Offering Is An Act of Courage

“The opposite of scarcity is not abundance; the opposite of scarcity is simply enough. Empathy is not finite, and compassion is not a pizza with eight slices. When you practice empathy and compassion with someone, there is not less of these qualities to go around. There’s more. Love is the last thing we need to…

Transcending False Confidence

“There is no courage without vulnerability.” —Brené Brown We have all seen people who carry themselves with what looks like confidence, but something is a little bit off about it. Something is not quite right. Instead of being quiet and self-assured, like true confidence should be, it is loud, brash, and ostentatious, as if it…

Humility Beyond Self

Humility is not the abdication of self, but rather the transcendence of self. Humility is being true to who we are and manifesting that truth in a way that fits into the situation or circumstance within which we find ourselves. Humility is not being so full of ourselves that we take up all of the…

A Willow in a Snowstorm (Jujutsu and the Transcendence of Violence)

Does your jujutsu (jiu-jitsu) propagate violence or transcend it? The Japanese word jujutsu (柔術) is often thought to translate as ‘gentle art.’ Gentle implies a lack of force or lack of strength. Anyone who has ever done any form of jujutsu knows that there is nothing gentle about being thrown, pinned, joint-locked, or choked. In…

Remembering Who You Will Be Tomorrow

It is easier to know where you want to go when you know where you are from. Certain people are energized by going out, being around people, and experiencing new things. I have never really been one of those types of people. While I enjoy the company of certain people and like having done new…