It Just Is... the Podcast

It Just Is... the Podcast

Hosted by: Michael Smalley, Ph.D.

Life sucks, then you die - now get over it. A daily dose of leaning into the pain of life and what it takes to find joy.

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That one time I daydreamed walked into a terrorist encampment

On today’s podcast, I share about the time I daydreamed walked straight into the middle of the Syrian Social Nationalist Party in Beirut. ------------ Are you a fan of the It Just Is Podcast? Do you want to take your...
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The inescapable destruction of self-pity

Welcome to the It Just Is podcast, I’m your host, Michael Smalley. Today we're diving into a topic that affects us all at some point in our lives: the false comfort of self-pity. ------------ Are you a fan of the It...
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A short yet inspiring story to be thankful!

A little something to make you smile this Thanksgiving! ------------ Are you a fan of the It Just Is Podcast? Do you want to take your personal growth to the next level? Become a Member now and support the show at...
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Living that 12-step life day to day through a routine

I go through my daily routine and unpack exactly why I do what I do each day. And I share more about my most recent traumatic events with the best dog in the world, Olive! ------------ Are you a fan of the It Just Is...
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Step Twelve - It's a spiritual awakening now go and do this!

Step Twelve - Share. Experiencing a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we carry this message to others struggling with signature sins and keep living these principles in everything we do. Live creatively,...
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Step Eleven - Pursue the only one who can do anything for you

Welcome to the It Just Is podcast, I’m your host, Michael Smalley. The one-word summary for Step Eleven - Pursue. Step Eleven: Ask God to show me how to live and pursue His will. "Let the peace of Christ keep you in...
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Step Ten - Of course you messed up, now what?

Step Ten - Accept I’m human and will screw up. Repair it immediately. These are all warning markers—danger!—in our history books, written down so that we don’t repeat their mistakes. Our positions in the story are...
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Step Nine - Don't even bother with God if you refuse this step

Step Nine - Repair any harm I can without hurting anyone else. This is how I want you to conduct yourself in these matters. If you enter your place of worship and, about to make an offering, you suddenly remember a...
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Step Eight - We must face the consequences of our sin

Step Eight - We make a list of every person we harmed and seek to repair the damage with them all. Here is a simple rule of thumb for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you; then grab the initiative...
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Step Seven - Mistakes lead to growth but only if you do this one thing

Welcome to the It Just Is podcast, I’m your host, Michael Smalley. We’ve reached Step Seven - Humility - We ask God to help us change and remove all our signature sins. If we claim that we’re free of sin, we’re only...
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Step Six - Nothing is easy for the unwilling

Willingness is the key to this step. A Gaelic proverb states, "Nothing is easy for the unwilling." If you are unwilling to face your signature sins, failures, and pride, then progress becomes impossibly difficult....
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Step Five - you must share that thing you swore you'd never tell anyone

Welcome to the It Just Is podcast, I’m your host Michael Smalley. Step Five - We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another person the exact nature of our wrongs and signature sins. Make this your common practice:...
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