Become Unstuck With This 10 Minute Daily Practice

Something bothers you, but you aren’t sure how to fix it, so you feel stuck. Start writing down ideas. Ten per day, exactly. They can be ideas on anything. It doesn’t matter what. The daily practice comes from James Altucher and it, along with his books & podcasts, have changed my life. They’re not allContinue reading “Become Unstuck With This 10 Minute Daily Practice”

How To Turn Guilt Around

We all have to deal with guilt.  One thing that I always felt guilty about was being privileged. I recall seeing a beggar for the first time and thinking, ‘Why is he there, and I here?’ That feeling stayed with me. It stayed with me when I met other kids who couldn’t afford new sneakers,Continue reading “How To Turn Guilt Around”

“The Big Picture” by Brittany Fichter

Brittany Fichter doesn’t just write about neurological disorders, education, and loving life by the grace of God; she lives them. Her blog posts are as thoroughly researched as any that I’ve come across, and they have a certain authenticity woven into them that you can’t miss. Those things don’t happen by accident; they happen because sheContinue reading ““The Big Picture” by Brittany Fichter”

Re-Writing Old Stories

There’s an old story about mentally ill people which goes something like this: The bad ones end up homeless or institutionalized. The really bad ones are violent and sometimes end up in jail. The rich ones can afford pills and therapy. They go back to their lives. If they still have friends, they probably don’t talk about it.Continue reading “Re-Writing Old Stories”

How To Use Fear To Your Advantage

I met with Dese’Rae L. Stage the other day, and,  I learned a lot about myself. It’s for her project Live Through This which, you should check out of course. I’ve written bits and pieces of my story, but, sitting behind a computer is not the same as sitting in front of someone and actuallyContinue reading “How To Use Fear To Your Advantage”

Why Write About Depression Every Day?

It’s a way to say ‘thank you.’ It’s no big deal actually. Writing down ten things that you are thankful for each day is a simple practice we should all undertake. Although I know that, I don’t actually write the list every day. Maybe my list is this blog, or, at least, one of theContinue reading “Why Write About Depression Every Day?”

Why Are More Of Our Soldiers Committing Suicide That Dying In Combat?

I can count on one hand the number of times I recall citing a statistic on Fried’s Blog over the last year. “So great, in fact, that the total number of US active duty suicides in 2012 (349) was higher than the number of combat-related deaths (295).” – Kevin Sites, The Unforgiven, Aeon Magazine. ManyContinue reading “Why Are More Of Our Soldiers Committing Suicide That Dying In Combat?”

Why Would Someone Commit Suicide?

The Conventional Answer I am in a unique position to answer this question, because, I tried it. I could tell you that I had low levels of serotonin. I could tell you that I was depressed. I could tell you that I become worse with drugs & alcohol. I could tell you that I developed horribleContinue reading “Why Would Someone Commit Suicide?”

What Causes Someone To Shove Their Finger Down Their Throat Three Times A Day?

If a combination of our own cruelties and well-meaning (but perhaps misguided) efforts are the cause of our own 21st century problems, why aren’t we able to sever the root of the problem? We’re never going to be perfect, but I sometimes wonder how hard we’re trying not be horrible.

Assigning Versus Asking

The guy who works for me didn’t follow directions. The other company didn’t deliver on time. The economy is suffering and people aren’t spending money. It’s very easy to assign blame in business; there’s plenty of it to go around. It’s much harder to ask if we did everything we possibly could to prevent thoseContinue reading “Assigning Versus Asking”