presence

Presence, No Guru, Part 1

There’s something about Eckhart Tolle I don’t like. I mean, yes, the concept of being in the here and now is a great one, but it’s hardly new. The kind of lifestyle Tolle promotes dates back at least to Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry Thoreau, in the modern age of personal growth. I suppose it’s …

purpose

Purpose, Fiery, Frozen

I envy people who have a purpose that so consumes them that they are willing to burn their worlds down to achieve it. I’m a little afraid of them as well, to be honest. I feel, inside of me, a burning angst to get out and fulfill my dreams, but somehow, somewhere between the fire …

growth

It’s Cold At Night In Tampere

I like the idea of minimalism. I really do. Unfortunately, I have this problem. It’s not the usual problem where someone says yes to everything and then ends up overwhelmed and letting everyone down because they’ve got too much on their plate. That’s for people with an obsessive need to please. I’m not super interested …

growth

Carnies And The Way Forward

My father-in-law started working as a carnie when he was twelve. He showed up on the day the circus hit town and was swept up by some guy who yelled, “Hey, kid! Need a job?” and next thing he knew, he was holding one of the ropes that guided the elephants that helped lift the …