This is actually an ongoing choice, and I’m glad whenever I’m forced to make it; it’s a choice that changes my life the same wonderful way each time.
It’s the choice to let go of what I think I’m supposed to be, and to just be the best version of what I am. Continue reading
Existence itself is evidence.
Or, maybe I could say: Existence existing is the evidence.
Regardless of what we can know about existence, we know for sure that something must exist.
Could this question not exist?
And something must account for whatever exists (whether or not we can know anything about it).
Either existence came from something, came from nothing, is really a dream, is really a computer simulation… These are all accountings.
Perhaps when we look at existence from our human perspective and scope, we account for it all with a thinking, creative Being.
Is that accounting necessary?
Let’s call whatever actually accounts for existence “God.” Must God be a person?
The offspring of doubt is motionlessness.
And by that I don’t mean peaceful stillness, but anxious paralysis watching progress being stifled.
Doubt’s parents are perfection and certainty. Continue reading
Here’s my video response below:
Yes, everything we do and build will ultimately come to nothing. But our lives seem to mirror so many other forms of existence on every different scale or scope. Galaxies and particles reflect evolving lifeforms . . . and even our concepts and values. Seeing such connections makes me feel like the fact that this is all happening for whatever reason (and I get to be part of it) is utterly amazing. It motivates me to keep going. Continue reading
Here are three connected insights that have really helped improve my perspective. They all have to do with people and the value of relationships.
Personally, I could tinker away on projects for years sequestered alone in a room.
But why? Continue reading
Your life is the time you have, and that time keeps going by no matter what.
So the question becomes: Why spend your time now on what’s difficult and uncomfortable only to maybe earn something more enjoyable later? Continue reading
If you could ask the Earth to tell you about itself, what would it describe?
Would it mention oceans? Mountains? Trees? Bugs? Lava? Microbes? Atoms?
Could there ever be an end to the describing, when you’d know all there is to know? Continue reading
The full potential of positive thought depends on whether or not you believe in magic. But we’ll get back to that.
People really aren’t that complicated. What you tend to focus on and talk about sets the general course for the direction you’re going. Continue reading
There are two feelings of being in love.
First, you feel this all-encompassing rush of connection, attraction, and affirmation that sets you sailing for months.
You and your special someone seem to be floating high up on the clouds of your own private world. Continue reading
A friend and I were walking back to my house once after school.
Some kids started harassing my friend, laughing at him, and just trying to get a rise.
My friend turned to me and asked, “Why don’t people like me?” But there was no emotion in his voice. His tone was quizzical and curious. He wasn’t upset, but genuinely interested. Continue reading
It depends why we know—why we want to think, speak, learn, see…
Some forever add to knowledge, perpetuating a language of endless terms and descriptions in the guise of understanding. Continue reading
You can know a person enough.
You don’t have to trust anyone. In fact, trust isn’t really a choice—it must be earned to exist; and this happens by degrees.
You meet someone, you start to get to know them, you see where you connect, you share along those lines, trust grows, and your lines of connection naturally expand. Continue reading
I think it’s important to realize you don’t hate yourself. If you did, you wouldn’t want to fix it. You’d be happy to see yourself hurt, failing, hopeless, rejected…
You might be really concerned about yourself.
Chances are you’re fixated on your [potential] flaws, and don’t generally see yourself as being any good. Specifics like your appearance, ways, voice, etc. might make you cringe whenever you notice them. Continue reading
Once Rocky wins the title (in Rocky II), he finds out his trainer has been fixing easy fights to keep him safe.
He then loses the championship, his trainer dies, and he’s left completely broken and filled with self-doubt. Continue reading
Humanity still exists. It’s just not known to make for good TV.
Fortunes are spent to keep this rather tense, unfriendly, uncaring picture of the world in front of everyone at all times. This is because tension is known to quickly grip our attention, fostering fears that commercials can then be set to sell to. Continue reading
Well, what does an infant want?
You could say specifics, like: food, sleep, comfort…
But since an infant doesn’t really understand wanting those things, perhaps a summary could be: An infant [unconsciously] wants to be (exist) as much and well as possible. Continue reading
Let’s first take a few steps back…
No one gets addicted for no reason.
You might have started using or doing whatever it is for fun, for insight, for sleep, for concentration, for connection… Continue reading
We don’t actually believe anything blindly.
We believe whatever we’re convinced (deep down) is true.
But as soon as belief gets turned into the official standard, goal, or currency, we’ll do all we can to make ourselves believe (or act like we believe). Continue reading
It depends on the drug.
I remember getting high for the first time as a teenager, thinking, Well, this isn’t really a “feeling,” it’s more a different way of seeing, experiencing, being… Continue reading
You might sense an insurmountable gap between your inner world (with all its potential) and what others can currently understand or appreciate of it.
But the second half of knowing, thinking, and being (as a person) is learning to communicate; otherwise any treasures you find within yourself stay locked up and unknown. Continue reading