Climbing, swinging, sitting, eating, socializing, playing, and living in trees isn’t just second nature to monkeys. It IS nature. It’s their way of being. But … “Even monkeys fall from trees”. – Japanese Proverb Humans fall from “trees” too. We slip, stumble, and fall literally and metaphorically. Sometimes, someone else pushes us out of the … Continue reading Even Monkeys Fall from Trees
We texted them this morning and they haven’t gotten back to us. The non-response leaves a huge gap. So, our mind begins to construct a story to fill it in and that story is the worst possible and/or outlandish scenario our creative mind can manifest. It could be anything from a car accident to a … Continue reading Why Do We Do This to Ourselves?
“She’s a witch! We got a witch!” The crowd yelled as they brought her forward. One of the most famous and shared scenes from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. “How do you know she’s a witch?” “She looks like one.” A bit more discussion and the crowd rallies, “Burn her, burn her!” The scene … Continue reading Scarier than the Witch, is the Crowd Rallying to Burn Her
We love to arrive at grand conclusions with very limited information. We’re great at making assumptions and we think we’re pretty damn smart. And we’ll tell ourselves (and others) that our intuition is amazing! Mmm ... assumptions and intuition are very different things. Intuition is a gut feeling, but doesn’t come from the gut. It … Continue reading How Mindfulness Can Lead to False Assumptions
“So Rob, tell me; are you a God-fearing man?” Almost twenty years ago in Nashville, I was having lunch with a small business group. There were about eight of us. When our salads came, I began to eat it while conversing with the group. As their salads came, they waited for everyone to get theirs … Continue reading The Threat of Heaven and the Promise of Hell