Six steps to being ‘more outgoing’

The following is written with the intention to benefit one specific person. Still, anyone else is welcome to follow along.

(1) Establish, and persist with, courage humility and reverence, as alternatives to the following habits, each of which impedes the communication within one or more kinds of relationships:

(A) Lust

(B) Gluttony

(C) Greed

(D) Sloth

(E) Wrath

(F) Envy

(G) Pride

(2) Consciously reject the cowardly vanity of pretended perfection.

(A) There are two kinds of people in the world: (1) Self-destructive liars; (2) Those willing to admit — calmly and cathartically — that they, and all others, often “fall short.”

(B) The chains of chasing flawlessness are a heavy vice — and only one person in the world can convince you to stop carrying around that dead weight.

(3) Visit a variety of churches.

(A) Addiction to a belief that your unique knowledge sets you apart from, and above, others — is the worst possible consequence of religiosity.

(B) Atheism and anti-theism tempt at least as much as theism towards such an addiction.

(C) You have not lived long enough to reject, on any grounds but your own meager vanity, every theist as simply foolish.

(D) Someday — soon, in the scheme of things — you will die; and regardless how much time passes from now until then: by the time of your death, you still will not have lived long enough to warrant such rejection on any other grounds.

(4) Forgive your parents.

(A) It is simple and, like many simple things, not at all easy. Regardless, the only alternative is to continue, from this moment of stubbornness until your death, to chew your festering wounds — which exist now not as purposeful reactions to your parents’ real or imagined shortcomings, but rather enduring only as figments, and only by your own self-indulgence, born of self-destructive pride and wrath.

(5) Apologize to your body, every day — at least until you clearly understand what you’re apologizing for.

(6) Thank your body, every day: until you understand why to do so — and then long after.

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