Self Improvement

Stroking My Beard, Meditatively

Stroking My Beard, Meditatively

Pain is what gives rise to meditation. It has nothing to do with age let alone beards. ~Haruki Murakami More than any other sensation, emotional pain has been the springboard for my greatest leaps in personal growth. Were the truth of this pain not so debilitating, I would seek it out to experience the thrill […]

Who’s In Your Head?

Who’s In Your Head?

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. ~Henry David Thoreau To look into a mirror and see a loser is to write a loser future. To look and see a winner gives impetus to engage in behaviors leading to victory. It all depends upon what you choose to see. And […]

A Masterpiece Tomorrow

A Masterpiece Tomorrow

You are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress, simultaneously. ~Sophia Bush In a world where second place is the first loser, it is difficult to recognize the blossoming masterpiece of now will continue to evolve into a greater bouquet masterpiece in the future.

Consider A Swarthy Deity

Consider A Swarthy Deity

Fools talk, cowards are silent, wise men listen. ~Carlos Ruiz Zafón The trend of my life is to talk less wherein I expose to the world the fool I am toward listening deeply to others and learning from their experiences thus adding pearls to my wisdom bucket. At least, it’s how I like to view […]

Memories: Cruel or Compassionate?

Memories: Cruel or Compassionate?

Memories are worse than bullets. ~Carlos Ruiz Zafón A bullet pierces the chest wall, scrambles the heart before blowing through the back leaving a spreading sanguine pool. Its work is done. An instant of pain, maybe, followed by an eternity outside the clutches of time. Memories can be crueler. They have the power to blood […]

Painful Mirrors

Painful Mirrors

Truth is often accompanied by intense pain, and almost no one is looking for painful truths. ~Haruki Murakami The truth about painful truth is that it is the truth we need to walk through to overcome the pain from the avoided truth. The process requires us to let go of the subtly painful lies we […]

America The Addicted

America The Addicted

Evil has no place, it seems, in our national mythology. We erase it. We use ellipses. We salute ourselves and take pride in America the white knight, American the Lone Ranger, America’s sleek laser guided weaponry beating up on Sadam and his legion of devils. ~Tim O’Brien The first step to managing an addiction is […]

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