many women in my past would attest.

But I would quickly respond that I HAVE been committed, and always will be committed... well, to somethings. But enough about me (don't want this to get too far).

Commitment is your choice...

This is an important topic because whatever you're committed to essentially determines your quality of life (or lack thereof).

And that's pretty important.

I remember listening to Les Brown say these words, and they always stuck in my mind.

"However you spend your time shows what you're committed to..."

That's a big ouch for a lot of people.

Some are more committed to TV, some to video games, some to working for someone else in a job they don't really like, some devote their lives solely to their children forgetting all about themselves in the process, and we could go on and on and on.

The point I'm making is that people everywhere have something they are committed to. Passionately or passively, people are committed to something.

The question is, what are you committed to?

When you look at your life, you will see the results of what you've been committed to all this time. And if you love it, then you know you're committed to the "right" things.

However you spend your time shows what you're committed to...

And if not, then pick something else to be committed to, otherwise you will find yourself committed to OTHER people's causes, businesses, lives, or whatever.

And that's no no good, because then people are more than happy to command you to do their bidding....


I never really cared for the Ten Commandments growing up. I was supremely satisfied when Jesus came along and said, and I'm paraphrasing, "Look, we don't need all ten, just a couple. Focus on these two and you're all good."

And I'm all for less commandments, but this never stopped the adults in my life from placing their orders. This excludes my parents for the most part. They were just not the type to order me around.

My dad, being the quirky, eccentric character he is, allowed me to become whomever I wanted. Just don't step on anyone's toes... or my own. So my parents were probably less demanding than a lot of people I've come across.

And growing up this way led me into some interesting situations...

I distinctly remember being kicked out of class, quite a few times, or having to "excuse" myself for innumerable reasons due to conflict with students or teachers.

In adulthood, I was probably just as defiant if I felt someone was attempting to control me, but I slowly began to understand why they were doing what they were doing.

I was guilty of this, too, in prior relationships. Seeing this controlling side in me was so disturbing that it was life changing. My experience sure made it a whole lot easier to observe this behavior in others.

The thought of being ordered or commanded by someone else, or even controlling others is very unappealing to me. Who wants to be forced or controlled by someone else? Even in a passive, slick way? Not me... well, maybe sometimes I won't mind :)

Through confusion or ignorance, we may not realize that we ALWAYS have options, and that we can freely choose something or someone else.

Fear naturally arises from a state of 'not knowing', and from this place of fear we may find ourselves in situations and circumstances that just plain suck.

And for some, being in a terrible place is better than not knowing. As the saying goes, some would rather have a "known hell, than an unknown heaven." Or something like that.

If you find yourself in a situation or relationship that is 'commanding', demanding, or controlling, and you don't want that anymore, then I have something really important to share with you.

A SOLUTION for the "oppressed"

If you find yourself being oppressed by a boss, boyfriend or girlfriend, husband or wife, parents, teachers, politicians, whatever, then remember this:


And when people don't have their own COMMITMENTS, they tend to follow other people's COMMANDMENTS.

Can you imagine trying to follow more than ten commandments? How about twelve? Or fifteen?? Ugh.

To be free of an oppressive, controlling relationship of any kind, then take time to form your own commitments.

A commandment is always from the outside. It feels pushy by nature, even controlling. Again, some may allow themselves to be controlled because they may be confused, ignorant of their options, or afraid. But remember this:

"You can't escape a prison if you don't know you're in one."

The Ultimate Life Strategy

Now, a commitment is something you initiate. It's proactive. It's your choice. Your commitments are your life strategy, your moral and spiritual compass.

Everyone needs a compass on the sea of life, and wouldn't you prefer YOUR compass, rather than someone else's?

Everyone has something that they're committed to.

If you don't know what they are, then think about them. Think about the general direction you want your life to go. Think about it idealistically.

Your commitments will guide you there, because committing to something or someone along with your current use of time are practically synonymous.

In other words, what do you want to create, and what must you commit to in order to realize your vision?

Paul's 8 Life Commitments

If you don't know where to start, that's ok.


Find and commit to something or someone that serves you today, if you haven't already.

And remember, when someone is ordering you around, or you feel oppressed, suppressed, or depressed, ask yourself one question:

What am I committed to right now?


[dropcap type="2"]I[/dropcap] can understand why people seek permanence and stability in life, since our stay on planet earth is so temporary. Knowing that we are only a grain of sand (in the middle of the Sahara) gives a clue of what God/Universe thinks of our significance. It's a cruel joke on the ego.

The ego wants to last forever. Not just last for a long time -- forever. And the things people do to hold on: some have kids just to pass their name for generations, or give generously because they want their legacy to continue as some name on a building.

We build time capsules, write books, keep journals and other records, but it seems no matter what we do, we're bound for oblivion. Poor egos.

Some think about the short time left here on the planet, and use this rationale to be completely selfish, while others can be destructive, be depressed and cynical, or live in fear for most of their lives.

For me, I find LIFE challenging, enjoyable, inspirational, and sometimes a frustrating pain that makes me want to scream. There's no place I'd rather be than right here, right now.

Regardless of whether there's an after life or not, what we ACTUALLY know is that we have just one life. Just ONE. This one itty bitty LIFE.

And if this is IT, then how do we squeeze every last ounce of life out of it, and realize a generous portion of our potential? Better yet, how do we even play this 'life game' to the absolute fullest while thoroughly enjoying it, WITHOUT being destructive to other people and our environment?

If we're really going to answer those questions, then we have to get back to basics. There is a foundation for life, a fundamental structure that, when understood, makes the difference in knowing who we are and improving our quality of life. Before anything is created anywhere within the known universe, there has to be some kind of structure.

Law is that structure. Law is the glue that binds the universe, our societies, and our lives together.

And law, specifically universal or natural law, is the only permanent thing in this whole entire universe and is the only known constant.

We may blow each other up, stars may implode and turn into black holes, and supernovas may destroy everything in their path, but LAW always remains. Maybe not too comforting for our egos, but hey, at least something lasts.

And since EVERYTHING and EVERYONE in the known universe is governed by law, then it's an absolute necessity that we learn a few things about it including how it affects us and how we can work with it in our lives. Let's first define law...

What is Law?

We'll use two different definitions. First, the most common understanding of law could be defined as:

the system of rules that a particular country or community recognizes as regulating the actions of its members and may enforce by the imposition of penalties

And second, universal or natural laws could be explained as:

a statement of fact, deduced from observation, to the effect that a particular natural or scientific phenomenon always occurs if certain conditions are present

In short, laws are invisible forces that govern how the universe and all it's inhabitants, animate and inanimate behave, react, and respond. Obviously man-made laws are only enforceable by men and women, and universal and natural laws are ALWAYS "enforced". Nothing you can do to alter their consequences.

When's the last time you jumped off a building and kept going up? Thought so. When's the last time you drove your car over the speeding limit? Did you get caught 'breaking the law'? Maybe, maybe not. And if you did get caught, perhaps there was a consequence, usually resulting in a fine. Perhaps not.

Universal/natural laws are always on. Can't turn it off one day, and on the next. Not going to happen. Man-made laws may or may not be enforced, depending on a number of factors, especially the getting caught factor.

That's a very basic look at what laws are, and the difference between the two categories. Let's talk about the hierarchy of laws...

The Law Hierarchy

There is an hierarchy, or a right order of laws. It's important to understand that we are ALWAYS subject to the highest of the laws. Once we enter the domain of man made laws, things become a little more inconsistent. Generally speaking, there are 3 main domains of law.

Let's list them:

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  • Universal Law
  • Natural Law
  • Man-made Law


An interesting quality about being on 'top' of the law chain, is that there's fewer laws the higher you go, and more laws the lower you go. So there's less of the universal variety, and a gazillion of man-made laws and rules.

You can download a simple diagram I created here:
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Now, let's talk briefly about each kind of law.

Universal (Spiritual) Law

Every law is subject to Universal or Spiritual Law. It's kinda like the supreme court of laws. It's all encompassing, omniscient and, well, universal. It's everywhere.

The universe has the final say in all matters, and matter. It's more consistent than the earth spinning on its globe for billions of years. It manages the whole of everything.

An example of Universal or Spiritual Law would be the Law of Oneness. There is only ONE. ONE God, ONE Spirit, ONE Song (Uni-verse).

If this doesn't make sense to you right now, not to worry, we will be going over specific laws in later posts. In the realm of the Spirit, gravity and other natural laws have no effect.

Natural Law

Natural law is subject to Universal Law. Natural law would include laws that govern the body, mind, the earth, sky, etc. Newtonian physics including gravity, force, momentum, electromagnetism, aerodynamics, thermodynamics, are examples of natural law.

Man's Laws

Any law that men or women make are subject to universal and natural law. Universal and natural laws have immediate consequences whereas man's laws may or may not.

Although man's laws have been greatly influenced by universal/spiritual and natural law, the difference lies in consequences. If a man-made law is broken, there may or may not be a consequence, which is usually in the form of punishment or money.

Examples of man-made laws include commercial law, common law, codes, and statutes. There is also an hierarchy for man-made laws that the general population is typically unfamiliar with.

We will go over the man made laws in the near future, and that information will astound you. Truly.

So what?

"So what?", you may say. Here's why law is soooooooo important to understand:

Have you ever played a game where you didn't know the rules, and by not knowing them, you were penalized or thwarted in your chances of winning? Just because you didn't know a simple rule?

There are rules that govern our lives and the everyday games we play, and just by becoming aware of them, we can dramatically improve our quality of life, and the lives of those closest to us.

What games are we playing anyway? We play the economic/money game, relationship games, games that affect our health, the game of commerce and business, education, travel, social games, and on and on.

There are many games we play from moment to moment, and just by adding a little extra knowledge and skill to ourselves, we can positively influence our real world life results and 'win'.

Knowing and understanding the laws that govern our lives automatically increases the probability of winning exponentially. And the beautiful thing is, unlike most competitive games, there is more than one winner, and ALWAYS room for another.

By understanding law and it's natural flow of consequences, including the man-made variety, we can really set ourselves up for huge wins.

Remember that.

By understanding law and it's natural flow of consequences, including the man-made variety, we can really set ourselves up for huge wins.

What's next?

What if learning about certain laws that govern your life could drastically improve your life?

And I'm not just talking about the Spiritual/Universal/Natural Laws, those are obvious factors. I'm also talking about the specific man-made laws and structure.

Learning and practicing these newly discovered rules will transform how you interact with the "real" world in such an incredible fashion, that you will wonder WHY IN THE WORLD YOU WERE NEVER EVEN TAUGHT THIS STUFF???

You will curse the education system for holding out on you, and immediately forgive them in the same breath, because you get it. You finally get it. And now you know WHY.

So hold on, the best stuff is coming, we're just getting started. Stay tuned...