A Message In A Bottle – Mary Brianna Shamblin

August 28th 2016
Written by Matt Shamblin
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To my daughter Mary Brianna Shamblin,
 
From time to time, I feel it important to leave you messages in a bottle, as it were, in the hope that you will find them one day when you most need them. This is but one of many that I have left for you. I believe that this new Library of Alexandrea we have created, now known as the Internet, will be preserved for all time and I have placed your messages in places where I believe a high probability of being archived at some point in the future. I may have passed into the darkness by the time you find this and maybe now you need to hear my voice now more than ever. This is my message to you my little one.
 
There are times in a man’s life when he looks into the eyes of his little girl and realizes he must change the world for her. That’s what I did for you. Even before I first met you and you held my hand so tightly; I knew I must change the world for you. Your impending arrival altered my path. I chose to become a nurse first in order to secure a certain quality of life for you. I soon realized that was not enough, I could become more than that. After all, that’s what it is to be human; to make yourself more than what you are. I then set my path to becoming a physician. It has enabled me to provide you with the life you deserve. Always set your goals in life high with enough work and perseverance you will achieve them and when that goal is conquered set another one even higher. Yet they do not have to be linear; work them in parallel when feasible. Remember what I taught you; things are only impossible until they’re not; there is a solution to every puzzle it’s only a matter of finding it and sometimes you have to Kobayashi Maru that bad boy to make it work i.e. change the rules of the game or better put redefine the problem. Your father doesn’t believe in a no-win scenario and neither should you.
 
Be kind to others. Anger for its own sake can be a weakness. So do not allow it to cloud your judgement. Righteous indignation is another matter. The strong should always lend a hand up to the weak and not a hand out. I have seen your temper and it can mirror my own. However, it must be controlled. The sword of anger is double edged and it can cut you just as deeply as your opponent when allowed to freely swing this way and that way. Controlled it can be a formidable weapon for good and positive change. Never let the sun go down on your uncontrolled anger.
 
There will be times in life where you feel overwhelmed and you cannot continue. I want you to remember that I am part of you; now and always. So let my strength become your strength. I do not give up. I am tenacious and when I set my sights to the next frontier, I am unstoppable. Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is filled with educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
 
There is one final lesson I want to remind you of in this letter. Believe in yourself and your own great potential. Note the time stamp on the file little one. Some of the events have yet to take place. As I’m writing you now I am still a nurse and have not yet even been accepted to Medical School. I find it improbable that you will remember your father as a nurse so I chose to write you as the physician that I will become. Note your indomitable father; “it’s not a matter of if but when”. You too have that same indomitable spirit and that same great potential; always remember that I am part of you!
 
With All My Love,
Dr. Jonathan Matthew Shamblin, D.O.

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September 17th 2013
Written by Matt Shamblin
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Through The Looking Glass: De Cerveza Mas Fina

January 28th 2012
Written by Matt Shamblin
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I’ve been reflecting today. There are many things that I love to do that I’ve let slip by the wayside. It’s been many months since I’ve picked up an instrument. I’d like to start writing music again. It’s been several years since I’ve actually sat down and developed an idea. I perused the internet to see if anything that I’ve done has survived and only a couple of decent things are still floating around out there…. some of the things I found were pure crap. I was like “What the hell was I thinking?” and “Damn I must have been drunk!”  It was that bad! The fucked up part is that all the stuff I’ve ever written, both good and bad, were accidentally destroyed while I was drunk…. BTW never attempt to format a hard drive after a pint of hooch…  good advice from personal experience! What I found on the internet was like “Seriously dude… Can’t take my eyes off of you… WTF?!?!? What happened to the Maniac cover or Stacy? All I can remember about Stacy is that it was formulated around the add9 I got from Satriani and the opening line started with “Stacy, can you here me through your long goodnight?”

I’ve almost got a groove figured out with my new job. Once I’ve got a solid hold on it I’ll start writing again.

Musashi: The Way Of Walking Alone

December 18th 2011
Written by Matt Shamblin
Topics: Personal Development
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Before Musashi died, he wrote these 21 precepts for his disciples. For anyone who is forced or chooses to walk alone; I see these 21 things to be of great value. One must study them and meditate upon these words and allow them to develop a truth within you. These could be radically different than how I see these principles for myself.

  1. Do not turn your back on the various ways of this world.
  2. Do not scheme for physical pleasure.
  3. Do not intend to rely on anything.
  4. Consider yourself lightly; consider the world deeply. Read the rest of this entry »

Well That Explains A Few Things: I’m An INTJ

July 29th 2011
Written by Matt Shamblin
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I was doing some research the other day about character development and came across a link to determine your character’s Meyers-Biggs personality type. I decided to take it for myself and discovered with a fascinating result that absolutely nails me. So I thought I would share that and something I came across which I think explains me very well. It’s called Portrait of an INTJ.

As an INTJ, your primary mode of living is focused internally, where you take things in primarily via your intuition. Your secondary mode is external, where you deal with things rationally and logically.

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Climbing Olympus Mons

May 9th 2011
Written by Matt Shamblin
Topics: Inspirational
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I’ve been so tired. So much work so little time for myself. Yet I remember a mans words saying “Not everyone climbs Mount Everest; somebody’s got to wrap fish!” Well half the time I don’t feel Everest is big enough; for me it feels more like Olympus Mons! The largest peak we know of in the solar system.

I just get so tired, that sometimes I feel I can’t push any further. But further and further I must push!! I’ll have plenty of time to rest when I’m dead!!! Read the rest of this entry »

Judo: Legacy Of The Samurai

February 11th 2011
Written by Matt Shamblin
Topics: Martial Arts
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Well it’s been 7 weeks since I broke a couple ribs in Judo and I think the bone has pretty much remodeled.  Although, I still experience minor pain when I’ve been sleeping on that side but I don’t think it’s something that a little yoga won’t fix. I’ve been relatively inactive with physical activity and I’ve got the itch to go extreme again.  Now you can say definitively that the legacy of the samurai has been written in my bones.

Judo literally translates as “The Gentle Way” however it is anything but gentle on the poor bastard on the other end of the spectrum. Jigoro Kano, the founder of Judo, was a great Jujitsu “Gentle Skill” master. Jits was the unarmed combat style of the samurai. Kano simplified Jujitsu by taking out all the strikes and techniques that required great strength; instead focused on the core Read the rest of this entry »

The Laws of Money: The First Law of Gold

October 22nd 2010
Written by Matt Shamblin
Topics: Financial
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There are just some things that continually amaze and me. I simply don’t understand why some people completely obliterate their paychecks and on top of that squander any monetary gifts given to them. To me it makes no sense whatsoever! I’ve been very poor and hungry. I didn’t like it too much. In fact, I hated it so much I’m never doing it again!!! So what brought all this on? I’ll tell you the tale of “The Eight Dollar Bank Account” Read the rest of this entry »

Katy Aisleen: 5 Lessons Learned From The Whore Of Babylon

October 10th 2010
Written by Matt Shamblin
Topics: School of Hard Knocks
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Have you ever had a friend for a long time? I once did for over a decade. That’s a pretty good chunk of time. We practically grew up together. We were like family. I was always there to lend a helping hand or a dollar. I was a very good friend to him. Although upon further reflection the same was not always true of him. Yet as a friend do we not always overlook the failings of the other? Or would it be better if we followed reason? Read the rest of this entry »

Like An Episode of Where Are They Now

October 9th 2010
Written by Matt Shamblin
Topics: School of Hard Knocks
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Man this has been a long time coming. It’s been several years since what seemed like my entire world came crashing down around me. Now I’m back on my feet again; stronger and hopefully wiser! This is for all of you that contributed to the initial success I saw with the old MattShamblin.com and for all the people I once knew that I lost contact with for years and have wondered what happened to me. I feel like I’m writing an episode of “Where Are They Now” maybe you’ll learn something from it as opposed to having to learn it the way I did; with pain and sorrow. Read the rest of this entry »