Turn the Other Cheek

Pain makes us not our best selves. When they hurt us with their hands or with their mouths, we want to strike back. Fight fire with fire, help them reap what they sew, restore balance to the world. It is understandable. It is part of our nature. But we can be better. The hate that […]

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Thoughts on Hate

They say that anger is what pain and fear look like when they show themselves in public. An animal threatened, lashing out to intimidate and diffuse the threat. A preemptive strike. Protecting self, covering insecurities that whisper “they will win, we will lose.” Coming from a mindset of scarcity. This country belongs to me and […]

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I guess the difference is that we used to worship gods that created us. Our Father. Our mothers, aunts, and uncles. Sometimes disappointed (rightfully so.) Sometimes capricious, sometimes wrathful, sometimes proud. Not always good parents, sometimes absent, sometimes selfish. But parents. Parents who created us and felt responsible for us. Parents who maybe sometimes hated […]

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  Give friendship, give trust freely and without cause- Make fast friends, slow enemies. If others hurt you, take advantage of you, persevere: Succeed even when they stack all odds against you. Forgive others who harm you, but remember to protect yourself in the future. Keep your expectations low and be prepared to do it […]

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I believe in passion and determination above talent. I believe in effort above absolute success. I believe in health above aesthetics, above weight. I believe in meaning above happiness, above comfort. I believe in experience above material goods. I believe in collaboration above adversarial competition. I believe in the value an action provides others above […]

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Keep moving.

Slow your mind but keep your eyes wide open: put away all thoughts of the world. Do not think about time, immerse yourself in it, bathe yourself in it. Focus on your breath, deep inside, as it bursts forth through your mouth, smoke rising. The regular tempo of your stride as you hurtle forward, propelled […]

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How are you?

What I really mean is: What’s good? What’s bad? What has your blood pumping, what has your blood boiling? What is thrilling you, what is killing you, what terrifies you and what has changed your life? What fills your heart with despair and what floods you with hope for the future? What moves you? What […]

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