The Brightest Cloud

“When the sun hides, it hides behind the brightest cloud.”—My Daughter Some days, it is difficult to see beyond the ugliness and the darkness in this world. Conflict, fear, anger, and pain are right in our faces with no obvious solution or hope of relief on the horizon. On days like these, it can be…

A Change Of Heart

A lot of time is spent trying to change each other’s minds when what we really need is a change of heart. Modern technology gives us the ability to exchange ideas, opinions, and beliefs with almost anyone in the world in an instant. While we may hope that this free exchange of information would give…

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…

Live A Life In Opposition To Regret

Figure out what the one thing is that, if you do not do it, you will forever regret it, start moving in the direction of that thing, and never stop. Regret tells us more about who we want to be than passion does. Passion comes and goes, it changes focus, and, ideally, it evolves as…

Curiosity Over Contempt Or Concession

The opposite of contempt is not concession, but curiosity. When we disagree with someone, whether a family member, friend, or stranger, it is not necessary that we do so with negativity attached to it. It is quite possible to disagree with others, even passionately, while maintaining our own integrity and not allowing ourselves to slip…