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The Mandala

I think storytelling is important. I think that hearing other people’s stories and being able to see ourselves in them helps us feel less alone. This past year (or year and a half, really) has been the hardest, and often loneliest, of my life. Some of my difficulties, I think, could only be solved with medication; however, I think finding a positive narrative to cling to — someone who had felt like I was feeling and made it out alive, and maybe even happy — would have made a tremendous difference. So, with all that in mind, I’m going to be more transparent here than I’m comfortable with, and probably more than you’re comfortable with, because I think my story is important. My story is a story I needed to hear 18 months ago, 12 months ago, 8 months ago, 4 months ago. And surely my story is a story…

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Why Do I Blog – Part Two

The Spirit of Something

My children are my greatest inspiration.  They never cease to amaze me.  This mom’s heart is filled with wonder ~ awe, admiration, fascination, surprise, astonishment, stupefaction.  I marvel at their unique, shining spirits.  Flabbergasted by their infinite talent, thirst for knowledge, self-expression endeavors.

I’ve always felt this way about them; from the moment of conception, in the womb, throughout their childhoods, adolescence, the terrific teens.  But, ah, the joy of communicating with my adult sons.  And the wonders of technology allowing us to stay close even when far apart.  We’ve done the Facebook thing; on-line gaming; texting; phone chats; Instagram.  And now podcasts and blogging.  (I’d know nothing of these if Jason and Justin had not done them first, invited me to join them.)

Blogging is by far my favorite.  It takes time and effort to put true thoughts into meaningful words.

Today I was filled anew with wonderment when…

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Why Do I Blog? Part One

The Spirit of Something

Discovering truth is like peeling infinite layers of an onion.  Such is my metamorphic journey from blogging ignorance and indifference to obsessive blog enthusiast.

From the beginning ~ the creation of this blog site; the numerous design and layout start overs with various themes; reading many articles about blog etiquette and technique; participating in the Daily Prompt challenges and reading posts from experienced bloggers; deciding on site description, content, categories and tags ~ I’ve been trying to explain the truth of “why am I doing this?” to myself.

What is my motivation; driving force?  Who is my potential audience?  What, and to whom, am I trying to communicate?

The answers are clear.  My sons sparked my blogging interest with their own podcast and blog sites.  My extreme delight in hearing and reading their thoughts, feelings, opinions, interests, motivations, and humor;  their own connection based on a concrete foundation of brotherhood…

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It’s Not Enough!

Vortex of Awesome

Have you ever come up short? The bills come in and you don’t have enough to pay them? You have a quota to meet at work for sales and you just can’t get seem to get there? You have a goal to lose a certain amount of weight and you can’t break through that certain barrier?

Well, the problem is not with what you’ve got. The problem is not that you don’t have enough. The problem is you are doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

When you hit a 10 foot wall and all you have is shovel you usually start digging, right? Well unfortunately this time you have run into a wall that has a concrete floor under it and you can’t dig your way out of this one. What do you do? Try digging anyways? All you’re going to do is…

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The Spirit of Fitness

Whenever I think of “Fitness” I think of the jokes like, “Fitness? You mean fitting dis whole donut in my mouth?” That is the extent of most people’s fitness knowledge today. It’s a joke. Something everyone knows they need to try harder at but think it is impossible to achieve with their busy lives.

Why is that? Why is it so freaking hard to be fit in today’s society? Is it because we have seditary jobs that require us to sit on our ever growing cabooses (or is it caboosi) all day long? Is it because the foods readily available are full of crap? Is it because our lives are so full that most of what we eat is on the go fast processed foods and we don’t have time to exercise?

All of these are good excuses and there are plenty more that we could list off but they…

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Live Dangerously!

The Struggle is Real…(or at least it should be?)

All varieties of suffering and disappointment are to be welcomed by anyone seeking happiness. Failure and suffering should be greeted as tough challenges to be overcome, in the same way that a climber accepts the on-coming trials of the mountain or rock they are attempting to ascend.

Not necessarily my thoughts, but generally reflective of the great philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche.

“To those human beings who are of any concern to me I wish suffering, desolation, sickness, ill-treatment, indignities—I wish that they should not remain unfamiliar with profound self-contempt, the torture of self-mistrust, the wretchedness of the vanquished: I have no pity for them, because I wish them the only thing that can prove today whether one is worth anything or not—that one endures.”

― Friedrich Nietzsche, The Will to Power

It really is no wonder that Friedrich Nietzsche is often viewed as a…

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