Archives for December 2013

Addictions – Literally keeping us from joy

WARNING: This post is sexually-themed and contains mature content.

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Building Willpower – from Belle Beth Cooper at Buffer

This is a really rich and practical refresher on building willpower. I love how Belle Beth Cooper makes the keys/bullets/nuggets so easy to find. She takes pages of text and hours of information and turns it into a refreshing slap in the face to get you moving.

 

The science of self-control: 6 ways to improve your willpower

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A Christmas Limerick

Unto us, a Child has been born
Man of sorrows, appearing forlorn
Government on his shoulders
Confounds all His beholders
Roads are broken for those Christ will adorn

The righteous falls, and rises again

13 My son, eat honey, for it is good, and the drippings of the honeycomb are sweet to your taste.
14 Know that wisdom is such to your soul; if you find it, there will be a future, and your hope will not be cut off.
15 Lie not in wait as a wicked man against the dwelling of the righteous; do no violence to his home;
16 for the righteous falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked stumble in times of calamity.

–From Proverbs 24

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Practical tips in managing Depression from Therese Borchard

Therese Borchard: 12 Steps Toward Freedom from Depression

Theresa Borchard’s “12 Steps Toward Freedom from Depression” is a great list of tips. These are things that are good for anybody, but crucial for those managing depression.

There are a lot of great tips but this one is particularly well-put to me. I like her style.

This one is the toughest steps: directing my thoughts is somewhat like a traffic policeman standing out in the middle of a highway during a storm. Some of the drivers (thoughts) get a bit agitated when the dude in the neon vest tells them they can’t go a certain way…that if they do, they will regret it. Oh yes, they will. Because getting their brains out of the gutter (where toxic emotions live) proves more difficult than you think. I have a bunch of creative ways–much like the policeman’s hand signals–in which I like to untwist my distorted thoughts…such as differentiating between fiction (fantasy) and nonfiction (reality) in my busy noggin.

I really appreciate how her tips are not only implementable and practical in the now, but they aren’t magical thinking or fluff. She is honest about how things like this don’t make it all go away. But they do help, they do work, and she has the personal experience to back them up.

Hope is more than wishful thinking...

Hope on…

All things grow

If I was crying,
In the van with my friend,
It was for freedom
From myself and from the land

I made a lot of mistakes…

I made a lot of mistakes…

You came to take us
All things go, all things go
To recreate us
All things grow, all things grow
We had our minds set
All things know, all things know
You had to find it
All things go, all things go

–Sufjan Stevens, Chicago

I never knew how much I wanted freedom until I really knew I didn’t have it. Truly having firsthand knowledge of working for The Man, not having the luxury of going where I want and when, now knowing if it will get better, and the cycle of keeping all of that going; the searing sadness and the nameless gnawing of not following what I felt tailored for, somehow; to live abundantly and freely instead of being stared down by…something else.

I must have my freedom. I have a Recreator working in me–even when I don’t feel it.

Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”

–Revelation 21:5

Arapahoe High School shooting hits closer to home

We are the middle children of history, gentlemen. Our Great War is a spiritual one. Our Great Depression is our lives.

–Tyler Durden, Fight Club

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Peter O’Toole, thanks for the humanity

I just learned tonight that Peter O’Toole died this past Saturday.

What an incredible talent to behold. I loved his performances from Lawrence to Ratatouille.

 

Here’s one of the greatest scenes of………all.

 

 

Farewell, Mr. O’Toole.

 

Psalm 88

But I, O LORD, cry to you; in the morning my prayer comes before you.
O LORD, why do you cast my soul away? Why do you hide your face from me?
Afflicted and close to death from my youth up, I suffer your terrors; I am helpless.
Your wrath has swept over me; your dreadful assaults destroy me.
They surround me like a flood all day long; they close in on me together.
You have caused my beloved and my friend to shun me; my companions have become darkness.
Psalm 88:13-18

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Toddler Courage – Sonoma wine, Thanksgiving, & Jack Daniel’s Honey

This past Thanksgiving my family visited the Kunde Family Estate Winery in Sonoma. It was a beautiful place and we really enjoyed it. I was excited to see the “Biodynamic” growing policy signs around the property. I’m proud to be clued in on that and participating in that kind of business. But what first got me bent on visiting Kunde Winery was hearing about their caves.

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