How would you illustrate what it means to do a good thing gladly and with pleasure, as distinguished from doing the same thing with reluctance, pain, and a sense of loss?
Hi everyone, I hope you all had a happy week! Even if you didn’t, we will talk about happiness today, so we will end it happy. Maybe. Up until recent years, I had decided that happiness was the goal of life. We go through all ups and downs so one day we can learn how... Continue Reading →
By Ellen Jayne | Traditionally a taboo topic, fear is rarely discussed; however, this new exercise called fear setting can actually help you measure your fears and develop your dreams through them, not around them.
By Troy Headrick I want to tell you about a time in my life, now long passed, that I’ve been thinking a lot about in recent weeks. The story I’m going to share says a lot about the nature of courage and about what it means to act courageously. During the spring of 1993, after... Continue Reading →
Obviously technical skills are important in life. But it's other qualities that make you a good person, a good human being. Someone, in other words, who leads a good life. Does the question seem random? In fact, it's intrinsically connected with the pursuit of humane and skillful wisdom. I'll follow up on this question in... Continue Reading →
Provided by Anthony Garner from https://zenothestoic.com/ I believe on any number of counts, including personal experience, that we have the power to choose to be happy but that the road is not altogether straightforward. Our philosopher friends would tell us that happiness is a “quale” – one of a number of different “qualia” which we humans can... Continue Reading →
Hi everyone, Let’s talk about how talking is essential in life today. I am Turkish. I am culturally inclined to talk. We talk all the time. You can put two Turkish people who don’t know each other in the same room and they will find a lot of things to talk about. I can talk... Continue Reading →
By Troy Headrick I had a strange upbringing. Up until the age of, say, five or six, I lived in urban areas being raised by a father and mother who didn’t get along very well. Then, suddenly, a year or so before starting first grade, my parents found that they no longer wanted to be... Continue Reading →
I know, I know! The first impulse is to throw rotten eggs in this title because we both know it’s not true (at least, most of the time). So the question now is: when doing nothing is the hardest thing to do? I think this is related to having control over the situation because that’s... Continue Reading →
By Ellen Jayne | We can't control countless components of life, but we'd be childish to let the chunks we can change cascade through the cracks. So, where do we start? At the beginning.
Fresh Face, 2020. Original Photo by SnapDragon X. All rights reserved. It's Monday again. It's ice cold here in my corner of the world. It's the perfect day to stay in bed, sip a mug of steamy goodness, and let laziness lead the way. But there are many things to do. As I look in... Continue Reading →
Hi all, We resent people at times because they did something wrong to us. Maybe they lied to us. Maybe they did not help us when we needed it. Then, we resented them and stopped talking. Or at least, we stopped being as close. I think everyone experiences something along these lines at some... Continue Reading →
By Troy Headrick This is the story of my complicated relationship with money and how such a relationship came to be. In the telling of this story, I’ll need to explore the nature of fear and how our parents’ fears end up shaping our own inner psychological landscapes. Before becoming an adult and leaving home,... Continue Reading →
Hi all, I hope everyone is doing well! Today, I want to talk about one way I use without knowing that makes me value and hang onto my habits more: leaving my habits for a while. I have been getting back to some of my old habits recently and I like this. I also have... Continue Reading →
By Ellen Jayne | Welcome to your life: Whether it's a good day or bad day, it doesn't really matter. They've all started to fade together and you've realized the years have slipped through your fingertips.
By Troy Headrick Those who regularly read my posts have likely noticed that I’ve been silent for several weeks. In fact, it’s been close to a month since I published my last blog. Well, I’m back now and feeling strong and ready to go. I truly believe that my time away from writing gave me... Continue Reading →
If you don't live somewhere alone, isolated from others, then you see people and you notice them and their behavior. The question is: how often do you judge them based on their behavior and how often do you seek and try to understand the reason behind that behavior? One of my biggest beliefs is that... Continue Reading →
Hello, Dear Reader. It's nice to see you again. I'm still here. I'm still SnapDragon, but now I'm a mom! (gasp!) Our little boy came ten weeks early, and while it's been an insanely stressful adventure, I'm happy to report he's doing well. He's our little champ, getting stronger every day. And so, in this... Continue Reading →