I’ve heard people describe debt as “crushing.” I didn’t understand it then, but I understand it now, after inheriting a six-figure mortgage. Debt is a heavy bastard that sits on your shoulders. It slows you down. It wraps its hands around your eyes, making the road ahead look narrow instead of wide.
Ever since I started Starting Mind, I’ve been writing posts on resiliency; about how people overcome immense difficulty and still emerge on the other side, scarred but stronger than before.
I’ve been doing this deep dive, but I haven’t really explained why. The reason is simple: it’s because I need it. There are days when life feels heavy. I look ahead, and don’t remember what it feels like for the future to be possible anymore.
It’s a big reason I named this site Starting Mind, after the beginner’s mind, and why this quote resonates for me:
In the beginners’ mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few.Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind
Starting Mind is a tactic. It’s my line in the sand, to find out how I can beat this despair that I struggle with, and by writing about what I learn, have a better chance of living the lessons. It’s a way for me to take this bastard’s hands off my eyes, and see a road ahead that is wider with possibilities.
Everyone goes through tough times. I’ll be writing more about resiliency in the months to come. To stay updated, sign up for my free mailing list at the end of this post.
One More Thing …
If you’ve noticed something looks different around here, it’s because Starting Mind has just got a fresh coat of paint.
This new design is optimized for both speed and readability. Everything loads faster now, and text is easier to read. This new design also lends itself better to short-form posts like this one. Believe it or not, this is the third design that Starting Mind has had in less than six months. I promise not to do this again in another six.
I realize that updates have been long in coming. I still have a lot of long-form topics planned ahead, but even though Starting Mind is already taking up most of my hours after work and my weekends, I still underestimated the time I’d need to research and write each one.
I’d rather deliver my posts well seasoned and late, than rush them out half-baked. If you’ve enjoyed my writing to date, I hope you’ll be patient with me. Join my free mailing list below to get the latest updates as they come.