America is seeing an epidemic of immaturity. People in their twenties and thirties are self-destructing like I have never known.
The story is always the same. “Adults and the culture didn’t treat me fairly when I grew up,” so they injure themselves, hurt themselves, fool themselves, squander themselves, and reject themselves—all because someone else treated them wrongly.
An entire generation made unwise choices because they were mistreated? It’s not their fault, even a little?
Don’t live that way. Don’t hurt yourself because of others. Don’t ignore good advice because someone told you in the wrong tone of voice. · · · →
Pain doesn’t go away by focusing on it. Pain is a symptom, not a problem. Most problems need time and the body needs strength. Focusing on our own pain makes us weaker; then the problem grows, the pain worsens. And, if we don’t get wise to the cycle, the cycle will snowball into self pity.
As much as we’d like to think so, other people have much bigger problems than we do. They need us to put their problems ahead of our own.
In fact, as we help others, we might stay away from our own cycles of self pity. · · · →
What do you want the story of your life to be? What do you want written on your tombstone? I don’t mean what do you claim to want, but what do your actions say you want on your tombstone?
Is your sexual identity the most prominent item on your portfolio? Do you mostly see yourself as the one whom people reject? Do people who talk to you know that you will “put them in their place”?
Do you bring peace? Do you remind people of the sunset beneath the golden linings? Do you encourage, inform, or advise?
What’s your auto-epitaph? · · · →
Barriers of conventional wisdom never really worked. But, with the 2016 election over—and its consequences coming into full swing—we are seeing more and more that they fail. Now that we are seeing it, the secret is out, and conventional wisdom no longer has its hypnotic effect on the masses.
Now, it’s just a matter of time until this becomes the new normal and conventional wisdom gets redefined. What worked in this past election won’t work quite the same way next time.
So, what will you do? You don’t know. No one knows. We’ll have to keep watch and see. · · · →