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It’s stressful out there, y’all. The world we inhabit has been carefully engineered to keep us on edge, focused on irreconcilable differences and unsolvable needs rather than rational discourse and practical abundance. You can’t turn on the news without being uncomfortably confronted with record breaking catastrophes, purposeful incompetence, and existential dread. It’s enough to drive us all mad!

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March of Progress, Mark Henson

So it’s no surprise that a major factor underpinning six of the leading causes of death in this century is stress and anxiety. We’re literally working and worrying ourselves into early graves. And that’s just those of us that are paying attention!

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Memento Mori, Cameron Gray

But not all of us are content to just watch the world burn. …


A little over a year ago I wrote a guide on what it is like immediately after a major disaster, and what to expect if you decide to spontaneously volunteer. I’m following up now because it feels like we’re still in the same boat as before, and I feel like in light of the holidays we have an opportunity to step up and BE the reason others are thankful…

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As I write this multiple wildfires continue to blaze across California. For the third year in a row, they are the “worst in state history”. And on top of that, we just had another round of devastating hurricanes and flooding on the East Coast and the Pacific, not to mention some of the worst flooding in Midwest history. And that’s all just here in the United States.


Most people go through their lives thinking that heroes are extraordinary. That it takes being bitten by some kind of radioactive spider, or being born with some superhuman mutation, or having access to millions of dollars of technology, in order to be a hero like the ones on television.

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None of these people have been bitten by radioactive spiders… that I know of.

But what if I told you that was all fiction? What if I told you that you have what it takes to be somebody’s hero? That it doesn’t take super powers to be a super hero… Because it doesn’t. …

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