Community and Connection

One question that has no season, that is appropriate in any situation, and that it is never too early or late to ask is: How can I be helpful? We may perceive ourselves as independent, but the reality is that, whether times are good, bad, or indifferent, we are really all in this together. At…

Support Requires Sharing

Even with the best ideas and the passion to back them up, we will make very little progress without support from others. None of us gets very far alone. We need others in order to do our best work. We do not necessarily need them for the work itself, but we need them to witness…

Self-Care is Anti-Selfish

Taking care of ourselves is not the same as only caring about ourselves. By starting every day doing something for ourselves, creating something from within ourselves, we can give freely of ourselves for the remainder of the day without regret. Approaching our day like this, front-loading it with time to meditate, time to move, and…

A Community of Accountability

If the people we surround ourselves with always agree with us and compliment us, we are associating with the wrong people. We all lack perspective when it comes to our own shortcomings. This is part of the reason that we long for a sense of community in our lives when it is lacking. An integral…

Ignorance and Bliss in Isolation (Courage Needs Company)

“Sin is a failure to bother to love.” — James F. Keenan, S.J. On the same day that a family member of mine came out, telling the world that he is gay, I happened to re-listen to Tim Ferriss’s interview with Samin Nosrat, author of the book Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat. Nosrat is an intelligent,…