Originally written on June 8th, 2018 upon hearing about the death of Anthony Bourdain: Suicide is complicated. For those affected by it, either directly or indirectly, it can be very confusing to process and understand. As I write this, I fear that I have nothing helpful to offer on the subject and yet I am … Continue reading Repost: What Makes You So Special And Why Do You Get To Quit?
Knowing that one other person feels the way we do is often enough to initiate our healing. We all struggle with something. Whether it is personal, professional, or relational, none of us is exempt from difficulty, from trouble, or from conflict. We all have fears, frustrations, and insecurities. We all have our own demons in … Continue reading Not Alone (Together In Suffering)
Stress is misdirected energy. Stress is energy directed inward that would be more usefully directed toward that which we want to accomplish, achieve, or affect. This does not mean that we should displace our stress outwardly. Stress directed outwardly tends to manifest as anger, frustration, and all other forms of counterproductive negativity. By the time … Continue reading Self-Management Over Stress-Management
“There’s a lot to be said for surviving.” —Anonymous In my early 20’s, I was going through a rough patch. I had moved to a new town to start a new life. A high school dropout with no goals or aspirations, I was awkward, antisocial, and broke. In spite of my better judgement, I got … Continue reading Survival is Underrated
As someone who has always struggled to find innate happiness, existential purpose, and a sense of belonging, the discovery of service to others as a path to each of these has been both eye-opening and life changing. As a young kid, I always felt like an outsider. I was bullied daily by older kids at … Continue reading Service is Empathy’s Purpose