Opening to the Lessons That Obstacles Have to Teach

Everything happens for a reason.  Everything happens randomly.  Can both views be correct?  And if both views can be correct, is there a compelling reason to unite the downstream perceptions of both in order to persist and persevere over obstacles in your life?  Regardless of your view, there can be little doubt that what is…is […]

Cognitive Bias bay be impacting your decisions

Betrayed by Your Brain…Thoughts on Cognitive Biases

Have you ever recalled a memory of something so clearly, that you would bet your life on the accuracy of that memory…only to find out that you were wrong?  Or had an argument with someone in which you both remembered the exact conversation in two different ways?  Perhaps the forces of cognitive bias are at […]

Finding Flo. Wait…I meant “Flow”

Well “kiss my grits”!  Today I thought we’d talk a little bit about the concept of “flow” and how it might be useful to pay attention to activities in your life that put you in states of flow.  BTW, in case you missed it, that was indeed a Mel’s Diner reference.  For those younger folks […]

Losing Myself at The Expense of My Happiness

I’m an introvert by nature.  When I was a boy, I was sensitive and my body didn’t develop as quickly as some of the other boys.  I was shy and awkward in social situations…the thought of dancing in front of other people mortified me.  If people were mean or yelled at me I would tear […]

Set It, And Forget It! (Habits that Is…not chicken)

For my money, any post that starts with a reference to Ronco, Ron Popeil, or Rotisserie Chicken can stop right there…enough value has already been provided to the reader.  But for a limited time only, I’ll double your value and throw in a free collection of words…that’s a $19.95 value for the bargain-basement price of […]

“Normal”…With Minimalistic Tendencies

Ever feel like you’re drowning in a sea of obligations and material possessions? I know I do. With a full-blown, three-alarm, hot-mess of a life that is fully outfitted with a career, wife, kids, friends, parents, etc., it frequently feels like there is no time to focus, or gain perspective on, the important things in […]

Serendipity…Am I This Tree???

Some people say that everything happens for a reason…that the universe provides all the answers that you need if you just pay attention and take notice of the signs around you. I believe the word is “Serendipity”, defined formally as follows: ser·en·dip·i·ty serənˈdipədē/ Noun The occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy […]

The Clock is Ticking. Do You Care?

Lately, I’ve felt a little like the candle is burning on both ends of my life. Time is a very precious commodity and I rarely feel like I am optimizing it in the best possible manner. I listened to a podcast the other day in which Tim Ferris was interviewing Kevin Kelly, founder of Wired […]

Queue Henry Rollins…YOU’RE UP!

After my Friday-night digressions into the world of Sia, I am fired up to be writing a little about Henry Rollins this morning. For those that don’t know who Henry Rollins is, he was the lead singer of the 80’s iconic punk rock band Black Flag and, thereafter, The Rollins Band. Henry brought an intensity […]