Difficult Truths

We are not equipped to process difficult truths quickly. Difficult truths take time to understand, to accept, and to digest, sometimes even a lifetime. These truths take even longer before we can transform them into usable information that adds value to our lives, our relationships, and our communities. We have built in resistors. As a…

The Duration Factor (On Stress And Pain)

Simply because we get used to something does not mean it is good for us. Humans are amazingly resilient and adaptable creatures with a great capacity to work through stress and pain as long as we feel like we are making progress because of it. This survival mechanism can be extremely useful when we need…

Science And Medicine Are Slow-Moving Processes

One thought I have had during all of this is that our information age has damaged science and medicine in a way most do not consider. It has forced scientists and doctors to be experts in real time, but that is not how science or medicine really work. They work slowly. In the past, the…

Patience And Persistence (A Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Lesson)

Be unphased while defending and unrelenting while attacking. If we are open and receptive to them, many of the skills and lessons learned from Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) transfer over into our lives off the mats. Through rolling (BJJ sparring), we learn over time how to be unphased when we are on the defensive and how…

Breathe And Prioritize

Slow down. Take a deep breath. Prioritize. Follow through. Repeat. Busy is not the same as productive. Doing a lot of activities does not mean that we are actually accomplishing anything worthwhile. It is far better to do less, better than it is to do more, poorly. Priorities, by definition, should be limited in number….