My third brainiversary + broken prayers

A few days ago it was three years since I injured my brain in a freak accident. It's hard to know what to say on this anniversary. Each day since then I've lived in the shadow-grief of that two seconds and the massive destruction it caused in my life, to my very self as constructed …

How to Love Your Brain Better with 1 Test

It's never too late to love your brain! While you're snacking on a bit of chocolate from your Valentine, watch this music video by NPR's science show Skunk Bear. It has me completely cracking up, and I guarantee it will crack you up, too. I'm going to have "Oxytocin is the potion of devotion" stuck …

Football + brain = A good reason not to play

Rise and Shout the Cougars Are Out! I grew up watching football games with my family. BYU and Utah were the big teams in my house. Cougar Stadium in Provo, Utah, has one of the most beautiful views of any stadium I've been to. I went to one of the famed Harvard/Yale football games while …

Be a brain advocate today!

With a lot of great new followers on The Art of Striving Facebook page, I want to thank everyone for their support. By following The Art of Striving you're showing that you're a brain advocate! I believe that everyone can be a brain advocate. What's a brain advocate? It's someone who knows about the brain …

How my brain injury changed my definition of “hard”

My body has always been pretty healthy. My brain, not so much. I can identify what I believe were at least two concussions growing up. Once I had the wind knocked out of me in a soccer practice in third grade and I felt woozy and lay on the grass for a while, trying to …

A Guide to Doing Hard Things in the Land of Not Yet

One of my posts from last week was actually part of a draft for a talk I gave in church today. The topic was "We can do hard things!" Here are my more complete thoughts on that and on how Christ is essential to our ability to overcome.  Today I want to talk about the Land …

Not Yet

Today I want to tell you about the Land of Not Yet—a beautiful and dangerous place, a place with innumerable pitfalls and opportunities. Not Yet is full of every imaginable landscape, plant, animal and person. Sometimes Not Yet appears to be a land of black and white. People there can choose to be kind or …

God of leaving and return

God of leaving and return, God of sight and sense, God of passage and occlusions, God of bright and bent Hear us pray. Hear us when our hearts beat prayers for those we love. Hear our cursing at the firmament. Hear our twisted tongues mumble bruised rhymes. Hear us riddle and reason and cry. And …