Wasteland Kings

Category: Loneliness

I have experienced a sizable amount of grief from the loss of both my parents. I know that traveling through the valley of pain and grief can be one of the hardest parts of this life. That knowledge inspired me to jot down some of the lessons that I’ve learned from walking through that valley. 1. Grief is Like a Backpack I think it helps to think of grief like a backpack. In my experience, it weighs me down and…

As kids, we all had time management figured out. We’ve unfortunately lost that skill since then. Time management is a really tough part of adult life. It gives most of us some amount of trouble. I know people who use efficiency and discipline to boost productivity, but I don’t know any adult who’s got the problem completely figured out. The only people I know who have a good grasp on time management attend grade school. From what I can tell…

Loneliness makes us see things funny. Whether it be a couple holding hands, the cute girl behind the cash register, or the sensual cover of a magazine, loneliness makes us look at things in a different way. Our loneliness or desire for relationship makes us see things from a flawed perspective. This flaw in our perspective needs to be recognized and addressed in order to successfully navigate our walk with Christ. One of the most common mistakes in my walk…

We underestimate the power of distractions. One time in Colorado, I took a rafting trip on the Royal Gorge with some friends. I had what you might call an exciting time. Because of the way I’m made-up physically, I’m a little top-heavy. From the moment I saw the rafts I only thought one thing: I’m going to fall out of that raft. I stood on the bank of the river and listened to the kind instructor explain the ‘do’s and…

My name is Matthew Rial. I come from the legendary decade called the 80s. I bear some very important symbolic similarities to some of the great things we remember from that decade. Many of the people who grew up around that time, including myself, remember television shows like Transformers and GI Joe very fondly. Like those TV shows, I have a good reputation among most of my community. I’m known among my friends and family as a kind and generous…

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