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On my more depressing days I get caught up thinking about the broken state this world is in.  I write to get the melancholy out of my system. Here are a few of those thoughts.

I really believes we could all learn a lesson from crayons: Some are sharp, some are dull, some are beautiful, some have weird names, all are different colors; but they all have to live together in the same box.

Eric Kiser is once again dismayed at the state of our world. Sometimes, it hurts my heart as much as my head to even think about it. Yet for some reason, I can't "not" think about it. Consider;

Today we exist in a world of taller buildings and wider freeways, but shorter tempers and narrower points of view.

These are the days of bigger houses, and smaller families.

We increase our possessions, yet reduce our values.

We live in fine houses, yet more often than not they are broken homes.

We create more medicines, only to destroy our health.

We have more food available, all with less nutrition than ever before.

We earn higher incomes, and live by lower moral standards.

We spend more, only too enjoy less.

Daily we gain more knowledge, yet show less intelligence in how we use it.

We talk a lot, we only love a little, and we hate far too much.

Working together we reached the moon and came back to Earth, but we find it troublesome to cross the street we live on and reach out to our very own neighbors. We seem to have conquered outer space, only to discover our own inner void.

I believe that every day your alive is an occasion to try and change something your not happy with. Maybe, you believe different. A lot of folks think "that's just the way it goes". I refuse to think that way. Make an effort to add laughter and joy to your life. Your the only one who can.

Every day, every hour, and every single minute of this life is special. Treat it that way!

Eric Kiser just told one of his friends at work that they should not dare to be different just for the sake of being different. Dare to be yourself - if that alone doesn't make you different then something is wrong

Eric Kiser believes that success is not fame or money or the power to influence others, it is to have created something valuable from your own individuality and skill - a piece of music, a painting, a business, an idea, a life. These people are truly successful.

if there's just one piece of advice i can give you, it's this - when there's something you really want, fight for it, don't give up no matter how hopeless it seems. and when you've lost hope, ask yourself if 10 years from now, you're gonna wish you gave it just one more shot. because the best things in life, they don't come free


We deny that we're tired, we deny that we're scared, we deny how badly we want to succeed. And most importantly, we deny that we're in denial. We only see what we want to see and believe what we want to believe, and it works. We lie to ourselves so much that after a while the lies start to seem like the truth. We deny so much that we can't recognize the truth right in front of our faces.

"There's moments in your life that make you, that set the course of who you're gonna be. Sometimes they're little, subtle moments. Sometimes, they're not.. .Bottom line is, even if you see 'em coming, you're not ready for the big moments. No one asks for their life to change, not really. But it does. So what are we, helpless? Puppets? No. The big moments are gonna come. You can't help that. It's what you do afterwards that counts. That's when you find out who you are."

I have spent a couple of months learning: Pain, you just have to ride it out. Hope it goes away on its own, hope the wound that caused it heals. There are no instant solutions, no easy answers. Most of the time pain can be managed but sometimes it hits where you least expect it. Hits way below the belt. The truth is you can't outrun it and life always makes more. But, in the right frame of mind, it gets better.

I have found this small bit of truth out about himself today: When I was a younger man, I wanted to change the world. After struggling for years with this goal, I found out it was very difficult to 'change the world'. So I lowered my site's and tried to 'change my nation'. When I found I couldn't 'change the nation' all by myself, I shifted my focus again and tried to create change my town. Disappointed, I realized that I alone couldn't change my town. Now, as an older man, I'm trying to just show positive 'change' within my family.

Then, out of the blue, I realized the only thing I can actually 'change' is 'myself'. Suddenly I came to realize that if long ago I had changed myself, I could have made an impact on my family. My family and I could have made an impact on our town. Their impact could have changed the nation and I could indeed have changed the world. The only thing I have any measure of true control over, including the ability to change, is me. The same is true of you. Become the change you wish to see in the world. We can in fact make profound change on this planet: Just one person at a time.

I suggest if you are on a path, and it's a 'beaten' one, then it's probably not YOUR path. Blaze a trail! Do the undone! Go where you have never been before! Otherwise, you might as well stay home and watch the travel channel.

I was discussing his sobriety with a friend (who is not) and used this analogy to make a point:

Well, it's like this... A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the lowest member of the group. So, when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones, at the back, that are caught and killed first. This is known as "natural selection" and is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the entire herd keeps improving by the regular "thinning-out" of the herds weakest members.

In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells of it's structure. Excessive intake of alcohol and drugs, as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption would seem to eliminate the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine.

That's why you, and all your pals, feel like your so much smarter after you've had a few...

I just read something that blew his mind: From the emergence of human's 200,000 years ago until Julius Caesar, fewer than 250 million people lived on earth. When Christopher Columbus sailed 1,500 years later, 500 million people lived on earth. By Thomas Jefferson's day in 1776, that number was 1 billion. At the end World War II in 1945, we had doubled to 2 billion.

Put another way, from the beginning of human existence until 1945, it took over 10,000 GENERATIONS to reach a global population of 2 billion. Today, experts project that in just ONE human lifetime -- MINE -- the population will increase to more than 9 billion! We're almost there,

the UN estimates Earth at 6.8 BILLION people. The model also projects increases of 1 billion every 10 years.

Am I the only one amazed by this? Anybody else feel this is unsustainable? Or, am I just the last one to hear about it? My question is this: "What are YOUR plans for EARTH DAY this year?"

I had a rough day yesterday but is learning valuable lessons like: There are things that we don't want to happen, yet we have to accept. Things we don't want to know, but have to learn. And people we can't live without, but have to let go… It sucks. But I will go on. I’m missing you, Annie.

I re-discovered this morning that falling in love is easy, even remaining in love is not that difficult; the loneliness of human existence is reason enough to put out that limited bit of effort. But the true quest worth taking is trying to find that someone through whose presence you become the person you always desired to be. That 'One' person who simply by their presence in your life makes you better than you could possibly be without them. This is the hard part of this 'thing' called life.