Tag: understanding

depression

They Told Me I Didn’t Understand

Some things happen divorced of time and space. I have a memory, of which I cannot place the date or location, or even my age, beyond it being likely in my early twenties.  There was alcohol involved, but I was not yet drunk (or maybe I was, I don’t know). Two friends of mine at …

culture

Fashion Let-Down

I know I’ve mentioned this before, but I love that Nineties fashion is back. I don’t love that the heart didn’t come with it. Example:  This morning, as I was scraping my car, a man in his early twenties, late teens walked toward me.  He looked like something out of a Stone Temple Pilots or …

growth

The Irony Of Positive Negatives

I’m pretty sure that it’s a law of human psychology that those most often posting quotes about “haters” and people “showing them who they are” are most often the people engaging in that same behaviour. I know too many of these not to start recognizing it as a defensive behaviour. AKA, someone calls your shit …

politics

Patience

It’s funny the things you have patience for.  I can resign myself all day to walking people through, in layman’s terms, technical issues about which they know nothing.  I can show them that they are capable of doing things that scare them, because they’re simple things. Unplugging a power cord on a router may seem …

awareness

Internal Awareness

Several quotes I’ve read have stated that we cannot know where we are on the path to enlightenment. That no matter how self-aware we think may be, there are always blind spots, and that because they are blind spots, we cannot see them, or know to know that they’re there. You can’t begin to understand …

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 …

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 …

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 …

politics

The Left/Right Divide

I’ll never understand why the world gets so caught up in duality. Actually, scratch that, I understand it perfectly.  It’s because I was an idiot. Let me explain. In my younger and more impressionable years, I got into punk.  Not live on the street, cut a mohawk punk, but punk ethics.  DIY, total freedom, fuck …

politics

Right Wing Delusion

Or maybe, dogmatic delusion. I’m stumped and astounded by the unthinking devotion to a party or side when there’s so much evidence that it’s bullshit or cruel or downright evil. Why continue to insist a guy like Trump is anything other than the liar, racist and wannabe fascist he’s overwhelmingly proven to be?  Why continue …