The True Definition of Beauty

The True Definition of Beauty

December 5, 2016

Editors note: the following post was first published in 2014. New posts return January 2nd 2017. Appearances by their very nature are deceiving and by looking only on the outside you will set yourself up for failure because you will underestimate others constantly, and they, in turn, will get the upper hand on you. Instead of judging a book by its cover, then, always hold back your assessment of others until their actions reveal to you who they really are. Why Beauty Is In “The Actions Of The Beheld” What if beauty is not what we always thought it was? What if beauty is not something we can look at at first glance, but something that we experience when we have known someone for a very long time? What if beauty is not on the outside, nor on the inside, but somewhere in between? I have trouble with judgements based upon outward beauty and I feel like the following must […]

How To Be More Disciplined

How To Be More Disciplined

November 28, 2016

Editors note: the following post was first published in 2013. New posts return January 2nd 2017. One of the most common questions that I receive from readers has to do with a word that, to be honest, I despise. That word is discipline. People always want to know how to be more disciplined in the writing process and in their lives. They see me and they think I am more “disciplined” than them. I try to explain to them that no, I am not more disciplined than them, and that I simply learned long ago that trying hard to be “disciplined” does not work. I try to explain to them that I am not more disciplined than them, I am simply more devoted. I use my devotion to my passion to motivate me in the long-term, and this deep devotion, in turn, makes me appear more “disciplined.” I think what confuses most people about discipline is that they think that […]

Why We Need To End Our Obsession With Youth

Why We Need To End Our Obsession With Youth

November 21, 2016

Editors note: the following post was first published in 2014. New posts return January 2nd 2017. “Love alone is a kind of reality with no manifestation, since love makes itself manifest in wisdom; and wisdom without love is like a manifestation with no reality, since wisdom is a manifestation of love.” – Emmanuel Swedenborg As I grow older, I’m surprised that I don’t have the same kind of terror associated with age that I’m told I’m supposed to have. Instead of feeling terrified because I’m closer to death, or that I’ve not accomplished my dreams yet, I feel so much more confident and happy than I expected I would be. I think it’s because I know more—I am wiser. I value this wisdom because I did a lot of stupid things when I was younger, and I also wasted far too much of my time on things that did not truly matter. Today, the things that younger people freak out about, […]

3 Steps To Finding (And Following) Your Calling In Life

3 Steps To Finding (And Following) Your Calling In Life

November 14, 2016

In my post 5 Common Myths People Have About Finding Their Passion, we went over the common misconceptions people have about figuring out your passion and following that passion. Today I want to talk about something very related to your passion but with a subtle–but important–difference. Today I would like to talk about how to figure out if something is your calling. The Difference Between Your Passion and Your Calling The differences between your passion and your calling are often razor-thin. A calling can be rooted in your passion, but your passion is not always your calling. First, we must admit that many of us have several different things we are passionate about. For example: I’m passionate about cooking, film, acting, dancing, singing, drawing, painting, and of course writing. But each of these passions means something different to me. My passion for cooking is more like a hobby, for instance. It’s a private thing I like to do for my […]

Understanding The Spiritual Symbols In Your Life

Understanding The Spiritual Symbols In Your Life

November 7, 2016

Editors note: the following post was first published in 2014. New posts return January 2nd 2017. “[T]he imagination loves symbol because it recognizes that inner divinity can only find expression in symbolic form. The symbol never gives itself completely to the light.” – John O’ Donohue Themes are all around us. Whether the theme be heartbreak, regret, mortality, war, hunger, joy, companionship, destruction, change, reconciliation or letting go—each theme carries with it certain symbols, and each symbol can guide us in understanding what each theme is trying to tell us, and what lesson we are expected to master in that particular moment of time. My job as narrator and storyteller is to observe and point out the themes that are currently being experienced by humanity. I take each theme and apply symbols to it—symbols are images or physical representations that help to illuminate the abstract truths being taught through the theme and which, in turn, help guide us to mastering […]

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