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Finding Expression, Part 2

October 29, 2009

First off, I bet all of you will be asking, “Why Part 2? Where’s Part 1?”

The answer is that Part 1 hasn’t been written yet, since it is going to be much longer than Part 2. At the same time, Part 2 can be implemented right NOW (as you guys know I’m a huge fan of Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now), without knowing what Part 1 is about. Part 1 is merely the process that I used to arrive at the place where I am now, which is a place of almost… emptiness. It’s strange. I am close to a tabula rasa in a lot of ways, but in others, I am very detailed, intricate, and distinct; that is, in some parts of my life, I am blank, but in others, I am the same vibrant guy I’ve always been.

Confused yet?

Don’t be.

As the post title implies, I am going to be introducing how to express yourself freely. This was a subject I outlined in my last post, Why I Am Free, where I expressed what expression means to me. But I don’t feel like I went far enough in explaining what expression was or how to obtain it. This is my job today: to express the full meaning of expression and the way that we can obtain it. It’s all pretty simple.

Expression is an interesting phenomenon to try to describe, yet it appears to be ubiquitous in our society, what with all the “express yourself” slogans and all, referring to creative works like art, writing, and so on. And it’s true, most peoples’ expression takes place in works of creativity, and that’s awesome. But so many of those people keep their expression bottled up inside due to external conditioning factors (see my mega-post titled Past, Present, and Potential for more on social conditioning) that the only place they feel safe to unleash themselves for all to see is through an artistic medium. And that’s a tragedy.

This brings me to my next Princiom:

Princiom #8:If someone were to ask me what my mission was in life, I’d answer, “Liberate expression.”

Expression is so critical that I see it as the real thing that matters most in life. Not altruism, not moral compass, not anything else. Expression.

However, my definition of expression may clash with your definition of expression. Here is mine: expression is any action that is motivated by someone’s core and their values (their “true self”, under all the layers of ego and the anxiety it creates). This means that expression can be literally anything, as long as it is motivated by someone’s soul (abstractly speaking).

Now, I’m sure some of you will ask, “Well, what about terrorists/George Bush/Hitler/other bad men? Weren’t they expressing their true selves through tyranny?”

Yes and no. Yes, they may have been expressing their true selves, but societal indoctrination had a hand in all three of those people’s deeds (not to compare Bush with Hitler; it’s very tongue in cheek). The Third Reich was very connected to German ideals, terrorists get indoctrinated by religious extremists, and Bush… Well, no comment. Thus, their actions may or may not have been from their cores. The only way to tell would be if you could put a terrorist in Canada and see if he achieves the same thing (from birth) or make Hitler grow up in Africa. But the world may never know.

I’m getting a little off track. Expression can be explained in a different way, too. I also think of it as “owning your actions”. That is, expression is communicating your personality at the highest level. Try framing things like this for a day or two: try treating your actions like they are expressions(!) of your personality. If you want to communicate that you’re a fun person, start smiling and laughing. If you want to communicate that you’re social, talk to EVERYONE. If you want to be funny, start making jokes and being high energy in conversation. If you want to be a leader, lead. You get the idea.

I’m sure some of you will ask, “But Prince, being social and leading isn’t me! It won’t be an expression of my core personality!”

Ah, but of course it is. Your core personality is a blank slate until your actions start to define it via expression. But, at all times, it is blank, until your actions communicate what your core is.

As I alluded to in a previous post, the love of life itself drives many of my actions. And that same desire to live has to drive your actions day in, day out. You have to learn to pull it all from the inside, and communicate in the moment whatever it is you’re feeling. I know I said that I try to make sure that the love of life itself drives each and every one of my actions, but that doesn’t have to be it. Think of it as sort of a base layer that automatically makes your expression positive. Then you can add just about anything you want on top (as long as it is neutral or positive; negativity should be done away with unless it is truly important), and it will come from the core of feeling good inside your own body and totally accepting yourself. It’s like you have love to give, and you give it in your own way.

There’s no agenda behind expression, however. There’s no pretense. There’s no seeking to impress others. It’s just putting yourself out there on display, for others to see. The reason why so many people don’t express is that they are, at their core, uncomfortable with who they are – they feel that if they were to really express themselves and got a negative response, they’d get deeply hurt, as they depend on others for validation. Thus, people close themselves up and only seek to “impress”, rather than express; that is, they don’t show their core selves.

However, you’re not like that, are you? You’re not afraid. After all, you don’t believe other people mean much anyway – as long as you’re expressing yourself truly, you satisfy yourself.

There is, however, another component that can give yourself a boost even if you’re not feeling good: self-amusement. That will be the subject of next post.


Revamping Reality, Part 3: Restructuring Goals

October 19, 2009

Since I recreated my reality and gave myself a sense of purpose, I decided to endow myself with goals. These goals are pretty much the same as they were in Operation Hamilton, except I’m giving myself the flexibility to change my goals from week to week (add or subtract weekly goals, or change the quantity of a given goal). That way, I can truly assess my growth and stay fluid and flexible – I can modify my goals system using just about whatever I want.

How I have my goals broken down is this:

Daily Goals, which are grouped into two sides, health and discipline.

Health includes getting adequate sleep (if possible), drinking 5.5 L of water, stretching out my back, exercising 6 days per week, and eating 3 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil. Discipline includes finishing my homework, writing out my Code every morning, doing my chore to fund my trip to Europe, and limiting time wasted on the Internet and TV.

Weekly goals, at this time, include:

“Reality Checks”, where I remind myself to mold my reality according to the Facts written in my previous post and to stay on my purpose. this is important in constructing my reality – soon, maintaining my reality will become effortless, but this period of conscious thought is needed to make it real in my mind.

Read a large number of pages in books, so I can broaden my horizons.

Stickhandle in my basement for hockey, so I can improve my skills.

Leave comments on others’ blogs and post here, to improve my writing skills and expand my network on the internet (and to gain some awesome insights through peoples’ posts!).

Limit my number of cheat foods to stay healthy. Treat my body like an engine; good stuff in, good performance out.

Make entries in my notebook, to make sure I’m always thinking about anything and creating ideas of my own.

Meditate for certain number of minutes each week to center myself allow myself to feel good all the time.

I track all my goals on a whiteboard I have hung on my wall. For each week, I have a symbol, so it is easy to keep track of all of them on my whiteboard. The whiteboard’s visibility reminds me to accomplish my goals, day in, and day out (or at least, it should, considering I installed it earlier today). I can already sense that the motivation to complete my goals is much stronger now that I’ve publicized them, in a way, on my wall. I highly recommend it.

Sorry for the short post – I’m in a rush. To complete my goals.

The Prince

Revamping Reality, Part 2: Restructuring Life

October 17, 2009

This is the post that changes my life – because it actively defines my reality and sets me on my path through life.

My evolution first began in my post Past, Present, and Potential, where I first outlined a code of ethics for my life. Unfortunately, my code was flawed in a lot of ways. For one, it didn’t really define my reality how I liked it to. Yes, it set out my values, and set out what I was supposed to do, but it was disorganized, like I tried to fit my entire being into one set of rules. It also was a little too large; I never ended up memorizing it, regrettably. It was shortsighted, and needed refinement.

Now, I stand here, with my reality partly broken down by certain events. As I stated in my last post, my reality turned out not to be strong enough. Why? Because it didn’t have a solid foundation to stand on. This foundation is the subject of this post.

When considering a foundation to lay a reality upon, it is important to realize that the “pillars” of my reality have to be impervious to outside forces. That is, they have to be incontrovertible – they cannot be disproven. What do we call things that cannot be proven to be false?


These facts that make up my reality cannot be proven to be false, ever. They cannot. The Facts, as I’ve called them, are always going to be true, no matter what – when framed correctly. For example, say one of these Facts was that I am a man of action (and it is; it’s Fact #3). One could try to disprove this by saying that, if, for one day, I refused to take responsibility or didn’t get something done, then I would not be a man of action. I counter by saying that it was only one day, and one day does not change who I am fundamentally. The other person counters with the suggestion that, perhaps, 2 days would contradict the fact that I am a man of action. Again, I would say that that 2 days would not change who I am fundamentally.

And, so on it goes, until an infinite number of days is reached, and still, as paradoxical as that is, no matter the number of days that I act like a man of inaction, I will always be a man of action. Thus, the fact cannot be proven to be wrong – at least, in my reality.

I meditated pretty seriously on my list, and wrote what I wanted down. Here are…

The Facts
1. I am enough. I am high value.
2. I give my love to everyone and everything; they all deserve it.
3. I am a man of action.
4. Everything I do is quality.
5. There is neither good nor bad. Everything simply is.
6. I’m always feeling incredible, bursting with positivity, passion, and energy.
7. I am expressive – my actions radiate the internal bliss I have and communicate my core personality.
8. I am always present; needless thoughts do not cloud my head.
9. Everything is a means unto itself.
10. I am always evolving; I am always growing; I am always improving. I do not rest on my laurels.
11. I lead people into my reality.

All of the facts on my list are important in their own right, and if I were to discuss them, this post would be several thousand words long. This week, I’ll dissect The Facts, paying special attention to each in each of my posts. That way, you and I will further understand my reality and what it’s like to live in it.

Later today, I realized that my reality wasn’t as strong as it could be because I didn’t have purpose. Well, luckily, the God of all self-improvement bloggers, Steve Pavlina, bailed me out with an excellent post on discovering purpose. With that exercise, in about 20 minutes, I did discover my purpose (although I didn’t end up crying, I came very, very close):

My purpose is to be a leader who is confident, independent, and lives in accordance with his values; to be a limitless fountain of love and positive energy; to create an enduring reality of bliss and love through creative and congruent self-expression; to lead others into a reality of love and acceptance and awaken the best in them; to always grow and improve myself; and to give my full effort and attention to every moment.

With The Facts and my purpose, I now have a solid foundation as well as a direction to my reality. I deliberately wrote my purpose so that it could be fulfilled in any possible moment – that way, there’s accountability and I am always forced to stay on my path. If, for example, my purpose was to become the best hockey player ever (not going to happen; it’s just for fun for me), during the time that I wouldn’t be practicing, I could just say, “Oh, I guess I don’t have to act on my purpose since I’m not on the ice” and all direction to my life goes out the window. My purpose also preserves balance – there is no focus on any one area of my life in particular, so I can fulfill it in creative ways. For example, even now I am fulfilling my purpose since I am improving myself by writing this post – not only through making the ideas more clear by expressing them, but also by improving my writing skills. This is also an activity that fulfills my need for creative and congruent self-expression.

Stay tuned for articles dedicated to defining the facts themselves, and how they work. Tomorrow’s post will be on the redone, yet again, Operation Hamilton. Except, this time, I’ll make it final, for it will contain the most thought possible.

Revamping Reality, Part 1: Why My Reality Needs a Makeover

October 17, 2009

Before I start, I’ll lay down a definition for everyone who needs to understand the concept of a “reality”.

A “reality” for a given person is how that person perceives and interprets the world and themselves. Their reality governs how they look at and judge just about everything. For example, a person who has a very strong reality where they think everyone’s out to get them (paranoid) will interpret everyone’s actions so that they fit in their paranoid reality. Thus, the paranoid person makes themselves believe that every event or action, whether it’s a handshake to a phone call to a job firing, is proof that the world is against them and there’s a conspiracy to destroy their life, even when it clearly isn’t the case.

Taking the reality of a paranoid person into account, we can infer that – this is huge, guys – reality is entirely subjective. I’m not talking about objective reality, I’m talking about our personal realities that we choose. Despite what we think, we can choose our realities, in real time. The paranoid person’s reality may sound totally far-fetched to the rest of us, but that doesn’t make it any less real to the paranoid person themselves. In the same way, we can adjust our realities so we may see the world better, or worse. This makes our realities like a lens in a sense, tinting our perceptions of events. That is a fair comparison, indeed, but realities are far more powerful than just minutely tinting our perceptions of things. No, our realities can do far more than a lens in that they can control what we can actually see and what we don’t. For example, in a reality where I am the most well-liked, charismatic person in the world that believes that everyone is in love with me, I won’t even notice the people who don’t like me. That kind of stuff won’t even show up in my reality because the idea that some people won’t like me is totally foreign to my reality. It is literally such an outlandish concept that I don’t notice it.

See what I mean? Realities are incredibly powerful.

The past week or so, my reality has been shattered in various ways. I thought it was strong, but, evidently, it was pretty weak, since the reaction of a person or two has been enough to do some serious damage to my realty by exposing my weak spots. I’m here to change that. In a nutshell, I want to create a reality in which I am always happy, expressive, energetic, positive, loving, and unreactive.

Before I can do that, though, I need to assess my current reality and evaluate where it’s weak. This is the purpose of my post.

1. My reality was too dependent on other people for its existence. In a lot of ways, my reality was dictated by what other people thought of me, even though I went around thinking, “Hey, this is the real me, lots of people are validating me, this self-improvement stuff really works! Life is awesome!” In many ways, I thought correctly. But what ended up happening is that I rested on my laurels in a way, and as people’s responses towards me changed for the worse (even though I thought I was being authentic; I’d like to think I was), my reality started to crumble. As they withdrew their validation, my reality simply followed suit. My reality needs to be able to stand on its own, without others’ validation. Why? Because my reality being validated by me is enough. I don’t need to people to validate it, since I know it exists.

2. My reality wasn’t positive enough. Now we’re getting into the meat of my reality – the actual content. While some of the time I succeeded in being positive and laid back about things, in a lot of other situations, I ceased to be optimistic. One of my favorite tricks to maintain positivity is reframing. Reframing is taking a situation that is negative or neutral, then spinning it into something that is outrageously optimistic and positive. As a quick example, say you fail a test in school or lose your keys or someone spits on you. All you do is take that negative situation and say, “I love when that happens!” emphatically (or equivalent statement). “Life’s awesome!” works well too.

What would happen to me is that I’d get sucked in to other peoples’ negative realities, and I’d just play into it. They would say something like, “X sucks, I hate this, life’s awful blah blah blah!” and I’d go along with it instead of reframing it, playing into their realities. What I have to do is take these negative situations and constantly reframe it – probably changing peoples’ realities along the way. I can’t waste time in doing that either; reframing must become instantaneous for me, so I can continuously hold up a strong, positive reality.

3. My reality was too jumbled together – it was like a web. My reality was ultimately a bunch of beliefs that were connected to other beliefs. If one thing went wrong – in this case, my validation was removed – the entire structure collapsed. With my new reality that I’m going to build, I’ll make sure my reality firmly rests on solid principles that hold up on their own, rather than depending on everything else in my reality to validate its existence. Since my beliefs were inextricably linked to peoples’ opinion or actions toward me, then my reality collapsed when their validation was removed. In the ideal case (which I will achieve), if that validation is removed, it won’t even show up to me, as my reality will not be connected to other peoples’ validation. This goes for everything else – I have to separate my principles from the events that occur in my life. Take away the events, and I (my reality) remains the same. Ergo, I can only let the principles that define my reality define my identity, not the events that reflect my reality. This is like number 1, where I let my reality exist purely because I say it does – the principles that make up my reality are enough for my reality to exist. Regardless of whether anything validates my reality, my reality should stand, as paradoxical as that seems.

4. My reality lacked definition. I’ll make no bones about it – this is my biggest problem, in my opinion. I never strictly defined what existed in my reality and what didn’t. I just let things happen, and when I had the presence of mind, I’d use some of my core beliefs to define my reality for that moment. But that thought, that guiding principle, would be forgotten in a matter of minutes. This goes hand in hand with the previous mistake I made: I just let my reality turn in a tangled web, while I wasn’t exactly ever sure what was in my reality. Sure, I could tell you what my reality should have been, but I just didn’t have the focus to define it in real time, all the time. This time, I’m going to sit down (parts 2-4) and really try and define my reality – what my core beliefs are in my reality (example: everyone loves me, or life is always awesome, or I love everyone). In any given moment, I will actively think those beliefs and, well, believe those beliefs, until they form my reality unconsciously. It requires a lot of work – after all, I am going to be hammering beliefs into my head for most of my days – but the payoff is enormous. I’ll be able to construct a strong reality that is unshakable, no matter what happens – and it’ll be full of positivity.

This is what is wrong with my reality, presently. In the next installment, I’ll talk about the debate that will craft my reality.

Operation Hamilton – The 98 Day Challenge

October 11, 2009

I started the original Operation Hamilton, a 100 Day Challenge, 2 weeks ago. However, my goals were set too high, since I could only fulfill my challenge if I finished all my homework, wrote a blog post or 1,000 words, commented on 3 people’s blogs, studied my notes from class for at least a half hour, meditate for 30 minutes, rewrite the Code every morning, do my chores, monitor my mood to make sure I’m always feeling good, and still go to bed at 9:15 so I could get 8 hours of sleep. It was absolutely insane and I’d end up kicking myself for not doing my homework faster, for not doing my chore, for not reviewing my notes, for not drinking enough water, for doing just about anything in my list. It was stressful since I was trying to cram everything possible into my days – except my days didn’t have enough hours in them. After school, I have about 7 hours of free time – that’s not enough to do all my homework, review my notes for a half hour, write 1,000 words, read all my blogs, workout, and so on. This week was really bad, since I had massive amounts of homework to do just about every night. I was just happy to finish my homework this week, but I only crossed off a “day” for my challenge if I fulfilled everything on my list. So, as such, my 100 day challenge looked like it was never going to end.

So I’m revising my challenge into a 98 day challenge. Why 98? There are 98 days in 14 weeks. And since my biggest sticking point with my previous challenge is that I couldn’t fit in many of the things I wanted in a day, I’m shifting a lot of my goals (not all of them, mind you), to being weekly rather than daily goals. Hopefully, in that way, I can make all my goals for the day without stretching myself too thin, yet using my leisure (read: non-homework/workout) time for extraneous things, like blogging and reading.

I’m also going to “grade” myself differently. For day-to-day things, it’s still going to be a winner-take-all sort of scenario where I don’t get any reward if I don’t complete everything on my list. However, weekly goals give rewards on a goal-by-goal basis. I’ll cover that after I lay out my goals.

Without further ado, here are my daily goals:

-Rewrite the Code every morning, after a shower, but before breakfast. Follow its tenets throughout the day.

– Feel good, all the time! Focus on the feeling of being alive at all times and this goal will be easy, though it requires a lot of presence of mind.

– Be social; say hi to as many people as possible.

– Have positive, authentic expressions and words.

– Have fun.

– Bed by 9:15 every school night; I have more leeway on the weekends.

– Eat three tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. (Weird goal, I know, but important).

– Every day that is not Thursday, I have to do tabata style burpees (more on those in another post) or play hockey.

– Did my chores (so I can fund my trip to Europe).

– Meditated for a half hour, preferably from 8:30 to 9:00.

– Took my supplements and medications when I needed to.

– No browsing the internet or watching TV needlessly. Focus on my weekly goals whenever I have free time. This is what I call “rapidfire living” – I’ll always be doing something that I actively enjoy.

– Started my homework by 3:00 on weekdays and finished it

– Drank 5.5 L of water (only water counts)

– No excuses to not do anything; I must do the things that I think I can’t do

– Stretch out my back 3 times per day

And now for weekly goals, which are fairly simple:

– Read 250 pages minimum

– Commented 20 times on at least 8 different blogs (and 3 that I’ve never read/commented before)

– Wrote 5 posts or 5,000 words, whichever one comes first

– Stickhandle in my basement (for hockey) for 180 minutes

– Record at least 10 entries in my notebook and have a “notebook dump” every Saturday, which entails writing everything into my “universal notebook” on my computer.

– Eat a maximum of 4 cheat foods, which include sweets and fast food (including pizza)

– Complete the 3 unique weekly goals that are set at the beginning of the week (determined based on what I have on tap for the week)

Grading Myself

I’m going to be using a points based system that is really simple to understand for my own sake (and ease of calculation). Here’s how it’s going to break down:

– 2 points for each day that I meet all my daily goals

– 1 point for each weekly goal I meet by the end of the week (Saturday night)

Since I have 7 weekly goals, that means I can earn a maximum of 21 points in a week; since I love blackjack, I’ll call those weeks “blackjack weeks”. Blackjack weeks are going to be the most important, since, after each blackjack week, I’ll draw a random card from a deck (I love elements of chance). The card will be kept face-down until the end of the challenge. The cards will have point values as follows: 0 for 2-6, 1 for 7-10, 3 for J/Q/K, and 4 for aces.

The absolute highest score I can get in this challenge is 348 points, assuming I have amazing luck and draw every ace, jack, queen, and king and have a blackjack week every week. That’s not going to happen. Not counting blackjack bonuses, I can get up to 294 points (21 points per week times 14 weeks).

When all this is said and done, I’ll check my point total to see how I stack up. My goal for success is 275 points, which is attainable by averaging 19 points per week with 4 blackjack weeks mixed in. Since I love being creative and giving cheesy names to these types of things, I’ll label my tiers of success or failure thusly:

0-120 points: Words Can’t Describe How Awful I Fail At This Challenge

121-200 points: Peter Keating

201-245: Boromir

246-274: Walt Kowalski

275-299: The Man With No Name/Luke Skywalker/Maximus

300-320: Alexander Hamilton, Reincarnated

321-348: The Greatest Man That Ever Lived

The challenge starts now. The next 98 days will be consumed by this challenge. Nothing else matters to me.

Wish me luck, kids. I’m sure to evolve quite a bit along the way.

I’ll report back on my mission in 4 weeks.

Reporting for duty,
The Prince

3 Inspirational Videos You Need to See

October 4, 2009

It’s Sunday, so I figured I’d highlight some awesome videos that just make me feel warm and gooey inside:

First up is Robbie Williams’s incredible rendition of his song Feel on the Tonight Show from a few years ago. The song isn’t the focus here; it’s Robbie’s incredible performance. And I’m not talking musically either – he is charisma. Keep in mind that he doesn’t start off too hot either – he is closed up, then he finally forces himself to break out of his neutral state and he really tears up the show. Totally awesome and inspirational.

Next is Benjamin Zander’s fantastic talk at TED. It starts off sort of slow, then really rumbles into a talk about, well, life. So beautiful that I shed a couple of tears at the end. Even if you don’t like classical music (and everyone loves classical music, they just haven’t found it yet), this is an absolute must-see. Check it out here:

Benjamin Zander TED Talk

Lastly is Steve Jobs’s now-famous Stanford commencement speech. I’ll let it speak for itself. Moving. Inspirational. Incredible.

Stay tuned for more content tomorrow!

The Love of Life

October 4, 2009

Recently, I’ve been trying to ingrain a sense of a general love for life into myself. It’s been tough, but, at the same time, it is one of the better things I have ever done.

It is a near-indescribable feeling: it is a sense of peace, yet exuberant. It is a surefire way to bring yourself into presence, if coupled with focusing on breathing. You suddenly appreciate that you are here, alive. Not dead. Probably not affected with a horrible disease that restricts your life in a big way. Not an animal. A live human, with the capacity to think, talk, interact, eat when we want, sleep when we want, and enjoy leisure time. It is so crucial to understand

The thing is, your love of life has to become the number one thought in your head at every possible moment. It literally has to color your thoughts at all times. You have to get it to the point where you’ll be in mid-thought, and BOOM! Your train of thought will have been hijacked by love for your ability to live. Or love. Or anything. No, it doesn’t seem logical at all, and it seems quite insane to someone who isn’t into this self-improvement stuff. But I think it just makes life worth living, though it always is that way no matter if we acknowledge it or not.

If you think your life sucks and it’s worth nothing, or if you’re hopeless, or just not feeling too great today (for things “out of your control”, I’m sure), here’s an exercise for you.

Sit down, and think of the complexity of the life you own – that is, your life. Since I’m a big chemistry buff, what helps me really love life is to realize that everything in the universe is composed of the same elements, just in variable combinations. What makes you you is essentially the same that makes up your fellow man, your computer, a tree, paper, the planet – everything. The same set of elements, but different combinations yield different things. You beat the odds, and out of all the things in the universe that your atoms and molecules could make up, they made up you, a human being capable of thought and a host of other amazing things, like building civilization. Isn’t that wonderful? Isn’t it amazing that you have the capacity to read the words on this page, to see, to feel, to hear, to breathe?

If you cannot truly feel a glow inside yourself, or at least feel good by appreciating what life has dealt you, no matter how “bad” it is, then you’re a lost cause. Or not. Pull your focus into your natural warmth and energy; your body temperature is 98.6 degrees (37 degrees Celsius for my non-American readers) – can you feel it? That is the feeling of being alive. Focus on this more often, and it will feel better with time. It feels great, doesn’t it?

So many people go through life, without realizing fully that they’re alive – and how wonderful it is. To just have the opportunity to do the many things we’re capable of is a blessing in and of itself. Thus, we can automatically feel good about ourselves in any situation. Why? Because we’re alive. We still have the ability to feel and act. There is no greater privilege.

But how do we apply this love of life, this feeling of appreciation for the fact that we can feel? Simple. Watch your motivation for doing things. If you want to do things correctly (and become present, but more on that in a later post), simply use your love of life as the drive for your actions, not anything else. Thus, you act from a place of positivity, of love, simply because you can, because you’re alive.

It’s so simple but so effective. Change your reasons for doing things so that they are means unto themselves rather than means to ends. The easiest way to do that is by saying, “Why am I doing this? Because I can -I’M ALIVE BABY!” It sounds ridiculous, but I promise that it’s really fun and eye-opening in practice. Things no longer exist for some future reward; doing them is their own reward. Why? The task in front of you becomes a reward for being alive.

I ask you, what else could you want?

The Prince