The Pity Party Greatest Hits

A jigsaw puzzle showing tears as puzzle pieces

I threw a huge pity party for myself last week. It was awesome awful. I let these debilitating thoughts play in my head over and over again until I made myself sick and puked. It was like a college party without the fun of the buzz.

Then I changed my attitude and (surprise) everything got better. Instead of worrying about all the todo’s on my plate, I simply sat down and knocked them out (and ahead of schedule). Problem solved.

Stop picking your nose!

A statue of a man picking his nose - flickr - therealbrute

No, this post is not about boogers. It’s about all the little irritations of life that we let slide until the frustration crescendos until we do something impulsive: yell, eat, smoke, drink, yell some more, throw out, curse, bitch, moan, cry, and possibly pick one’s nose.

Don

Holding two Sorry! game cards.

I screamed “DO A GOOGLE SEARCH!” in a german accent while pounding my fist on the table. My wife and our friends Emily and Ben roared with laughter (of course you had to be there). We were playing Mad Gab, but not with any care of who won the game. Our goal was to have a great time with some friends. And by the my wife blurted out “Dead man walking!” in a british accent, we were all in tears from laughing so hard.

Fun was had; Mission accomplished.

Losing Your Way

Colosseum in Rome - Photo by Diliff

Rome wasn’t built in a day. But it also didn’t collapse in a day. It suffered from the what Richard Maybury called ‘The Roman Disease.’ The once powerful nation slowly lost its way through corruption, debt, decadence, and a loss of the very focus and drive that built this once powerful nation.

The same can happen to us (queue scary music).

What Did You Create Today?

Rick Manelius website theme 2011

Life is not meant to be shuffling papers. Yes, we all have chores and responsibilities that need to get done as part of the overhead of daily life, but the remaining hours are ours to create. Perhaps we make progress on an exciting project, or developing a new talent, or simply connecting with friends and loved ones. Projects, hobbies, and memories: these are all our creations.

Now for the hard questions I ask myself almost every night:

Making Space

Slide puzzle from http://mypuzzle.org/slide

The goal of a slide puzzle is easy: simply rearrange the tiles into the proper order. Actually doing this is a bit more difficult because there is only a single space to move a tile into at a given time. To make matters worse, a lot of coordination is required. Sometimes you have to move a tile further away before you can move it into it’s intended spot. And finally, you’re probably not going to predict the shortest path to complete the task, and you may end up swirling over and over again.

Bunker Mode

Bunker Mode: A Weapon In the War of Art

People laugh when I tell them I need to ‘go into bunker mode.’ But as Steven Pressfield describes in the War of Art and Do the Work, there is a real battle going on. We have all hopes, dreams, and goals we wish to achieve, but our own internal resistances fight against us every step of the way and try to derail us. We may blame external circumstances, luck, fate, etc. But the true enemy, Steven declares, is resistance.

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