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…
How have your stress levels been this year?
Are you constantly worried about what you see on the news or social media?
Will the mere mention of “2020” elevate your heart rate and cause stress in the coming years?
Rounding out this year, the twists and turns keep coming. The reality of how little is in your control hits close to home.
If you live in the United States — like me — you’ve just lived through a tumultuous election season. The trauma this election caused is yet to be determined. …
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…
So, you’ve decided to give this Medium thing a try.
You’ve heard it’s possible to make thousands of dollars just by writing words. You’ve posted a few stories and you have seen little reward. And the worst part? You didn’t get the $500 Medium bonus! You’re confused and frustrated.
Should you keep writing on this? It depends.
Medium is not here for your instant gratification. If you want to make it here, you’re going to have to put in a consistent, prolonged effort.
I started writing on Medium in May 2020. After a year, I’m still not a Medium pro…
“Tell me why you’re the best fit for this position.”
It’s a question you’re guaranteed to face when you interview for a job.
This is your chance. Time to sparkle like you’re Katy Perry in that Firework video. It’s your big shot at your dream job, if you nail this, your life will be smooth sailing from here on out.
You’ll get to sweat it out in a cubicle, climb the corporate ladder, crush arbitrarily goals, and reach staggering corporate heights of 80–100 hour work weeks. Who wouldn’t want that?
Lucky for you, I’m here to teach you how to…
A good quote is like a sharp knife.
With so many philosophies, narratives, and theories out there about how to live, a good quote can give cutting insight. Pared down to essentials, it cuts through all the unnecessary complexities of life.
A good quote can save your life. It can turn around a bad day, or give you the strength to persevere through hard times. Why is that?
Quotes teach us how to live.
A quote is great to read, but better to remember and apply. If you allow them to become part of you, all the better. …
The knot in my throat tightens as I stare at the screen. It’s a familiar feeling, almost welcome at this point. Even though I’m ready to hit “publish” on my next article, I hesitate out of fear. I should edit it one more time. What if I said something offensive? What if my entire premise is wrong?
It’s a feeling I’ve come to know intimately as a writer — the fear of not getting it right. If I allowed that fear to guide me, I’d never put anything out into the world. Can you relate?
Maybe for you, it’s the…
Do you have a favorite quote from the Bible?
Many of us have certain verses or passages we turn to for comfort and inspiration. You may have even memorized some of them. Quotes are powerful because they teach us how to live.
Humans have collected quotes and sayings for thousands of years. They can shape your mindset and worldview. As author Ward Farnsworth says, people have an “appetite for well-expressed wisdom, motivational or otherwise.”
To be honest, I’ve never been all that great at memorizing scripture so I don’t judge you if you can’t recite chapters of the Bible. But…
You want to be a successful writer, right?
Well, to do that you need to write — like, a lot. You have to be a writing machine. Do you want to have a life? Don’t be a writer. If you want t to have success you have to be a hermit who churns out content like a factory.
You should write and publish 12 articles a day. I do it all the time, and I’m going to give you my best secrets so you can also throw your mental, physical, and emotional health out the window.
If you think you…