a lesson from aesop: the hares and the frogs

It has been a while since our last lesson from Aesop. The Hares and The Frogs The Hares were so persecuted by the other beasts, they did not know where to go. As soon as they saw a single animal at has been a while since our last lesson from Aesop. The Hares and the Frogs “There is always someone worse off than yourself.” If you are reading this, it is likely, you are one […] read more

slow down when the opportunity arises

Sometimes it’s time to slow down or stop what you are doing to take care of other things. For the next few weeks, I’ll be doing just that. Slowing down. My body has been fighting a cold, which is thankfully gone, battled with a sore knee the week before that and I have been preparing for one of the biggest challenges in my life. I’m moving off grid. You can read more about my off […] read more

10 reasons why green living is good for your mental health

Some of you may be aware of my other blog, simply stephen, about green simple living. Simplicity and green living go hand in hand. It helps reduce stress, depression and anxiety. They are a match made in heaven. Here’s why. conscious consumption – green living and simplicity are about making active, deliberate decisions. If you are aware of the choices you make, you will slowly become aware of the things that effect you. As your […] read more

transitions in life keep you busy

For those of you that don’t know, I’m heavily into sustainable, low impact, location independent living. I think a green lifestyle contributes greatly to better mental health. I usually try to get a couple posts a week in but I’m in the middle of transitioning to an off grid lifestyle. No Power. No Internet. No Water. No Toilet. At least for the time being. In the meantime, I’ll be going to the library to get […] read more

this too shall pass – all things are temporary

There’s an expression “when life deals you lemons, make lemonade” and today it seemed fitting for me to write about it. If something is sour you need to sweeten it. Life works like that too. It deals you all sorts of surprises and you have to work with them instead of fighting against them. I have tons on my plate this month. I’m getting ready to go off grid, trying to find the right supplies […] read more

16 different introvert and extrovert perceptions

Reality is really the same for introverts and extroverts. As Susan Cain points out two people might equally like bruschetta but the introvert might say it is good, while the extrovert might say it’s the best thing ever. The difference is the introverts might fear the extroverts thinks they are “too serious”, while the extroverts worry that introverts think they are “too much” or “too silly”. Neither is wrong. Perception is everything. Both are just […] read more

rant, rave & rhetoric: spring 2012 announcements

With spring arriving I’m veering away from talking directly about depression and anxiety. Now, we will explore other aspects of life including introversion, anger, abuse and virtues for personal growth. Virtues and habits are important parts of healing and moving forward. Speaking of moving forward, some of you may be aware that I am launching a new eCourse this spring. It’s called LiL (Lessons in Life) Helpers which consist of small and large random lessons […] read more

think twice, be nice

This post started out as an angry rant. I took the time to simmer down and think about the very simple message I am trying to relay. It’s a message similar to bullying and mental health stigma. It strongly needs to be shared around the web and passed on. At the very least it deserves a debate or discussion. Why do so many self help, success gurus, managers, leaders, etc. encourage people to dump friends […] read more

steps to discover your values, virtues and beliefs

Recently we introduced you to virtues as a starting point for happiness. Developing an arsenal of virtues might sound like a daunting task. Maybe it sounds righteous. Believe me, it’s not. It’s a foundation for so much more life. Your life. It’s a good source of healing. It reduces stress and eliminates conflict. Everyone needs building blocks to work with and everyone has them. Your experiences and influences have shaped you. You can grow by […] read more

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