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An Updated Quote and Bio for Jeremiah Stanghini

A little over a year ago, I wrote a post called: “.” I stil think that’s true. In this particular context, I’m writing because I’ve decided to that I’ve had for this website. That’s not to say that the bio that was there previously was inaccurate, it just felt like it needed some refreshing. Similarly, the quote did, too.

To be honest, I probably should have been updating it monthly, but as is common on “static” pages on the internet, they don’t get updated very often. At least, I know that this has been the case for me. I ran into someone the other day who was talking to me about some of the various “resources” that can be found on Genuine Thriving. In particular, the resources that have to do with the book recommendations. After that conversation, I went and clicked through all the various pages on this website to see the things that I had put there almost two years ago (the newest redesign of this website went live in January of 2011, but had been around for a couple of years before that).

The new quote:

“I believe that each of us has something unique and creative to contribute to the world. My creative contribution: effecting positive ‘global change’ by making a difference in the lives of large groups of people. At some point, I get the sense that I will be the leader of an organization that’s not yet been formed, but it would be similar in size, scope, and influence of the United Nations. I believe that through connecting to our deepest wisdom and inner knowing, we can rediscover ways to collaborate with one another. Enhancing our abilities to utilize these powerful human capacities will co-create a better world by way of more effective, more efficient, and better decisions.”

It’s Amazing How Quickly Things Change

I was in the backyard playing with when I started to think about how things have changed for me over the last 5 years (or since I graduated with my bachelors degree). As I walked across the stage with diploma in hand, I was saying goodbye to a place where so much had already changed in my life.

I pursued post-secondary education mainly to pursue my boyhood dream of becoming a major league baseball player. I to the varsity team and remained my first year. During that time, I started to realize just how much practicing with the team felt like “work.” There’s nothing inherently wrong with work, but baseball was my passion. I loved playing the sport, through and through. I spent most of my childhood on baseball diamonds and virtually all of my teenage years driving across Ontario and up and down the eastern states of the US to play baseball. I was dedicated.

As my passion for playing faded, I found a new interest — student life. I became heavily involved in the campus community at SVSU, which was a stark contrast from high school. Although in high school, I was more focused on baseball, so who knows if I would have gotten involved with student groups in high school had there not been baseball in my life.

I started out my student life ‘career,’ in part, because the hall director of the building I lived in asked me to do so. My first position was as the vice-president of the residence hall’s council. It turns out that was just the springboard I needed to dive headfirst into extracurricular activities. I spent time as a resident assistant (2 years), went to state/regional/national conferences (8 in total, 4 in my first year), volunteered often (in 3 different countries), participated in university committees/boards, and was even my senior year. On top of all this, I still had time do well academically such that I was accepted into the international honor society in psychology () and be part of a at an .

Upon graduating, I was getting ready to begin studies for a clinical psychology PhD. Little did I know that 3 academic quarters into the degree, I would realize that I didn’t want to “save the world one person at a time.” Shortly thereafter, start my own business/practice. And shortly after that, move to New Zealand!

It’s been quite a whirlwind over these last few years. California, New Zealand, British Columbia, Hawaii, and now Washington, DC. Here I am working on an MBA. I have three semesters left until I’m finished. As I try to project into the future where I’ll be (or what I’m doing), I can’t help but chuckle just a little bit. Three years ago, I would never have imagined I’d be living in the DC area, much less in business school. But here I am — on both accounts.

I wouldn’t be surprised if you stopped to reflect on your life and found a similar thread of unanticipated changes in your life. And those changes, (by their very nature [and definition, in this regard]) could not have been predicted prior to their occurrence. They took you by surprise. They’ve certainly taken me by surprise. Sometimes, we fall into the trap of being (or sometimes, lack of changes). I would implore you not to do so. It’s impossible to know how pursuing scenario X, being presented with scenario Y, or being surprised by scenario Z, will eventually lead you to ultimate fulfillment.

Instead, today, simply look back and reflect on the abundance of synchronicities that have conspired to bring you to where you are today. Smile as you think about the unlimited possibilities that await you and the myriad ways they can transpire.

Everything is Dynamic: Nothing Stays the Same

As I think back to my , I can’t help but be in awe of how much has changed. Not just in the world, but with me, too. A little more than a month ago, I was looking over my for this site and realizing that it needed a bit of updating. I also noticed that my “mission/vision” statement needed some updating. I wrote both of these things 6 months ago and they need updating. It’s amazing how quickly we can grow and evolve from our previous selves. I only started writing posts for this site 6 months ago, but I’d say I’m quite different from the person I was when I first started. And so much has changed. At that point, I was just finishing up my master’s in and considering my options. Now, I’m on the precipice of my next big adventure: an MBA.

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The problem with static pages, or static anything really is just that — they’re static. Nothing stays the same. Everything is always changing. Moving. Growing. Interacting. Dynamic. The title of this post is “everything is dynamic.” I chose the word dynamic because I felt it really represented the way that I see the world. The  of dynamic: “characterized by constant change, activity, or progress.” I really feel that this is representative of the world. Everything is constantly changing… it’s always in motion.

Static pages or static (things) don’t have this quality. [For that matter, why would they?] This changing and interactive quality is what emerged in the mid-2000’s known as In the early days of the internet, there were just static pages. Somewhere along the way, someone thought it would be a good idea to have surfers interact with their content. This was the switch from static websites to more dynamic and interactive websites. One way to have a dynamic site is to attach a blog to it. Blogs are constantly being updated (or can be constantly updated). Of course, you could constantly update the ‘static’ pages, but that might not necessarily continue to attract traffic.

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I’ve mostly been talking about static websites, but as I said initially, this applies to all life. Nothing stays the same. People often lament that when they are on an airplane, there’s no movement — that they’re still. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Do you know how many chemical reactions, interactions, and processes that are taking place in your body right now just as you read this? Not to be too dark, but the only time one can be completely still is after they’ve had their last breath, but even then, the decaying process begins (another dynamic process). So really, not even then, can something be static.

I’ve also heard the argument that inanimate objects are static and not moving. Okay, that seems plausible. Except when we take a closer look at the object under the lens of quantum physics, which tells us that most of what we think of as solid objects are actually made up of empty space. And in that empty space are tiny particles that are oscillating at a very high frequency. In fact, I’ve even heard of some people who are able to perceive this quality.

Overall, I really wanted to emphasize the point that nothing in life stays the same (which is a good thing!) and that things are always moving, interacting, and changing. With regard to the idea that “nothing staying the same” is negative, I emphatically disagree and would direct you to a recent post about .