Nathan Barinstein – An Incredible Channel of Inspiration

Hi everyone,

I have found the most incredible, inspiring channel on youtube, called Nathan Barinstein (you can click on the name in blue to check it out, or just look up “Nathan Barinstein on youtube). This is a super interesting and entertaining channel and all of the videos that have been uploaded to it are FASCINATING. To anyone who reads this blog, please go check it out, you won’t regret it.

This is a youtube channel for anyone interested in travel, in self-discovery, and beautiful cinematography.

Here are the links to some of the videos (click on the titles below):

What is Happiness?

Meeting a President

Flying In An Old American Plane 

I really do think they’re worth checking out, and you can subscribe to the channel to get notifications whenever a new video goes up.

You can thank me later!

-mrprose

Life Is A Bazillion Baby Steps

It’s a short one from me today–

I guess what I want to write about today is a bit of an observation that I’ve made recently due to the way my life is structured at present. It’s a comforting thought, particularly when I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed.

It is that life is built up of countless, little pieces, baby steps as we often like to call them. Every giant obstacle, challenge, difficulty, is composed simply of a bunch of smaller ones. Not nearly as big a deal as we make it to be.

Pale Pieces

A thousand pieces together is far more overwhelming than one by itself. (Photo credit: madth3)

You can break anything down into smaller chunks. If we learn to separate the pieces, or even just look at the whole thing not as one, but as many, your whole outlook on life changes. I’m slowly discovering this – there really isn’t so much that I need to worry about after all. My problems aren’t as hard to tackle. And best of all, I’m not so stressed about the mountain that I have to climb, but rather the couple of hills that won’t take so long to walk across.

The challenge, though, is that in the midst of a panicked mindset, it’s hard to discern the differences between many small problems, and one gigantic one. Believe me, I know. It all just looms over you. This is why things like these take time (I’m learning about that even as you read this). My advice is to slowwww down and take life a bit more slowly. Try to see where your mind is playing tricks on you and building up something that in reality isn’t so bad.

Anyway, more on this tomorrow, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the matter!

–mrprose

A Word of Advice

Hello,

Today was very long and action-packed, so a very short and late post for you.

It is true that I also had hardly any time to do any sort of trademark “deep thinkings”.

What I can say from my experiences of the day, of this summer, of this year, of my life, is that time zips right by far, far too quickly. We get caught up in our temporary and often ultimately meaningless problems. I personally let much of my anxiety and fear, worries and anguish take over. When I’m in that mode of feeling, it consumes my thoughts and awareness and ultimately brings down my appreciation on life.

I know it’s easy to say these things than to do them. I’m aware of that. But I believe it’s a good thing to keep in mind – too much stress is very harmful, and many of us stress far too much.

Also, one will find that it’s usually just a small switch of mindset to step “above” the current issue. Tendencies to worry have gotten to the point of being habits, and I think we should start to change that about our lives. Think about it.

That’s all I have to say for today. I apologize for being so concise, but at the same time, I think doing this makes my message a lot clearer.

I’m not sure if I will be able to blog tomorrow, although I’ll try. Have yourself a fun Friday the 13th!

–mrprose

The Moral Issue

Afternoon to all of you, feeling good today!

Alright, what’s on the chopping block today? Actually, I have the perfect thing to talk about that will explain why I’m feeling so good.

Well first a little background: In our lives, there will always be those terrible relationships that pin you down and suffocate you. There are a ton of different cases of this actually. You’ve got your haters, the people that despise you for whatever reason. Could be jealousy, or it could be because of a more moral issue – difference in views on anything from religion to what’s ‘good’ and ‘bad’. Sure, we have these disagreements with anyone, but there are those people out there that take it badly (or maybe that’s you) and what results is enmity. Those relationships can be bothersome, scary, even energy-consuming.

Then there just ‘dysfunctional’ relationships, which I personally find a thousand times worse. Unlike an arch-rival, these people seem to make you feel very confused, because they don’t feel mutually. It’s those people that like you, or want to like you, but you do not feel the same way for them. This doesn’t just mean the opposite sex, I’m talking about everything from your home-boy to your grandma. And in every case, there seems to be a serious burden that cannot be surpassed. By that I mean that there seems to be a conflict of opinions within yourself; on the one hand you want to just avoid them and not make any trouble, and on the other hand, there’s a part of you that wants to speak up and just be able to move on.

It’s true for everyone. Just think about a co-worker, family member, or really any friendship-gone-sour. A lot of the time they don’t know that you don’t like them, and thus are utterly baffled and shocked (in a bad way) when, if ever, you tell them that you don’t like them.

But the great majority of us rather avoid confrontation all the time, and spend our time running. Many of us do not know what else to do, and ‘at least you’re considering their feelings’. Well what about considering your own? That’s what always seems to be missing.

Because when one keeps their mouth shut forever for the sake of another person, they are, metaphorically speaking, poisoning themselves.

That’s what happened to me, and what almost everyone in the world has to encounter during their life-span. You’re always told to do the ‘right’ thing, and stick it out for the other person. I’m sorry to tell you, but that’s a really bad plan – if the bad relationship is damaging enough, if could be making you a worse person, in the form of unhappiness or worse.

One must not forget to think about themselves. Some may perceive that to be selfishness, but I think it’s incredibly important in being a better person. Because once you get through the hard part, and peacefully tell them what’s really on your mind (no need to get mean about anything), then a certain free-ness you’ve never felt before engulfs you and it makes the world so much clearer. And so much lighter. The lightness of everything is what really gets to me.

That’s what happened to me yesterday. I kindly said what I thought, and although the other party didn’t understand, my chest was relieved of a 50 pound weight. I’ll talk more on this tomorrow.

That’s all, have an amazing evening,

-mrprose