Redefining Work

Redefining Work

Work is often defined as physical or mental labor required to produce a result. The famous saying, “Work to live, not live to work,” indicates work is required to generate resources, such as money, so you can survive and potentially live as you wish. In this saying, work is not seen as a passion, but as a necessity. Continue reading

Creating a New Habit

Behavioral patterns are considered habits when they meet the criteria laid out in the well-known habit loop: (1) trigger, (2) recurring behavior (the habit itself), and (3) reward. The trigger prompts the habit to occur pretty much subconsciously. It can be a regular time, circumstance, location, emotional event, smell, sound, or anything else you associate with the habit. The reward is a payoff you desire. Rewards are often an emotional response, like feeling elated when you complete your morning exercise or pleasure from a bite of chocolate. A reward can also be the opposite, an escape from emotion, such as that achieved from consuming too much alcohol. Continue reading

Unintended Consequences

Unintended Consequences

On a recent hike, I came across an odd sight: a bag of dog poop 30 feet up a tree. Okay. Let’s just review this for a moment. Someone took the time to carry poo bags four miles in, then carefully collect the poop, only to toss the PLASTIC bag out into the woods? I mean, I get it that carrying a loaded bag of shit for miles isn’t desirable. So, why take the bags at all? Why not just bury the crap a couple feet off the trail? Once I got past the humor of the situation, I began to doubt the person meant for the bag to end up stuck in a tree. More than likely they tossed it thinking it would land somewhere out away from the trail. Anyway, it got me thinking about unintended consequences. Continue reading

Letting Go: The Box of Dead Things

Letting Go: The Box of Dead Things

Tools help get jobs done. Hammers, wrenches, and drills improve on what we can do with our hands. Pipes, crosses, and rosaries help us focus to connect with something bigger than ourselves. When it came to letting go of things that no longer served me, I wanted a tool to help me remove them. And, thus, the Box of Dead Things came to be. Continue reading

Doubt

Doubt

I’ve spent too much energy and time fretting over my inability to see how to apply my eclectic talents in a way that feeds my soul. This unknowing followed me around, taunting me with how close it was without me being able to identify it. It sometimes materialized as a form standing just over my shoulder, but disappear when I’d turn to see it. Or it would be a person in my dreams I just couldn’t quite hear, a thought that was just beyond my reach. Continue reading