The good news is: he’s embarrassingly predictable.
If you haven’t spent three months in a Mercury Grand Marquis with the windows rolled up, or on the planet Mercury, then you probably can’t fully appreciate the devastation of losing your AC during a Southeast Texas summer.
When I was a little kid, I never reflected on my name. It just was.
If you want to reduce your chances of dying from preventable causes, spend that money on eliminating preventable causes.
Together, we will get through this.
Everyone has their own self-told story. We define ourselves in “always” and “never” and “sometimes” and “rarely”. We hold ourselves steady on a path that is hedged by boundaries we created before we knew we were creating them.
If you are like me, suffering from perpetual anger, here are some of my best tidbits of advice to help you quell your volcano of irrational rage.
As I take an inventory of my own efforts, I can see that I’m putting in average effort (at best) in those arenas. I could make excuses, but those aren’t likely to help the matter. I’m humble enough to admit when I can do better.
Our gift as a species is the ability to rise above gut reactions and employ our meta-cognition to evaluate our own thoughts. When we do that, our empathy allows us to understand one another’s points of view.
The Stupidity Vigilante was my hero, and my alter ego. I fantasized about dishing out retribution for all of the wrongs that no one was calling anyone on.
Every time we get the chance, we should eject the unsportsmanlike people who undermine justice, fairness, and the game itself.
And worst of all, we’ll convince ourselves that the pain those people are suffering is somehow not as real as it would be if it happened to us.
Thanksgiving is a day to practice gratitude. And it’s a great opportunity to fully digest the fact that stress is just the dissonance between expectation and reality.
When we experience unpleasant emotions, we aggressively fling our negativity in every direction, all the while failing to ask for actual resolution.
A manifesto on real masculinity.
If your kids are born here, they’re Americans. End of inquiry. They’re entitled to all of the rights, privileges, and obligations of every other American citizen, even if you never realize that destiny yourself.