Spencer Richard

Author - Spencer Richard

What I’m Afraid Of

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Lately things have felt different for me in my life. I think I’m struggling with depression again, as if depression were some kind of compulsion beyond my control. The truth is that people feel down sometimes and that’s normal. I am a “people” and therefore I’m permitted to feel down. But while depression is certainly agitated or alleviated to a degree within the...

Adopt the Challenge Mindset

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Ever heard of a game called SuperBetter? Game designer and researcher Jane McGonigal is the esteemed inventor of SuperBetter, a game she made at first to help her deal with suicidal ideation after an unfortunate bout of post-concussion syndrome, but gradually it became something bigger. Now there are hundreds of thousands of players who play SuperBetter and people use it not just for dealing...

Thankful

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I have lots to be thankful for this year. This last weekend was, besides Canadian Thanksgiving, the weekend of my daughter’s first birthday, and mine and my wife’s 2nd anniversary. On top of those wonderful things, my Kickstarter has officially raised enough pledges to be funded—even more than the $600 needed! It took less than 20 days and the average donation was a staggering...

That Horrible Word: Busy

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The age old dilemma is summarized best with these simple words: “What do I do now?” Lately I’ve been very busy with work and family but I feel this nagging sensation that being busy  is about as noble as it sounds. “Well, I’m too busy to hang out.” “Nope, too busy to get that done for ya, bud.” “Sorry, but I’m just too damn...

The Good Soldier

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The older I get the more I understand that truth tends to be better shown than spoken, though it goes without saying that words still have their place. The power of action is greater than words. For instance, recently a man talked my ear off about how much he treats people with respect, and maybe that would have meant something to me when I was younger—but now, as more seasons pass...

Motivation as Lover

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Motivation is hard for some people. Some folks struggle to get out of bed in the morning let alone get their kids to daycare, go to work, work through their lunch-break in order to meet with a tough client, pick the kids up on the way home, arrive and play interference between screaming children while making supper, bathe the kids and get them to bed, wash the dishes after they’re...

Self-Improvement?

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Photo credit: Rachel Yan Lately I’ve been reading a lot of books focused on self-improvement. It’s put me in this odd state of being where I go about life as I normally do but find myself caught in deep contemplation without warning and often for long periods of time. I’ve been thinking about ways to improve myself. My wife and I have been having a lot of discussions about...

New Life Philosophy: I Do What I Want

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Recently, I finished reading a book by Gretchen Rubin on habits called, “Better Than Before”. It was a challenging read, if only because it caused me to ponder ceaselessly about myself, and I find the task of self-knowledge to be a very serious challenge indeed. Every once in a while there comes a real light bulb moment in adult life. It is our solemn duty to take these moments and...