Consciousness and its contents

Life is just consciousness and its contents. Try being less precious about moments of stillness. Try to be less cavalier about daily activities. Try to undermine the boundary between these two states.

Be aware of your thoughts in each moment.

Right now, in this moment, you have everything you need to experience the fullness of life. Isn’t everything enough? Look around you. Drink it in. Even moments of sadness, despair, anxiety, and fear should be fully experienced as a natural part of the human condition.

We are each here for only a short time. There isn’t an afterlife – a better place – that we depart to once this body is finished. This is all the time we have.

It’s our choice to make something of it. But when making choices about how you’re going to live, do it without regard for money. Remove it from the equation. It’s not the foundation of happiness.

Focus instead on what moves you, what draws you in. Choose based on what makes you come alive. The world needs more of this.

Be true to this and the money will come.

But more importantly, you will live a life with few regrets and you will experience more fully what it means to be human.

The safe path

The safe path is almost never the best path when considering how to spend your time.

Especially if you want to learn and grow.


Something to ponder

Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent.
Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent.
Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?


Do you care about the truth?

A wise man apportions his beliefs to the evidence.

– David Hume
It’s impossible to ignore the assault on truth that has become mainstream in the US. Alternative facts abound and too many people refuse to question the origin of these new facts.

Real investigative reporting is under existential pressure as news outlets compete for attention with clickbait-y content and popular “news”. Perhaps Idiocracy was more prescient than we could ever have imagined.

For those of us who care about truth, it’s our responsibility to believe only the facts. The real facts. This takes more work on our part. We must verify the source. We must examine loose claims before accepting them. We must promote the work of those who are resolute in their quest for facts and truth.

The Internet is a game-changer for spreading ideas. It can be a force for good or a tool for evil.

Do you care about the truth?

Being thankful

When you see the beauty all around you, take the time to be thankful.

We exist with an incredible improbabily. It is in-credible to be here.

Nature will continue infinitely, as it always has. Our moment will come and go.

Your time is up to you, like mine is up to me.

Choose to be healthy. Choose to be happy. Choose to do good.

Be thankful that you have this time.

What I learned from Chris

I was looking back at some things I wrote a while back, but never published. This one struck me. It’s as rich and real today as it was when Chris finally rested, after many years living with a brain tumor. He was an incredible person who I only knew for a short time. But he was always engaged and alive. These are the words I wrote after he passed in 2010.

What I learned from Chris

Love your wife.
Let your kids express themselves freely so that they know authentic joy.
It’s not because you have an incredible wife and children and career that you are a happy, kind, inspirational person. Rather, it’s because you are a happy, kind, inspirational person that you have an incredible wife, kids, and career.
Say goodbye if you have the chance. Express yourself without ego.
Learn how to be happy, daily.