This is the trickiest lesson I’ve yet to learn. Grit. Determination. Discipline. Stick-to-it-iveness. People seem to want to invent new words to say the same things, but I got the message a long time ago. Sometimes overcoming obstacles or achieving anything requires a stubborn commitment to never giving up. But I wish I could find […]Continue reading "Knowing when to quit"
A quick Amazon book search yields over 60,000 results for “time management”. There’s been an annoying trend in personal development books for quite some time now: Well known CEOs of huge corporations writing about success principles. I’m annoyed by it because many of them speak in nebulous terms in order to sound intelligent and important […]Continue reading "A Couple Of Resources More Precious Than Time"
Misery loves company. These days, misery seems to be a virtue. Anti-social media has become a contest of sorts to see who can share the most disturbing or controversial news. The more complaining about how terrible everything is, the more we can relate, and the more we show we care. For some, 2020 was an […]Continue reading "2020- A Very Good Year?"
(I began writing this article in late December. I had no idea that the censorship debate would be thrust into the flames before this would go live. This article was intended to be a warning, and before I had a chance to publish it, we were all witnesses to the very abuses that I attempted […]Continue reading "Do you value free speech? Here’s How We Protect It."
The world is a busy place. Thanks to current technology, we have it all in the palm of our hand. I could wax on about the dangers of social media, but you’ve heard it all before. Even the call to shut out the noise is getting noisy. I’ll go ahead and date myself. I remember […]Continue reading "Don’t Let Life Distract You From Living"
Habits, as a means to personal development, have been written about for centuries. “Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly.” Aristotle* (384-322 BC) “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is […]Continue reading "Keystone Practice"
That’s the most click-bait sounding title I’ve ever come up with. But it’s not a bait-and-switch. The whole idea of this article really is summed up in the title. So, what am I doing now that is such an improvement? This. Let me explain. Earlier this summer, Tali and I were working in the woods. […]Continue reading "I’m Doing THIS Now, and I’m Better For It!"
I’m very new to Taoist and Buddhist philosophies. Growing up in the West (and particularly the Wild West of Eastern Oregon small towns) I was under the impression that Eastern Philosophies were all about the woo-woo spiritualism. Ironically, I’m finding the principles contained in Eastern “religions” to be far more philosophically practical than most Americanized […]Continue reading "Effortless Progress"
Our livelihood has been tied to our identity for a long time. Surnames such as Baker, Smith, Cooper, Cook… literally come from the label given to some ancestor who was in fact, a baker, a smith, a cooper, a cook. The question, “what do you want to be when you grow up?” might as well […]Continue reading "Identity Crisis for The Renesaince Man"
They keep pulling me back in. Like crabs in a pot, all struggling to get on top, pulling each other down, making escape impossible. Well…improbable. We’re told that you can’t run away from problems. We’re told to work with what you’ve got. We’re told that avoidance is a dysfunction; a syndrome. I’m not going to […]Continue reading "Withdrawl"