Tag: Lessons on Living

To Be Acknowledged As Existing

To be Acknowledged as Existing 7,432 Americans will wake up today to what will be their last day alive, most of whom will not know this ahead of time. According to the American mortality rate published in 2016 by the National Center for Health…

The Thousand Year Journey

  The Thousand Year Journey Jedidiah Jenkins offers up some inspiring wisdom for those of us seeking deeper meaning in life: Follow Jedidiah on Instagram

Words To Live By

Words To Live By I’m sharing this video because as a 4 minute reflection, it may very well be the most profound thing you listen to this month, for the next six months, or perhaps even this whole year. In fact, if you’re like…

In Search of Self

In Search of Self Over the years I’ve learned that the most potent of personal feelings can be the most consoling and relatable to other people who are going through their own hardships. So without even knowing it, you can touch the lives of…

On Labels and Identity

On Labels and Identity Want to read something awkward and extremely personal? You know you want to, but if you don’t want to know about my sex life you should probably stop reading right here. Oh look at you continuing to read. I knew…

More Than Just Friends

More Than Just Friends Someone told me one night that I write because it’s how I come to understand things.  That through my writing I come to terms with things that once tormented me or what continues to torment, perplex or inspire me to…

Ubiquitous

Ubiquitous After nine years of living in my own self-created prison, locked away deep inside of myself, a place darkened by self-hatred, denial, fear, shame, and many other things, I opened the steel door that had long been my burden and for the first…

The Four Cornerstones

“To be loved is to be acknowledged as existing.” – Thich Nhat Hanh The Four Cornerstones The older I get the more I realize the difficulty of long-term social attachment. By that I mean relationships. The way we see things changes as we grow…

Crash

September 11, 2013 I crashed my car in July. About two hours/100 miles from home, on my way to my vacation destination. Physically there was no way I would have really been killed, it just wasn’t that type of collision. There has been a…

Anger, Violence, Death, and Regret

“No man is angry that feels not himself hurt.” – Sir Francis Bacon Anger, Violence, Death, and Regret I remember many years ago, when I had just begun my teenage years.  Back in those days, and earlier, I had an affinity for animals.  I revered…

If You Could Only See

(Please note that this piece was written prior to the Federal Supreme Court decision ruling it unconstitutional to deny same-sex couples the right to marry.) For a very long time, I’ve wanted to be able to write something that spelled out exactly why civil…

Lemmings and Other Things

October 8, 2011 I was talking to a friend of mine this past week about how fear and misunderstanding lead to a negative impact on minority groups. About how inequality and ignorance still run rampant in our society and about how those things are…

The Man In The Mirror

July 17, 2011 “The man who never learns to face himself, will never know what it means to be free.” The Man In The Mirror I ask myself why it bothers me so much that there are groups of people who take a strong…

Orientation: A Two-Thousand Word Essay

June 5, 2011 I ask myself whether we need to know and some people would say that it doesn’t matter, but for me it is important to know because to know or understand it, is to know or understand myself. Over the years I’ve…

Two Journeys, One Life

March 27, 2011 I was born on the 14th of November 1985 to Catholic German Americans. On one August night in the year 1996, a black hand would descend upon me, leaving behind a scar that would forever alter the direction of my life….

Keep You: Part Two

March 19, 2011 You are so shy and so quiet, never wanting to be noticed.  Painfully introverted, you carry out entire conversations in your head, conversations you will probably never honestly have.  Your lips moving, but the sounds never come out.  I watch and…

Keep You: Part One

February 27, 2011 You grew up out in a rural part of the state of Missouri.  You consider yourself a small town guy, you know a lot of people, but you hold onto a few close friends.  Most of the people you know now that you…

A Letter on the Intrinsic Threads of the Human Heart

October 2, 2010 Dear Whomever, For half a decade I have been sharing my deepest and often times my darkest thoughts with anyone who has wandered onto my path. I have shared my life, my private thoughts and my most personal of emotions in…

Autumn Calls You Home

September 30, 2010 Autumn Calls You Home Summer has ended. Autumn has arrived. The change in the weather can’t be ignored. The wind blows colder and the mornings feel damp and brisk. The leaves are already beginning to change, the grass is starting to…

To Die In A Closet

“It never ceases to disappoint me how someone will be your friend, if only you will stand in the corner with a bag over your head. How can you call someone a friend if they embrace you in private, but deny you in public?…

Depression and Iron: A Love Story

February 28, 2010 Many years ago I picked up a barbell for the first time after watching my brothers do the same. It only weighed between 10 and 20 lbs, but this one instance would lead to many more for years to come and…

A Little Something on Self-Acceptance

December 8, 2009 I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt that I love who I am and what I am as a person, as a human being and as a man. And while I say that I accept me for me, I…

The Great Rift of the Global Soul

February 2009 One of the greatest things that I have ever learned was from some of the most meek people in the world… monks. Again and again like the waves lapping against the shore of my mind, I am awakened over and over to…

Messages

August 2007 Message # 1 Stuart, Thanks for contacting me on these matters. The Baha’i Faith has played an important role in my life, not because I am a member (as I decided not to join), but because I have learned so much compassion…

The Interconnectedness of Religion and Philosophy

March 2007 I once wrote, “To say that all faiths are wrong, but your own, is to say that you truely do not understand the greatness of God.” It wasn’t until much later on that I realized how profound that message really is. I…