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a full gas tank

In my experience, I’ve found only 2 ways to effectively deal with jealousy.  Fortunately (or unfortunately), some of my friends are better-looking than me, taller than me, make more money than me, and are more popular with the ladies…

…Not that it’s a competition, but let’s face it, sometimes it is.  And sometimes, it sure feels like you’re getting creamed.

One way to deal with jealousy is to tear the other person down.  Diffuse.  Detract.  Talk trash.  Obviously this is a very low-level way of coping, but sometimes you can’t help it and boy, does it feel good, am I right?

Just kidding.  Or, perhaps, half-kidding.

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a vortex

Let’s say… you’re a writer.  You’ve done a lot of reading, but you’ve never come across the book you want to write.  There’s a unique emptiness out there that needs to be filled.  You know you have the talent, the intellect, the creativity to fill this emptiness.  You also secretly fear that if you don’t fill it, eventually someone else will.  And yet, you idle.

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an acorn

Understanding something is quite different from knowing it–not unlike the difference between studying horticulture and cultivating your own garden. Knowing means thoughts are inessential to induce you to act; actions erupt from you spontaneously like oak from acorn.

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climber with rope attached

It took me a while, but I’m back in business baby. I’m ahead on my blog writing, which means I can now concentrate on the book. My life has been rejiggered to accommodate new friends and new projects, and all the puzzle pieces are starting to snap together.

On your journey you’re going to have instances of self-doubt. After all, crags and chasms are part of the terrain. The answer of course is to continually affirm yourself. Even a veteran mountain climber has to steady his feet now and again. You do too, else you fall into the abyss.

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lots of fresh eggs

Pain is your brain’s way of demanding change. Don’t waste your limited time on this earth trying to run away from it or trying to sweep it under the rug. If you don’t give it due respect, it will come back with a vengeance. You may feel the urge to stuff your face with food, to bury your blues with booze, to marinate your senses with unending titillations. But you mustn’t.

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an open cookie jar

People are constantly on the lookout for shortcuts–memory tricks and secret societies and wheat grass shots–things that may, by some hitherto unknown mechanism, bring them unbridled intelligence, perfect test scores, and scores of unbridled women. I certainly have been guilty of this kind of thinking a couple of times, ok maybe even a few times, but that’s not the point. The point is that sometimes I too, despite my Shaolin Monk-like mental discipline, wish to have everything I’ve ever wanted, instantaneously, at the snap of my fingers. I’ve worked harder and persevered longer than other people I know, I might tell myself, but I haven’t been quite as lucky! This kind of thinking is poison.

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3 silver keys

We all need a home, a source of constancy, a place to return to in order to gather strength, clarity, and equanimity. There are 3 homes with which to concern yourself.

The first home is your Home Team. These are the people you associate with and with whom you surround yourself. They act as your support, your competition, and your inspiration. As an introvert, I know far too intimately the comfort and pleasure of keeping to oneself, slowly transforming into a Zen-level hermit, but your home team can never be neglected. If you ask, “What’s the point? Why can’t I just spend all my free time on myself?” I will say this:

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