Creative people are sometimes accused of living in a fantasy world, far out of reach of reality. Perhaps you’re one of them. Maybe you’ve been told your imagination is too big for your own good, and you should stop dreaming before you fall too far down the rabbit hole.
As an entrepreneur, blogger, and author, I’ve often been chastised for not choosing a “real career”; for thinking outside the box and making the decision to enter the Perilous Realm. I’ve been looked down on for pouring myself into writing instead of “doing life”. But what if these things—the fanciful and the practical don’t have to be at war with each other?
What do you think about changing the world? Making a difference in the lives of those around you? Living boldly, vibrantly, unbound. You’re here because you want to do great things—and more than that, you’re here because you already have greatness inside you, but something’s holding you back.
As young people, we fall prey to three major lies. These lies seep into our minds, creating shadows of doubt, whispers of insecurity, and sometimes, crippling fear. Perhaps you long for greatness, but you feel trapped, believing you can do nothing. It’s time to change that.
“Reading is an act of resistance in a landscape of distraction.” That’s how author David L. Ulin put it, and I quite agree. In our culture, distractions hold a tyrannical reign, and unless we learn to resist them, they will devour our time.
There’s something special about reading—something you can’t achieve by watching a movie or listening to an audiobook. Reading a magic all its own. It draws your mind to focus; challenges your imagination to spin into gear. If you aren’t making time to read, you’re missing a lot of extraordinary benefits.
Generous people make the greatest impact. It’s no secret, really; just a plain, simple fact. The more you give, the more lives you are able to touch. People who are characterized by an open hand are some of the most well-respected and successful people in society.
One of my goals is to begin cultivating a more generous mindset. I want to give freely, no strings attached. Generosity is one of the most attractive and outstanding traits a person can develop.
Life in the Perilous Realm is hard. It’s easy to dream of being a hero—to read stories and watch movies and imagine you’re in them, but when it comes down to it, we often respond like Frodo: that our own adventure has turned out quite different.
On the outside, we see glamor. Success. Triumph. All around us, people seem to be winning at life: the co-worker who just got promoted, the young couple who recently got engaged, or the college graduate who landed their first career job. And then there’s us, in the dust—struggling.
I’ve been so tired lately—I’m just going to be honest. Between working extra hours and preparing for Christmas, my blogging game has suffered this week. I realized I needed to prioritize rest over the weekend, in order to make room for creativity to blossom again. It was hard to say no to writing, but in the end, it turned out to be the right decision. However, I still want to drop in here to connect with you, and share one of my favorite ways to relax and inspire wonder.
I love music. It’s amazing, the magic of unspoken notes, able to swirl and tangle with the heart in such a deep and mysterious way. The ability of music to speak to the human soul is incredible, and it’s one of my favorite ways to simply relax and connect with Wonder. So today, I want to share some of the most magical soundtracks of all time for you to enjoy during the holiday season.
We live in an increasingly cynical world: a world filled with division, obsessed with offense, and infused with an acute lack of gratitude. This is the sort of thing that kills Wonder.
Traditionally, Christmas is about embracing Wonder. It’s about seeing magic, seeing hope, finding joy. It’s about the connection of a holy God to a fallen man, and the great mystery of love. And yet, increasingly, it’s become cool to be annoyed with Christmas.