The Rest Best lyrics / poem by James Barnett

Swirling in a symphonyOf luxury and regretSurrounded by the prizesOf wealth and largesseSinking in this feelingOf empty and meaningless Thinking of the miseriesInflicted upon myselfTrying to navigateInto a crystal clarityToiling away in the fieldsOf mind-numbing obscurity Stop the worldI wanna get offThis isn’t the ride I signed up forWhat I’m resisting keeps on persistingWhy do …

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Higher and Closer lyrics / poem by James Barnett

Carving out innovation from somewhere Creating from nothing All things have a source Random letters strung together For a DNA sequence called life The same building blocks Diverse applications Countless different creatures With so much in common Ever wonder how we all got here Ever wonder what it’s all about To ponder the mysteries The …

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Faith Is Like a Muscle. You’ve Got to Exercise It to Make It Stronger

Me: I don’t trust my own voice. My Heart: That is an extremely common problem to have. You don’t want to stand out. You don’t want to look like a fool. You don’t trust yourself. Me: I don’t see the value of what I have to say. I consider that others have already said something …

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Where to Find the Comfort You’ve Been Seeking

My Heart: Are you looking for comfort? Me: It would help, yes. My Heart: What troubles you? Me: The central issue of why I’ve avoided being connected with you, my heart. My Heart: The avoidance of connection with me for so much of your life. Me: I remember a period of time when I felt numb. I couldn’t feel anything. My Heart: You …

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What’s on Your Mind? What’s on Your Heart?

These conversations with my heart can seem like “Dear Diary” entries. I especially enjoy the interactivity of the back and forth conversations. What’s on Your Mind? What’s on Your Heart? My Heart: What’s on your mind today? Me: I’m annoyed. My Heart: That’s interesting. I ask you what’s on your mind, and you mention an emotion you’re …

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What Is a Blessing in Disguise — A Reflection on a Chinese Fable

A recent conversation with my girlfriend about things in the past sparked our interest in the subject of blessings in disguise. We discussed our previous misfortunes in love and relationships, in financial losses and missed opportunities. In times of sorrow, our pain and suffering blinded us from recognizing the silver lining of the seemingly unfortunate …

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What Is AWAI About – A Writing Exercise from the Accelerated Copywriting Program

What is AWAI about? AWAI stands for American Writers and Artists Inc., which is a company that trains people to make a living as a writer. You can work remotely. You can design your life and have the freedom that you’ve suspected could be possible for you. At least that’s the idea. There is, as with …

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What Is Proverbs About – Learn and Apply Wisdom with The 5 Year Proverbs Challenge

What is Proverbs about? The Book of Proverbs is a well-known example of wisdom literature, which is a literary genre where we can learn wisdom from. What is wisdom about? Wisdom can include the following: • Discernment / Understanding / Insight; • Knowledge; • Good judgment; and • Correct application of knowledge. When you and I learn …

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CashFX Review — What Is CashFX About: Powerful, High Income-Producing Investment with Forex

This post contains affiliate link(s). An affiliate link means I may earn advertising or referral fees if you make a purchase through my link. Earnings Disclosure: “Earnings may vary depending on the degree of effort employed. No earnings are guaranteed, and a User is not guaranteed to reach a certain reward level. Past results are not …

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The Lion King (1994) Movie Review — What Is Lion King About: Simba’s Rise from Cub to King

A cultural phenomena all its own, “The Lion King” was first released in movie theaters back when I was nine years old. That turned out to be the perfect age to experience this story. Amazing that it’s already been twenty-six years since that summer. I watched the movie many times on video. I played the video …

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What I’ve Learned from 4 Times I Got Pulled Over by the Cops

I don’t envy cops. They’re in a line of work that I can so easily imagine isn’t enjoyable for them. There’s the physical risk involved. Their lives are at risk. There’s the social stigma. Regular citizens avoid them even if those citizens have nothing to hide and nothing to be afraid of. And there’s all …

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The Go-Giver Book Review: Five Laws of Stratospheric Success

I’ll come right out and say it. “The Go-Giver: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea” by Bob Burg and John David Mann is one of my top favorite books. I’ve read it multiple times. It’s well-written. It’s short. It’s a smooth read, and the authors have turned what could have been dry material into …

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5 Options for How to Use Your Imagination

Children, in certain ways, are much wiser than adults are. Children understand the importance of playing and having fun. They are more accepting of themselves and others. And they know how powerful the imagination is. Somehow, somewhere those wise practices and attitudes typically get lost during the transition from childhood to adulthood. What if you …

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Mapping the Future: Mike Dooley’s 3 Steps for Creating Change

I’ve been watching a webinar series by Mike Dooley. The previous post “Miracles Happen Every Day. Here Are Some of Mine” was me working through the first worksheet. The exercise there was to help me admit that miracles have happened in my life before and that miracles can keep on happening, too. The second worksheet …

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Miracles Happen Every Day. Here Are Some of Mine

I struggle with identifying miracles that have happened in my life. I also struggle with doing personal development exercises, including this one from a Mike Dooley webinar. “What’s your miraculous story? When have you experienced a transformation that completely took you by surprise or wildly exceeded your expectations — a miracle that was sparked by a situation …

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Child-free by Choice. Another Option to Go With in Life

In my previous post, “Pollock Clinics Vasectomy Review: Permanent Birth Control for Men,” I talked about my vasectomy experience and recommended that any man who wants to get a vasectomy either go to Pollock Clinics or somewhere else that uses the same method. I have found that people who want to have children tend to put …

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Pollock Clinics Vasectomy Review: Permanent Birth Control for Men

I wouldn’t advise that every man get a vasectomy, but there are certain situations where it is helpful. Like when a man knows that he doesn’t want to have any biological children or any more biological children. I got a vasectomy nearly 2 years ago, and it’s the best investment I’ve ever made. I’ll give …

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Life’s Golden Buckets Book Review: Kieron Sweeney’s Budgeting Habit

This post contains affiliate link(s). An affiliate link means I may earn advertising or referral fees if you make a purchase through my link. I saw Kieron Sweeney speak in person many years ago at a weekend event. It was an enjoyable experience. He was funny and very informative. He made light of the fact …

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Our Common Bond Speaks Forth and Cries Out to Be Remembered

What is enlightenment? Is it sustainable? And can these questions even be answered in this lifetime? Sometimes, there are no easy answers. Sometimes, the strength is found in the struggling. Thrown into the world of adult problems, life can look a lot more complex and difficult than back when you and I were children. Remember …

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How to Apply Learned Optimism: A Sample Disputation Record

In a previous post, I gave my review of the “Learned Optimism” book by Martin Seligman, the father of positive psychology. I explained what learned optimism is, and I recommend that you go to the review so you can familiarize yourself with the concept and what’s involved in applying it to your life. ==> Click here …

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Learned Optimism Book Review: Martin Seligman’s ABCs of Flexible Optimism

This post contains affiliate link(s). An affiliate link means I may earn advertising or referral fees if you make a purchase through my link. “Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life” by Martin E.P. Seligman, Ph.D. explores the differences between optimists and pessimists, how those differences affect each of them throughout their …

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The Strangest Secret Review: Earl Nightingale’s Success Manual

This post contains affiliate link(s). An affiliate link means I may earn advertising or referral fees if you make a purchase through my link. In 1956, Earl Nightingale recorded an audio called “The Strangest Secret.” The small group of salesmen that Earl recorded the audio for enjoyed it so much that they requested copies for …

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Wake Up and Live Book Review: Dorothea Brande’s Answer to Failure

This post contains affiliate link(s). An affiliate link means I may earn advertising or referral fees if you make a purchase through my link. “We all live so far below the possible level for our lives that when we are set free from the things which hamper us so that we merely approach the potentialities …

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The Magic of Believing Book Review: Claude Bristol’s Guide to Powerful Thinking

This post contains affiliate link(s). An affiliate link means I may earn advertising or referral fees if you make a purchase through my link. I’ve known about “The Magic of Believing” by Claude Bristol for many years, and I finally read it so I can tell you about it. I knew I would enjoy the book and …

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One Race. Human Race. The Differences Are Only Skin Deep

Perhaps you’ve seen this phrase before: “One Race. Human Race. One Blood. Red Blood.” Or this phrase that shortens it further: “One Race. One Blood.” These phrases are excellent reminders that humans aren’t so different after all. Divided we fall. United we stand. We’re stronger together. One race with many, many ethnicities. One race with …

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What Is an Overdose About – My History of Non-Fatal Overdoses

What is an overdose about? Over a period of 19 years, I overdosed multiple times on multiple substances. Wanna know what the silliest part of it is? Each time was an accident. I thought I could handle larger amounts and not suffer any consequences. The possibility of overdosing didn’t enter my mind at all. Using and …

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Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail and the Word of the Year Alternative

New year’s resolutions are well known for not working out. How many don’t work out? At least 4 out of 5. And the ones that fail typically don’t make it as far as the end of January. Even with the odds being against you to this extent, people still set new year’s resolutions anyway. Setting …

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The Five Minute Journal Review: Intelligent Change’s Thorough Gratitude Journal

This post contains affiliate link(s). An affiliate link means I may earn advertising or referral fees if you make a purchase through my link. When you are grateful, you align yourself with the creative force of the universe. You admit who you really are. You are a creative force. In those moments of gratitude, you’ve …

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The Confidence Solution Book Review: Keith Johnson’s Practical Guide for Growth

This post contains affiliate link(s). An affiliate link means I may earn advertising or referral fees if you make a purchase through my link. Dear Confident Leader, I saw Keith Johnson give a speech in 2016 at the Get Motivated Business Seminar. I enjoyed his speech so much that I knew I had to read one of …

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Why Being a Grandparent Can Be More Fun Than Being a Parent

I’ve seen it. Perhaps you’ve seen it, too, The proud grandparents. Happy that they made it far enough to have grandchildren. A reward for keeping their own children alive long enough? A chance to relax and not feel so responsible for how a younger generation turns out? Whatever it is, grandparents get the opportunity to …

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What Is Happiness About? The Elusive Search for Something Real

Does anyone remember the Peanuts book “Happiness Is a Warm Puppy”? It contains a series of “Happiness is …” statements accompanied by Charles M. Schulz’s illustrations. Here are some of the statements from the book: “Happiness is an umbrella and a new raincoat.” “Happiness is a pile of leaves.” “Happiness is sleeping in your own …

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Addicted to Travel? Enjoy These Quotes for Traveling Through Life

Dear Traveler, The wind was blowing outside in the back yard. The wind itself is invisible, of course, but I could see the effect that it has. It was blowing branches and leaves. Similarly, your thoughts and your actions might seem invisible, but they still have an effect. On yourself and on others. Right now, …

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Wealthy Affiliate Membership Review: Is Premium for You?

This post contains affiliate link(s). An affiliate link means I may earn advertising or referral fees if you make a purchase through my link. Back before August, 2019, www.GiantsWithin.com didn’t exist. And I’m not sure that it would’ve been in existence at all without Wealthy Affiliate. Why is that? The short version is that I didn’t find …

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Subliminal360 Program Review: Make Your Own Subliminals

This post contains affiliate link(s). An affiliate link means I may earn advertising or referral fees if you make a purchase through my link. Chances are you’ve heard something about subliminal messages before. Especially with them being used to influence people to buy products and think a certain way. There’s the decades old example of …

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Why These Types of Freedom Are Unhealthy… and What You Can Do About It

Isn’t freedom a good thing? How could freedom possibly be unhealthy? Isn’t freedom something that we need more of, not less? All good questions, and I will address each one of them. I’m here to challenge thoughts that have held us back, including me. Certain types of freedom are unhealthy. I’ll explain why that is, …

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Zen12 Meditation Program Review: And You Were Wondering How to Meditate

This post contains affiliate link(s). An affiliate link means I may earn advertising or referral fees if you make a purchase through my link. Here are some of the benefits of meditating regularly: You calm your mind. Wouldn’t it be great to put yourself at ease and decrease your anxiety? Of course it would. You …

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