Thriving in the Face of Happiness and Dissatisfaction

My son is in the Physics program at Auburn and he just went through a series of tests that were pretty intense.  There’s a lot riding on the outcome.  He didn’t do as well as he wanted, but it was good enough.  The months leading up to these tests weren’t easy; lots of stress and … Continue reading Thriving in the Face of Happiness and Dissatisfaction

If You Drop Twelve Donuts in a Forest and No One Hears About it, Do They Add Up to a Dozen?

You stop for a coffee in the morning, grab some lunch, download a ring-tone, and maybe rent a movie later … that all adds up.  Five dollars here, twelve there, another couple bucks … It adds up. But … then I heard Gary Gulman say this once in one of his standup shows and while … Continue reading If You Drop Twelve Donuts in a Forest and No One Hears About it, Do They Add Up to a Dozen?

Connection and the Universal Human

We inhale oxygen and release carbon dioxide, while trees take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen.  We are not in the universe; we are the universe and it is us.  Everything this universe is made up of, came from a singular, tiny point.  No matter how far it expands, there’s nothing more and nothing less.  … Continue reading Connection and the Universal Human

When an Old Man Dies, a Library is Burned With Him

An old proverb.  I think it comes from Africa: “When an old man dies, a library is burned with him.” London, December 2019: We were very tired.  Long flight, no sleep, and hungry.  On the train, luggage in tow, we were looking up at the map to find the station near our hotel.  Noticing our … Continue reading When an Old Man Dies, a Library is Burned With Him

Telling and Yelling isn’t Reaching and Teaching

Motivation pushes us, but most often, that push has a short-term effect.  Many years ago, I went to a motivational seminar with a colleague.  It was huge venue with music, a light show, lots of energy, and a speaker who was challenging me to ‘Step Up’!  Yeah, baby!  But, as I was driving home, I … Continue reading Telling and Yelling isn’t Reaching and Teaching