We are all fragile; Three steps to keeping your emotional balance

Do you have that friend who appears to always be doing something cool, hanging out with someone you could only dream of hanging with, or meeting some lofty goal that maybe was even on your list.

Does it leave you wondering what’s wrong with you?

Join the club

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Three robot jobs no one is talking about

I’ve been thinking a lot about robots as I prepare to spec out a futuristic robot trilogy.  Here’s a couple of thoughts on robots.

Robots will take 80% of the current jobs in the next fifty years.

While that distresses me, I thought of three jobs that robots will do that are not currently being done by any human, and therefore won’t have any negative effect on human job security.

All are environmental related and will make our world a better place.

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When God the Father let Jesus down

We live in an age of Christianity that often formula-izes God and His reach.

If that’s true then either Jesus really goofed up or God let him down.

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Three lies you tell yourself about sleep

When I can’t solve a problem (like how to sleep through the night), I find myself making up lies (I call them reasons) why the problem can’t possibly be me.  Here are three lies that many of us insomniacs tell ourselves.

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Today Is A Gift From God

Today is a gift from you, oh God.
Your ways are higher than mine so I will trust them, even when I think I have a better plan.
I give you my body. May I master it so it does not master me.
I give you my heart. I trust that you will provide for it no matter if it needs love, joy, peace, or comfort.
I give you my mind. Renew it for your purposes.
I give you my soul. I will seek no other gods.

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Make Your Life Easier — Letting God’s Word Come To You

Of the many productivity tips that I have heard and read about over the past few years is the one to ask the question “What would look like if it were easy?”

Wait, isn’t this a Monday Meditation where you talk about God?

Isn’t it sacrilegious to make our time with God easy instead of setting aside time and disciplining ourselves and working hard at something that is worthwhile?

No.  Actually, since God should be our focus, we should make it as easy as possible to find Him.

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Analytical Super Powers — Changing your flow chart

Analyticals have superpowers.

I’m sure other races of humans also have them, but since I’m not a part of those races, I can’t comment.

Today, I would like to focus on a very simple fact and why being an analytical gives you a leg up on the Nons.

Most human decisions are based on algorithmic thinking that is not unlike a computer program with the exception that by default, it’s just a repeat of all the most emotional moments of your life crammed into a big decision tree. Which is not always so good for those of analyticals who spent most of middle-school visiting the insides of trash cans.

The good new is that you can change it.
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The Shortest Distance Between Me and God

The shortest distance between two physical objects is generally a straight line.

Sometimes, I’m feeling grumpy or stressed or just far away from God.

You probably feel that way as well and when you do, it’s important to know the shortest distance between you and God.

You’ll have to figure out what that is, but this is the shortest distance between me and God.

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Reflections: Twenty Year Reunion Insanity (from 2002)

What follows below the fold are 4 “raw takes” that I wrote back in 2001/2002 in response to my (then) upcoming 20-year-reunion. They are disjointed and end abruptly, but capture my thoughts and emotions at the time.

I find them interesting because just yesterday, I was thinking what a waste of time it is to compare ourselves to others.  Comparison is a form of narcissism that will lead to pain or delusion.

The fragment below show that I was still fixated on comparison ten years ago, but recognized the problems with it.

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Happy Birthday Social Media

When I was a kid, it seemed like my birthday would never come.

I knew a few of my friend’s birthdays, but not very many of them. If I didn’t get invited to their party, there was little chance I would know.

Now, thanks to social media, we know when everyone’s about to have a birthday.  It’s information we can leverage to encourage those around us.

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