The Lessons Of Youth

One of the most powerful and long-lasting lessons of my childhood came from being required to do chores around the house before being allowed to go outside to play with my friends. As parents, we want the best for our children. We want them to be kind, decent, and successful. And, we want to provide…

Play More (To Be More Human)

“If we can play together, then we can live together.“—Cas Holman, ‘Abstract: The Art of Design’ As children, play is our primary learning mechanism, both as a solo and a group activity. Play is how we learn to move, to experiment, and to socialize. As we get older, many of us seem to forget the…

Checklist For A Full And Fulfilling Day

What can we do today to promote mental, physical, and emotional health and well-being for ourselves and those around us? With more time on our hands than usual lately, many of us are thinking about what an ideal, productive, and healthy day can and should look like. Here are some general guidelines, a checklist if…

Our Children Are Watching Us Do What Is Right (Or Wrong)

The best time to do what is right is before we are told to, but doing so after we are told to is a close second. The most important trait we can pass down to our children is a moral compass, the ability to know and do what is right even when peers, society at…

Moving Through Our Egos in Jiu-Jitsu

Life is expressed through motion and our jiu-jitsu should reflect that. In Brazilian jiu-jitsu, the best time to attack or sweep is when our opponent is moving to escape or pass and the best time to escape or pass is when our opponent is trying to attack or sweep. Movement creates opportunities. The goal of…