Yoda famously said to Luke Skywalker, “Do or do not, there is no try.” And even though I understand what the great Jedi master is talking about, I’m going to risk the wrath of the force by disagreeing with him. After all he’s just a little green puppet in an old movie. There is “try”. Or at least there should be. … More There Is Try: Why Yoda Was Wrong
“No fair,” cries my son when he thinks his sister got a bigger piece of candy. “No fair,” he cries when I tell him he can’t go outside and play until he cleans his room. I politely remind him that sometimes, life isn’t fair. We see this often with children, but we don’t recognize it … More “No Fair”: Fairness isn’t real
We can all learn something from our losses. Some of you may remember Yoda saying on Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Pass on what you have learned. Strength, mastery, hmm… but weakness, folly, failure also. Yes: failure, most of all. The greatest teacher, failure is. Somehow, Yoda finds himself explaining how failure is a … More Re-framing Failure: Learning from your losses
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – attributed to Mark Twain I had a friend ask me about … More Are You Using Your Fear Properly?
Have you ever felt like quitting? Whether it’s a martial art, a marriage, or a job, we’ve all felt like giving up the fight at some point in our lives. So what do we do when we face the temptation to walk away? Why people quit. Some do it because of the stress involved in … More Quitting: Should I walk away?
Inside this chest pounds a heart so steady. Inside this head lives a brain so alive. And somewhere in between rests a spirit so gentle, even the tiniest of scratches leaves a scar. . . . How would you describe your spirit, Dear Reader? What inspires you? What shakes you to your core? (Such easy … More SnapDragon Speaks: On The Gentle Spirit.
I fondly remember the days of grammar-school playgrounds; of brown-bagged lunches; of field trips to museums, caverns, and coal mines. I remember the sense of belonging within those classroom walls. There was a constance amongst us kids: a comradery that strengthened with each lesson, each game, each talent show. The questions we asked were not … More SnapDragon Speaks: On The Same Side.
Greetings, Dear Reader! The SnapDragon Family is currently on the road, seeing some sights during this all-too-depressing season of lockdown during winter in Pennsylvania. (starts shivering, and hides head beneath a blanket) We’re cozied up in our Berkshire Class-A RV, embracing the open road and relishing the chance to travel to the American southeast. Sure … More SnapDragon Speaks: On All I Need.
Hello, Dear Reader. It’s nice to see you again. I’m still here. I’m still SnapDragon, but now I’m a mom! (gasp!) Our little boy came ten weeks early, and while it’s been an insanely stressful adventure, I’m happy to report he’s doing well. He’s our little champ, getting stronger every day. And so, in this … More SnapDragon Speaks: On Being Lost & Found.
It’s That Simple Life is so simple and beautiful. More than anything, it so magical and alive. I can see it dancing everywhere around me in the form of my surroundings. A few minutes earlier, I was sitting in my balcony. Luckily, my head slowly tilted upwards as I looked into the sky to watch the … More Life Is The Dancer And We Are The Dance
And How It Can’t Traveling Definition — Google Search to go from one place to another, as by car, train, plane, or ship; take a trip; journey: to travel for pleasure. to move or go from one place or point to another. to proceed or advance in any way. (As found on dictionary.com) I’m talking about the first definition. … More How Traveling Could Make You A Better Person
Tell The Truth To Yourself, Not To Me (The image tells us that he’s a developer. But let’s assume he’s a writer.) I’m going to ask you this one question: Is writing authentically your passion? Understanding passion Long ago, I was in doubt. Is writing actually my dream? Is it what I genuinely love and relish … More Is Writing Your Passion? Really?
Brace Yourself Know what? I’ve found it. I REALLY HAVE! I mean I’m serious about this. People know how to decrease your problems or get rid of them. Even Google knows that. Go ask it! You’ll find tons and tons of articles about freeing yourself from problems. There are even books about that. But I’m … More I’ve Found The Life Changing Idea You’ve Been Looking For
But I Forget That… Writing is a part of the writing job. Checking notifications isn’t. (Or is it?) It could be. ‘Cause it feels that way. When I check notifications and emails, it feels as if I’m doing some important work. Every time turn this device on and log in to Medium, my eyes get fixed … More I’m A Writer, Not A Notification Checker
It’s Driving Us Nuts There’s your brain, 👆 blasted to nuts. Thoughts are thoughts. No more, but thoughts. And above all, they are not yours! We take every thought with a straight face. It is the main cause of our mental imbalance. An imbalance that we can’t see, but is there. It has become very common and thus, … More We’re Taking Our Thoughts WAY Too Seriously
And I Got Committed For At Least 5 Minutes Today, I actually saw myself standing on a podium, lecturing people. About what? I don’t know. It was a daydream, to be honest. But there is some stuff that I took seriously. I Want To Give The World The Best Of Me Nothing less than that. That’s why … More A Few Commitments To Myself
It’s Okay If You’re Not Feeling Well-Mannered There’s a development related process in psychology. It takes place during our childhood. When we’re kids, we’re egocentric. Till the age of at least four to six. After that, we turn into social animals. Allocentric people. Egocentrism means that you give a damn about what’s happening right now … More Stop Burdening Yourself with Unnecessary Ideals
That’s Why I’m Switching Back To The NOW… This has no context with the post I’m writing. But since I liked the car’s pose… 😁 The future has become a monster for me. Every time I try to peek into it I come back burdened immensely than before. Thinking about anything that isn’t here and now … More The Future Has Started Troubling Me
And I’m Not Going To Run Out Of Ideas When I started writing (for real), the only thing that used to terrify me was the writer’s block. But anyways, I started. I had to. Whenever I used to fear writer’s block, I would console myself by telling, “We have a lot of mistakes on our side. … More Writer’s Block Is A Myth
Hello Pointless Overthinkers. It’s me, Kalliope! Did you miss me? Hmm, don’t answer that, I’d rather you save your answers for the following morsels of munchable musings… you know they’re a real treat, coming from the chief muse herself. LOL I want to you to define ‘growing up.’ Is it just submitting your inner self … More Questions about growing up and society