October 30-Day Challenge


By JP Chartier

I thought about what I’d give up all week long, and I was coming up with wimpy stuff like no deep-fried foods, or no fast food, but these just weren’t good enough. So I decided to go BIG!

Those that know me well, know I enjoy an alcoholic beverage from time to time, and I’ve grown quite fond of beer especially, Bud Platinum in particular. My love of the suds has grown into an expensive hobby as of late, plus it’s a pain in the ass carrying all the empty bottles out to the trash!

So here is what I’m taking away:

* I pledge not to drink any beer for 30 days starting October 1st. Hell, I’ll even do better than that – how about this: I pledge not to drink any ALCOHOL for 30 days starting October 1st! (Oh how I will miss the frothy deliciousness of a cold beer)

And this is what I’ll be adding:

* I pledge to add a daily workout routine for atleast 30 days starting October 1st.

So There you have it, my pledges are officially in, are yours?? What did you decide to give up for 30 days? What did you decide to add for 30 days?

Now is the time to step up and do something good for yourself, if only for 30 days.

You deserve it!

Good luck!


30 Day Challenge

By JP Chartier

Are you at a stage in your life where you feel you’re stuck in a rut? If you answered yes, then it’s time you took The 30 Day Challenge. It turns out that 30 days is just the right amount of time to form a new habit, or to lose an old one.

The idea isn’t difficult at all, just add something new to your life for 30 days, something you’ve always wanted to try. And after the 30 days it’s up to you if you want to continue with it, if not – then stop. Simple as that.

So are you up for it? I am and I hope you are too.

If you do decide to try this challenge, one of the things you’ll notice is that instead of the month flying by in a forgotten blur, time will go by much more memorable, and you’ll also notice your self confidence growing.

If you really want something bad enough, you can give it 30 days can’t you? Sure you can! Just remember to start off small, because small sustainable changes are more likely to stick.

The next 30 days are going to pass you by regardless, like it or not, so why not think about something you’ve always wanted to try and do it for the next 30 days.

I’ll begin the next 30 Day Challenge on October 1st.

Are you in?

Meeting God

By Anonymous

You were on your way home when you died.

It was a car accident. Nothing particularly remarkable, but fatal nonetheless. You left behind a wife and two children. It was a painless death. The EMTs tried their best to save you, but to no avail. Your body was so utterly shattered you were better off, trust me.

And that’s when you met me.

“What… what happened?” You asked. “Where am I?”

“You died,” I said, matter-of-factly. No point mincing words.

“There was a… a truck and it was skidding…”

“Yup.” I said.

“I… I died?”

“Yup. But don’t feel bad about it. Everyone dies.” I said.

You looked around. There was nothingness. Just you and me. “What is this place?” You asked. “Is this the afterlife?”

“More or less,” I said.

“Are you god?” You asked.

“Yup.” I replied. “I’m God.”

“My kids… my wife,” you said.

“What about them?”

“Will they be alright?”

“That’s what I like to see,” I said. “You just died and your main concern is your family. That’s good stuff right there.”

You looked at me with fascination. To you, I didn’t look like God. I just looked like some man. Some vague authority figure. More of a a grammar school teacher than the almighty.

“Don’t worry,” I said. “They’ll be fine. Your kids will remember you as perfect in every way. They didn’t have time to grow contempt for you. Your wife will cry on the outside, but will be secretly relieved.” “To be fair, your marriage was falling apart. If it’s any consolation, she’ll feel very guilty for feeling relieved.”

“Oh,” you said. “So what happens now? Do I go to heaven or hell or something?”

“Neither,” I said. “You’ll be reincarnated.”

“Ah,” you said. “So the Hindus were right.”

“All the religions are right in their own way,” I said. “Walk with me.”

You followed along as we strolled in the void. “Where are we going?”

“Nowhere in particular,” I said. “It’s just nice to walk while we talk.”

“So what’s the point, then?” You asked. “When I get reborn, I’ll just be a blank slate, right? A baby. So all my experiences and everything I did in this life won’t matter?”

“Not so!” I said. “You have within you all the knowledge and experiences of all your past lives. You just don’t remember them right now.”

I stopped walking and took you by the shoulders. “Your soul is more magnificent, beautiful, and gigantic than you can possibly imagine. A human mind can only contain a tiny fraction of what you are. It’s like sticking your finger in a glass of water to see if it’s hot or cold. You put a tiny part of yourself into the vessel, and when you bring it back out, you’ve gained all the experiences it had.”

“You’ve been a human for the last 34 years, so you haven’t stretched out yet and felt the rest of your immense consciousness. If we hung out here for longer, you’d start remembering everything. But there’s no point doing that between each life.”

“How many times have I been reincarnated then?”

“Oh, lots. Lots and lots. And into lots of different lives.” I said. “This time around you’ll be a Chinese peasant girl in 540 A.D.”

“Wait, what?” You stammered. “You’re sending me back in time?”

“Well, I guess technically. Time, as you know it, only exists in your universe. Things are different where I come from.”

“Where you come from?” You pondered.

“Oh, sure!” I explained. “I come from somewhere. Somewhere else. And there’s others like me. I know you’ll want to know what it’s like there but you honestly won’t understand.”

“Oh.” You said, a little let down. “But wait, if I get reincarnated to other places in time, could I have interacted with myself at some point?”

“Sure. Happens all the time. And with both lives only aware of their own timespan, you don’t even know its happening.”

“So what’s the point of it all?”

“Seriously?” I asked. “Seriously? You’re asking me for the meaning of life? Isn’t that a little stereotypical?”

“Well, it’s a reasonable question.” You persisted.

I looked in your eye. “The meaning of life, the reason I made this whole universe, is for you to mature.”

“You mean mankind? You want us to mature?”

“No. Just you. I made this whole universe for you. With each new life you grow and mature, and become a larger and greater intellect.”

“Just me? What about everyone else?”

“There is no one else,” I said. “In this universe, there’s just you, and me.”

You stared blankly at me. “But all the people on Earth…”

“All you. Different incarnations of you.”

“Wait. I’m everyone!?”

“Now you’re getting it.” I said, with a congratulatory slap on the back.

“I’m every human who ever lived?”

“Or who will ever live, yes.”

“I’m Abraham Lincoln?”

“And you’re John Wilkes Booth.” I added.

“I’m Hitler?” You said, appalled.

“And you’re the millions he killed.”

“I’m Jesus?”

“And you’re everyone who followed him.”

You fell silent.

“Every time you victimized someone,” I said, “You were victimizing yourself. Every act of kindness you’ve done, you’ve done to yourself. Every happy and sad moment ever experienced by any human was, or will be, experienced by you.”

“Why?” You asked me. “Why do all this?”

“Because someday, you will become like me. Because that’s what you are. You’re one of my kind. You’re my child.”

“Whoa.” You said, incredulous. “You mean I’m a god?”

“No. Not yet. You’re a fetus You’re still growing. Once you’ve lived every human life throughout all time, you will have grown enough to be born.”

“So the whole universe,” you said. “It’s just…”

“An egg of sorts.” I answered. “Now it’s time for you to move on to your next life.”

And I sent you on your way.

By Anonymous. Transcribed by Mac Davis for Philosophy Circle’s reading catalogue.

14 Thought Provoking Questions


By JP Chartier


“It is necessary for a man to go away by himself, to sit on a rock  and ask, ‘Who am I, where have I been, and where am I going?” ― Carl Sandburg

  1. Have you done anything lately worth remembering?
  2. When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done?
  3. Are you living or just existing?
  4. If not now… Then when?
  5. How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were?
  6. What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you?
  7. When you’ve grown old what will matter most?
  8. If you had the opportunity to get your message across to a large group of people, what would your message be?
  9. Who do you love? And what are you doing about it?
  10. If you could do it all over again, what would you change?
  11. Do you ask enough questions, or do you just go with what you know?
  12. When is the last time you try something new?
  13. Are you holding onto something that you need to let go?
  14. Do you celebrate the things you have?

7 Blunders of the World


Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born on 2 October 1869 in Porbandar, India. He led India’s movement for independence from British rule and is one of the most respected spiritual and political leaders of the 20th century. In 1948 he was assassinated by a Hindu fanatic who opposed his tolerance for all creeds and religions. Gandhi is honored by his people as the father of the Indian nation and is called ‘Mahatma’, which means Great Soul.

1. Wealth without work

2. Pleasure without conscience

3. Knowledge without character

4. Commerce without morality

5. Science without humanity

6. Worship without sacrifice

7. Politics without principle

—Mahatma Gandhi