Fundamentals for the Soul

“There is a sushi chef in Japan who has made maybe the same forty cuts of sushi for seventy years and he’s still trying to get it right. There is a guy in Spain who does nothing but grill stuff and that’s where all of the chefs want to eat. Very straightforward, very soulful food…

A Creative Death is the Antidote for a Practical Life

New ideas are inherently impractical. We cannot change the world by doing what has already been done. Practicality is conforming to the status quo. It is not rocking the boat. It is following the well-worn path and not risking a detour that may lead to a dead end. It is low risk with low yield,…

Being Yourself in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

You can roll how you want to, as long as you are willing to live with the consequences. One of the things I love about Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) is the diversity of styles and personalities I have found on the mats over the years. Even when all of the people in the room have the…

Of Progress and Perfection

Strive for perfection, but settle for progress. Do not let yourself off the hook for your weaknesses and flaws, but do not be so hard on yourself when you fall off the path that it paralyzes you and prevents you from getting back on course. Be quick to admit your mistakes and adjust your bearing….

Universal Connection Through the Artist’s Eyes

You may not find what you are looking for, but, if you remain open, what you find may be more interesting. When I look at my daughter’s artwork, it often occurs to me that what I see is not what she intended to create. Like two people looking up at the clouds and describing what…