Wisdom Brings The Gift, Courage Allows Us To Use It

The goal of this blog is to give you, the reader, hints, tips, and whatever else, to help with knowing your mind better. Knowing the self is to know one of the best things.  One of the key elements that this blog cannot give you, though, is the element of courage. Courage is something that is within you. It’s there, trust me. I’m not trying to give some sort of a “rah rah” speech or anything (I hate “rah rah” speeches), but I state a fact: Courage is present. Courage is your ability to look a situation, straight in the … Continue reading

On The Spectrum, I am…

In another article, here on knowingyourmind.com, I wrote “I Am Versus Am I.”  It was about when we think of ourselves in a particularly negative way, by saying, “I am thish and such…,” and then to counter that thought with asking ourselves, “Am I really thus and such…?” One of the easiest ways I’ve found to question one’s self, regarding our own noological (Meaning: of the mind) stance, can be found when we objectively place ourselves along a spectrum of emotions, thoughts, or abilities. For instance, if I think I’m shy, I might think of an imaginary horizontal line and … Continue reading

Introversion Versus Extroversion

Ok, I have a joke.  How many introverts does it take to screw in a light bulb? The answer? “Why does this have to be a group activity?” Ok, ok, another one… I’d like to see the airlines re-do their seating arrangements. Forget first-class, business class, and cargo. Divide the passengers up into extroverts and introverts. Give the extroverts the front of the aircraft; the introverts, the back. I, being an introvert, have my reasons for this. You’ve never heard of a plane backing into a mountain, right?! Ok,ok, I have one more… Did you hear about the introvert who … Continue reading

I Want To Get Rid Of My Ego

I was talking with a friend, online, the other day, when she mentioned that she wanted to get rid of her ego. Her statement took me back a little bit, because the concept (theoretical construct) of the ego (Ego is Latin for “I”) is related to our consciousness. It’s the part of our personality that deals with reality vs. our own desires. It is somewhere in between our basic unconscious “anything-goes-I-WANT-IT-NOW” portion of our personality (The ID, which is Latin for “It”) and the part of our personality that develops as we (hopefully) mature (The Superego, which comes from super … Continue reading

Excellence…

I belong to Toastmasters International (TMI). It’s a great organization. It’s one of the scariest places in the world, though. Getting up in front of people and spilling your guts out to them… hoping they might accept what you’ve got to say. It’s even worse when one gets into the speech contests. You have to put a speech together, practice it endlessly, and then get up in front of progressively larger crowds to pitch it to them. For two straight years, this is what I did. I wasn’t half bad at it, from what I heard (from others). I made … Continue reading