02202018

grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;

courage to change the things I can;

and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;

enjoying one moment at a time;

accepting hardships as the pathway to peace

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02202018

02142018

My love for you is an ocean. Many things in life are trivial, trite, and fleeting. Let my love be the tides. Let it be the warm kiss of the sea’s warmth in the tropics. Let my love be steadfast as a glacier, monumental as an iceberg, infinite as the sandy shores. May you know that my heart’s content near you is as the beating of waves upon your shore. It is as passionate as a tempest, filled with wrath for any who wrong you. My love covers the depth and breadth of all the oceans on earth and to the skies above.

I love you.

02142018

02132018

“Follow your passion”

“If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.”

“Do what you love.”

We need to work, as much as that sucks. We need to make money and support ourselves so we can have shelter, eat, and be safe. The money we make in exchange for work performed is then exchanged for goods and services that others create. It’s a good system. However, many people will tell you to follow your passions, to do what you love.

I totally disagree.

Here’s my problem with that method; it only works for a very, very few. In some cases, you can’t support yourself doing what you love. And, 5 years from now (or 10, or 30), are you still going to have the same fervor for what you’re doing?

I don’t want to come to hate my passions. Instead, I’d prefer to love my passions, and work at doing what I’m good at.

02132018

02122018

i deleted facebook today.

time is precious, and what i choose to put in front of my eyes is what my brain will focus on. fewer screens, less trash, less pointless noise.

more activities, more hobbies, more time with those i love, more experiences.

divest from that which occupies me, invest in that which i choose to define me.

02122018

02082018

We all have choices. Some days we are fucking hardened and aggressive, pushing for more whether or not it’s deserved. Other days we’re maybe passive and complacent, allowing others to walk past us, over us, through us. The rest of the days we are assertive, pushing for what’s fair and empathetically assessing each moment of our lives. I will let my life err on the side of assertion, empathy, fairness. I will work to be kind before I’m rude, think before speaking, work hard before insisting others do so.

02082018

02062018

which side of history will i be on?

the idea of the world pulling itself in opposite directions is one that may be more apparent and intense with the advent of a 24 news cycle, but i have trouble believing that this hasn’t been a sentiment with every civilization in the history of our planet. we have conservatives and democrats, india and pakistan, north and south korea, catholic and muslim, cat people and dog people. our views put us at odds, and now with the advent of social media and 24 hour news, we have gasoline thrown on every spark that may not have lit.

we find differences instead of commonalities. we search for superiority without discovering compatriots. we criticize, we abuse and we enslave. and those of us that don’t actively participate, passively consent. we have become a world pitted against each other, and instead of looking for good, and hope, and promise, we’ve allowed greed and power to consume our priorities.

none of us consider ourselves evil. we all believe in what we do, tacitly or actively. we believe that our mores are the right ones. the problem is, we believe the opposition is wrong. we do not see enough space in the world for us and them. it’s either we win or we lose.

here is what i believe. it is my being.

  • I believe that the earth and all it’s inhabitants are to be treasured.
  • I believe I must respect my fellow humans.
  • I believe love is kindness and forgiveness.
  • I believe my highest calling is to work hard at work worth doing.
  • I believe that life is found in gardens, animals, children, and nature.
  • I believe that purpose is built, not found.
  • I believe that peace is created, and must be maintained.
  • I believe that those you’ve surrounded yourself with are a reflection of you.
02062018