Most people believe that with enough time, they’ll be able to let go of the past and move on to a better future. Yet here you are — years after the fact — and you’re still ruminating on what happened, reciting the same old stories in your head and not moving forward.
The truth is, you can let go and move on at any time. There is no appropriate length of time to wait. But letting go and moving on is difficult because you’re required to give up the certainty of your old story and embrace the uncertainty of a…
What do you think when you hear that name? Your heart may fill with reverence and love. Or you may feel disgusted and angry. Either way, I doubt you feel neutral. Since Christians are supposed to be the living, breathing representatives of Christ in the world, your impression of Jesus is bound to your experience with Christians.
By every account of His life in the New Testament, Jesus was both loved and hated by people who knew Him. Some say Jesus was dangerous because he made God accessible to everyone, not just a “chosen” group. Others say He…
I learned a surprising truth about happiness and meaning from a Harry Potter windshield sticker I saw while sitting in a traffic jam. On the sticker was a picture of the Deathly Hallows–an important symbol in the book series and films. But that sticker didn’t just tell me the driver was a Harry Potter fan. It showed me how important stories are to our lives.
Have you ever felt like you didn’t have a place to belong? You want to be part of something bigger than yourself — something that gives your life more meaning. Perhaps you’ve found some of…
We love to destroy our heroes. Such is the mood of the age, we look for reasons to tear down men and women who do great things in life. If their lives don’t mesh with our modern sensibilities, we take sadistic joy in seeing them crumble.
What does it take to be a great man or woman? This isn’t some esoteric question for scholars and philosophers. The traits you value can make your life rich and full, or leave you empty and meaningless.
In ages past, a person proved their greatness by serving in a worthy cause. By making sacrifices…
Forget about The Hunger Games or Cyberpunk, the future is medieval.
Six hundred years ago, vassals pledged their allegiance to their lords in exchange for land and protection. Today, we pledge our allegiance to the tech giants, and they, in return, provide a digital landscape (which they own) for you to gain exposure. You produce data and content like medieval peasants produced crops for their lords.
It’s digital feudalism.
You know the worst part?
We’ve let the tech giants do it because it’s more convenient to let someone else deal with your data than to do it yourself. …
Have you ever stopped to ask what’s going on in the world right now?
Everyone seems to hate each other. We’ve had botched responses to a global pandemic where it’s hard to tell facts from disinformation. Violence in schools and racial tensions are on fire. And the media–don’t even get me started on the media.
Anxiety about the future is at an all-time high and things aren’t getting any better.
You have to wonder, have we ever been through anything like this before?
As Winston Churchill said, “The farther back you can look, the farther forward you are likely to…
The Bible is a dangerous book. But not in the way many people think.
People who dislike the Bible usually claim it has negative effects on people snd society. Common arguments are that it makes people stop thinking for themselves, encourages bigotry, and fuels hatred and superstition. But the Bible doesn’t do any of those things by itself.
The Bible is most dangerous when someone interprets and applies it in ways that harm others. Unfortunately, bad interpretations of the Bible happen a lot.
The most dangerous (and common) way to read the Bible is to read it out of context.
The email was a kick in my gut.
“Thank you for your interest in this position, but at this time we will be moving forward with another candidate.”
I can’t bring myself to finish reading it because it’s another in a long line of rejections while I try to get my life unstuck. For a few years, it felt like my life was on pause.
I’d lost a job I loved, and I’d taken another one I didn’t love to support my family. I had high hopes of going back into my industry so I put everything else was on…
We all know what bad leadership looks like. The question is, can you see bad leadership traits in yourself?
It’s easy to point out faults in others, especially in leaders. Robert Greene says we love symbolically killing our leaders as a form of ritual sacrifice. This ritual dates back to ancient times when kings were sacrificed to the gods. The difference is, today we slaughter leaders and public figures on social media.
If you take even a glance at history, you can see patterns of bad leadership. What most people do not realize is how being in a position of…
It’s hard to be successful on Medium — especially if you’re a new writer.
You have to produce tons of quality content. You have to wait to hear back from publications and hope they accept your story. You have to figure out why nobody is reading your writing even after you finally get published in a big publication. And you have to constantly feed the machine.
Want to know the worst part? It never gets any better.
What I mean is, you have to keep writing to make the algorithm happy. Even top writers get rejected from publications. Your stats…