The Help We Need

It is very difficult to receive the help we need if we are unwilling or unable to ask for it. Inevitably, we all need help in some form or another. There is simply too much in this life for us to handle alone. We are not meant to. It is prideful and foolish to even…

Joy In Creativity

Life is difficult enough as is, but imagine how much worse it would be without the arts. Whether we are talking about the fine arts, performing arts, culinary arts, or even martial arts, much of what makes life worthwhile is the product of creativity more than practicality. Of course, we need food, clothing, shelter, and…

The Need To Be Loved

We all want to know that we are worthy of love, kindness, and respect. We want to know that our life, our very existence, has value. We want to know that this value is inherent to our very being, that we are deserving of affection, appreciation, and compassion simply because we are, not because of…

Need Should Inform Desire (On Contentment)

Contentment begins with aligning our desires with our needs. Often, what we want and what we need are quite different from one another. Part of maturing as a human being is developing the ability to look beyond the former and embrace the latter, ideally to the point where they eventually converge such that what we…

Voluntary Essentialism

“If you don’t prioritize your life, someone else will.” —Greg McKeown from ‘Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less’ In times of confusion and difficulty, often the only things we have to fall back on are our principles, our beliefs, and those things we hold to be most essential in our lives. While it is in…