On Fear And Bravery (Meaningful Action)

“Did you know that people get nervous before they do something brave?”—My Daughter Fear does not really go away. It is part of our nature. It exists to warn us of risk. It exists to tell us that we are in danger. We experience fear when there is a threat to our physical, psychological, or…

On Mitigating Risk

No good argument can be made for taking risk unnecessarily when the same or better outcome can be had by mitigating risk instead. Risk, alone, is of no real value. In fact, unnecessary risk is detrimental to our survival, progress, and success. Proper research, planning, and preparation will guarantee us the outcomes we want far…

Facing The Fears Facing Us

If we do not find them first, our fears and insecurities will find us. We cannot ignore them, avoid them, or deny them forever. The harder we try to hide them or hide from them, the stronger they become. They are empowered by the darkness. To reject them is to reject a part of ourselves….

Honoring Support

Sometimes all we need is the knowledge that someone else is willing to help us in order to gather the strength with which to help ourselves. It is important to know that we are not alone, that we have support, and that we have something or someone to fall back on if and when we…

Turn Toward Trouble (A Jiu-Jitsu Lesson)

Our only hope for overcoming our troubles is to turn toward them. One of the most valuable lessons we learn, as we practice jiu-jitsu, is that our troubles do not go away when we turn our backs on them. In fact, the more we train, the more we discover that, by turning away from our…