Exit the Matrix and Take Control of Your Own Life

At the end of The Matrix, Keanu Reeve’s character Neo was getting pounded by the incessant attacks from the agents of the system, especially agent Smith.  He was beaten down so badly, that he practically died. But then, he was struck with a revelation.  Something clicked.  Neo stood back up with an insight and a … Continue reading Exit the Matrix and Take Control of Your Own Life

The Formula for Success and Happiness and Maybe the Meaning of Life

In a 1929 interview with the New York Times, Albert Einstein came up with his formula for success. It looks like this: A = X + Y + Z He said, “A is Success, while X is Work, Y is Play, and Z is Keeping Your Mouth Shut.” If we read into it, we kind … Continue reading The Formula for Success and Happiness and Maybe the Meaning of Life

A License to be Happy

I just saw one of those old, tired “motivational” platitudes, posted on Linkedin:  It reads, “Tell me I can’t do it and I’ll show you I can.”  Show who?  Who is this “you”?  Who gives a shit? Where does this phantom “you” get such bullshit, gas-lighting authority and judgement to call us out? Well, the … Continue reading A License to be Happy

Let Go of Perfect

Let go of perfect. If you want to love, let go of perfect. If you want to make something, achieve something, be something, let go of perfect. Happiness?  Success?  Oh … let go of perfect. It’s a hiding place, providing a false sense of security.  Perfect is the avoidance of failure, and an excuse for … Continue reading Let Go of Perfect

Goals are Useless: Reflections on Life, Success, and Happiness, with a Special Appearance from the Seven Deadly Sins

I’m superman.  Always have been.  But, having two major surgeries this year, due to the superman antics I’ve done with my body all my life has me reflecting a bit. I had some quiet time yesterday and as I sat, sipping bourbon, my life thus far came flooding out of me and into my note … Continue reading Goals are Useless: Reflections on Life, Success, and Happiness, with a Special Appearance from the Seven Deadly Sins