For Joy

It is okay to enjoy something purely for the sake of itself. There is a lot in this life that we must do. There is a lot that requires us to be practical, efficient, frugal, prudent, and disciplined. Not everything we do has to have some underlying reason, purpose, or motive, however. Some things we…

You Are Doing Too Much

“It’s not what you aren’t doing, but what you are doing that’s wrong.” —Joe Sheya One of the criticisms I heard most often from my first martial art teacher was that I was doing too much. I was complicating the techniques that, in his mind, were actually quite simple, by doing a lot of unnecessary…

Efficient to What End?

Efficiency is important, but only if they brings us closer to what truly matters. We live in a day and age where a lot of value is placed on maximizing efficiency. We are constantly hustling to get more done in less time and we want everything in our lives to be newer, better, and faster….

Presence and Participation

Time is infinite, but ours is not. Time is not on our side. It is either dragging us through life or we are pushing back against it, but it does not stop. It does not slow down. It does not wait for us to be ready. We can not make more time. We can not…

Prioritizing for Efficacy

If everything is important, nothing is important. When we combine the needs and wants of others with the things that we need or want to get done for ourselves, we quickly begin to realize that there is not enough time to accomplish everything or to satisfy every demand. One of the easiest ways to guarantee…