Category Archives: Philosophy

Getting Back to Old Priorities

Remember when this was all that mattered?

As a kid, so many things brought us simple, pure joy. Hobbies and holidays weren’t just an escape from homework or chores, but they led to daydreaming and inspiration. Whether it was sports, music, vacation, arts, television, reading – these activities were “fun,” in the most sincere sense of the word.

But as we get older, a funny thing starts to happen. Drinking often begins to accompany these things. And it becomes not a rarity, but a habit: We drink at the beach. We drink when watching sporting events Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Philosophy

Taking Things on for Lent

Unfortunately, I have to start now.

Last night was Shrove Tuesday (or Fat Tuesday, depending on your um, faith) which means today is Ash Wednesday and the official start of the season of Lent. Typically folks give something up between now and Easter Sunday, to honor the 40 days and 40 nights Jesus spent fasting in the Judean desert. And while there is certainly something worthy about giving up favorite things, avoiding vices, or temporarily abandoning bad habits, I’ve found it can be equally beneficial to take something on.Plus this can act as a good excuse to force yourself to do something you’ve always wanted, but were too scared, lacked the time, the motivation etc. (Because hey, if you can’t do it for yourself, at least do it for God.)

I’ve always wanted to run in the Peachtree Road Race. I fondly remember when I was a little boy… Continue reading

1 Comment

Filed under Athletics, Philosophy

Authenticity in Tough Times.

Getting Real with Readers: Joanna Goddard, of "A Cup of Joe"

Pursuing Twitter this morning we came upon a tweet from one of the more uplifting lifestyle writers out there — Joanna Goddard — the face and voice behind A Cup of Jo. It read: “A post about the hardest two months of my life. Difficult to write. (link)”

A notoriously positive and uplifting writer with a strong following, this wasn’t exactly typical fodder for her. But as you’ll read here, she honestly and openly talks about becoming depressed after the birth of her firstborn.

In a society that is always image-conscious, it was refreshing to read about an Internet mainstay, not hiding the turbulent times, but having the courage to tell her story in hopes that it might give optimism or comfort to others going through the same thing.

There isn’t a person on the planet that doesn’t occasionally have a tough go-at-it … this is such a wonderful reminder that hey, it’s okay to talk about it. And if fact, it likely helps.

Well done, Joanna. Well done.

Leave a comment

Filed under Philosophy

Stop Bitching and Embrace Your City.

Something most Atlantans can agree on: The Bilmore is awesome.

It amazes me how much people tend to complain about their city … errr well, my city. But outside of living a completely rural existence, metropolitans no matter how big or small (hip or unhip, coastal or midland) tend to offer opportunities for nearly every interest and personality. You just have to dig in a little and find them.

Make an effort to get involved. Take time to explore. Research your city’s history and stake a claim in its identity.

Sure, your town might not have the scope of New York or San Francisco (few cities do), but finding little pockets of people or places that fit your eye, your taste, your interests … makes the experience of discovery even more unique. It’s knowing a hidden scene that you love yet isn’t that well known to the general public. And that is where the magic and excitement lies.

So next time you’re whining about traffic or a lack of good restaurants, ask yourself this: Are you really getting the most out of what your city has to offer? For those whining the loudest, I would think the answer is typically “no.”

3 Comments

Filed under Philosophy

Baseball in February…

Resembles Spring in so many ways…

The weather in Georgia has been positively spring-like the last few weeks … enough so that cherries and dogwoods have already started to blossom. (Obviously, trees have no idea it’s still February.) So the fact that the Braves open spring training on Saturday against the Mets feels … well, about right. But with games in February, opening day now in March and the World Series in November, fans now have a mere three months without the “boys of summer.”

I’m sure fantasy owners, the MLB network and baseball fanatics are thrilled at this gradual (and televised) expansion, but I feel the trend of nearly-all-year-round ball is just … unhealthy. For the players, the fans and the kids who start playing on “traveling teams” when they’re 8 years old. And this follows a trend of expanding sports for profit and obsession. Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Athletics, Philosophy

When Life Gets Tough, Connect With Inspiring People.

The author, with one of his heroes in 2006.

No matter how charmed your life, everyone goes through tough times; times where sadness or frustration wears on you to the point that you simply want to be left alone. However, going into hibernation mode often compounds the problem. The true key to getting out of the doldrums–no matter how severe or trivial–is being among people you love and admire.

Turning to family or friends for support certainly helps, but sometimes you need more than that. You need a new perspective. You need a spark. You need an inspiration. So it’s during these times I reach out to people I look up to, people I admire, and people who – just corresponding with them puts a spring in my step. Sometimes it’s my parents or close friends, other times it’s people who have been mentors or inspirations in business or industry.

But we all face challenges, we all go through down times, we all struggle with things. But these aren’t the times you should go at it alone.

2 Comments

Filed under Philosophy

What Killed the Magic of Anticipation?

Gone are the days...

The Strokes are releasing their new record next month, and after downloading their bouncy single, “Under Cover of Darkness,” I can’t wait for the album to hit shelves. This is the first time in years that I’ve been on pins-and-needles about a release. And it’s not that my favorite artists (Radiohead, The Whigs, Beck) haven’t been putting out new music, but the child-like anticipation has been missing lately.  

So I was talking to a friend at work today about what killed the Christmas Day-like anticipation for things as we get older. Record releases, vacations, seeing a concert, going to a ballgame. Is it just getting older that makes the magic disappear? Or is it because we now live in an always-connected, download-savvy, app-happy society?

Maybe it’s a little of both… Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under Arts & Culture, Philosophy