Something I’ve realized over time, and that is:
“Keeping a gentle soul and compassionate heart is not a character of weakness. In fact it’s quite the opposite.
When one has to stand strong and use strong will, then it’s respected and carried through simply because others know where it originated from, the compassionate heart and gentle soul, and that has significant weight.
However, if strong will is not overshadowed by compassion and meekness on a regular basis, then when it is truly needed, it will unfortunately never be respected, seen as strong or of value, and hence the objective that summoned for strong will, be not be carried through from others.
So keep a gentle soul and compassionate heart, and your inner strength will never be compromised.”
Have a great one.
_Jason Young Guy
One thing I love about life is the steps that lead you, but more importantly the people you meet along the way. Those steps also help educate you in identifying real and fake people.
Everything I’ve done since the beginning of being “on my on” sort of speak, I’ve viewed as steps. Every career move, every financial decision good or bad, and every involvement in something are steps. Like real steps, each one precedes the next. In life, the same thing is true. The only difference is some steps are short and some are very wide, but they all are steps in moving you forward.
In other words, some steps are very wide and this can be a long duration in a career, school or any organizational involvement. When you move to the next event in your life, that is the next step.
By comparing my life events whether successful or failed to steps, it helps me see the positive reasoning in the decisions I’ve made, and hence helps me keep more of a look out for the next “positive” step rather than just taking any step that comes along.
The most important thing that comes from every step in life is the education that’s developed along with it. It’s not text-book education, but real world education in cultural development, spiritual development, and humanitarian development. However, be cautious because the steps you choose to take will influence that education and development for the good or worse in yourself and others. That’s why it’s important to carefully take each step in your life and not just jump to the next one without careful due diligence.
One great aspect that I derived from this on going education in taking steps through life, is the ability to meet people along the way. Along with these steps we take helps us more and more to identify real and fake people. This is vital because so much influence comes from the people we meet along the way, and thus influences the development process as we go through life. So, it’s important to be aware of real and fake people and how to distinguish them.
One important factor I’ve found when in an unavoidable engagement around fake people, is to never treat them worse or undignified because by doing so, you will lower the subconscious integrity instilled within you, and this will eventually spill out into the conscious. Then it’s seen by people who will consider you to be fake. So, treat them equally, but be aware they are different and find a gentle way to exit from the relationship if possible. If it’s an unavoidable relationship like a co-worker for example, then again treat them no different from your real friends or colleagues.
Remember, everyone is on the same type staircase and are all being educated along the way. It’s the greatest education we get naturally and helps us to develop as a society in general. The level of natural education is elevated by each step you take in life. Just remember it’s a step, and no matter how hard or how tough things are at the moment, there is a next step up.
Steps go up, never down. Each time you step to the next one, your influence helps make it easier or harder for those around you. So be aware how you treat others, as they too are taking steps just like you and I. They too are learning and developing just like you and I, and they too pass down the influence you and I give them.
So for a better, more tolerant and giving society, we must all pass down good influence because influence is going to be given regardless, but it’s up to us how we choose to shape it and make its purpose.
“Love the steps in life, for they always go up and provide real education. Love the people you meet along the way and use the education to identify real and fake people, but never treat them any different. Influence them both well and equally because they too are going up the staircase of life and passing down influence you’ve given them.”
Jason Young Guy
I’ve written many comments on the situation of Syria and other horrible events around the globe. One thing I’ve discovered in reading so many thousands of comments on articles, is there seems to be a underlining foundation of extreme paranoia.
I guess that’s only natural with the exposure we have today in medias and over opinionated public figures, however, I believe all of humanity is given a natural, intuitive, instinct of compassion. A compassion for not only other fellow humans, but a compassion for what is right and wrong and the ability to take action in the name of that very compassion without hesitance or fear.
This same instinct is what drives the heroes today when they take action to help or save without the thought of fear or consequences they will endure.
Paranoia is a disease we contract by means of letting ourselves physiologically consume thoughts of the worst in situations. The more we see those negative consequence through unavoidable medias, the more our instinct of natural compassion begins to deteriorate. Once Paranoia has set in so deep within our minds and souls, the compassion and instinctive actions that go along with it are completely eradicated. Eradicated so much, that even when we see something being done wrong whether on the street, in our community or in our Global community, we turn our heads without hesitance instead of acting without hesitance.
This action and non action ranges on a simplistic scale. It can affect something as simple as saving a cat in a tree, helping an older person cross the road in heavy traffic, standing up in peaceful protest all the way to taking action uniformly as a united Nation.
In my personal life, I try very hard to always look at the positive side of any matter before giving an equal objective view of the negative. More times than none, you will find yourself seeing the right decisions and actions from the positive side first. That approach will not only strengthen your natural compassion, but will help limit any form of paranoia from growing inside your soul that is meant for peace. I hope it helps with yours as well, for all humanity sakes in the future.
So keep that in mind when you read articles or view the medias that are constantly publishing the negative situations both local and globally. When something someone says or does that touches a harmonic value in you, don’t let paranoia stop you from engaging that feeling and acting upon it if you are able. Any person.
Have a blessed one,
Jason Young Guy
I usually share a bit of philosophy based on my experiences or beliefs, however, I also have normal, comical days as well. This particular one just shows how our profiling can change in an instant.
“It was a Sunday afternoon, and while standing in line to check out in a local grocery store, I noticed the barley 5 foot, elderly, lady in front of me. She was in her mid 80s to early 90s.
Her white and blue hair was bundled up into a beautiful bun and lightly sprayed with hair spray, make up and jewelry perfectly balanced, wearing a conservative, yellow sun dress with white decorative flats, and whose perfume was elegantly light and sparse.
She wore a lovely smile, glasses with a gold chain dangling so gently, and she was very well spoken.
As she reached into her finely made hand bag, her sleeve rode up her arm just enough to reveal her tattoo, which read,
“DON’T MESS WITH GRANNY!”
Tickled me to death, and after noticing I had seen her tattoo, she graciously nodded and winked with a smile as she left.
Have a blessed one,
Jason Y. Guy
In other words, being first is not always best, and many valuable lessons are learned in being anything but first.
Patience tames the eager soul, and sometimes helps avoid bad or costly decisions.
“Giving conscious gratitude and mentally visualizing those things as you gratify for, significantly reduces, if not eliminates, the stress, fear and anxiety of day-to-day life.” ___ Jason Young Guy
Have a blessed one,
Jason Young Guy
“To love is to care.
To care is to take responsibility.
To take responsibility is to grow.
To grow is to achieve.
To achieve is to live.
To live is to give back to humanity.
To give back to humanity is to give your personal, influential and compassionate touch on the soul of mankind forever.
It all starts from the basis of love.”
__ Jason Young Guy
I was asked by many what would be my advice to them as they head out into the world and put their education to work. I simply stated that, “If one opens their eyes using their minds, and opens their hearts through their words, then they will achieve prosperity and accel with non text-book intelligence, respect and dignity. For the true successes in life doesn’t come from a job or the education, but yet comes from the continual contributions to humanity, and by the level of integrity acquired through education, deliver on such a scale that will in turn greatly advance them to their every desire in life.”
Have a blessed one,
Jason Y. Guy
After this Boston terror act, it’s just another example of how I’m afraid we are falling more and more into the epidemic of desensitization as a human race. Every time an act like this on any level is carried out by inhumane, immoral, heartless, cowardliness and desensitized individuals, it pokes a hole in the fragile fibers of our civil and social beings. We always will prevail, even when some pay the price more than others as in 911 and now in Boston, but maintaining our stability and the foundational principles we as humankind have built for the betterment of our lives must be kept as priority one no matter how many tares are done to our fragile fabrics of life.
I seriously believe we must be more aware of what information our children view, more aware of recognizing and identifying the trouble signs when they present themselves around us in the social and civil environment, and take conscious and well thought actions to keep our society from desensitizing itself to the point that nothing moves us compassionately anymore, which in turn prevents us as a whole society to hold each other accountable for actions against humanity. Unfortunately the seeds of evil within people and even kids have been planted, but it is up to us as a civilized and cultrualized society to do whatever means necessary in preventing a blossom of terror of any size.
I also whole heartedly believe that the information on the internet in regards to knowledge how to destroy human existence with instructional guidance should be massively attacked and destroyed by not only the companies that host these seeds of evil, but also by the international community and governments to annihilate such information from free access to potential bloomers of terror. If we choose to continually and unconsciously desensitize ourselves, and more importantly the younger generations of today, by allowing massive bombardments of visual medias and multichannels of inhumane and uncivil acts, thinking and derogative information into our lives and children lives, then we are planting the seeds to civil destruction without even realizing it until it’s too late.
My sincere thoughts and prayers are with every person directly and indirectly involved with the suffering caused from a seed of evil that was allowed to bloom yet again in Boston. For myself, I keep a strong Faith and a conscious decision of what I’m viewing, thinking and delivering to others around me both physically and online, and keeping a conscious awareness what impacts it can have on other individuals and their personal fibers of civil and cultural growth in humanity.
If we all take a conscious step to produce more positive reinforcements even in tough times, I believe we will find ourselves at the end of the day with a clean conscious, light heart and full enjoyment of a peaceful life, World and sensitized soul.
God bless and God bless the human race Globally.
Jason Y. Guy
“If one can open their heart to the smallest amount of #compassion, then their #minds will expand to receive the vastness of worldly #wisdom.” -Jason Y. Guy
“Sometimes we accept and compromise on things we totally disagree with solely because of the respect and positive benefits it has on someone else.” -Jason Y. Guy
I have to apologize as I’ve been out-of-town on business for the last 2 weeks as I always do every 2 months. It was while I was out in Las Vegas that I heard of yet again another massacre. Growing up in the deep South I was blessed to the opportunity to not only be around guns of all caliber, but learn how to use and respect them. In perfect sync, I was also blessed to have a great childhood with great and disciplinary parents that instilled what God and Family were all about. As I sat like most Americans and people around the world in pure disbelief of the shootings in Connecticut, all I could think of besides the families was the desensitized and lost soul that ended these young lives including his own.
I used a key word in that last sentence and that was “desensitized”. It is only natural that we demand action when such a horrific event takes place with guns involved, and it’s only natural that we turn to the weapon that was used in the violent actions. So, before I continue let it be known that I do support the 2nd amendment whole heartily, and I do support gun control in regards to 100% background checks on all gun sales whole heartedly. However, I think we are terribly looking at the wrong issue in these events, the perpetrator, the desensitized mind and environment.
Demanding gun control and wanting action is quite appropriate after this event in Connecticut and Oregon and the others in the past. However, I wish the demand and funds would focus more on the actual problem in these horrible events. The underlying problem is the desensitization of not only people in America, but more importantly the youth in America.
Many people disagree with me on this, but be as it may I stand firm on my belief and wish someone would do more research to prove me right or wrong. You see, the mechanisms of a gun hasn’t changed since it’s origin centuries ago. How and what the gun does hasn’t changed. How easy it is to acquire any gun has never changed and will never change regardless of laws. It’s just the way it is. What has changed tremendously is human beings and the cultural environment. I’ve said for years, and will always belive that today’s young and middle age adults are heavily desensitized by realistic, violent and habit forming video games. Yes, video games. Now many immediately blow that off as a false reason, but you have to look a few things before one can do so. First, video games, like music, has changed horrific in the last 20 years. Meaning, the brain is stimulated, sensitized and desensitized by continuous engaging into a virtual self lead world in which most can carry out fantasies. The down side is by desensitization of the mind and heart, those fantasies become reality.
Now, of course, I’m not blaming the entire events of massacres on video games and music, as that is absurd. What I am saying is it’s a contributor to desensitizing the human mind, heart and spirit of an individual. More so in an individual that already is suffering from a mental or unstable condition. Video games back in the days of Atari and Nintendo were comical and far from a real world scenario as you could get. Even the “shooting” games were so far-fetched that a person couldn’t seriously want to carry out a massacre based on a game. Unfortunately today’s gaming has changed tremendously. If you don’t agree, go rent some of these games. I want name them particular in keeping with copyrights and other legal reasons, but they are mind blowing when you see how realistic the people, guns and actual violent actions are in these games. Add a touch of gangster or derogatory style of music in any genre, and you have a deadly real world situation that could potentially unfold with a young mind that is engaged and can’t separate what is real compassion for a real human as opposed to a realistic character.
Again, I’m not trying to focus on the video games and music, but basically focusing on the issue that scrambling around to enforce gun control is only the surface of these ever-growing tragedies. I love to hunt, sport shoot and endorse the NRA, but since watching the news everyone is yelling gun control to prevent another travesty. My friends, we must look into what we are allowing our youth and young adults to absorb and closing an eye to the possible consequences that can result. I belive it falls back on the parents. We have more single parents raising kids, and even worse more parents who are doing perfectly well, but are drastically disengaged with their children and their children’s lives. That to me is the gun control everyone needs to focus on more than a law. That is where the real prevention comes from. engaging with your children, teaching them core values about humanity, treating and monitoring disabilities, and communication are prime essentials needed to help prevent future eruptions of mass tragedies.
As I stated before, I’m in support of gun control in the sense of background checks on all gun sales, and I’m a full supporter of the 2nd Amendment. However, the mechanisms of a gun hasn’t changed since it’s origin. What has changed is the mind and hearts of humans , and sadly the mind sets of culturalized andd civilized Americans in 2013.
“I believe Hope is the result of putting your best effort into something, and then by using and trusting your Faith continue to move forward to the next task at hand.” _JYG
One thing I’ve developed over the many years of Entertaining on the piano and being in the public, and that is the ability to read body language or as I call them “Body Ques”. Actually I’m not sure if it’s a natural ability or if it was a learned ability, but probably a learned ability that most may not be aware they give off all the time when engaging with others. It can have all kinds of positive and negative impacts to those you encounter.
Before I did independent concerts, I use to entertain every evening at a very nice restaurant called, The Renaissance Tower as a “live background music pianist.” It was similar to the Washington Space Needle and had a very nice piano where I played continuously from 5pm to 9pm every day. I was always conscious of what I played, how loud or soft and what genre was most appealing with the guests at the time.
I realized that I was always watching people’s body language when I played a particular arrangement, and could tell if the piece was fitting or not based on people body ques. It became a common, unconscious practice I was doing which allowed me to adjust in a moment to re-accommodate the song or style best I could and it always seemed to worked without them even knowing. I actually became quiet good at it. So much to the point I became constantly aware of what body ques I was giving off in just regular conversations and interactions with other people.
Body Ques tell who we are even without saying a word, and it’s something that we all give off when we are in public or private interaction with others. Gaining a respect and likeability from others can often come from just the way you give off body language before you even speak.
For example, if someone approaches you on the street or in a store and says, “excuse me sir or mam?”, do you first turn toward them with eyebrows slightly raised accompanied by an inviting smile which gives the facial language of a soft, approachable question of “yes?” to them? Or do you turn with one eyebrow partly raised, slight wrinkle in the center forehead, back jaws clinched and a partially, squinted eye which gives a somewhat approachable but more invoking a sense of irritation and caution to the person?
Once that initial greeting is made and how you make it can have impacts on how others see you even before you say a word.
My point is that by being conscious of how you address people and listen during conversations can give you more respect and a more reputable reputation, which in turn can help you acquire things more easily from others like gratitude, respect, trust or even a job. Whether it be just their attention or actual help in a matter, your body language can always speak before your lips. By being approachable and respectful even when someone else’s body language is terrible, they will still be more prone to listen and take in account what you are saying. The wrong body language can instantly send an unintended “vibe” that might be difficult to regain. That is why you sometimes hear people say, ” I just had a bad vibe from him” or ” Something just wasn’t right about her” or “I just didn’t feel comfortable around him”. Those usually come from body ques more than your actual conversations.
Body ques can be very easy in gaining comfort, trust and respect from others, but they can also be quiet damaging on the esteem of others and have impacts you may never see when giving the wrong ques.
For example, my neighbor is a Veteran of Vietnam. He is in his latter years, and has developed a short-term memory loss. I’m new in my neighborhood, so I don’t know him very well like I do my old neighbors where I once lived. He and I happen to run into each other about every other few weeks as I’m getting my mail. When he says hello, I turn and do exactly as I stated above with the body language. I have also formed a habit of doing it so I never have to worry about the wrong language as I greet someone. So, with a smile and relaxed face and body language he walks over and say hello and begin chatting.
Bob is from New York, and he knows that I’m a Musician and Entertainer. When he first met me he told me this long and very interesting story about meeting Billy Joel in a small cafe in New York back before Billy made it successful. He explained how he went to the piano and played for hours as they gathered around and sang until 3 in the morning. So, as we begin talking about the weather, he begins to tell the story of Billy Joel again to me. This story is told to me every time we meet.
Now keep in your mind, I also have a business conference call in about 20 minutes as he is beginning to tell me the same story again. Inside I know what he’s about to tell me, and I also know I have an important meeting so I can either do one of two things.
1. I can stop him in his excitement of sharing the story with me and his enjoyment of being social and telling it as if he’s never told it before and explain he’s told me the story and I have to really go. Or,
2. I can continue to listen as if I have never heard the story and with enthusiasm.
If I’m not consciously careful, my body ques will give that answer to him before I can speak, which he would pick up on and not only embarrass him as he catches himself that he’s told the story before, but it could be quiet depressing for him and hurtful as he realizes he’s having a problem. At least that is how I would see it personally. So, at his age and out of great respect for others, as well as, my character, I chose to keep the curious smile, lifted eyebrows and listen to the same story as if I’ve never heard it before.
I did missed my business call, but I polished my character, my consciousness of how I treat others especially the older generations, but above all I made HIM feel normal and special as he shared his repeated excitement of a simple story that has been told over and over. You could see the enjoyment he got from my positive body language that I expressed while he told the story. That body language gave him the ok to tell me the story and made him comfortable, as well as, trusting of me as a person.
Even if I had to leave and interrupt the story, there is a way in which to do that with the right body ques as well, so that it doesn’t somewhat hurt that person’s feelings or embarrass them. That is the ultimate goal, which makes your character shine through.
That is a small example, but the point is if we carry ourselves and express our body ques consciously with great care and admiration in any situation, then we can change how others see us, respect us and like us without even saying a word.
Hope this makes sense for you as to what I’m trying to relay based on my experience. I do believe it’s important and can greatly benefit anyone, and anyone can see the result when they consciously look for it now when they engage others.
May your body ques always lift someone’s esteem, character, and even bring out the best body language of those that have negative and derogatory ones when they engage with you. This truly makes who you are and how you are seen by others before you even speak. It’s up to you how the world views your character, manners and integrity simply by the way you speak without using your lips first.
Have a blessed day,
Jason Young Guy
After seeing so many articles and petitions from States, including my own home State, Alabama, I’ve just been dumbfounded how irrational, forgetful and uncultralized some American People can be, especially the older Generations that are past the age of learning and acquiring new cultural and diverse thinking for the em-betterment of their communities, children and lives.
Growing up in a very small, predominately all white, blue collar, Christian town in rural Alabama, I’d never thought that I would see a day in which I would become so open-minded, open-hearted and culturally educated as I am today. Why? Because I didn’t know what that meant in terms of a tangible thing. It was something that developed as it does with each person when they expand their minds, visions and paths away from their current, historic environments.
With that being said, however, I have never and will never forget how I was raised, where I came from, the history I represent, the Christian foundation I was raised, the respect of our development and independence as a race, a community, and what made me who I am.
I know the history of the Civil Rights movement, I know first hand the environment of segregation, racism and the power it still holds today in many, many small towns and even large cities across the South, as well as, many parts of the entire Country. I also know how difficult it was for my former Generations to fathom the ideas of progress in humanity, equality and diversity in these times.
It truly breaks my heart, but it breaks my heart more that some can never be educated enough or have the opportunity to venture outside the mindset they have so been instilled with from their past generations, and it isn’t their fault at all, but if they do not choose now to try to make progress in their thinking patterns, then the same mindset will carry over into their children and their generations. This will be a major set back in the growth of humanity and the demoralization of the human race as a whole in the eyes of God.
It doesn’t mean these people are any more or less than myself or others in this great Country when it comes to common sense, morals, patriotism or humanity, but in cases like this situation of wanting to secede from the Union, I can’t help but question their literal civilized development and growth as a human race and the yearn for a more perfect and equal society in the United Sates where everyone lives and succeeds day-to-day without infringing on anyone else or their way of life.
For example, it amazes me how I can hold a Piano Concert that includes everyone in my audience from Black, Latino, White, Asian, Gay, Straight, Old, Young and everyone in between, and they all sit silently and listen to me perform music that captures each one’s heart, spirit, smile, love, compassion, open mind, culture and above all humanism in a single instrumental song or piece without ever saying one word. For that moment of time, they are all on one platform, in one light, in one common passion and speak only one language as the music from my piano soars through their ears, hearts, souls and minds. Yet when some leave the building, the outside World grabs them and pulls them back into the irrational and derogatory mindsets and actions.
If only there were away to keep what was captured inside that building in their souls as they left, and learn to keep it and implement that feeling they had toward others and our Nation, then we would be more than a shinning example for all humanity to see around the World, we would be the cure to invoke it.
However, that can only be done with growth and individual willingness to change.
With all that said, I don’t see how anyone that is a true American could possibly, remotely or even slightly let the word secede enter their minds based on an election and here is why.
-First have we forgotten what the first secession did to our Country. The deadliest blood shed of American lives ever by their own brothers?
-Have we forgotten the “Red Man”? The Indians.
-Have we forgotten the accomplishments men of all color gave? The exploration days and the development of civilization in America?
-Have we forgotten the efforts our Government gave to unify the States so we could function as one society to reach prosperity for all equality, men and women?
-Have we forgotten the trials and errors our Government and Nation has endured to learn and grow as one with immigrants from Europe, Ireland, England, Asia and others?
-Have we forgotten that love is a spiritual, internal entity that sees no color, no orientation other than human?
-Have we forgotten the roles each person, including our Government, has played in the times of natural disasters across our land before today’s time, yet alone what we’ve done for each other in disasters today?
-Have we forgotten how our Government stood up for each State when fighting abroad for Democracy and the rights of the suppressed.?
-Have we forgotten 911? That our enemies are not within our Country, but abroad that want to take from all of us what we cherish so gratefully, our equality, freedom and strong unification as ONE.
-Have we forgotten the pioneers in all Eras that have worked and slaved for the em-betterment of humanity in the United States as one and not for the em betterment of a single race?
and last, have we forgotten that we are only given roughly 70-80 years to live in this great Country and usually by the age of 55 we start settling in and not focusing on the young generations that are now as eager as you once were? They are seeing humanity grow and prosper even with the problems of Government. They are understanding that as ONE Nation, Under God, With Liberty… there is Justice For All.
Not if we attempt to show irrational behavior like seceding from the Union. If that were to take place, not only would it cause an entire, internal war of destruction within our Country, but it would kill the growth of humanity, generosity, unity and pure goodness in the Generations to come that are learning from our actions.
Our enemies, the one’s who we are trying to educate, help, defend and reach to extend the hand of civilized humanity and democracy for all, would simply sit by and watch us destroy ourselves internally by secession of the Great United States, and then we’d no longer be able to save our civilized, educated Country, much less the ones abroad that yearn for what we have even at our poorest levels and during our hardest hit times.
No, they would patiently sit by and wait until we have reached a level by succeeding and tearing ourselves apart internally that we would now be no longer ONE Nation to them but instead many targets. All that our former Americans died for would be lost, and the future for humanity and generations to come in our Country of The Untied States and abroad will surely be lost.
Maybe that’s what did happen to Rome, the Egyptians and other great society’s? Maybe they destroyed themselves internally from hatred and irrational thinking that once they were gone, there was no trace of their success as a Nation, development and prosperity other than the hollow, cold temples and the fading drawings on the walls.
Are we really ready to tear ourselves apart from the inside just because we are going through tough times as a Nation? What did people of much older generations think when they went through a real Depression. A real depression. a real depression..
Today at our worst, we have it better than those before us did at their best. Let’s not be blind by media, by ones that profit off of rederict and chaos, but let us prosper as equality Nation, United, Democratic, Humane, Cultrulaized, Civilized and eager to understand things and situations that we do not understand, and yet not close our minds but open them along with our hearts to work for the common good in all and in our great Nation…
The United States Of America. . The Leader of the Civilized World and the Leader of Humanitarianism.
Contact your local Senators, Congress and President and let them know today that YOU stand behind our Nation as ONE.
Jason Y. Guy
Occasionally Take The Rest Area Exit
Life can be like a super highway. It continues to stretch further no matter how far we’ve come. It also continues to speed us up and get jammed with life problems and situations that causes road rage, yet we slow down only long enough to pick back up speed. What we fail to do is take the occasional exit that comes up every so many miles or years that says, rest area ahead. Take that exit sometimes. Get out and smell the fresh air. Listen to mother nature sing. Observe people passing by and above all, take a moment to smile, look up and say “Thank You” for the breath of life… Then, merge back into the super highway called, life.
__ Jason Y. Guy