Thoughts on self empowerment and blogging

There are times in your life when you become completely swamped. Be it with work, family, projects, or whatever else you fill your life with. Through it all, its important to stay happy.

I started this blog to express my points of view of the world, this country, freedom, and what it means to be an American. I have gone through spans of time where I have updated this site daily, and periods where I haven’t written for months.

It takes time to write out a blog, it takes longer to re-read it and make sure that not only are there no spelling mistakes, but that the darn thing actually makes sense. It’s hard to make it completely unflawed, especially in dealing with opinions on a wide variety of subjects.

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This year peaked for me during spring and into early summer. I was working 50 – 60 hours during the weekdays at my job, and supporting my wife for 12 – 24 hours a weekend with her company. In the middle of all that I was trying to keep up with going to the gym four times a week, and we had multiple out of state family functions interwoven between all that too. During this time I was also questioning libertarianism, and the way the world is changing. I didn’t have time to write, and even if I did, I doubt it would have been anything worth reading.

What is important, most important in your life, is you. You front and center. You must put your happiness above all else. In the event of a plane¬†malfunction, you’re supposed to put your oxygen mask on first before helping others. This is true. If you can’t help yourself, you will be useless to others.

Since I couldn’t find the time for this blog, I felt it was useless to try writing anything, since it would seriously lack substance.

Since the 4th July holidays, things have calmed down considerably for me. Work has stabilized, and my wife is able to more effectively run her business without as much need for my assist.

What this all comes back to is; do I really feel like writing each day? Do I really feel like writing out my thoughts and opinions for the world to see? Is it really worth my time?

Another problem with writing is critics. Everyone’s a critic. I found myself trying to defend my points of view a lot, and this distracted me from other things I needed to get done. But, after thinking about it for some time, why should I care what others think? If I’ve done my research, if I’ve laid out thoughts and ideas for others to think about, should I really care about their opinions? Perhaps. If it’s a nice opinion, or a thoughtful critique, sure. If it’s simply a nasty response, it should be ignored.

The problem with being passionate about what you write, is that you tend to get defensive over your work, because any negative feedback is judged as a personal attack. It’s important to understand that there are probably more people out there who disagree with you, than agree with you.

It’s important to simply lay out your argument, and let the comments be whatever they will be. Critiques are healthy because it helps sharpen your view point, but negativity should be ignored.

When dealing with politics in particular, its important to stay positive. It’s important to look for the good in people, and to point out the innovations in the world, and not the multitudes of faults and despair.

If you’re lucky enough to live in a western nation, particularly the United States of America, be thankful. Enjoy your freedoms, your internet, your creature comforts. Spend time with your husband or wife, watch a TV show, relax, enjoy the fruits of your labor. Sites like this are designed to spark thoughts and revelations, to help maintain and grow the freedoms that we enjoy. Everything should be taken with a grain of salt, and time should be made to laugh and be joyful in the world.

Empower yourself to do better, to defend freedom, but to enjoy life along the way. Liberty starts at the individual level, and humor saves us when the world feels  dark all around us. To be able to laugh away danger will make all the evil in the world shake in its boots. Get out there, be strong, and enjoy life!

The beauty of thought

I spent Saturday taking pictures at a wedding with my wife. Despite all the evils in the world, all the silly games and plundering, there was still joy to be found in the individual. We took photographs for a young couple about the same age as us. They had been together almost as long as we had, and were embarking on a journey together as husband and wife. It is a pleasant experience to capture the joy of a couple like that, and frame those moments for the rest of their lifetimes.

My articles are highly controversial and thought provoking. I am not afraid to rattle other people’s cages. I’ll shake your foundations and challenge your current thought process because what we’re told to think is not always the way things should be. I challenge you to think outside of the box with your own independent mindset. After all, freedom and independence starts with thoughts, with the individual, then the expression of those thoughts.

My father-in-law is a highly controversial figure in the greater Cincinnati area, some of his articles and statements dumbfound readers and listeners. He thinks outside of the box, and challenges the establishment. I agree with most of the things he says, if not all of them, but I love how he isn’t afraid to throw issues out there for what they are.

My sister-in-law’s fiance just started his own blog about Christianity. Though I’m not particularly religious, I like how he is pursuing a creative endeavor to help others.

My wife has a photography blog, she sees the world in a very positive and creative light. I have her to thank for the peace and happiness I feel inside.

I am surrounded by creative people who think outside of the box. My take on issues is different than all of them, but each of us respects the others thoughts, because your thoughts are your first declaration of independence. So put your flag in the ground and write/talk about what you believe in and why, and don’t be afraid to challenge others, or be challenged yourself. Often when we meet opposing views, we find that we need to look for more information to support our case. If your case gets strengthened by what you find; great. If your case gets weakened, perhaps it is you who need to change your position, or at least find out more before you continue down the same old road.

The beauty of thought is that each is your own, and thoughts spiral a web of interesting ideas and information. Declare independence from the establishment, from the norm and from the conformed, and make each thought your own.