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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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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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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…
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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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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 2-2-20: 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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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 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 9-16-19: 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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Stop & Smell The Roses

Last week I released a piece about the Two Birds One Stone method of hacking a busy schedule or to do list. Finding hacks like that is necessary for the productivity output of the modern entrepreneur or family man or woman. Inversely,…
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Your Schedule & Time Management: The Two Birds Hack

You're doing it! Alright, that's only half of the truth. You have worked incredibly hard on getting your commitments and daily schedule whittled down to productive and constructive tasks. There's a solid foundation set. Be sure to take…
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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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Don't Want Want

It's an incredibly liberating to do away with want. Want sucks money directly out of our wallets, bank accounts, and the mattresses and coffee cans we hide it in. In modern times it's too simple to say, "I want this!" Whether we're looking…
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Simplicity Parenting Reflections

Simplicity Parenting may not have stacked up in the category of best books I've ever read, but it was one of the the most important books I've consumed. It will be a long while before I read a book with a message that is as powerful and resonate. Simplicity…
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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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How Much Does The Thought Really Count?

It's the thought that counts. Is there another blatantly more misleading phrase in the English language? The phrase embodies the difference between saying and doing. If I want to help someone out, is it actually as important, or more…
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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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Where Discipline is Born: How I Started Moving On Upwards

It's common for people to start out their lives believing what will happen to them, and more importantly what they are capable of, is outside of their individual control. This fatalistic view of life leads to self-victimization. This paralyzing…
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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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The Moments of Moving On Upwards

It is impossible not to recognize that moment. Isn't it? It's the moment where you realize you are doing the wrong thing with your life or you're on the wrong path. That moment stares you right in the face and screams your name. It calls…

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,…
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Kung Fu Friends

In recent days I have received a lot of commentary from close friends in regards to the advice and concepts introduced in the Pluck Those Weeds From Your Life article. A few have pointedly asked or wondered if I consider them weeds. To them…
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Pluck Those Weeds From Your Life

We all attempt to stay focused on what's important to us in our lives. Time with family, exploring our passions, and exercising are all examples of some of the best uses of our time and emotional energies. The people in our lives can be our…
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There is no I in team (but there are two U's in F.U.)

"There's no I in team." That old cliche. Bosses may say it after an employee refuses to stay late on day they had made plans. Coaches say it when a player asks for more touches or minutes. They say it as well when the players request more…