What makes you happy?

What makes you happy?

Mar 22

Think of all of the generally unhappy people you know.  What do they all have in common?  In my experience, unhappy people are generally critical.  They are quick to point out what isn’t perfect, what isn’t good, what could be better.  They are certainly capable of being grateful and pointing out what is good, but their “blink” seems to focus on what is “wrong.” Contrast that with...

The Animal Kingdom: a parable of sorts

The Animal Kingdom: a parable of sorts

Feb 16

Once upon a time there was a kingdom of animals.  The kingdom was comprised of a diverse group of creatures, but it was ruled by lions.  The lions were fierce and proud and strong.  They worked hard at protecting the animals of their kingdom and making sure that no other kingdom attempted to harm any of the animals. However, the lions were lions.  They were always in charge because they were...

Surrender

Surrender

Jan 06

A dear friend a fellow warrior asked me today, “What is the difference between defeat and surrender.”  As I attempted to answer the question, I realized it wasn’t that simple.  It wasn’t something I could just spit a short reply and it be clear enough.  So I decided to explain my thoughts more thoroughly. “Defeat” is a simple concept.  It is the opposite of victory.  Defeat...

An election prediction

An election prediction

Nov 07

A lot has been said going about the upcoming Presidential election on November 8th.  A lot has been said about what will happen if this candidate or that candidate gets elected.  I thought I’d take a few moments to make some predictions about what will happen after the election. First, the candidate I voted for will not win.  I know this and I’m perfectly comfortable with it.  I won’t...

Dinner is served: a parable of sorts

Dinner is served: a parable of sorts

Oct 19

Once upon a time, there was a city with only a single restaurant.  Everybody in the city ate at the same restaurant. A lady had recently moved to the city and was attending her first dinner at the restaurant.  She was seated at a nice table and handed a fancy menu.  She was surprised when she saw that there were only two items on the menu:  raw fish or raw steak.  She looked around to see if...

The truth that the media won’t tell you

The truth that the media won’t tell you

Oct 17

Let’s pretend for a minute that I decided to make money from this blog by selling advertising space.  What do you think would primarily determine how much money I’m able to make from advertising? Probably the number of people who read and share my posts, right?  The more people who follow my blog, the more attractive it becomes for advertisers because more people are likely to see their...

Feeding the fire

Feeding the fire

Oct 14

Let’s pretend that I punched you in the face. Now suppose that you punch me in the face in response. Who is wrong? I suspect you’ll say that we both are.  I agree.  Nobody should get punched in the face.  Ever.  And yet it still happens.  While it disturbs me that this still happens, I’m far more disturbed by the way we respond when things like this happen. It seems that more often...

Good guys and bad guys

Good guys and bad guys

Sep 28

It seems like a lifetime ago, but in that other life I was once a telemarketer. At the time, I was estranged from my wife, but we were both living with her parents.  I was trying to pay bills, trying to mend my marriage, and I took the first job I could get. Every evening, my wife and her mother would take turns telling me what a miserable human being I was.  The next morning I would get up and...