Tag: purpose

freedom

Something Positive

I need to write something positive today before I go berserk. I am, mostly, surrounded by idiots.  By people who only ever care about themselves and their own agendas.  By those whose sense of entitlement causes them to believe that the world revolves around their every whim, no matter how lazy or imposing or absurdly …

depression

Breathing Through It

I know I don’t have it that bad. I know things can always be worse. I know that as long as there is still breath in my body, I have the opportunity to do something better. The problem is that I feel compelled to serve a higher purpose, a universal purpose that goes beyond just …

writing

Weird Endings

I feel like so much of what I read and write these days comes with unsatisfying endings.  Not that unsatisfying endings are bad, but they’re best when they inspire further thought and interpretation, not just a downer. I ended Jeopardy on a interpretive note.  I hadn’t originally intended to include the scene in the “afterlife”.  It …

purpose

Breaking It All Down

I set deadlines for myself on things.  I try not to obsess too much over the future, but it’s important to have direction.  Aimlessness can be fun for a while, but ultimately, the lack of purpose gets to you.  Life should be a blend of kicking back in the moment and taking action to fulfill …

fear

Can I Hack It?

There’s a fear in me.  A fear that clots my blood and shakes my marrow. A fear that chases me at every turn, and that’s responsible for every failed project, every deleted manuscript and every unsent story.  It’s responsible for the concern that my friends and family will read what I’ve written and sneer, or …

awareness

Self-Labels

Maybe I’m just not a fan of labels. I wrote a few days ago about how we shouldn’t define ourselves by our jobs, that our actual selves are something beyond “architect” or “woodworker” or “environmentalist”.  We don’t get to be labeled petty fucks because we’re a lawyer or a bland because we’re accountants.  We don’t …

purpose

Golden Circle

There’s a popular TED talk by Simon Sinek around the power of Why.  In fact, he followed that up with a whole book called Start With Why, that took the concept in his talk (which lasted roughly 20 minutes), and made it last several hours, with no variation on theme. I thought it an odd choice …

purpose

Sunday Mornings

I love Sunday mornings, particularly the ones where I haven’t been out binge drinking the night before.  It’s been a while since I really did that, but I don’t miss those. A little buzz to loosen the tongue is fine, but to lose focus?  To drink so much that it’s all an uncaring blur, a …

growth

Expanding Worlds

Twelve times in the past seven years, I’ve read the same book about naming your genius. Twelve times I’ve come up with a name, then immediately started second guessing it.  Every time, I end up having to read it again, because I’m just not getting it. But every time, I expanded a little.  It forced …