Jesse Walters

The Church Next Door: My Cult Experience and How I Got Out While Staying Close to God

Tag: Happiness (page 2 of 3)

The One Decision You NEED to Make

“Play is a state of mind.  The world is your playground, people are your playmates, and your work is a game… You don’t need more free time.  You don’t need more money.  You can change the world when you change how you see it.  It’s only a choice.”- Charlie Hoehn

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The Hidden Value of Memories

I have an ongoing conversation with a good friend of mine via email.  We live far apart but talk once a week about various things.  While it’s a great way to stay in touch I’ve also learned a lot about myself through it all.  Below is a little excerpt from one of my emails a couple months ago… Continue reading

Secrets Don’t Make Friends

This post overlaps with last week’s post but I felt the need to expand on it a little more.

It’s been over four years now since I left the church that brought so much pain, depression, guilt and anxiety into my own and my family’s lives.  It was one of the most significant moments of my life yet, I didn’t actually start telling people about it until long after that.  Continue reading

Stress Management

I read this blurb online recently and thought I’d share it with you:

A young lady confidently walked around the room with a raised glass of water while leading a seminar and explaining stress management to her audience. Everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question, ‘Half empty or half full?’ She fooled them all. “How heavy is this glass of water?” she inquired with a smile. Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. To 20 oz. Continue reading

The Life Lessons of a Motorcycle

“Motorcycles have the tendency to gain their stability back when you hit the throttle.  Relationships can be the same way.  When things get rough, come up with a plan, hit the throttle and move forward.” Continue reading

We Are Never a Finished Product

After submitting my post last week, I realized I have a little bit more to say on what defines us.  Before I talked about not letting our past define us.  Well, what about today?  What is happening today and tomorrow definitely plays a role in what defines each and every one of us, BUT I want to make the point that it doesn’t have to be what defines us the rest of our lives! Continue reading

Forearms….. Really?!

I had an epiphany hanging out with some friends a couple weekends ago.  That is, we build an image in our heads of who we “want” to be in order to be accepted in society, when, in reality, hardly anyone wants us to be that person.

As I mentioned in my post last week on vulnerability, I’ve become obsessed with the topic.  This article has been going around lately.  It claims that if two strangers were to go through all of these questions/tasks together they will fall in love.  Continue reading

Vulnerability: A Love-Hate Relationship

Being vulnerable is a tough pill to swallow, but I’ve found myself obsessed with the concept over the last few weeks.  Maybe I’m just more conscious of it now, but it seems like my opportunity to be vulnerable pops up everywhere I look.  Continue reading

The Benefits of Failure

Life is hard, so hard that no one in the history of mankind has perfected it and never will.  That sounds scary.  It’s like God set us up to fail.  I’m a perfectionist at heart and accepting failure is a daunting task.  I want it done right, right now, and failure doesn’t allow me to have that.  Continue reading

Take a Step Back and Breathe

Confession: It’s hard from me to say “no” to things.  I tend to take on new responsibilities without thinking.  And when I get my mind set on something I can’t stop thinking about it. Continue reading

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