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Defeating the Six Specters of Life: Part 8- Wrapping Up the Series

I must not fear.  Fear is the mind-killer.  Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.  I will face my fear… And when it is gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.  Where the fear is gone there will be nothing.  Only I will remain.”-  Frank Herbert

 

Did you Defeat all Six Specters of Life?

I know that I haven’t defeated any of the Specters permanently, but I do think that I’ve scared a few of them off for a while.  At the very least, I’ve become more familiar with them, and we tend to be less afraid of what we understand.  I think that the most important thing I’ve More >

Defeating the Six Specters of Life: Part 6- The Fear of Old Age

Have regular hours for work and play; make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well. Then youth will be delightful, old age will bring few regrets, and life will become a beautiful success.” -Louisa May Alcott

 

Who’s Afraid of the Inevitable?

Well, almost inevitable, there is no guarantee you’ll make it to old age, but the odds are generally in your favor.  And by the way, wouldn’t you rather see old age, than not?  Think about that.  I look at old age as merely the end of the ride, right before it quits and the operator says, More >

Death Conquers All: Reconciling Ambition With Satisfaction

“For me life is continuously being hungry. The meaning of life is not simply to exist, to survive, but to move ahead, to go up, to achieve, to conquer.”

-Arnold Schwarzenegger

 

A Little Backstory

I haven’t shared this with you guys yet, but a lot of the inspiration for starting this blog came from the loss of my brother.  Well, we weren’t blood brothers, but we were tighter than most friends and took to introducing each other as brothers, so it stuck.  He and I served together for most of our time in the military and being two very young Marines out in the real world for the first time, you More >

Defeating the Six Specters of Life: Part 5- The Fear of the Loss of Love

Fortune and love favor the brave.” -Ovid

What is Love

What does that word even mean?  Before we can even begin to tackle this Specter, we have to really define what “Love” means to us in the first place.  The definition I like best is “an intense feeling of deep affection.”  That’s really as complicated as it gets for me.  The more cynical among us might spend more time discussing the chemical processes that give us the feeling of love, but I’m not interested in that right now.  I’m also not interested in the overly emotional and romantic notions about love and how it differs in some little More >

Acceleration, Speed, and Velocity- Using Armchair Physics to Get it Done!

By allowing the positive ions to pass through an electric field and thus giving them a certain velocity, it is possible to distinguish them from the neutral, stationary atoms.” -Johannes Stark

 

Physics…blah blah blah.

I know what you’re thinking, “what the hell does this guy know about physics?”  Well, to be 100% honest, probably not much, which is why I pointed out that it is “armchair physics,” and all within the reach of Google if one can just think of what questions to ask.  In fact, when I originally thought of the idea for this post, I was going to just call it Speed v. Acceleration, More >

Defeating the Six Specters of Life: Part 4- The Fear of Ill-health

The trouble with always trying to preserve the health of the body is that it is so difficult to do without destroying the health of the mind.” -Gilbert K. Chesterton

Full Disclosure

I’ll be completely honest with you guys, when I first started this series, I had no idea how I was going to tackle this particular Specter.  I really just hadn’t come face to face with him yet, not personally.  I have seen plenty of ill-health within my family, and even saw my Grandmother succumb to it when I was a child.  However, I have yet to really go one on one against it.  You could say that I’ve been More >

To Reclaim your Time, Control your Spending

“Economic independence is the foundation of the only sort of freedom worth a damn”-  H.L. Menken

Money is Time

To completely live our lives according to our own true values requires that we become independent of the influence money holds over our lives, which generally implies that we must become financially independent.  Almost everything that we do in this day and age costs money, whether it is upfront costs that we pay one time, or fees and expenses that just keep adding up.  I know this isn’t new information, but I think that most of us have a tendency to put things like this out of our More >

Defeating The Six Specters of Life: Part 3- The Fear of Death

The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears, for there’s no risk of accident for someone’s who’s dead.” -Albert Einstein

Death is Normal, Life is the Anomaly

Let’s take a look at this from a purely objective, time based perspective.  According to the CDC, the average lifespan was 78.5 years, as of 2009.  From what I saw, that was the latest data available, but I wouldn’t imagine that it has changed significantly in three years.  So, lets say that on average, a human being spends 78.5 years living, what does that same human being do for the rest of the time?  He was either not yet More >

The Tao of Water

“Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless – like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup, you put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle, you put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” -Bruce Lee

 

You May Have Noticed…

I like to use the word “unstoppable” pretty often.  I’ll be honest with you, I love it.  It’s part of my code.  You do have a code don’t you?  An underlying theme that you live your life by?  If your answer to that question was “no,” well then you’ve come to the right place.  Hell, even if it was More >

Making Bad Coffee is the Path to Limitless Power

Coffee- the favorite drink of the civilized world.” – Thomas Jefferson

A Little Back-story

This post was inspired by an event I had the other morning in the break room at work.  The place I work has an abundance of various consultants who come and go, each with varying levels of responsibility, seniority, and sense of entitlement.  All of these different people report to various entities, and sometimes show up with no recognizable superiors at all.  When that happens, they are generally the type who have no responsibility, some seniority (depending on who you ask) and ridiculous levels of More >

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