Education

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It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
– Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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Random Encounters

Trey hopes for a miracle on Colorado Blvd.  He wants to start his own business selling his hand crafted jewelry one day.

If there is a purpose to life, perhaps it's to encounter the people on our paths.  Perhaps it's as has been said, "everything happens for a reason" or perhaps it's truly random.  Either way, random encounters with strangers always make me think.  They make me wonder about people's stories, their past, and how they came to be where they are.






Acceptance

Acknowledgement of the dark can help us to see the light.  

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"The consequences of our actions are always so complicated, so diverse, that predicting the future is a very difficult business indeed"
-- Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Can we accept that we can't control the things we can't control?

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Tech, Apps, & Media

 Imagine explaining Wi-Fi and Google to someone in 1900 - Magic

Imagine explaining Wi-Fi and Google to someone in 1900 - Magic

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
Arthur C. Clarke

What have we created our technologies for, if not to make our lives easier and more enriched?

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Growth and Change

There is a feeling, a yearning.  In our darkest hours, a spark of hope for change can bring us through.

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"If you want to be somebody else - change your mind."
-- Sister Hazel, Fortress






Work and Life

No matter what challenges we face, we continue to live.  






Mental Health

Though much has been learned through science and medicine, mental health remains a struggle that plagues all of humanity.  Even if you don't suffer from a mental health condition, you know someone that does.

 





Coping

 A graffitied electrical box cross the street from a park in Chicago

A graffitied electrical box cross the street from a park in Chicago

When times are tough, and we feel anxious, depressed, sad, angry, or any there way, we must find ways to cope. 

“Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with it”
– Unknown





People & Community

We are not alone in this world, and without the support of others, we will never reach our potential.

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Some faces of the many people that have impacted Building Beyond dot Me

"The universal brotherhood of man is our most precious possession"
-- Mark Twain

Without the support of other people, I would never have survived as long as I have.  I have many wonderful people to thank through the years - people that have helped me not to become a statistic, dying in a gutter.

 

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Physical Health

What does it take to be healthy?  

Over the years, I have spent a fortune going to doctors, taking countless drugs, and hoping for answers.  Unfortunately it seems that our medical profession is attune more to treating symptoms than holistically treating the entire situation.

 

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Finances and Poverty

Finances and Poverty

 Panhandling must be one of the hardest jobs - A man holds a sign on Colorado Blvd in Denver.

Panhandling must be one of the hardest jobs - A man holds a sign on Colorado Blvd in Denver.

"Poverty is like punishment for a crime you didn't commit." 
  — Eli Khamarov, writer

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