Wasteland Kings

Author: Matthew Rial

If someone takes your attention, they can make some dramatic things happen. It’s possible for them to astound you with some magic trick. It’s even possible for them to steal from you. This is an important lesson because each of us has a limited amount of attention. It’s not possible (as far as I know) to do advanced calculus while babysitting a small child. Even if you had enough time to focus on those tasks one at a time, you…

(By the way, this post refers to something in the realm of politics, but no part of it is meant to endorse ANY candidate. It’s about our culture and not about how you should vote.) Words matter. Their definition matters just as much. Our understanding of a word’s definition makes a big difference when it comes to communicating. Take the word ‘duck’ for example. It has more than one meaning and this ambiguity can at times hinder clear communication. When I…

I invite you to explore an imperfect allegory. Imagine you live in a small town somewhere cold and that you have a friend named Stacy. Both of you work hard at a printing company, but you’re not paid well and you live month to month. The added difficulty for Stacy comes from being a single mother to three kids. Keeping them fed, clothed, and a roof over their heads requires a great deal of  thriftiness. Sometimes, they scrape by on…

On Monday, we celebrated our graduation from the 12-step program called Regeneration. It was incredible. The night was filled with an unexpected level of joy. At the same time, there was a temptation to pat myself on the back for what had been accomplished. I had made it through the year long process called Regen. I’d pushed through the hard steps. I’d crossed the finish line with a smile on my face. While those statement are kind of accurate, they…

Have you ever read from a past journal? While I have many journals filled with words, I don’t tend to go back and look at them. There was an exercise in my Regen bookwork which kind of forced me to do this though. At the end of Step One, they asked us to write a letter to ourselves. A part of last weeks bookwork (we’re on Step 12 now) was to go back and look at that letter. The contents…

If you remember my post from last week, I talked about how a trailer on YouTube happened to have some inspiring truth. Last week’s post talked about the real battle in our lives being the one against ourselves. For this week, we’re discussing the followup truth that might be just as important. In the trailer, there’s a follow up statement to the line ‘the mountain is just a backdrop for you against yourself. The following statement is ‘It’s as far…

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