He knew my name

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“Are you David?” he said. He looked about 50 years old. On his nose perched rimless glasses, behind which he had kind but tired eyes. He wore the navy blue uniform of the bus company he worked for. Beneath his blue sweater was a carefully pressed white shirt. …


I hate to imagine how many years I’ve lost

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It’s one of my biggest regrets, and goodness knows how many years of life it has cost me. I literally mean I’m likely to die earlier than I would have otherwise because of this.

Between my late teens and my early 30s, I told myself a stupid lie that damaged…


The life-changing magic of publishing drafts

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Last month, I set myself a mission to clean up my backlog of unfinished articles. I had over 40 articles I wanted to release from my drafts folder and share with the world.

And gosh, it worked!

I received the most I’ve ever earned for a single article.

The oldest…


Push less to achieve more

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Yoda’s message of “Do or do not, there is no try” is deeply profound, and has roots in ancient philosophy and a range of respected spiritual texts. Learning to apply this message is a spiritual skill — you could say a Jedi skill. …


How $1.2 million for writers became just $100k

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Two Updates

There have been two significant updates since I published the first version of this article:

  • Medium have clarified the licensing terms for the contest and state “the license is nearly the same as the one you grant to Medium outside of the contest.” Full details here.
  • A source close to…


Skip the line and you miss the journey

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We must have been about 7 years old. My friend James figured out the secret, during class reading time. We sat at our school desks, each with our own book to read.

James leaned over, “Pssst…” he said. …


There’s more to life than inner peace

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Judith saved her friend’s life, stole a car, fell head-over-heels into yoga class, and made everyone laugh. All in a couple of hours.

I want to be more like Judith.

I want to live life on the edge. I want to be more happy-go-lucky, devil-may-care.

I want to stroll into…


“How come you think you’re better than everyone?”

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“How come you think you’re better than everyone?” Brad said.

The question was like a punch to the gut. Brad was over a decade older than me, and we were volunteering together on the same summer project. I respected Brad, and I thought he liked me. I thought we were…


3 techniques to get fit inside and out

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“My life’s so busy, I don’t have time to meditate,” I told my spiritual director.

In response, he shared about a hermit who lived in wooden hut in the wilderness. Each morning he’d wake up, then go running the countryside lanes. The hermit recited a mantra as he ran.

“You…

David Majister

10x top writer. World traveler (26 countries). Runner (1k+ miles). Meditator (9.5k minutes). Introvert. Wild swimmer. Story maker.

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