The Earth Remembers

It's a tight window, This duration of time. Three thousand or so years since the expanse of civilization. The Earth remembers… The time before; The quiet time near forgotten. She longs for a period of silence And of rest and peace. The…
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Moving On Minute 9-8-20: Missing Pieces

Last night my wife told me that I am a social butterfly. I lay in bed, my nose in a book, considering her comment. Before COVID I may have been an extrovert who leapt at any opportunity to hook up with friends or to attend community events.…
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Moving On Minute 9-1-20: Something New?

Depression, fear, and anger are all emotions that have become synonymous with our times. Anxiety seeps into daily lives. Divisive aggression is rising like a tide as Americans approach yet another election. Each of us is either directly…
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Moving On Minute 8-29-2020: Count Your Blessings

Earlier this week I set out to create a Moving On Minute centered on celebrating the many blessings each of us find in our lives. Indeed, we are all blessed. But, as the words appeared in their near final form on the screen in front of me,…
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Moving On Minute 8-11-20: Overcome

Over the past couple weeks I've been overloaded with a plethora of negative emotions. I've been overburdened with worries. I worry about the uncertainty caused by being out of work due in the wake of COVID. I worry about not having a steady…
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Moving On Minute 8-4-20: You're Not That Busy

For real. . . You're not as busy as you say you are. Yet for some reason your self-indulgent sense of entitlement and importance has you thinking you are. You believe the things you want and have to do trump what everyone else has to. Here's…
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Moving On Minute 7-21-20: Do What You Say You Will!

Whether in hopes of getting stronger, richer, more fit, or in the quest to become a better person, everyone wants a shortcut or a magic elixir. While there is no pill or hack that lets people circumvent the process and work necessary in leveling…
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Moving On Minute 7-15-20: Insist On Resistance

Bad habits are difficult to break. Negative programming even more so. Our worst vices call out. They attempt to tempt us. They pull us into being that person we've been working so hard not to be. Sometimes we give in. . .Sometimes we allow…

Moving On Minute 7-7-20: On Getting Older

I'm getting old. As they hear me say that, folks over fifty, sixty, and seventy reply, That's nothing, you whipper-snapper. You have plenty of time left before you're old like me. But I wore a fanny pack out in public yesterday. And I…
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Moving On Minute 6-30-20: There's Always Work For A Working Man

A friend and I were speaking recently about his company reopening to the public, as well as my recent career journey. My friend empathized with the concerns I have about whether or when my pre-pandemic industry will reopen. He also understood…
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Moving On Minute 6-16-20: Who's Weird?

After living in the same home for seven and a half years I finally visited my backyard neighbors. . . Last week our shared fence blew over in the wind for the second time. The boards on it are cracked, and the old rusty screws that hold the…
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Moving On Minute 6-9-20: Wear It Out

Visualize, for a moment, all the clothing you own but never wear. . . You know exactly what I'm talking about. Some of it is deep within your closet. More still is buried inside your dresser drawers or in some plastic bins in the garage or…
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Moving On Minute 5-26-20: Remembering The Children

I can still remember back when people were social beings. People used to greet strangers with a handshake or a pound. Maybe there was a hug if they got close or felt a connection. People didn't feel weird around their families, or about going…
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Moving On Minute 5-19-20: Remembering The Bright Side

I've understood the inherent force that is positivity for a long time now. Relentless optimism, generosity, smiling; they all carry such tremendous weight. Unfortunately I've been spending too much time lately giving in to the dark side and…
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Moving On Minute 4-7-20: Apart Of The World

I keep writing about pandemic living, and how could I not? It's in my face everyday. From the first notification on my cell phone in the morning, to every news report and email I come across throughout my day. It's on the faces of all my…
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Moving On Minute 2-25-20: The Time To Not Help

It's frustrating having someone you are attempting to help refuse your assistance. Whether delivering kind words, advice based on life experience, or physical aid, some people just don't want your help. Sometimes they just want to do things…
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Moving On Minute 2-11-20: Time Limits

I don't have time for that! That's a good thing. It's so much better than I'm too busy! Being too busy is negative mind-state. It implies you're a victim of circumstances beyond control. However it doesn't require much effort to find…
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Moving On Minute 2-2-20: Put Down the Phone!

  Put the phone down! There I said it. How much time do you spend on your cell-phone each day? An hour? That's unlikely isn't it? Is two hours or four more realistic?   It's time to remember the separation…
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Moving On Minute 1-19-20: Cultivating Calmness

When I was younger I always found myself quick to react. My eyesight blurred. Focus and clarity gave way to a range of different emotions. Whenever I became frustrated, envious, and even overly-excited, each became a blinding wave that…
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Moving On Minute 1-13-20: Changing Your Mind

How much distance is found between the fool and the genius? or. . . How much change is real, and how much is just in our head? Those of us that recognize our own inherent imperfections and strive for improvement are burdened with so much…
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Moving On Minute 12-29-19: Resolve to Never Make New Years Resolutions Again!

Let me start off with the compulsory Happy New Year! to everyone. Happy New Year! It's my sincerest wish that 2020 and the next decade hold everything you aspire to and hope for. I hope more is coming your way than you could even wish for. Now…
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Moving On Minute 11-29-19: The Best Distractions

I remember recognizing the significance of distractions early in my journey toward bettering myself. Today, about a year later, I am starting to receive tangible external blessings for my toils. Yet once again, distractions seem to surround…
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Moving On Minute: 11-24-19 Karma is for Snowflakes

Closed-minded people write karma off as some new age-y foofoo. They see those of us who believe in it as dumb snowflakes. Yet, even when they're intelligent, closed-minded people are indeed the dumb ones. Karma is real, and it is everywhere! The…
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Moving On Minute 11-3-19: Choose Positive & Choose Success

A positive mindset is the difference between a successful person and a victim. If you're reading this, then you're probably open-minded and it isn't new news. Still, it's  good to be reminded. And if you are a victim you're probably ready…
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Moving On Minute 10-15-19: How Full Is The Cup?

Recently I've been catching myself being a jackass. I'm doing something I've always done, but only now am I realizing how arrogant it makes me look. Whenever someone informs, shares, or directs me and I believe I already know what they are…
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Moving on Minute 10-6-19: This is Worth the Wait

What happens when people are forced to wait? There are those inevitable times when one finds themself sitting at the DMV, in the waiting room at the dentist office, or in line waiting for a stall to clear out at the car wash. Many people…
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Moving On Minute 9-29-19: Don't Chase Life, Let It Come To You!

Greed and want are themes previously addressed here at Moving On Upwards. (¹, ², ³) For a moment, consider the benefits of minimalism and decreasing expenditures, as well as the value of relationships and experiences over material items. The…
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Moving On Minute 9-22-19: You Must Just Do It!

In contemplating the decision of whether or not to create something, or to take action, one must weigh the options. The first option is always inaction. It's much easier to blow off inspiration than it is to act on it. It's far simpler…
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Moving On Minute 9-16-19: Don't Leave Angry!

Everyone has experienced bitter partings. Sometimes disagreements and disappointment can lead to resentment or other negative feelings. These emotions are so strong that we want to throw up our hands and walk away, or hang up on the other…
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Moving On Minute 9-1-19: Peel the Labels Off

I'm filthy rich! or I'm so poor! I'm sick! or I'm uber-healthy! I hate him. He's mean. and She's so nice. They're all just words, or more precisely, just labels... But then again, perception is reality.   One day that…
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Moving On Minute 8-25-19: Impulsive Urges: Don't Control Them, Direct Them

Some people say, "You have to take the good with the bad." The way our impulses and urges work confirms this statement. Sometime I feel an urge to eat a handful of cookies or chocolates. Other times I feel a similar impulse to go get…
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Moving On Minute 8-11-19: Don't Pick Up The Phone!

Don't do it. You're staring at your phone's caller ID as yet another unknown number, or worse yet, a restricted phone number is staring back at you. You may not know exactly who it is, but really, you know exactly who it is. It's no one…
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Moving On Minute 8-4-19: Calibration

People seek out ways to improve themselves. They create changes in their habits and routines with hopes of becoming better versions of themselves When doing so, it's equally important to evaluate those changes to ensure that they are producing…
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Moving On Minute 7-14-19: My Network Gave Me Everything

It's impossible to downplay what my network has done for me, and it goes far beyond professional networking. Assuredly, professional networking is important to one's business and financial success. It may possibly be the most important skill…
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Moving On Minute 7-7-19: Face Your Fears

What scares people? The fear of failure is high on the list. It's such a common fear that it has more than one term to describe it. Atychiphobia and Kakorraphiophobia are two of the names to choose from. What about speaking in front of…
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Moving On Minute 4-5-19: Unwrapping My Birthday Present

Birthdays come every year. They are inevitable like trips around the sun and years passing by. At a very young age many people in the United States of America are conditioned to view birthdays as special days. We celebrate birthdays similarly…
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Moving On Minute: 3-27-19 Don't Overthink It!

How many thoughts go through our heads throughout the course of a day? It's a ridiculous amount. Could anyone possibly know what we're thinking about at any given time? Even with all the fancy technology available in today's world,…
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Moving On Minute 3-23-19: You Don't Know Anything!

I hate to break the news. You don't know anything! The good news is that's a good thing. The faster we acknowledge this fact, the more proficient we'll become at learning and improving ourselves. Unless, of course, we are satisfied with…
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Moving On Minute 3-16-19: Communicating Love to Friends

  How often do you tell a friend that you love them? It's probably not often enough. There are those friends that we love tremendously, and yet the sentiment goes unspoken. The love I speak of is not the type one feels toward a a…
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Moving On Upwards was created with the vision of making personal development and self-improvement accessible and fun. Who doesn't like becoming a better version of themselves? However, much of the content available in the aspirational…