A Problem’s Opportunity

When faced with a problem, or multiple problems at once, It is important to always look for the upside. This may seem cliché, but that does not make it any less true. It is easier to find solutions when we are focused on what is possible, not what is impossible. The solution to our problem…

Solutions From Frustration

We may be frustrated at the circumstances we find ourselves in, but anger does not lead to solutions. Frustration is a natural response to hindered progress, growth, and forward momentum. When we find ourselves slowed down, stopped, or even set back, it is quite easy to feel frustrated. The more effort, planning, and preparation we…

On Non-Resistance (A Jiu-Jitsu Lesson)

Long-lasting solutions begin with empathy, not animosity. If we want to make a change in our lives, we will inevitably come up against resistance. Instead of perceiving this resistance as a negative thing, we should embrace it for the lessons it offers. Resistance forces us to know ourselves, our desires, our capabilities, and to adjust…

Detachment From Desire (On Problem Solving)

Attachment to a desired outcome blinds us to the actual problem in front of us and, therefore, also to its solution. In order to approach a problem objectively, intelligently, and decisively, we must first step back from it so that we can see it clearly, without the distractions of emotion or opinion. We must look…

Look For The Light (And Create It Where It Does Not Exist)

The artist sees the light where there may otherwise be none and, when there is no light to see, they create it. One of the reasons that the arts are so important for our children is because, in difficult times, the people we turn to and count on to lead us through are not those…