The less you own, the less you have to take care of.
The less you own, the less you have to replace.
The less you own, the less money you need to earn.
The less you own, the more time you have for other things (and people).
The less you own, the less things you need to protect.
It’s not always easy to want less, but we’re capable of doing it. It starts with appreciating what we already have.
While we’re thinking about what we don’t have, we’re forgetting about what we do have. We have more than we usually…
-I will continue to give the world the best thoughts I have to offer. They won’t all be great thoughts, but enough of them will be.
-I hope that my writing can be a source of wisdom and comfort.
-The things I write in my blog aren’t a reflection of how I think or behave at all times. They’re a reflection of my desire to balance myself out. Those posts are reminders to myself.
-Have a message that outlives you. Part of what that means is being comfortable with not receiving recognition during your lifetime. …
All relationships involve sacrifice. That includes putting up with some things that annoy or offend us. This is true no matter how great the other person might be. Because no matter how good someone is, they’re not perfect.
When you get married you inevitably join yourself to someone who has a different inner constitution from yours. You married someone who thinks differently from you in many ways. There are certain compatibilities too, but if the differences aren’t complimentary they’ll likely become major obstacles. You won’t be able to change your partner and they won’t be able to change you.
One of the United States’ most decorated Vietnam War veterans said in a 1989 interview that he respected people who protested the war in the 1960's. Including those who chose to go to jail. Because they “at least tried to help America within the system.”
But the “guys who went to Canada, I don’t respect them at all”, he said. “They didn’t help the system. They didn’t change the system…The folks who ran away to Canada didn’t do anything for the United States of America. Didn’t do anything for the brothers or the sisters. They didn’t highlight an issue. …
If you crossed paths with a coyote and it showed you its teeth, it would be frightening (photo of it here). It would seem “evil”. And if it attacked you, or you saw it attack another animal, that act would seem evil. But you would know that the coyote isn’t actually “evil”. You would conclude that the coyote is merely in survival mode. That it’s doing the only thing it knows how to do to survive. It would merely seem evil.
Conversely, if you saw a human being do such things, you would instantly conclude that you were witnessing an…
When I was a police officer I was taught that officer safety is essential to public safety. In other words, if you respond to an incident with reckless abandon you might end up dead or seriously injured. Then you’d be no good to the people you’re there to help. To be of service to others we needed to take care of ourselves, but we weren’t excused from making the ultimate sacrifice. If need be, it was our job to put ourselves in harms way to save people from the threat of imminent death or grievous bodily harm. …
On the night of June 5th, 1944 more than 156,000 troops from the United Kingdom, United States, and Canada (a contingent of the “Allied Forces”) were amassed along the English coast waiting for their orders. They were about to embark on the largest seaborne invasion in history. Their mission was to cross a 100-mile wide part of the English Channel at night and assault a highly fortified enemy position at Normandy, located on the northern shores of France.
They were up against 50,000 Nazi troops (protected by bunkers), 170 artillery guns, anti-tank obstacles, barbed wire, booby traps, and 4 million…
There’s something very natural about sitting in silence. It’s a return to a more
natural state of being.
Sometimes you have to sit with your silence for awhile before you have any
insights. While writing this paragraph (as with most things I write), I had no
idea what I was going to write. I sat in silence and waited for something to
come to me. This is the power of the unconscious mind at work.
You never know what’s in there until you quiet the conscious mind and simply listen. That’s what it’s about. It’s about listening. I sit with…
It’s crazy to sacrifice your health to merely look good. People tend to equate looking good with being healthy. But that is false. A shredded 50-year old bodybuilder could be on the verge of suffering from a heart attack, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at him. You also wouldn’t be able to see the joint damage.
The more time you spend working out, the more of a slave you’ll likely be to your body. It’s not really your body you’ll be a slave to though. It’s your ego. Your body will be the thing your ego acts upon.
Cooperation is the glue that keeps society together, but a certain amount of healthy competition is also good, even necessary. The problems arise when it becomes cut-throat competition, or when we attach self-worth to it.
Competition can become an obsession. Especially when certain accolades are attached to it. And especially when it’s culturally enforced through the media, in schools, in the workplace, and at home. When your value is determined by how you rank in a particular category relative to other people it won’t be good for your self-esteem.
Living as though you have something to prove, that you matter…
Father, Writer, Investor, creator of Personal Growth publication. Writing mostly to myself, sharing some of it with you, hope it helps.