Achieving and Appreciating


Writing and publishing this post will be an achievement for me. It’s helpful to consciously acknowledge when something would be an achievement, and when something has been achieved. An achievement is something we’re proud that we accomplished.

Appreciation is also something we can consciously acknowledge. By “consciously acknowledge” I mean it requires mental focus, and by focusing on the things we appreciate, we attract more of it into our lives. Appreciating is consciously acknowledging and savoring the beauty, worth, and value of something.

Achieving and appreciating are powerful self-improvement techniques. By using both of these mental skills, we can truly create a more positive experience for ourselves, and by extension, a more positive world.



Accomplishing Great Things

It’s interesting (or ironic, considering it’s Father’s Day) that I’m finding my relationship with my dad challenging. I’m thinking about moving on from the shop, but I remember what a horrible state it was in when I first got here, and all the work I’ve put into improving things, and that makes me reconsider. In any case, improving the shop over the past year has been a big accomplishment.

Another accomplishment is that I’m my own friend, which I’ve said before, but it feels more and more meaningful as time goes by. I feel like I can be more of who I am (and feel good about it). That includes feeling angry, which I’ve tried to push away with little success.

The deep fear I used to feel has all but disappeared. I feel OK; that I can be OK no matter what, and that’s an accomplishment, too.


Celebrating 300 Followers + 400 Posts


Hello to all the followers of the GBM blog! I remember thinking it would be cool to reach 300 subscribers, and the day has finally come.

I’ve also written a little over 400 posts, and most of them have been some of the most gut-wrenching and soul-searching things I’ve ever written, and I often had to overcome bouts of anxiety in order to publish them, but I’m glad I did it.

Although I’m fulfilling a need for self-expression, your acknowledgement lets me see that there’s also social value in what I’m creating.

Thank you!


The Hero’s Journey

New Fortuna Glacier, 1915 / photographed by Frank Hurley

The Hero’s Journey is something I often think about as I go through life. Recently, I’ve started thinking I’m also on The Fool’s Journey, but that’s another story. Joseph Campbell has much to say about The Hero’s Journey. The journey has different steps, sub-journeys, and detours.

The Call to Adventure

I’ve always felt a calling of some kind, passions I needed to pursue, a sense of purpose. Whether it was to be a scientist, philosopher, writer, musician, or artist, I knew I wanted to accomplish something great. The calling is a seductive and powerful thing that I couldn’t refuse.

Refusal of the Call

The irony is that all the things calling me were just a small part of my true calling. Looking back, I see that I was meant to take a spiritual journey within myself into dark places and the underworld. That calling was something I refused to go on for a while, but eventually I needed to answer, or risk living an unhappy and unfulfilled life.

Answering the Call, Being Guided

I remember going to the art store, not realizing I was answering a call to adventure, and seeing The Artist’s Way sitting on a bookshelf like Perseus‘ shield from Clash of the Titans. I was looking for instructions on how to draw, but instead found instructions on how to create. Julia Cameron was one of my early guides as I unknowingly began my journey. Continue reading The Hero’s Journey