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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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Reflection: A 2020 Time Capsule

Life is different now. It's as different as I can remember in my lifetime. I realize I was born just under forty years ago. In the history of civilization on Earth, that's not that long. Still, I can't help but reflect on how different…
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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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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 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 6-16-20: 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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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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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…

Grit

Grit Inspired by the Charles Portis novel TRUE GRIT What is grit? Physically it's loose particles of sand and stone. Think coarse sandpaper or the sand inside a bathing suit after a visit to the beach. Used to describe a person, grit's not…
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What Are We Really Complaining About?

Many people are confused about the new world we are entering into. Many more are afraid and are being misled. Pictures show armed protesters at capital buildings across the country. Footage can be seen of healthcare workers embattled with them…
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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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What I'm Afraid Of

What am I afraid of? Am I afraid of a virus that I don't understand, or truly know anything about? A virus, that should I contract, inhale, or ingest, may suck to have, but likely won't kill me? A virus I'll pass on to my wife and child,…
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Pandemic Pandemonium

Pandemic Pandemonium Written by John Andreula Edited by Kodid Laraque-Two Elk You hear coughing up the aisle you’re walking down. It’s coming from the blonde woman a little ways up. You head down one of the adjacent aisles feeling…
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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 2-11-20: 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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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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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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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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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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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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Still Fat On The Inside

I used to be fat. In my opinion I weighed somewhere between thick and heavy. My max weight of 210 lbs on a five foot five inch frame indicated my body mass index was 34.9. The BMI stated I was obese. I was five points above overweight. But…
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Producing the Product of the Unproductive (A Poem)

Is it okay to take a break for one day, or one week, from this need to produce? Consistency pulls. It tells me that if I don't do this thing which I have arbitrarily told myself for so long makes me: 1. productive, 2. on the path to success, and 3.…
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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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Conquering Fourteeners: Grays And Torreys

Recently I had the privilege of writing a few pieces for a weight loss company out of Boulder. I was especially blessed because they allowed me to write about whatever I thought would fit. One of them was my first person account of climbing…
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Is something wrong with me? Do deviant thoughts make us crazy?

The human brain is an odd thing indeed. A quick internet search on the phrase how many thoughts per day reveals a number of "experts" stating that human beings have between 18,000 and 70,000 thoughts each time the Earth spins. Even at…
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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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Getting Rid Of It All

I don't own my possessions. They own me. I think I'll sell it all. Grand collections of albums I never listen to Just collect dust on shelves. Books and comics stacked away; Movies and games the same. It's strange. How can having so…
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My Bipolar Demon

At times I become lost. I ask myself What's the point of it all? During those times I want to just take a nap, or play some mindless video game. I wish I could then just fade away and disappear. But that's just my bipolar demon returning…
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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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Good Morning Routine

A good morning routine is a ritual that sets a precedent for a spectacular day. It's a must. I feel that I've dialed in a "good morning routine" that really works. I wanted to share it so people could cherry pick elements that will help get…
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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…