J.K. Riki

Inspiration

Not Fun To Hear

This past weekend I found myself in a terribly unhappy mood. I’m sure you’ve been there before. This journey of life has us all go through the dark valleys at one time or another. During that time, I saw very clearly that I needed to change my mindset in order to escape it. I needed to focus on the good things, or at least consider that the bad was not…
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NaNoWriMo Approaches

October is quickly drawing to a close, and that means National Novel Writing Month is just around the corner! (Find out more here.) I had intended to try Planning rather than Pantsing this year, but here we are a week away and I haven’t planned a thing. I suppose that’s not entirely true, as I have decided on a general concept based on a short story I wrote a while…
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Everyone Is Way Worse Than Me

Two things I know well about human beings is that we quite enjoy judging others and really, really dislike judging ourselves. It doesn’t take much foresight to see how this can cause some problems. For starters, that attitude means our natural assumption is “we are right and they are wrong.” We aren’t generally as critical of our own opinions the way we are of others. We can find holes in…
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When We Get Defensive

Human beings continue to be fascinating subjects. For example, have you ever noticed that when we get defensive we often immediately jump to extremes? It’s almost as if we’re so afraid of losing ground in an argument that whatever it takes to win becomes acceptable. Someone might be discussing the benefit of national healthcare, for example, and an opponent leaps to “Look how well Communism worked out for Russia!” Or…
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Train When The Sun is Shining

It’s rather difficult to practice tennis in the rain. Even if you’re on a clay court, a storm usually means keeping the racket bag zipped up and waiting for clear skies. It’s important to practice your serves and ground strokes when the sun is shining, because you won’t be able to when it’s raining. The same holds true for life. The hardest time to practice being positive is when clouds…
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