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Finding you: How to slay your dragon

Have you ever felt like it was all leading up to this moment?

In the movies and on TV, we oftentimes see the adventures of the characters culminate in some moment as if the characters’ entire existence had led and prepared them for that moment.

Then, we may read about a famous figure or leader who is making a difference in the world, and we dismiss their journeys because they are somehow larger than life. They are more than mortal, more than us.

We look at these fictional and factual figures, and we may feel frustrated, and wonder: Why can’t I do that? Read more »

Now You Are Lost Cartoon

You were here, now you are lost, & why that’s good

I’m lost.

For four years, I have been blogging and speaking about the Heroic Arts and the Hero’s Journey. I absolutely believe that there is a hero inside each and every one of us, and I believe in the power of the message.

I get chills every time I talk about being a hero. It’s a cool feeling, and admittedly one I wish I could experience more frequently.

One of the pieces of advice I have held close to my heart is to find what you enjoy, and to find ways to do that as often as possible.

The question is: How? Read more »


How to be brave | Psychology Today

In 1942, four unsteady piano players responded to an ad placed by Bernard Gabriel, a concert pianist, publicizing a series of meetings to be held at his Manhattan apartment. Fear-racked musicians were invited “to play, to criticize, and be criticized, all to conquer the old bogey of stage fright.”

Gabriel had no formal qualifications other than a confidence beyond his 30 years. Gabriel was, it was said, “non-timid” and he deployed rudimentary exposure therapy—insulting musicians and distracting them with loud noises—to inoculate them against performance anxiety. Soon Gabriels “Society of Timid Souls” numbered more than 20, and copycat societies followed. Read more »


The monster in your closet is real

About a month ago, my family and I moved from a three bedroom house to a two bedroom house. Although the new house was an upgrade in almost every way, the downgrade in the number of bedrooms meant that my six-year-old and three-year-old sons would share a room for the first time in their lives.

My three-year-old is challenging to put to bed, to put it mildly. Now that the two boys are sharing a room, my six-year-old has begun planting the idea in his little brother’s impressionable mind that there is a monster in their closet, for the sake of coercing the three-year-old to stay in bed at night. The longer he avoids checking out the closet and confronting his fear, the bigger, scarier, and uglier the monster will become.

Of course, this is a common fear for many youngsters, but for many of us as adults, the monsters are very real. Read more »


It’s time for fraternities to die

It’s time for fraternities to die.

Before you cease reading, close your browser, and begin attacking my character, intelligence, or sanity (or all three) via social media, please hear me out. Read more »


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