On Comfort And Struggle

Do not envy others for their comfort. Envy does not bring us closer to what we want to have or achieve, where we want to go, or who we want to be. It is nothing more than a distraction. Our focus should be on what we can do, what we can change, and on how…

Beyond A Pragmatic Existence

Pragmatism, along with its attributes necessity, efficiency, frugality, and prudence, is a useful tool, especially with regards to necessity, but it is not an end in itself. The goal of pragmatism is not merely to be more pragmatic. It is a starting point. It helps us to survive and, if used wisely, to thrive. Pragmatism’s…

Experiencing Wealth

“I’ve always seen a vehicle as nothing more than a way to get from point A to point B.”—My Grandfather Many of us never stop to really question why we want the things we think that we want. We do not ask why we are chasing after a nicer car, a bigger house, or a…

The Convergence Of Growth And Service

We must be careful not to grow beyond our ability to connect with those we aim to serve. Paraphrasing the great Bob Dylan, whether in our personal, occupational, or spiritual lives, we all have to serve somebody. We also need to work on ourselves and work towards our goals because, referencing Dylan again, if we…

Do The Positive Opposite

What if we just focused on doing the positive opposite of the things that bother us? As we move through our lives, it is easy to get caught up in negativity. It is easy to find ourselves focusing on the situations, circumstances, behaviors, and people that we do not like. If the things that bother…