What Rodney Dangerfield Taught Me About Cynicism and Enjoying the Dance of Life

“Cynicism isn’t necessarily a bad thing.  It means it hurts to care.  Apathy is a real problem, because it means they’ve stopped caring altogether.” – Stan Slap, Company Culture Consultant People don’t become cynical or apathetic on their own.  Circumstances, outcomes, and an overall gray-sky/can’t-win atmosphere over time causes the effects, symptoms, and malady.  Stan … Continue reading What Rodney Dangerfield Taught Me About Cynicism and Enjoying the Dance of Life

While Science Can Help Us to Stay Alive Longer, it’s Feelings and Emotions that Inspire Us to Want To

Real quick before we get into this: I always write the article and then look for a photo to match.  I picked this one and then, out of curiosity, I counted up the score and it happens to equal eight and the number 8 is associated with compassion, freedom, and self-reliance. Weird how that worked out. … Continue reading While Science Can Help Us to Stay Alive Longer, it’s Feelings and Emotions that Inspire Us to Want To

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