What would you like to see?

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Dear Reader,

By the time you read this I should be somewhere in Colorado, taking photos and helping Mr. Money Mustache build things.

I had just gotten back from a bucket-list-related trip to Minneapolis, and hit the road again three days later. When I get back from Colorado I’ll begin stockpiling tea and used books, settling in to brace for the harsh Canadian winter, given that my next trip is a whole six months away. So for the first time in my life I’ll have ample time to write, which allows me to tackle topics that I had never had the space to address thoroughly.

There are a lot of directions to take, and so to reduce option-paralysis it would help if you’d tell me what topics you’re most interested in reading about. It could be something I’ve written about before, or something new. Different readers can be interested in totally different things, from Buddhism to capitalism to antidisestablishmentarianism, and I want to know what -isms, -alities and -nesses I’m neglecting in the eyes of the general audience. If I wrote, say, a 3000-word piece on floccinaucinihilipilification, and most of you have been dying for me to comment on the process involved in overcoming asseocarnisanguineoviscericartilaginonervomedullarial issues, then that is a missed opportunity for all of us. Or perhaps many of you suffer from hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia and I’ve been inadvertently terrorizing you with my choices. Such perfidiousness on my part! So the more responses, the better for everyone.

So far there have been a lot of requests for more on procrastination, Douglas Harding, non-religious spirituality, lifestyle design and overcoming shyness, but I want to lengthen the list. That way I can queue up topics and keep going with another article as soon as I’m finished one.

Please tell me in the comments what you would like to see more of here. Even if you never comment, I would love to know what I’ve written about that you’ve especially liked, or what I haven’t written about that you wish I would. A one-liner is fine.

Thank you for your contributions, you make this place what it is.


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Dan November 19, 2013 at 8:18 pm

Another possible topic, “selfie” – the practice of turning a camera around and snapping a picture of “oneself” – being rewarded the Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year. It would tie nicely into Harding’s insight about how we identify ourselves from the egoic, few-meters-away range. The practice itself – the 21st century “self”-portrait – is almost a further cementing/entrenchment of that perspective/identification.

The practice – along with its function in developing a social media “identity” and the mindset it facilitates – serves to indicate that we seem to be falling further into the traps outlined in “The Decapitation of Douglas Harding.” If you decided to do another post on Harding, the “selfie” might serve as a good springboard and/or centerpiece.

kristina November 21, 2013 at 1:41 pm

I am absolutely never-endingly inspired by what you wrote about getting rid of stuff and making sure everything has a home. I repeatedly go back to this article when I decide to clean a new area of my home. More about simplification of physical material life would be cool!

Swati December 5, 2013 at 4:23 pm

Can you please write about discovering and molding yourself? I am trying to be self aware and active about two things:

1. Changing the habits I don’t want
2. Figuring out what I want to do in my life

I would love your insights into either or both. Thank you :)

Gary Hardenbrook December 8, 2013 at 9:36 am

Would the world be better off without religion and, if so, what if anything should or would take its place?

Vivi December 12, 2013 at 8:28 pm

Long term depression. Feeling like you’ve disappointed yourself on so many levels so many times you’ve lost count. Having disappointed your professors. Not knowing where in the hell you’re going in life. Abusive parents. And all that wretchedness.

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