Managing Our Attention

If we want to accomplish anything worthwhile, we have to start by managing our attention. It will not manage itself. Left to its own devices, our attention will drift, wander, and try to pull us away from that which matters most. It will do whatever it can to avoid that which is difficult for the…

The Two Sides Of Vulnerability

In order for us to experience the best that life has to offer, we will also be vulnerable to the worst. Vulnerability is a two-edged sword. On one side, vulnerability makes it possible for us to feel and experience everything, to let it in, and to allow it to affect us, shape us, and change…

Mistakes After Mistakes

It is important to not be so vexed by another person’s behavior that we find ourselves mimicking it in response. We are all susceptible to having our feelings hurt, especially when we feel slighted, embarrassed, or taken advantage of. This is only natural. We are emotional creatures. But, it is what we do with these…

On Friction For Growth

Two of our greatest teachers are failure and criticism, and improvement requires that we be open to both. None of us is truly objective with regards to ourselves. We cannot see everything about who we are, how we behave, and what affect we have on the world around us. This is especially true when things…

The Shared Burden Of Abundance

We are not empty vessels that need to be filled by some external resource before we are able to help others. Our capacity to help others is not extrinsic. It does not come from what we attain, possess, or are given. It is intrinsic. It is part of who we are. It is part of…