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Paradox and Human Universals

Truth is wrapped in paradox. It is a tight wire balance, seemingly full of contradiction and only made sense of through intense magnification. Over and over, Justin and I have attacked the same issue, but with very different styles. Sometimes we’ll come to seemingly inconsistent conclusions, yet I’ve always found these contradictions to be essential additions to the original post. It is these pieces I’d like to highlight today, because they help provide a more rounded view of some important human universals.

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Face Your Fear

For years I dealt with a form of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) known as Pure O. My self-imposed paralysis evolved from more comprehendible compulsive anxieties to increasingly bizarre mental battles. There was a progression that fed itself with each avoidance, pulling me towards evermore complex psychological creations. Challenging as this was, it is the most formative and essential part of my life. We should all be so lucky as to have an all-encompassing mental disorder pull us to the path of personal discovery, growth, and purpose. To some degree, we all do. Whether it is a proclivity for stress, anger, jealousy, impatience, indulgence, or addiction, we all are born immersed in a pathology of self-destruction pulling us towards self-mastery and rebirth. Our journey to confront fear is antecedent to a meaningful life. This is a consistent theme in the human experience.

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Friday Musings on Being a New Father of Two

Just over a week ago, my wife, Neely, and I finally reached the culmination of our adoption journey becoming the parents of two beautiful children- a 5-week old baby girl, Brix Dani Trotter, and her 18-month old brother, Ace Cowen Trotter. Since then we’ve been figuring a lot of things out. Here are just a few new-daddy takeaways from the past week.

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Chasing Rabbits to the NFL: Lessons From Muck City

In the era where youth sports is big business and every 9 year old has a skills coach, a small region in Florida with a median income of $27,000 per year has put over 60 athletes into the NFL, since 1980. Their secret- Natural Human Survival Instincts. If we stay in tune with nature and encourage play and creativity, then our children will be both happier and far more athletic. Create an environment where youth continue to move, and allow our kids to scrape their knees while having fun. Let them play, chase, and react as they would in nature, and you’ll see speed and agility most sports coaches wouldn’t dream possible. 

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