The thing with overthinkers is that we are thoughtful, inquisitive, and perceiving--we are sponges soaking up the world around us. But we can easily get lost, asking question after question like one step after another into a dark cave until we find ourselves trapped in the darkness. Our problem is we don’t know how to stop thinking, or when to turn our minds around.
If we want to raise healthy men, we need to stop polluting our boys with these classic sayings.
When it comes to bodily maintenance, I was a typical guy, and, we all know, men aren't known for good hygiene. Sure, I'd shower daily, brush my teeth, and gel my hair, but I'd never heard of exfoliation, and I lived simply by the motto: "doesn't show, let it grow." And, boy did I. My wedding night was spent searching for a needle in a haystack.
The Church has many flaws. These flaws turn individuals away and have positioned the Church as less and less credible to a greater society. In writing about the Church being a resource to help those with depression, I do so with hesitation, knowing we often fail people in giving them a sense of authentic community and we will continue to do so moving forward.
The following links are the websites, blogs, and podcasts by some of my newest friends. I had the privilege to hang out with each of the creators a few weeks ago at a Dads' Conference. Please take a moment to check out what they're doing. It's good stuff.
I have a vivid memory of sitting at her parents' house and watching a Johnny Depp shoot-em-up movie. We were dating at the time. While the screen flickered on our faces like thematic machine guns, she turned to me, perked with enthusiasm, and with red sauce on the corner of her lip, she said those beautiful words that would've made any man fall in love with her. "I love pizza and beer."
I've been thinking about it a lot lately. Why we do what we do. Why we struggle or why we thrive. What urges our pursuits, and navigates our ambition? Everything (and I am beginning to believe everything) boils down to two driving or lacking factors in each of us: an individual's sense of purpose and belonging. Isn't it true we all want to know why we exist, and for whom we exist?
Depression doesn't have to be a conversation-killer. With these six important principles, you can ensure that a heavy conversation will lighten the mental and emotional burden of a friend.
I have those mornings sometimes. I wake up with the kids and put on an Academy Award-winning performance until they leave for school. As soon as my wife Lauren leaves to drive them though, all the adrenaline gets sapped out of me and I crawl back into bed.
To all the dad's, happy father's day!