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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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Karma Is Real: A Public Service Announcement

Jeff spotted a leather wallet on the floor of his local supermarket. He picked the wallet up and peered inside. He saw a driver's license, credit cards, and $127 in cash. Jeff looked around the crowded store for the person in the driver's…
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Vote November 3rd!

Ladies & Gentlemen, it's that time again. It's time to vote! Some of you are thinking My vote won't count, or Elections are a farce, or Gerrymandering and money decides results, not the populace. I hear you, but your vote is needed…
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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 8-4-20: 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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Flexibility: The #1 Skill For The New (Ab)Normal

I'm no expert. Really, I'm not. The industries and skills I've established expertise in have changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Retail sales, operations management, customer service; none seem as appealing as they once did. I look…
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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 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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How Non-Blacks Can Show Black Lives Matter

This is going to be the most difficult piece I've ever penned and it should be. . . By now the whole world should have heard of George Floyd. George Floyd was the forty-six year old African American whose life ended tragically on May 25th…
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Homeschooled

I've been reflecting on parenting in this extended period at home with my child. Although there are certainly moments worth celebrating, I spend a lot time considering the many mistakes I make as well as the ways I can do and be a better father…
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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 3-31-20: All This Time!

Just a few months ago no one had time for anything! People used to say things like, "I never spend enough time at home!" or "I'm just too busy!" That was only a handful of weeks ago. Currently strict stay-at-home and shelter-in-place…
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How to Create a Better World

Written by John Andreula Edited by Kodid Laraque-Two Elk I remember being young and thinking the world was one messed up place. Discrimination, pollution, poverty and war were just some of what formed my pessimistic worldview. I contemplated…
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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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Getting Fired: The Best Thing I've Ever Done For Myself

A year and a half ago today I was fired from my job. It was the best thing I've ever done for myself. At the time, I worked as a service advisor for a car dealership. I was really good at what I did and was generously compensated for my abilities.…
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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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A Fuller Life of Less

Reduction and minimalism have been recurring themes here at Moving On Upwards. (Getting Rid Of It All, Don't Want Want, Greed. . ., Downsizing) Although the concepts have been laid out through these and other emotional-fueled works, I have…
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I Can't Play With You, I Barely Have Time To Play With Myself

I'm sorry I can't play with you. My priorities have changed. Family, productivity, and longevity have replaced all the game playing of my former self. Much of my favorite past-times consisted of playing games. Although I do see some value…
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What Being Jewish Means

I am Jewish. It's not a statement of my religious affiliation, and it doesn't fully describe my beliefs, spirituality, and life practices. To me, being Jewish is a piece of me, like being short or incredibly intelligent. It's similar to…
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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 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 9-16-19: 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 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: 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 3-16-19: 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 Minute

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…
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Assisting Others' Change: Choosing How Much to Invest and When it's Time to Stop

It's common knowledge that to create change in life, one needs to want to change first. Nobody is going to be able to make anyone else change. It just doesn't work. When someone resists change and continually put up barriers that prevent…
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Why Read This? Here's 51% of the Reason.

A friend recently asked me what people get from reading my writing. I had to ponder this. I started listening to the book How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie shortly after hearing that question. In the early chapters…
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Habit Stacking / Don't Snooze

My alarm buzzed this morning at 5:52 am. I hit the snooze button knowing the back-up on my phone was set for seven minutes later. I drifted back to that light NREM sleep that doesn't really have any positive benefit for the body. It kind…
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The Things I am Learning Volunteering

Children are strange little beings indeed. At their best they are smiling rays of light and life that uplift us in our darkest moments. At their worst they are snotty, obnoxious little people. Regardless of your general outlook on children,…

Smile

A smile is the look of attraction. It is an action that needs practicing. A muscle that needs to be worked out. At a minimum, a smile will earn a smile back. It is disarming and charming. When not expected it can be weird or even alarming. I…

Friends with Benefits

Jim Rohn, famed American author, entrepreneur and motivational speaker, said, "You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with." Think about that. If your five closest friends are bad at managing their finances,…