Silence and Integrity

We do not have to be rude to be authentic. If we have any kind of point of view, lots of people will say and do things that are in conflict with our opinions and beliefs. That is simply part of life. If we feel the need to react to every incidence of disagreement with…

The Lens of Past Pain

The past is important for the lessons it teaches us, but, when we look at the present through the past’s lens alone, we rob ourselves of the opportunity to experience the future in a new way. It is easy to look at what is happening to us and around us as a new iteration of…

The Potential of the Present

Nostalgia is a lie we tell ourselves about how great things once were, to excuse us from making things better than they are. We cannot relive the past because the people, places, and experiences we remember no longer exist in the way that we remember them and can never exist in that way again. Of…

Irrational Inhumanity

We think we know what scary things exist in this world, but for most of us, thankfully, this is simply theory. Often, we separate ourselves from the bad in the world and think of morality in terms of a rational choice made between right and wrong, wherein those who do wrong have simply made a…

Want Adapts to Need

Be the person you need to be and the person you want to be will adapt. It would be nice if we could all just ‘be ourselves’ without consequences, if everybody liked, loved, and respected us no matter how we behaved. Unfortunately, the people who count on us, those we serve, need us to show…