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Reinforcements and Revelations

Today was full of fun reinforcements and revelations. I belong to a private Facebook group of former Mormons and there is always interesting information being shared. I enjoy reading the experiences of other members and I find comfort in knowing I'm not alone.

This weekend several members of the community shared posts about an email they have received from the church asking them to complete a survey on why they left the church.

Here is what one member shared:

Did anyone else receive a survey by email today from the church? I guess I’m still on their mass email list. Normally I would have just deleted it, but it said if I filled it out I would get a $10 Amazon gift card, so I decided to hurry and complete it.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜œIt had some general factual questions, but then it asked some deep hard questions. Basically, it is trying to figure out who and why people are leaving the church and what they can do to prevent it from happening even more. They are trying to see if there are common thread…
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Blinders Begone

So I started writing a book and man if I'm already bored of it, what does that say about any one else wanting to read it?

I feel like I don't really need to write a book, but just a bunch of blog posts. For me, it's so freaking hard to write a book peice meal. Just when I get into the groove, I get interrupted.

If I'm going to ever write a book, I need to go to a deserted island where I can have 30 days of uninterrupted, totally focused writing time. It takes too much time for me to get into the flow to only write for 30 minutes per day. By the time I warm up, it's time to wrap up. That's not optimal for quality writing.

But on a fun note, I started reading a most excellent book by Richard Dawkins called The Magic of Reality. Rather than allow religion and myth to promulgate untruths, Dawkins presents scientific truths to answer some of the most pressing human questions--questions concerning creation, evolution, life and death, and more. It's freaking fasc…

Bullshit Lies

I won't take no more of your bullshit lies
I got hands so full of your stinkin' pies
Times are changin' and I realize
I hate these patties in my hand
Their smell offends me
I'm taking a stand

I refuse to carry this crap around
I'm settin' it down
upon the ground
where shit belongs
and where shit will stay

It's time for me to make my own way
pushin' all these bulls aside
confidently watch me stride
through these pastures we call life
trustin' my gut
believin' my reason
followin' my heart
season after season

and as I go, this I now know

Every time I encounter shit
I don't pick it up
I don't take hold of it
I see it precisely for what it is
I raise my sights
and I step over it.

Reincarnation

I had a revelation about reincarnation in the shower yesterday. I do not find it difficult to believe in reincarnation after this life because I have experienced reincarnation in this life several times. Two of which I'm particularly aware.

First, in an effort to not mince words, perhaps what I'm about to describe isn't technically the meaning of reincarnation, but more along the lines of reinvention, however, since both instances encapsulate the death of a world, accompanied by the rebirth and remaking of a new life, I'm rolling comfortably with reincarnation.

The day my world died is how I've often verbalized the shattering of my first marriage. I'll spare you the details because frankly, it's not important nor unique to me. We all suffer disappointment, betrayal, and loss at some point in life, and since none of us are what we once were, it really feels unfair, and small, to recount and belabor past perceived offenses. What I describe below shall, I hop…

What's Your Story?

Look, if you want to move people you've got to share your story. In order to share your story, you've got to know your story!

So, what's your story? I'm asking because I just spent 2 hours today in a board meeting where I spoke frankly to the non-profit about their lack of a story. They have their annual giving campaign coming up and they are once again asking people to open up their pocketbooks and shell out their hard earned cash. Well, if you don't have a compelling story to share about why I should give you my hard-earned money and what kind of impact my donation is going to have, I'm going to be less inclined to donate.

But, tell me what you are about, tell me why you care and what you are doing to make the world a better place, and tell me how I can join you in your mission, and you betcha I'll share some dough. I want to help people who are helping others and I'm always looking for a good cause.

So what's your story? This principle doesn'…

Fix Weaknesses vs. Focus on Strengths

I recently attended a lecture by Paul Allen, founder of Ancestry.com, and he was talking about his newest venture. It's a business based on the strengths finder assessment that helps people discover and pursue their strengths. He's a firm believer that each of us has special talents and strengths we should focus on. He's not a fan of public education wherein we teach and treat all kids the same. He shared this famous Einstein quote:

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.
I agree that all of us have unique gifts and talents, but I think there is value in a liberal arts education. I support the idea of exposing individuals to as much as possible so they can discover additional talents. I mean not all of us come out of the womb composing music like Mozart. I don't recall any natural talents I exhibited as a child, but I do know I developed many a talent over the years through …

The "Hell Yeah!" Principle

I'm reading a really good book right now called Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss. I don't recall the individual who said it, but I've decided to adopt the Hell Yeah! principle. The Hell Yeah! principle means I say "no" to everything that I don't feel like saying "Hell Yeah!" to.

I've spent my entire life doing things I don't really want to do simply because someone asked me to do it. I've allowed guilt, and a desire to please, or at least not to hurt someone else's feelings, rule my actions. This behavior has allowed everyone else's agenda to become my agenda.

The past few months, heck ever since "losing my religion," I've decided that this type of behavior is not something I want to continue. Instead of acting out of obligation, obedience, or duty, I've decided to only respond to those calls that excite my being.  If the invitation, request, activity, belief, or idea, does not enthuse me, I don't do it. And …