Saturday, May 17, 2014

Surrender Anyway

You've surely heard the phrase "let go, let God" at some point. Maybe you really believe in it. Maybe you think it's bullshit. But I'll tell you this: surrender anyway. You don't need to be a believer.

I've been going through a rough time myself lately, so I'll use that as an example. 

Everyone can feel a little bit lost sometimes. From time to time, everyone feels the pangs of regret, loneliness, grief, anger, and depression. Some people have a more difficult time pulling themselves out of the quagmire than others. Maybe it's a trick of memory or the ability to easily change of perspective, but some people just never seem to get bummed out for too long.

I'm not one of those people.

For me, it usually requires an extreme force of will - which, despite good intentions and a reasonable chance of success, I usually drive straight into the brick wall of futility.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The USA is NOT a Christian Nation


"Your sect by its sufferings has furnished a remarkable proof of the universal spirit of religious intolerance inherent in every sect, disclaimed by all while feeble, and practiced by all when in power. Our laws have applied the only antidote to this vice, protecting all on an equal footing. But more remains to be done, for although we are free by law, we are not so in practice; public opinion erects itself into an Inquisition, and exercises its offices with as much fanaticism as fans the flames of an Auto-da-Fe."   - Thomas Jefferson

While browsing various media outlets in the USA, and especially online where we are all separated by a technological veil of anonymity even if we are not hiding our identities, it does not take very long to find the opinion, expressed very firmly as fact, that the USA is a Christian nation and founded upon Christian principles.

While I take no offense to to the idea of Christianity nor to the freedom of each person to hold and express his or her own individual faith, I am becoming increasingly frustrated with the ignorance which spreads such misunderstandings like dandelions taking root in the unkempt garden of the collective mind.

If your personal sentiments have not already labeled me a heretic or a liberal or a fool, then please share my words so that others may know that you are not alone. If you think me a fool, a liberal, or a heretic, then please continue reading so that you may judge my words with true integrity. May you all find peace!

The USA is not a Christian nation, nor was it founded upon principles belonging solely to Christianity.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A Simple Choice



Just a simple choice, right now, between fear and love. The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your doors, buy guns, close yourself off. The eyes of love instead see all of us as one.

     - Bill Hicks, Revelations (1993)

I've chosen to share some words that someone shared with me recently. They helped me out, maybe they'll help someone else:

I've been there, bro, and it's a shitty feeling. But the pain and sorrow you feel doesn't compare to that of your family and loved ones who truly couldn't deal with not having you in their lives...believe me, I know all this now and I'm a better man because of it. It, all these conversations, the feelings, thoughts, work, parents, brother, cousins, wedding, house, trials and tribulations...ALL happens for a reason.

And no matter how dark a place you find yourself, I promise when you put yourself in the position to see it from the point of view of people who feel the way about losing you that you feel about her, you will see the light no matter how far away or dim it seems. I swear, one way or another you will be stronger and the pain will seem like nothing compared to the pain you save your family and friends by losing yourself forever!

I know this to be FACT, cuz. And every day I think about my future and I feel no more pain from the past.


Sunday, March 23, 2014

5 Lies You Tell Yourself That Keep You From Being Happy

I've written a bit before about the ways that perception and language shape reality. The things you believe affect the way that you see the world, and the way you see the world shapes the way that you interact with it. This includes the people around you, your work, and your physical environment.

Everything starts with you. What you tell yourself about yourself and your experiences will affect the way that you feel about yourself and the world around you. For many of us, this is a somewhat somnambulistic process...we're not even aware of it, it's something we do unconsciously.

But it doesn't have to be that way. It begins with a choice - the choice to wake up and take responsibility for yourself. Pay attention to what you're telling yourself and, if you need to, start telling yourself something new. As you change the way that you think, your own level of happiness will improve and spread into other areas of your life. So watch your thoughts, see if you're telling yourself any of these lies.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

This Isn't Where I Parked My Car!

I was looking through some stuff and found this snippet of an old, lost conversation with someone I've forgotten. Sometimes it amazes me - the things I've let into my head, the things that have passed through. A friend of mine once told me, "Joe, you and I have already forgotten more than most people will ever know..."

Well, entire worlds have been lost to the black hole that is my memory. I'm very bird-brained that way. Always on to the next shiny thing. Talking to me must have been frustrating.

Anyway, I got a kick out of seeing this. It's from at least five years ago. I don't care what you think.