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The Grey Matters – Progress

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The Grey Matters was the landing spot for the creative and contemplative works that bounce around the confines of my head, as well as the inspirations that put them there. With the re-release of Viva, we decided to merge the blogs. Click here for more behind the meaning behind TGM.

It seems my posts get a jolt of momentum around the New Year. It’s fairly easy to figure out why, as this time of year offers up the challenge for everyone to assess what they’ve accomplished (or not) in the last 12 months, and to further dream to be reset, to relaunch the efforts to be the best person they possibly can be. There are plenty of studies and writings and conjecture on the merits of New Years resolutions, and I as well have my thoughts on them. I’m not particularly interested in joining that conversation at this moment. Instead I’d prefer to give an update to one of the most difficult posts I’ve ever written, and an encouragement to you (whoever you are) to continue battling and persevering through.

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Reflections for a New Year: Regret, hope, and legacy.

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I usually do a lot of editing to my writing. I try to be very clear and very precise about what I say and how I say it. This time around, I didn’t. What follows is a stream-of-consciousness rant that I think more adequately expresses the winding and messy journey life can be sometimes. It gets pretty personal and pretty real from here on out…for better and worse. It’s gritty because life is gritty. If you can handle that…read on.

I’ve written posts like this before. The twilight of another year invites reflection on the past and consideration toward the future. There’s the feeling that life is gradually slipping through your fingertips and at any moment you’ll look up and life as you know it will be over. It will be too late to do take that trip to Machu Picchu or to write the next great American novel. I’m not intending to be gloomy, it’s simply a fact. You and I are running out of time.

People take that feeling a few different ways. Some board up the windows to their souls and prepare for the storms of life and death to wash them away. Others put on that raincoat and power through, and live their days in a reckless abandon to fulfill all their goals. I think most of us find ourselves somewhere in the middle. We want the abandon but fear the storm. Maybe I’m the only one. I’m going to go out on a limb here and get deeply personal for a moment, if you’ll allow it. I want to share with you my greatest fear; the one that keeps me up at night and messes with my entire universe. Continue Reading

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The Grey Matters – Resolute

| Posted by Harlan

The Grey Matters was the landing spot for the creative and contemplative works that bounce around the confines of my head, as well as the inspirations that put them there. With the re-release of Viva, we decided to merge the blogs. Click here for more behind the meaning behind TGM.

I begin this post by admitting, without agenda, that I am a broken man. I’ve been this way for a while, years or decades even. It’s affected every single part of my life: my marriage, my faith, my friendships, my son. People say it’s healing to admit you’re weak. I’ve never thought of it that way. Bringing up weakness in front of others hasn’t had much healing power in my experience. People tend to want to fix your weakness, or ignore it, both of which make me feel unheard and most of all unhealed. Others, those with the best of intentions, point me toward faith and hope, another weakness of mine. Unfortunately, despite their pure intentions, it often serves to further exacerbate my frustrations, because I’m just circling around to a new, equally suffocating weakness.

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