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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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struggle with life silhouette

I was at Urban Outfitters one melancholic day, thumbing through one of their books, when I came across the following:

“When I hear somebody sigh, ‘Life is hard,’ I am always tempted to ask, ‘Compared to what?’”
-Sydney J. Harris

The first thought that occurred to me was: Compared to death.  Death is way harder.  I don’t want to die.

Then I thought: Wait a minute.  Life is pretty damn hard.

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mud shoe boot print

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t-rex dinosaur fossil

Tang Dynasty. A Chinese emperor in Chang’an, fearing death, commissions alchemists to create an elixir of immortality. Sulphur, saltpeter, and charcoal are combined to form “fire medicine.” While not granting eternal life, fire medicine is found to be a useful fumigant to kill insects before its martial potential becomes clear. Gunpowder is born. Under constant threat of invasion, especially by Mongols to the north, the Chinese create gunpowder weapons: the gun, cannon, flamethrower, rocket, multi-stage rocket, bomb, land mine, and eventually, the machine gun. The serendipitous discovery of gunpowder is hailed as one of the “Four Great Inventions,” ushering in the age of “hot” warfare.

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stained glass crown

Integrity means lining up your walk with your talk. It means doing what you envision; turning ‘I’ll try’ into ‘I’ll do it.’ And it begins with intent.

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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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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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