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Do you avoid passion?

Without passion, life can start to look bleak. Without an intense burning for something greater or something more, our soul begins to decay. Yet most of us are content to live our lives mostly without it. We let passion spontaneously pop up in our lives at the beginning of a new relationship or when we become entrenched in a great book but it’s rarely something we pursue and it’s certainly never something with actively try to cultivate. Yet, when we are fully entrenched in our passion, we are the most alive and happy we ever feel. Perhaps we are content not to cultivate it because passion comes packaged with a down side. Something we rarely talk about, but that we...

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How might we live in a way that renders our death bearable?

“I’ve never seen a hearse with a trailer hitch.” -Kristian Bush There are numerous observable patterns about the human condition. Patterns which make it easy for us to speculate on the outcome of any given situation. Specifically, as we age, the ways in which the human body begins to fail has become predictable. In fact, there is no bigger data set than that of the eventual break down and deterioration of the human machine. If you subtract the roughly 7.4 billion people who are alive right now, the earth has seen around 100.8 billion people die before us. And whether you like it or not, you and I will eventually be joining them. Chances are that just in reading that...

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How much are you paying to settle?

I read a book a while ago titled Stop Doing Stuff You Hate. While the concept is simple enough to understand, its implementation is actually much more difficult than you might imagine. Because most of us don’t know what we hate. And we don’t know what we love either. Not really. Not once you pull back the layers of expectations, obligations and responsibilities. And those could be deep because they’ve formed over the course of years. We have commitments. Real or otherwise, to ourselves, our loved ones and to society at large. Over the course of our lives, there have been an incomprehensible number of experiences that have happened to us or that we have witnessed. Each one has played...

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What if this isn't the worst thing that has ever happened to you?

“For everything you have missed, you have gained something else.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson You have an ability to harbor two extremely different mindsets when dealing with adversity and while both are available to you, the one that you choose to adopt will make all of the difference in the world when it comes to your long term success. Often due to a lack of perspective, we have a propensity to get caught up in the mundane. We focus on things that really don’t matter in the broad sense of our lives and we allow our neurosis to dictate our emotional state. We obsess over things we can’t change and we become angry in the wake of a reality that doesn’t...

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The Iron Sanctuary

For many of us, the gym is not just a place that we frequent for January and half of February, nor is it just a place to go before weddings and warm vacations. It has nothing to do with trying to get healthier because we know we “should.” Rather it is a place of solitude. A sanctuary of sorts, where constant feedback takes place in the form of gross tonnage. Where iron therapy is provided in droves and problems are worked out long before they ever make it out of our mind. Individuals are empowered and communities are brought together under the premise of a single constant purpose. Forward progress. Diet isn’t a concept meant to struggle through for eight...

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