The Guarantee of a Practical Life

If you want certainty, do not choose to live a creative life. If you want certainty, choose instead a life of practicality. If we choose a creative life, we do not know what the future will hold. We do not know if things will work out. We do not know if we will earn a…

Sacrificing That Which Matters Not (Is No Sacrifice)

“If you’re pursuing something crazy, you have to say ‘no’ to so many opportunities to go out, to meet people, to have fun, to earn money, to do frivolous things, but in the end it’s worth it because you will then be able to do all of that stuff and you will be living a…

Not Who You Are, But Who You Can Be

The goal is not to find someone with whom you can be yourself, but with whom you are better than you were alone. Too much time and energy is spent trying to establish and fortify our identity, the self that we present to the world and that we want the world to embrace, respect, and…

Do We See Each Other?

“Daddy, look at me. Look at this. Look at what I am doing. Look at what I did. Look at what I made. Look at what I made for you.” We ask our children to sit still, to be quiet, to focus, to listen, and to pay attention. We expect them to be mindful of…

What Is Your Story?

“There’s no such thing as a mistake. A mistake is an opportunity to do something else.” —Ralph Steadman The way we experience our life, the things we do, and the things that happen to us or around us, is quite often a matter of the story that we tell ourselves about these occurrences. In our…