Jun 23, 2014

P3 Project: June 17th, 2014 - Brave New World

There comes a time when you have to realize that playing it safe will result in remaining stagnant and as we all know, movement is life. Evolution is the pathway between the life that we want to live and the life that we find ourselves in. However, sometimes the thing that we need to jump start our evolution is a massive change. For some, they leave their job or move into a new location. Others, it’s as simple as just a change in hobbies or friends. But it all comes down to the same core principle: You have to step out of your comfort zone. It’s only in doing that that you can truly put yourself on the path to reaching your full potential.

Or, the fast track to self-destruction. But hey, what’s life without a little risk?

Mar 24, 2014

P3 Project: March 24th, 2014 - Sweetest Goodbye

There are some times that saying hello can be the hardest thing that you say in a day. Maybe it’s a pretty girl in the coffee shop that you frequent or your boss who never seems to remember your name. It could be the first day of school or the last stop before you get home, but “Hello” can be hard. It’s very difficult to overcome that shyness that descends on even the most outgoing of us in those circumstances. For some, hello represents the beginning of a world of opportunity or potentially the end of a daydream. It’s one of few phrases that we can say to another person that requires us to lower our shields and let another person, a stranger most times, into our lives. Personally, I feel that every time that we say hello to a person that we've never spoken to before, it is one of those butterfly effect moments that causes our lives to diverge into two distinct paths. It can change your life, for better or worse. But, with all the weight that I put into the simple two-syllable phrase of “Hello:”

Try saying “Goodbye” before you’re ready. I may not know everything, but I can tell you this, it’s never pretty.

Go on, I’ll wait here.

Mar 19, 2014

P3 Project: March 19th, 2014 - Lost and Found

Have you ever been looking for something? You try the calm, pat down approach first, thinking that you had to have the item in your pockets or jacket. Then, as the time to leave nears, your search becomes much more frantic, checking and rechecking everywhere that you remember them being. Then you resort to the violent, hurricane-like hunt, tossing rooms like DEA agents in a drug dealer’s house. By the time you’re finished searching, your house, room or office looks like a small thermonuclear device had been detonated in the midst of a tornado. Nothing is the way you left it, everything is a disaster and it seems like you’ll never be able to put the pieces back together. By the time it’s over, you’re no closer to finding what you’re looking for and in the ensuing pursuit, you now can’t find other things that you need and as you decide to forget it and let it go, you turn and it’s in the most obvious place that you could have possibly imagined it could be. But the damage is done; countless other items are now lost as well, out of sight and soon out of mind until you’re reminded that you need it which will begin another frantic hunt. But during that search, you sometimes find things that you never even knew that you were looking for.

I've learned in the last two weeks that no matter how hard you search for some things, they’re nowhere to be found. Some things are going to be forever lost to abyss. But the things that are found when you are searching for the things that have been lost are not always cause for celebration.

Maybe some things should remain just lost.

Jan 31, 2014

P3 Project: January 17th, 2014 - Exactly Where I Need to Be

We all find ourselves looking at where we stand in our lives. Sometimes, literally, but most times, it’s mentally, spiritually, financially, or emotionally. We spent countless hours searching our world-weary soul, trying to understand the things around us. From what we’ll do about dinner to how we feel about another person, the same question always comes up: “What do I want?” or “Where do I need to go?” For me, the question that’s been coming up a lot lately in some conversations is a shorter one: “Why?” After digging around, one particular question came up that I couldn’t really answer at the time. But I know now that I knew the answer the whole time. And it’s a far simpler answer than I ever thought that it would be.

Now, trying to convince the other party of that? Ever try arguing with a jet engine? Yeah, just like that.

P3 Project: January 1st, 2014 - Help Me

There are a lot of things that I’m just really not good at saying.

Everyone has those things that they just can’t say. Sometimes, it’s a good thing that they can’t say them because they don’t need to be said. As the phrase goes: if you can’t say something nice: keep your mouth shut. But then there are those other things that just need to be said and aren’t. Maybe it’s pride, or ego. Sometimes, it’s just timing or finding the right moment. Be it “I’m sorry” or “I made a mistake” to “I need you” or even “I need you to leave,” sometimes we find ourselves staring at another person, mouth open but no words will come forth. Or that sharp intake of breath happens, and then is exhaled through clenched teeth. Whatever the case, it creates an empty space between you and the other person. And if left unchecked, that space will fill up with the things that you don’t say to them. Or, the message that needs to be conveyed simply isn’t. For me, I know what one of those phrases is and it’s caused me an immeasurable amount of discomfort. And for a person that always has something to say, these two words are the hardest ones to speak aloud:

Help me.

Nov 19, 2013

P3 Project: November 19th, 2013 - Burn Bright

It’s not hard to imagine.

For anything to burn, it has to have fuel. After all, it’s a chemical process and like algebra, there has to be something on the other side of the equation. Without a balanced equation, the results are skewed. For instance, if a fire needs oxygen to survive, why is it that a match can be squelched by a passing breeze? Why is it that human beings, who can survive only three days without water, can drown in six inches of it?

The answer is easy: too much of a good thing can kill you.

Don’t believe me? Figured you wouldn’t. Okay, students: class in session.

Oct 1, 2013

P3 Project: October 1st, 2013 - Absence

There’s this common misconception out there that I need to clear up, right now. There's a fundamental truth that needs to be brought to light about a familiar phrase...

Although I’m sure that when it was first said, it was with the very best intentions that someone said it. But we all know what they say about the best intentions, right. Paving the road to Hell and all that. But the saying is one that I’m sure that every one of you that reads it will at least be able to relate to.

"Absence makes the heart grow fonder." To that, I say: bullshit.