Don’t Give Up On It Too Early

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Nationwide there’s a (seemingly) chronic labor shortage. This crunch is particularly acute in skilled trades and manufacturing. But it’s also showing up in the service industry, and even administrative positions are turning over as people move around.

Our social and governmental response to the global pandemic has disrupted and shifted whole industries. Social unrest has prompted many to move to different regions. That disruption has shifted where jobs are most available and in what sectors.

There’s a lot of opportunity in the marketplace right now for individuals to move upwards or move into…


Guarding Against Deception

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Dr. Jordan Peterson is a well-known speaker, author, and clinical psychologist. He’s polarizing, with strong views about social trends, politics, and the individual’s responsibility for their life.

The book that launched Peterson into the mainstream conversation was his 2018 work, “12 Rules For Life: An Antidote To Chaos.”

In that book, he charts a course forward for individual readers, warning them that the world is chaotic, their lives are messy, and offering 12 principles to assist in gaining order.

Rule #8 is one of Peterson’s tenets with far reaching effects in our lives:

“Tell the truth — or, at least…


Why We Shouldn’t Go Back

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We’re halfway through 2021, and (at least in the US) the calls for getting life “back to normal” appear to both increasing and feasible. 2020 was a crazy year with a worldwide disease, civil unrest, increasing conflict overseas, a volatile economy, and an even zanier political arena.

It’s small wonder we think about 2019 with nostalgia.

But what was so magical about 2019? It seems like a long time. If we’re honest, there wasn’t anything extraordinary about 2019 except that it wasn’t 2020.

But in comparison, the world in 2019 seemed more predictable, less crazy and polarized, and it all…


The Value Of Saying Nothing

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For anyone who’s counting, you’ll notice that it’s been some months since I’ve posted much on Medium. There are a few reasons for this lapse; and a primary one was encountering a period where I thought I had little of value to say.

So I elected to say nothing.

Silence.

The practice of silence is uncommon in our day. Instead, everyone is encouraged to have a strong opinion about everything and to voice that opinion at every opportunity.

It’s a battle of who can make the most noise. Restraint and moderation are not seen as signs of maturity but instead…


What We Can Learn From Life’s Burdens

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Our lives have challenges. Each day is often a mixed bag of successes and failures. Sometimes it feels like we are gaining, and other days it’s two steps forward, one step back.

There’s always room for complaints. There’s constantly room for improvement. And there are the burdens that are present in our lives. Sometimes the hurdles and loads we face each day, we’ve met before, perhaps repeatedly for years.

The relationship you struggle with.

The physical pain that plagues you.

The emotional scars from years ago.

The weakness or sin that keeps showing up in your life.

These things (or…


What’s Your Lens For Seeing The World?

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Each of us has a lens for seeing the world. We have a framework for how we view, interpret, and understand the events and individuals surrounding us. Sometimes this framework comes naturally as part of our personality; in others, it is instilled from a young age.

These perspectives are our default settings, the baseline we start from when we attempt to understand and react to the world around us. Some refer to this baseline as our bias, the slant we add to life. Each of us has one, affecting how we view others, respond, and make decisions.

It would be…


Looking At Where We Are Headed

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The temptation is to remain engaged and busy. Productivity feels so satisfying. There’s always more to do, and the world rewards us when we get stuff done with gain, praise, and pride.

But that same productive impulse can also cause us to march blindly on, oblivious to where our path leads or signposts along the way. We stay the course, even if we’re not sure on what course we might be headed.

We need to slow down and consider our ways, taking stock of our life, relationships, work and where it is all headed. Considering our ways often is best…


We Are Not Made For Individualism

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We are created to living in communion; this means that we are made to live in a community. Our society speaks about the community in vague ideas and platitudes, but only as a means to organize, not for building relationships and fulfillment.

Even as “community” is a rallying call for all manner of social actions and organization, our society aggressively seeks convenience. And convenience allows us to be alone.

Shifting supply chains outsource commonplace transactions to isolated drop-offs.

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And Arguing Ideas Is Vital To Our Society

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Our public square for debate and ideas is increasingly problematic. In years past, politicians, pundits, and parties reached a greater consensus about American society’s ideals and principles. They achieved this agreement while disagreeing on the application and implementation of those principles.

That is a crucial point: agree on principles, debate their application.

Suppose individuals, groups, and political parties can agree on shared principles. In that case, their application becomes the shared work, not a scorched earth conquest for power that we’ve seen in for the last several decades.

Behind the anger, censorship, and ‘cancel’ culture is a foundational problem:

We…


30 Years Later I Remember It Clearly

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The funny thing is: it’s the small things we remember. The big milestones, celebrations, and goals that we have in life are fun and exciting, but our impactful, personal memories come from ordinary events.

Many of my memories of growing up consist of riding in various cars or trucks. We drove everywhere, and many of the vehicles barely had a tape deck. There were no personal digital devices; it was the radio or talking. And Dad would talk all the time.

The talk was about anything and everything. Topics could be mundane or profound: what he had been reading, the…

Frederick Johnston

Lifelong writer and researcher, often can be found at FJWriting.com, pursuing a life well lived

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