My Favorite Self-Improvement Videos of 2018

Success celebration

The confessional may be the best place for self-improvement. Priests don’t necessarily give extraordinary advice, but the ritual of confession provides something for which we ache.

I can’t quite put my finger on it right now, but there is something very freeing to the human being about examination of self, exposing one’s flaws to another, and being completely forgiven, but also being given a penance. I’m not quite sure of its exact essence, but I experience its beauty every time I participate in the act of confession.

While confession is one of the best ways to improve oneself, it doesn’t hurt to seek additional help elsewhere. This year, among massive piles of videos offering garbage advice and useless amusement, I found a few gems. These videos truly helped me to become a better person in 2018.

Best Self-Improvement Videos of 2018

Continue reading

“The Medium is the Message,” What Does That Mean?

blur-day-daylight-1310532

When humans developed writing, our ideas and our stories became more complex. With writing came the ability to formulate arguments. That led to the development of liberal arts, complex mathematics, philosophy…we could fill an encyclopedia with the various fields that developed from our ability to write.

Before writing, humans communicated primarily with speech. Because of our communications being mediated by speech rather than writing, we experienced a different reality. That is what media theorist, Marshal McLuhan, was writing about when he proposed that the medium is the message. Continue reading

Cultivate Gratitude

Man sitting on dock

“When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.”

– G.K. Chesterton

Think back to a day when nothing seemed to go your way. Maybe you were supposed to get a raise at work, and instead your boss just handed you another lousy assignment with a tight deadline. Maybe you had been fighting with your family. Maybe you just lost a close friend. Your mind spent a lot of time thinking about its trouble at first because it wanted to find a solution. It wanted to make things better.

Now imagine being able to stop your mind from thinking about the bad things, and just shift it to thinking about the good. When you are upset about something, shifting your focus is not easy at first. But by cultivating gratitude, it becomes easy not only to stop thinking about the negative, but also to see the positive. Continue reading