Tag: Freedom

Apr 12

How to Live a Life of Quiet Desperation

Boat

Most of us will get there soon enough just by doing what we are doing. Or perhaps you have been living it for some time now and wonder how it came to this. The lucky few who have escaped can read on with bemusement. Thoreau put it so brilliantly:   The mass of men lead …

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Mar 30

How to retire by 40.

Retired

  Early retirement is a hot topic these days and for good reason, it is attainable by nearly anyone who really wants it and pretty freaking awesome. There are thousands of gurus/blogs/coworkers who claim to have the definitive opinion on this topic but I’m here to give you the lazy man’s simple approach, specifically designed …

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Mar 12

Intermission

It was mid-morning, maybe 9:00 or so, and it was too nice of a day not to be outside. I go for a walk on most days I’m not working. It is a form of mediation for me. I never grow tired of my walk even though I have been on the route hundreds of …

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Feb 29

Increase Your Awesomeness With This One Simple Trick

Meditation is a super power!

  Imagine for a moment I developed a pill that could reduce stress, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, insomnia and fatigue. It could improve hypertension and symptoms of psoriasis, as well as boost your immune function, creativity, focus, empathy and memory. It will improve your relationships and generally make you a more pleasant person to be …

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Feb 23

Decluttering: Philosopher Ninja Style

Simple and uncluttered

  This last summer I was introduced to an odd little book by Marie Kondo titled The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. A friend of mine read this book and was in the process of decluttering – and by decluttering I don’t mean sorting through the junk drawer …

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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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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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Dec 27

The Real Benefits of Honesty Nobody Told You

amazing benefits of honesty

The brilliant late philosopher David Foster Wallace opened with the following parable at his commencement speech to Kenyon College class of 2005:   There are these two young fish swimming along, and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says,“Morning, boys, how’s the water?” And the …

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