Knowing Yourself

  • 238. To Be Who You Are

    July 31, 2017

    Sometimes it's okay just to do something that you are. In fact, it is very okay.
  • 229. The Only Thing

    July 22, 2017

    I constantly surprise myself. I wanted to have more in common with Tolkien than Hemingway, but I always end up with Hemingway. Or Woolf. Or Dillard, I guess. I don't measure up to any of them, but we are talking about subject matter here, perhaps the only subject matter there truly is: Life.
  • 217. Faith and Patience

    July 10, 2017

    Maybe this is the time to find those two great powers within: Faith and patience.
  • 210. Crusoe Won

    July 3, 2017

    After much dithering, I've made a decision. And it happened because I was rejected. Well, kind of. I had asked a freelance editor to take a look at my recent short novel. I figured I would pay her, then we could set a date and then I'd be motivated to finish the second draft. She refused an appointment, ...
  • 197. New Drive

    June 20, 2017

    Drivers inside for fame, money and position are, actually, chains - not drivers.
  • 191. So Where To Go From Here?

    June 14, 2017

    I feel too tired right now to type anymore, but I'm sure there is more. I guess life is like that elephant you have to eat in bits. Very well, that is not a bad meal, if you accept that that is how it is.
  • 178. How I Sabotage Myself From Earning Money

    June 1, 2017

    I admit it: I am a self-keep-a-down-holic. I have hurt more people by not exploiting my full potential and changing the world and earning more money to share than I have by keeping myself down. I will have to have the courage to look at that statement every day from now on and really feel how much it hurts. Only then, I feel, can I begin to see - deep deep down - that what I have been doing so far has been wrong and has not worked. I have saved no one, not even myself. If there is a power in admitting the truth, I so badly want to feel it now.
  • 175. The Power of the Past

    May 29, 2017

    Your power today stems from the past, but you have to look for it and appreciate it. Don't just use the past as a hiding place or some place to feel perversely bitter about. Use it to remind yourself of the power that you do have. It's not about hair-loss, a bigger belly or a divorce or a failed business or the number on your birth certificate. It's about something much more important and powerful: What you now know about life that you can and will use to make a positive difference today and in the future. Wisdom. What's yours?
  • 171. I Momentarily Felt Anxious About My Prospects of Success

    May 25, 2017

    I'm sick of thinking about this particular aspect of my life in that way: 'I lack'. It would be prudent of me to train myself to think - without deluding myself - of this aspect of life in new ways. Especially if I never solve it.
  • 134. I Commit

    April 18, 2017

    Maybe that's what I need every time I feel I'm stuck and getting nowhere and having no clue. Maybe I just need to say: 'I commit.'