Breaking the Chain

If you read any self-improvement, time management. or productivity literature in recent years you’re likely to come across the Jerry Seinfeld story. I was thinking about it just yesterday, and lo and behold, it pops up in The Daily Stoic as today’s entry. Once again it seems that the universe is trying to tell me […]

The One Skill I Would Wish Upon The World

If I could wish upon the world one skill, I know exactly what that skill would be.

Getting Search Terms at the Hardware Store

Sometimes I go to the hardware store looking for nothing but ideas. Sometimes what I walk away with is nothing more than a search term.

Writing Things Down and Accidentally Reaching Goals

Five years ago I wrote down some five-year goals, and then set them aside. The results surprised me.

What Is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is nothing new. In fact, my parents were exhorting me to be more mindful long ago. I’ll bet yours were too.

Adjusting the Bar

My daily writing habit has become somewhat less than daily. I think it’s time to adjust the bar.

It’s Not 1984, And Yet…

I recently completed a re-read of the book 1984 by George Orwell. I was simultaneously encouraged and a little bit depressed

My Path is Different Than Your Path

An imagined response to an imagined comment….

Starting Is The Hardest Part

I get a lot done, I really do. Yet it’s also frustrating how much more I could do if I would just … start.

Travel Ease

I went on a trip, recently, and found myself at the airport – and then in the air – feeling particularly grateful for all the things that got me there.

Do The Work

Calls to action are great as far as they go. But do the work to confirm they’re actually accurate before acting or passing them along.

Finding Comfort In People

Low level anxiety over current events has produced an odd side-effect: a desire to be around people.

Kindness & Good News

As always, positivity is buried beneath the news of the day – and yet it’s needed now more than ever.

When is a Lie Not a Lie?

“I do not think it means what you think it means.”

My Day as a Race Car Driver

I’d gotten a new car and I wanted to explore some of its limits, as well as my own. I also wanted to do so in ways that are frowned upon when driving city streets. The result was a day at the ProFormance Racing School. No, it wasn’t about racing, per se. It was more about […]

Re-living and Pre-living

One of the things that mindfulness (to use the currently popular term) focuses on is what’s happening now. It’s really nothing more than another way to say “pay attention!” – to yourself, to the world around you, to what you’re thinking and feeling right now. “In the moment”, as they say. Some time ago I […]

Anger: What’s The Point?

I’ve never really understood the point of anger in otherwise rational people.

Dealing With Persistent Malaise

When it comes to the state of the world, to the state of politics, to the state of our leadership, I’m lost, I’m frustrated, I’m stuck, I’m a little afraid, and I don’t know what to do about it.

Now What?

Yesterday’s Women’s March left me with a question.

The Voice Recorder I Want

I love my mobile phone, but there’s an important task that I can’t use it for, so I’m stuck carrying a second device with me.