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.

Aug 19, 2013

P3 Project: August 19th 2013 - The Truth About Insanity

Insanity.

Such a simple word. Only two syllables and yet the definition is much more complex. When you go to the Oxford dictionary, the definition is listed as, “the state of being seriously mentally ill; madness.” The definition, originally a mental health term, is now only relegated to legal battles and extreme workout programs. 

However, when most people are asked what the definition of insanity is, most people will respond with the same statement: “Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over, expecting different results.” The phrase, attributed to Einstein, Franklin, and Twain is so commonly known that everyone uses that as the generally accepted definition.

So when I ask you: “Steadfastness in doing something, despite difficulty or delay in achieving success” is the definition of what word, everyone here should say:

Perseverance. Confused? It’s okay, just keep trying…

Aug 1, 2013

P3 Project: August 1st 2013 - A Long Time Coming

It's been a while since I've been here.

I haven't stared at these pages in God knows how long. It's been so long since my fingers last danced across a keyboard, trying to desperately keep up with my racing mind. For a while, the peace of it was overwhelming. I enjoyed it while it lasted, kept it going as long as I could but in the end, I knew what I was chasing was impossible. Perfection can sometimes seem to real and so close. Then, like a mirage, it vanishes in the wind, never to be seen again. The overwhelming peace that I felt when writing those posts was replaced by something just as profound. A feeling, while familiar was unsettling. That was replaced in time, as the posts slowed and the desire died out. What replaced it was the feeling that something that something valuable had been lost. Something that was born not of greed or arrogance, but a question. An almost deceptively simple question:

"How many of us ever know what it is to become the perfect version of ourselves?"

And as much as that question defined this entire endeavor, I know now that although that question created this spark, I never imagined that another question, simpler in asking but infinitely more complex in its answer lie beneath the surface...

"What would you do?"