#105 – Chaos In Cambodia

“Are you sure you want to eat my food?” He suggested we go to some of the other more established and palatable touristy places, before finally agreeing.  He was our tuk-tuk driver. It’s how tourists get around in South East Asia. We knew Sammy wasn’t his real name. I’m sure constantly explaining his true Khmer …

# 104 – Make Some Cookies — A Story About Mom

Before leaving, I told her again to park away from the front of the school. “Mom, please park away. I don’t want people to see it again,” I said with stern sincerity. With a smile, “Okay, Beta (term of endearment in Hindi), don’t worry, I’ll remember.” We had an old beat-up Nissan Sentra that my …

#103 – Who Is That Voice In My Head

Are we the voice of thoughts? A 2020 study, published in the journal Nature Communications was carried out by psychologists at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada. They uncovered that humans think an average of 6,200 thoughts a day. All thoughts are outward and come from an experience. This is the “cause” of the thought, and the “effect” …

#101 – The Dragon That Saved a United States Veteran

Imagine if you will. Having to drink your own urine to fight dehydration. So little food that you can count the number of grains of rice for dinner. Imagine taking part in a daily dance, called the Death March, where you are tasked with holding a heavy object over your head and the moment you …

#100 – Point the Finger, and Three Fingers Point Back

“If you step outside and you have a pain in your foot, you have two options. The first is you can try to wrap the entire world in burlap, or you can put on a pair of shoes.” – Ramana Maharshi It’s easy to blame others for our problems.  It’s easy to push off responsibility to …

#99 – 4 Reasons You Should Laugh at Your Problems

We all deal with stuff. This can aptly be described as suffering.  When we are in the thick of our own suffering, it seems as if the world is closing in on us, and the capacity to deviate from the emotions of those issues may seem intolerable.  However, there is a refuge, a safety net, …

#98: How to Live a Simpler Life Today – 7 Things You Can Do to See Immediate Results

I wrote this because it is much needed during these interesting times. We are dealing with a virus that’s affecting the entire globe. We see media outlets’ constant onslaught of fear-mongering tactics that have been giving rise to conspiracy theories and have overwhelmingly created separation and distrust in many arenas. We are a nation that …

#97 The Meaning Of Life According To Prince & Purple Rain

When I first heard the classic jam, “When Doves Cry,” it was actually by 90’s r&b artist, Ginuwine, who’s famously known for his hit song, Pony. If you don’t know who Genuwine is, I forgive you. However, for Tom, played by comedian Aziz Ansari on Parks and Recreation, it’s a slightly bigger deal. It wasn’t until I was …

#96 Timeless Lessons Learned for 2022

I turned thirty-seven years old on November 7th, 2021. That’s thirty-seven revolutions around the sun. That’s 148 seasons, roughly 13,505 days, and 324,120 hours of a life lived. However, age is an arbitrary figure when looking at the lens of the present moment, but for the sake of this article, I will share thirty-seven pieces …