Do You Know Why You're Suffering?

That’s a fun question, right? You’re upset so while you’re upset, think about why. That’s usually not high on the list of Things to Do.

It probably should be.

It sounds crazy, but knowing why something is bothersome I think is paramount to understanding it fully. I’ve found myself employing this tactic a lot over the last year.

Why am I angry? Why do I think this person will do that thing? Why do I hate mushrooms?

That last one I already know–they’re disgusting, flavorless, spongey, sprouting dirt turds… but hey, I didn’t always have such a wonderful answer. 🙂

Mark Manson covers this in The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck. He tells the story of Hiroo Onoda, a Japanese soldier that spent almost 30 years in the Philipenes, fighting a war that had ended. He led a pretty terrible life in the jungle but had a clear purpose for it. It was his mission. He was suffering for what he believed was a good cause.

When we think about why we’re feeling a way about something or why we’re choosing to live in a poor moment, it’s not necessarily a bad thing for it to be a less-than-ieal situation. The key is being alright with it. Onoda accepted the situation he was in so you, too, can accept that Christmas with your in-laws is garbage but you love your wife and she really enjoys spending time with your family. That’s actually two reasons!

Two Years With Harry's

I don’t usually talk about my razor. I’m thinking today’s a good day to change that.

A little over two years ago, I wrote about Harry’s. They touted shaving products that don’t break the bank. Since then, I’ve used their products almost exclusively and am still a happy customer. I thought I’d share a bit of their story and how Harry’s came to be.

And ladies: you can use Harry’s too. 😉

I’m still such a fan, that even two years later I’m creating my own product shots (just like I did in 2015; the header image).

100,000 Words

This is a statistic I never though I’d reach.

Yesterday I crossed the 100,000 word mark for all the posts I’ve written on this blog. From the very first on September 9th, 2014, to yesterday, 100,337 words have been written and published. I’m sure I crossed that mark earlier, but since I removed a few posts a couple months ago, the real count didn’t touch this level until yesterday’s post.

I’m quite excited to have come this far and look forward to what I come up with for the next 100,000 words. I’d also like to give a quick thank you to John Saddington for his inspiration to blog regularly. He’s been at it for over fifteen years and while I don’t quite have the regularity he does, I still feel I’ve accomplished something great.

To give you an idea of the scale using book types:

  • Children’s chapter book: 16,000
  • Typical mystery novel: 60-80,000
  • Typical “thriller”: 100,000+

Quite amazing.

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