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Feb 15

A Brief Observation on Shame

Shame and Identity

Shame and Identity After reading my last article someone sent me the following comment: When someone asks me what I do or a living, I feel a certain degree of shame. It feels like I am not only afraid of being judged by others, but I am afraid of judging my own identity. Shame is …

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Feb 10

Be What You Are

Be what you are, not what you do. The first question a stranger asks us at a party is usually “So, what do you do?” They are specifically asking what you do for a living, or alternatively phrased “What activity to you trade your life energy for that gives you money in return”. Why is …

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Feb 04

So You Want to Eat Like a Happy Philosopher…

Eat like a happy philosopher

Food. Our lives are centered on food. Most of us eat three meals a day, often with additional snacks. Much of our social interaction revolves around it. Think of all the times you interact with friends and family and how much involves food and drink. Food may seem like a tangential topic to the subject …

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Feb 02

Cycles

Cycles

An interesting way to look at our existence is the realization that much of our experiences exists in cycles; day and night, seasons, life and death, economic boom and bust, political cycles, etc. On a personal level there are cycles within us; alternation between sadness and joy, tension and relaxation, excitement and boredom. Basic human …

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Jan 27

Loneliness

lonely bench

Loneliness… I’m a contemplative guy. I think a lot about, well, nearly everything. I think about thinking and then…well I think about that. It’s safe to say that there are few topics I have not given at least some passing thought to. Sometimes though, a question is asked that causes me to pause and realize …

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Jan 21

Kill Your Television!

Kill Your Television: Flickr

  I used to watch a lot of television. It seemed natural. Everyone else did it and being a social creature and wanting to fit in I went along. I’ve since learned there are few things in our lives that are such a destructive force to our time, money and happiness. I actually still own …

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Jan 15

How a Podcast Can Change the World

Beauty everywhere

  A turning point. One morning, a few months ago I was listening to a podcast. It was an interview of JB Glossinger, a guy I’d never heard of. He is a coach/author/podcaster focusing on lifestyle design. Now I was listening to a lot of podcasts at the time and this one was good. Not …

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Jan 12

1,300,000,000 ways to be less happy

Math is hard! Not playing the lottery is easy!

Normally I don’t seek out news, but sometimes just being on the internet you can’t help but become aware of some trendy current event that has the country in a buzz of excitement. This week the Powerball lottery jackpot grew to1.3 billion dollars, yes billion with a ‘B’. Now happy philosophers do NOT play the …

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Jan 08

Why Your Life Never Seems To Change

Vision, strategy and tactics

Why your life never seems to change: A few months ago I was talking to a life coach I recently met about how he got started in the coaching business. He told me how he completely changed his career and life and I was a little blown away by it all. My life seemed so …

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Jan 01

Making a Commitment

Comittment

Making a Commitment: I intended to write my ideas for a while now, but it has taken me a long time to actually start typing. In fact, six months or so have passed since I made that initial ‘commitment’ yet I didn’t start until recently. It turns out I did not really make that commitment …

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