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moon and starry night

Astoria, New York

We stepped out of the fluorescent-lighted restaurant and onto the lamplit sidewalk. The temperature that night was mild. I grabbed her hand as I hurried her along to the Bohemian beer garden. She had never been, so I was eager to show her. We’d have to be quick, I thought, if we wanted to make it to the dessert café before closing time.

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wedding bands

This weekend I attended my friend’s wedding. It was a beautiful affair with roses, candles, and of course, a deejay. Surprisingly, I found myself paying close attention to details that I thought might enhance my own wedding someday. I say ‘surprising,’ because for most of my adult life, I was cynical of even the idea of marriage. Having been cheated on, having seen so-called perfect couples fall apart before my eyes, having read the sobering statistics on our country’s famously high divorce rate, I wasn’t exactly inspired to tie the knot back then.

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desert reflection

This month marks 2 years since I first started my blog.  I feel honored to have received close to 20,000 views almost exclusively through word-of-mouth.  Thank you all, dear readers. If you feel that my writing has had a positive effect on you, then please pass it along. I would much rather spend what little free time I have in order to work on producing quality content than to spend it on aggressive advertising and affiliate marketing.

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dandelion seeds

I’ve known several people who were born into money and I can tell you that most of them are soft. Weak. Undisciplined, and unhappy. They cry at the slightest provocation, give up at the first sign of resistance, and complain incessantly. This is because once you’ve achieved a certain level of sustenance and stability, money can no longer buy happiness, only stimulation. The real currency of happiness lies in your courageous deeds and your positive effect on the world. Through these, your heart will find peace. If you don’t believe me, study anyone who is consistently happy and fulfilled, and you will find that he is constantly focused on his personal growth and his interpersonal contribution. Laziness and selfishness will only beget a restless spirit.

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hammer and egg

As men, testosterone is essential to our health, our energy, our optimism, and even our ability to take risks. As we age, our testosterone production naturally drops, leading to a decrease in our vitality, our vibrancy, and dare I say it, our vigor. But some 60-year-olds have managed to remain stronger and more spry than most 30-year-olds. The reason is because what matters is not necessarily how much testosterone is produced, but how much is available to your body for use. Doesn’t it make sense then, that we need to find ways to naturally jack up our testosterone levels? Of course it does. Hulk Smash!

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male symbol

Thoughts are things. Any thought, good or bad, repeated often enough and with enough emotion will eventually manifest itself as its real-world equivalent. If you think back to your past, you will find this to be true.

The following are thoughts that I affirm from time to time in order to tap into my masculine core:

My thoughts are clear. My words, distinct. My vision, compelling.

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many gold coins

“Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.”
-Bruce Lee

Why do I write this blog?

I write it to motivate, to move, to change, to inspire–not just you, dear reader, but also myself. I write because the act of writing clarifies my ideas. It organizes them, brings my awareness to them, and affirms them.

Why do I affirm them?

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