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Liberation from You

Liberation. The word is inspiring and filled with history and meaning. Look up the phrase "independence"  on Wikipedia and you'll get a definition about countries, nations and states and self government. Look up the word liberation, and you won't get much. As a definition, three words, actually. Why so much about freedom but so little … [Read more...]

Stop It! 43 Things To Stop Doing NOW

Stop saying "I hate _." That makes you a hater. Stop acting like you're the only one with problems. Stop complaining to people that can't do anything about it. They don't want to hear. Stop complaining if nothing can be done about it. Just stop complaining, already! Stop wishing that what is, isn't and that what isn't, is. Deal with what … [Read more...]

Happiness and The Hypnosis of the Culture Part II

Here's a parable that I think speaks to the topic of happiness and the hypnosis of the culture. One day a monk stopped by the house of a wealthy man and found the owner busily filling a large steel chest  with gold and silver coins. Puzzled, the monk asked him what he was doing. The man replied, "Sir, you have no cares. The faithful feed you, … [Read more...]

Happiness and the Hypnosis of the Culture, Part I

You might've heard the story of the guy walking down the street and sees another guy looking for something by the side of the road. "Hey" the first guy says,"What are you looking for?" "I'm looking for my keys", says the other guy. "Let me help you! Where did you see them last?" "In my house." "Um, so why you are looking for them out … [Read more...]

Scaring Away the Dark Side of Change

Ever wonder why we wear masks on Halloween? Why we dress up and disguise ourselves as ghosts, witches and monsters? The modern holiday of Halloween has its roots in both the Celtic celebration of Samhain and the Christian holiday of All Saints Day. Samhain ("the end of summer") celebrated the end of the "lighter half" of the year and the … [Read more...]

You, on The Hero’s Journey

  I like Star Wars. "The Empire Strikes Back" is my favorite movie. When I hear the word transformation, I think about Luke Skywalker, and unless you've been living in a cave since 1977, you know that he is the hero of the first three Star Wars movies. Here's a guy that goes from being a whiny, irresponsible young farm boy to becoming the … [Read more...]

Why You Need Discomfort!

    One hot summer day found me at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. I was on a  river rafting trip with Arizona River Runners and 30 other people. My buddy Brian was driving the boat on this 9 day trip down the Colorado River. One evening after dinner while  people were pitching their tents, one of the passengers came running up to tell us that … [Read more...]

Being Grateful for the Things that Went Wrong

  As we approach Thanksgiving, much will be written this week about gratitude, how to give thanks, counting blessings, how not to stuff yourself like a tick, etc. I'd like to suggest being grateful for things in your life that went wrong. Things that didn't go according to plan. Now before I go any further let me say that, … [Read more...]

31 Scary Questions to Ask Yourself

  It's all about scary this week as we approach Halloween and Day of the Dead.  It's a time when it's fun to be scared, as long as we know that it's just a movie, or someone dressed up as the walking dead. Truth is, there are plenty of really scary things out there.  But by far, the scariest things are those that we hide … [Read more...]

The Power of Your Beliefs

Once there was a young man sitting on a park bench worried sick. He owned a business and had gotten himself into a huge amount of debt. He could see no way out of his predicament. He was being harassed by his creditors and his vendors were demanding payment. Suddenly, an old man sat down on the bench next to him. "You look like you have … [Read more...]

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