The More You Know, The Less You Know: Explained

Quite a few years ago, I arrived at a theory. I realized that no matter how much I learned over the course of one year, I felt as though I hadn't made any progress. Still, I would always look back and think, "wow, I didn't know much last year!" I believe the more we know, … Continue reading The More You Know, The Less You Know: Explained

Restarting The Journals

Much like everyone, my life has been a rollercoaster of good, bad, pain, love, loss, birth, death, coping, and recovery. Recovery and preparation for what's coming next. Everything we survive prepares us for something else. Well, that's the idea, anyway. Once again, I don't believe my pain is special. Simply put, it's my pain. One … Continue reading Restarting The Journals

My Thoughts This Morning [All Things Are Possible]

I finished high school more than 30 years ago. I remember having English classes during the first and fourth periods. I failed English classes because I rarely attended English classes. I rarely participated in English Class because I either didn't show up for school until lunchtime, or I left after lunch and didn't return to … Continue reading My Thoughts This Morning [All Things Are Possible]

When Did The Rodeo Become A Western Fashion Show?

We're spending this evening at the Houston Rodeo. Once again, I expect to see a sold out event; the Rodeo and the Jon Pardy Concert. The NRG Stadium seats more than 70,000 people. Wow, that's a whole lotta boots and hats! Even though I grew up in Montana Cowboy County, my family prepped me in … Continue reading When Did The Rodeo Become A Western Fashion Show?

Achievement & Avoiding Entanglement

Pictured: Standing up a dump truck in Brenham, Texas.n Twenty-four day after moving to Texas, I interviewed for and secured employment. This was five weeks ago. During those five weeks, I've had the opportunity to drive and operate various equipment. By equipment, I mean really cool stuff I haven't used before, including Tractor-trailers and Heavy … Continue reading Achievement & Avoiding Entanglement

Journals [Embracing The Universe Part III, Choosing Ignorance Over Crazy]

Prelude: It's important to remember that I wrote this more than 18 months ago. The experience took place several years before that time. Yes, I realize this piece may sound . . . a little odd. 😊 Part II Recap: Even if I had known what was going to happen, I could not have prepared … Continue reading Journals [Embracing The Universe Part III, Choosing Ignorance Over Crazy]

Painless Reality

If we live a life of truth and reality, nobody can hurt our feelings. If we're already aware of our personal issues and shortcomings, nobody can hurt our feelings. If we've already owned all of our shit, then there are no surprises. Joseph Shanklin January 2, 2022

Preparing To Turn The Page

The countdown continues. In two days, I'll board an airplane to Texas once more. Unlike the previous 16 trips I've taken in the past 14 months, this ticket is not a roundtrip flight. Why would I return to Colorado if everything I want and need in Texas. Except for a few members of our family, … Continue reading Preparing To Turn The Page

My Thoughts This Morning [Sabotage Does Not Exist]

Pictured: me, my daughter, and the llama at the Texas Renaissance Festival. She loves llamas! My thoughts this morning. Sabotage does not exist. I've written about my sobriety and my history with addiction many times. Some of you may know I've come back from losing everything. My sobriety, hard work, and passion for all I … Continue reading My Thoughts This Morning [Sabotage Does Not Exist]

God Is Watching [Re-post]

Regardless of your spiritual beliefs. Regardless of your position on God. How many of us live their life as if God is watching? How many of us make good decisions when there are no witnesses? For myself, I must never stop. Self-inventory is essential if I'm to stay on my path. Joseph Shanklin February 7, … Continue reading God Is Watching [Re-post]