Humanity In It’s Underwear

Humanity In It’s Underwear

I’m sure you’ve heard the typical advice when it comes to public speaking — if you’re nervous you’re suppose to look at everyone as if they’re in their underwear. Does it really work? Well, I wouldn’t know because talking to large and small crowds is something I enjoy, so I’m not the best litmus test. Regardless, the psychology behind that tactic is to put you at ease, right? It’s intended to calm down your nerves, to put everyone on the same level and provide you with a moment where you can stop thinking about saying everything perfect and simply allow it to flow from your interior life. 

The Lessons We Teach Our Kids That We Need to Learn 

The Lessons We Teach Our Kids That We Need to Learn 

I think many of the most popular lessons we teach our children are lessons that we ourselves need to learn. As adults, we’ve simply learned techniques and mechanisms to cover over many of the raw emotions are acting out over. And good thing. We wouldn’t want an entire adult population to act like 4-yr olds. That would be a catastrophe. 

When Positivity Becomes a Pile of Crap

When Positivity Becomes a Pile of Crap

If you’ve been alive in the last 10-15 years, the gospel of positivity has knocked at your door, especially if you’re living in the 1st-world. People have made crazy money at promoting a message of optimism and positive thinking and virtually turned it into another religion, which the world has way too many already. 

The Boring Life of Security

The Boring Life of Security

But somehow we have a strong magnetic pull to always stay safe. Now, I’m not talking about common sense or being thoughtful while making huge, life-decisions. What I am saying is that it’s human tendency to get stuck in a rut because we like predictability. We like to know where we’re going everyday, how we’re getting there and who we’re going to interact.

Delayed In Silence

Delayed In Silence

I love airports delays. Now, I know I’m crazy for loving to sit on the floor anxiously waiting for the speaker above my head to call my flight number, but everything about this crazy wait causes a breakdown in our overly stressed-out, hyper productive society. I love watching how people respond when the gods of the airport disrupt their jam-packed day. There’s nothing they can do; they can’t solve their problem by jumping on their cell, sending an email or raising their impatient voice. The greatest fear of American society hits the entire population of terminal A – boredom. No TV, Internet, friend to pass time away with— no one but their self, their conscience, their soul. They’re trapped with nowhere to turn but inward.

3 Things No One Told You About Trying to Succeed

3 Things No One Told You About Trying to Succeed

Everyone wants to be successful. It’s grafted into our DNA to want to achieve, to accomplish and add significance to our lives. Even if it’s hard for you to admit that you want to be successful, take a moment to think about it. You may not want to be the next pop star, but you probably want to be a successful parent, successful at your career and successful in relationships.

Problem Solving With Magic - An Intro

Problem Solving With Magic - An Intro

I wish I had no problems. I’m sure you do too. 

But, if you’re alive and you interact with other humans I bet you have a few problems to solve. 

They’re everywhere. You can’t avoid them. You try really, really hard to avoid them, make believe they’re not there and in many cases just flat out ignore them. From childrearing, to the business world, mathematics, production and even just ordering something online - problems are in our face all day, every day.

My Greatest Miracle From My Greatest Tragedy

My Greatest Miracle From My Greatest Tragedy

It was day 6 and the middle of the night when my wife and I were abruptly awoken by a loud, obnoxious ringing from our hospital phone. We had been sleeping at the hospital for 6 nights, while our other 3 children were being cared for by various friends in our church community. The doctor’s voice on the other end of the phone was laced with concern at best and terror at worst. 

Oh Holy Madness

Oh Holy Madness

There are two things I’m sick of around the holidays. One, I’m not a fan of the over-marketed, consumer-hungry messages that are plastered everywhere, telling me that in order to have a happy holiday I need to give and receive lots of material things. Second to that are the exaggerated counter-messages that attempt to remind me that the holidays not about gifs and materialism. Both sides of the spectrum tend to leverage guilt and fantasies of what life “should” look like but never seems to turn out that way.