Tag Archive: Acceptance

Jul 29

Reflections on Pain: Part 2

Pain I just finished a stretch of three months of full-time work due to my partners’ maternity leave. It was a tough transition to be honest, but I adjusted to the busier life within a few weeks. The worst part about it though, was about half way through I tweaked my back which is still …

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Jan 21

A Guide to Living in Trump’s America

As I sit down to write this the United States has a new president. Donald J. Trump is now the 45th president of the United States. If your Facebook feed is anything like mine, this has caused some people quite a bit of distress. My only wish for you is happiness, so I have created …

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Oct 18

Lessons From World Domination Summit 2016

Earlier this summer I attended the World Domination Summit (WDS), an annual event in Portland, Oregon with a few thousand attendees. It is a week-long collection of meetings, events, speakers and parties with the core principals of community, adventure and service. Now if that sounds kind of vague and nonspecific I’m with you; actually I …

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Oct 05

A Reflection on the Certainty of Death

  On some subconscious level, nearly everything we think and do is a distraction from the fact we are going to die. We intuitively know this at some point. Like the iPhone, we do not, and are not meant to, last forever. From the moment we exist we begin the process of dying, continuously moving …

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Sep 20

You are Replaceable. Congratulations!

Yes, you heard me right. You are replaceable. And this should be a relief to you. Many times we feel the work we do is so unique and that without it the company/industry/economy/world will fall apart without us. I believed this at one point, but in reality this is all a grand delusion.  At first, …

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Jun 11

Comfort is Fear in Disguise

  All men’s miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone. Blaise Pascal I recently had an epiphany I want to share with you.   As I mentioned in my blog post last week I recently attended a several day long retreat geared towards people seeking early financial independence.  I …

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Apr 05

How Embracing Insignificance Can Improve Your Life

  A problem with the human mind is its difficulty realizing how insignificant it is on a cosmic scale. Much of our suffering comes from our attachment to outcomes we deem good or bad. Outcomes that matter. We worry about who we will marry, how much money we make, how successful our career will be, …

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Mar 06

Pain

Pain So there I was lying on the cold tile of the bathroom floor reflecting upon my life, wondering if this was the end. I really thought I might be dying. Rational thoughts do not go through the mind in a pre-syncopal state and this was no exception. The pain in my lower back was …

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Feb 15

A Brief Observation on Shame

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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