Abraham Lincoln, Oprah, Steve Jobs, Einstein, Michael Jordan, Walt Disney... we all know the list. That inspiring catalog of exceptional human beings who have failed, sometimes repeatedly, but never gave up. People who flourished despite immense hardship. People who emanate the qualities we endlessly try to plant inside ourselves and secretly beseech to grow.
watching as you empty a packet of raw sugar
into your black coffee.
Our silence is broken
as your spoon slowly twirls against the glass.
The sugar disintegrates.
You briefly flash me a smile as you grab another packet.
You think I’m judging you.
But all I’m thinking about is asking you
this one question.
I put it out there.
I put it out there.
Sometimes social media feels like a school auditorium
filled with people on stacked-up boxes,
screaming into megaphones.
Trying to be heard.
To be noticed.
To be whole in a world full of pieces.
A Blog on Bravery
When I hear stories like the one I am about to share with you, I feel deeply inspired. It reminds of something my grandfather once told me that changed my life. I was in my early twenties, working two jobs and going to school full-time. I had made peace with the fact that life was hard and to accomplish anything, I needed to put my head to the grindstone.
But I was sick. A lot. And exhausted.
And then my grandfather put his hand on my shoulder and said as a matter-of-fact,
Thoughts about facing fears, pursuing passions and the human condition.
Hello and welcome!
The primary focus of this blog is on self-improvement.
I spent my youth devouring self-help books and filling journals with words that inspired me. I know without a doubt those journals saved me during the darkest days of my life.
Twenty years later and I'm still writing. I seek things that inspire me and share them here in hopes of inspiring others as well.
We are always a work in progress.
Thank you for joining me.
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