Last Breath Blog

  • Giving Back 'Til Our Last Breath: Donating 20% of Perspective Chasers Proceeds

    Giving Back 'Til Our Last Breath: Donating 20% of Perspective Chasers Proceeds

    James, founder of Perspective Chasers, introduces "Giving Back 'Til Our Last Breath," a new initiative donating 20% of proceeds to non-profits. For September and October he will be donating to the Wild Flower Home in Thailand, which helps women affected by human trafficking recover and get on their feet. James recalls a touching experience volunteering there and expresses the desire to give more in the future.
  • Making Grief Your Victim

    Making Grief Your Victim

    A heartbreaking post where James discusses his personal experiences with grief and regret after losing loved ones. He shares a story of losing a close friend and feeling overwhelming regret in the aftermath. This regret becomes a form of grief he calls regret grief. In this post he distinguishes between the two main types of grief and how he's learned, through trial and error, to reduce both.
  • Would you rather make better decisions or be more satisfied with them? Research shows you can't have both.

    Would you rather make better decisions or be more satisfied with them? Research shows you can't have both.

    A short research blog that investigates Maximizers and Satisficers, and the impact of both on your life. Maximizers make better decisions but are less satisfied with their decisions. Satisficers make worse decisions but are more satisfied. Which one are you? And if you could choose, which would you be? Would you rather be satisfied with your life or get closer to 'fulfilling' your potential? 
  • The Paralysis of Being Taken Out of Context

    The Paralysis of Being Taken Out of Context

    James reflects on the struggles of creating and the pressure to post. He explores the pressure to create and realizes it stems from a fear of being taken out of context. Do you struggle with perceptions of yourself? Are you afraid of being misunderstood and taken out of context?
  • War of Art James Kiesewetter

    War of Art

    Creating something is inherently difficult, but sharing it can be equally challenging. Overcoming internal battles and battling resistance are part of the creator's journey, but they can also serve as guides to prioritize meaningful pursuits. What is your resistance telling you?

  • James Kiesewetter writing on the beach

    Why do I love writing? The blog that started about something else.

    James reflects on the process of writing and the transformative effect it has on his life. He discusses the struggle of finding topics to write about but emphasizes the joy and growth that comes from consistent writing. Writing is also beautifully unpredictable, he reflects how this post took an unintentional turn.
  • Suspended: Mindful Moments, Moving, and a Memory Grave

    Suspended: Mindful Moments, Moving, and a Memory Grave

    What is the distinction between appreciating life and remembering it? This blog explores the idea that not remembering something doesn’t mean we’re disrespecting it — as long as it was appreciated. Appreciating our moments rids us of the need to remember everything and also calms us when we don’t.
  • Am I grateful for death?

    Am I grateful for death?

    Dying bums me out. Then I think about living forever. What urgency would I have to do anything if I could do it anytime, forever?
  • Smile Your Last Breath Away: A Conversation with Author James D. Kiesewetter

    Smile Your Last Breath Away: A Conversation with Author James D. Kiesewetter

    What led him to write Smile Your Last Breath Away? What does he hope readers will take away from the book? Why is he excited for the launch event?
  • Irony of Finding TIme

    Irony of Finding TIme

    In COVID lockdown, we couldn't do anything. We couldn't go out with our friends, we couldn't go get dinner with them…it made me realize that we have time and we either don't normally prioritize that time on the things we want to accomplish or we don't realize we had time at all because we filled it before it became available.

  • How Many Days Pass You By?

    How Many Days Pass You By?

    "How many days pass you by that you could take or leave? When nothing really happened?" What defines a day that you would take? Are days when nothing really happens okay? And what do those days look like? What's the difference between days you'd take or leave? 

  • Parable of the Locksmith

    Parable of the Locksmith

    The Locksmith wondered what was behind the door, despite years of work, he still couldn't open it. The locksmith spent spare moments after work every day on the lock. He wanted more time to work on it but moving his shop could mean bankruptcy...

  • Does Anything Matter? Does That Make Everything Matter?

    Does Anything Matter? Does That Make Everything Matter?

    I think our life is completely insignificant, however, our lives can matter because we matter to other people. When we pass tombstones on our way to our loved ones, we pass names and dates of people who used to be alive, well, we think used to be alive. We actually aren’t sure if they ever existed, they didn’t touch my life, I don’t have any memories with them, I’ve never heard any stories of them, is there someone in the ground under this tombstone or is it just for looks?

  • The Risk of ‘Everything Happens For A Reason’

    The Risk of ‘Everything Happens For A Reason’

    I don’t think everything happens for a reason. On one hand this helps me a lot. It means I feel like I have a say in the way my life goes and the consequences of my actions are directly related to what I do and how I do them, which means that I have buy into my life. However, the biggest drawback of this thought process is the same as its strength — when something doesn’t go the way you hoped…

  • The Insignificance of the Individual

    The Insignificance of the Individual

    It’s difficult in our world to remember our insignificance. Our lives are designed with the individual in mind. We are reminded we’re special and unique every day and the belief that we were created for a specific purpose and that this Earth and everything we have was endowed to us by a creator. But when we sit to think about our significance in relation to our species…

  • What is Perspective Chasers?

    What is Perspective Chasers?

    At 18 years old, a close friend of mine passed away, and for years after I was plagued with a nagging fear of death. I wanted more than anything to no longer be afraid, so I scoured the world and humanity for answers. One day, I found myself alone…