Deep Thoughts Q&A: If life is so short, why do we do so many things we don’t like and like so many things we don’t do?

THE QUESTION:

If life is so short, why do we do so many things we don’t like and like so many things we don’t do?

THE MULTI-PART ANSWER:

For starters, human life expectancy is at an all-time high. Life isn’t all that short unless you make it short (think drug use, sloth plus gluttony, poor life choices and other such life-shortening behaviors) and life can be as long and fruitful as your mindset will let you feel it is.

  • Your lifespan will feel longer to you if you do more meaningful, worthwhile things in the course of that single lifespan. Continue reading

Deep Thoughts Q&A: What would my child self think of the adult I’ve grown up to be?

Reflection leads to better self awareness at ThaliaBrandon.comA worthwhile question if there ever was one!

How many of us can remember our childhood aspirations for our own futures? How many of us have actually grown up to be astronauts or rock stars or pro baseball players?

Most of my childhood friends were adamant they would grow up to be the next Whitney Houston, and the boys all wanted to be Michael Jordan.

I’m dating myself by saying that, I know, but still.

If you’ve read my previous post about the worst ever career day, you might already know that when I was still young, I was thinking about my future character and considering what kind of person I wanted to grow up to be.

Did I want to be a world-famous pop star? Hell no! Even at nine years old, that looked like a whole lot of trouble and not nearly as much fun as my girlfriends were sure it would be. Continue reading

Deep Thoughts Parenting Q&A: Why I teach my child to do what he’s told

ThaliaBrandon.com supports happy, harmonious familiesThis was a more generic statement that was put to me recently, not specifically a question. A friend simply spoke their thoughts out loud to me, remarking at how wonderfully amenable my child is, and how he does what I ask him to do without arguing, asking why, or whining. So here’s a full explanation of why I’ve cultivated that level of authority, and the lead and follow relationship that exists between myself and my son. Continue reading

Deep Thoughts Q&A: “Is there such a thing as preaching too much?”

Deep thoughts on ThaliaBrandon.comThis one is short and very much to the point. And in my answer, I have tried to express the point without naming any person or group to ensure that I carry my point without simultaneously demonizing or casting blame, because I really think that most any person can read my answer and instantly understand my meaning, and with reflection, think of at least one person or group who my answer pertains to in their own opinion. So I don’t need to blame specific individuals or groups here. The short answer is sufficient in and of itself. Continue reading