Crooked Path

Crooked Paths

Not all paths worthy of exploration in life are straight.  At the recommendation of a friend, I recently read a book entitled Fearless, by Eric Blehm, about an ex-Navy SEAL named Adam Brown and his unlikely journey to American heroism.  Adam was killed in Afghanistan on March 17, 2010 in a raid known as Operation […]

Flexible Tree is Like Life

Handling Change in a World that is Ever-Changing

By my very nature, I am about as rigid as they come.  I don’t like change.  I resist it.  I’ve fought against it tooth-and-nail. I’ve thrown impressive child-like tantrums.  I’ve made irrational arguments to avoid it.  I’ve sworn like a sailor (or Marine) in response to it.  I’ve given myself headaches because of it.  At […]

Container, Construct, Community, Conversation

Four C’s to Unlock Authentic Dialog

In my life, I rarely have conversations beneath the surface-level with anyone other than my wife.  Sure…I have friends, family, coworkers, etc. that I interact with on a daily basis.  But rarely, if ever, do these interactions allow for any conversations beyond those of the “How’s the weather?” variety.   It seems normal until you step […]

David Clark at Peak Weight

Addiction & Recovery with David Clark

If you’re anything like me, you love a good turn-around story.  There’s something motivating about a person that can overcome adversity, bad circumstances, poor choices, etc. to turn their life around and find salvation and meaning in this world.  Perhaps “motivating” isn’t the best word, at least in my case, to explain what I like […]

Diversity of Experience

Subconscious Judgment May Betray Surface Belief

Not too long ago I found myself sitting in a clean-but-worn, grey plastic seat on Chicago’s commuter rail train, the Metra, while traveling for work.  Full disclosure…I’m not super-comfortable with public transportation as I didn’t grow up around it and I don’t live in an area complex or populous enough to warrant mass transit solutions.  […]

Life Balance

Is Life Balance Overblown? 80’s Movies Might Just Hold the Key

I’ve been thinking a lot about the concept of “balance” as it relates to juggling activities and obligations in life…and it occurs to me that I might be thinking about it too simplistically.  Quite frequently, when the term balance is affirmatively referenced in today’s magazines and online media outlets, it seems to imply that, at […]

Tolerating Discomfort

Suck It Up Buttercup! A Note to My Children on Tolerating Discomfort

A note to my children on the concept of endurance and tolerance… “It is ‘ok’ to feel discomfort in life”.  I know it’s difficult to ride around in an air-conditioned SUV and sit with the feeling of being thirsty…after all, it’s been all of 30 minutes since your last Vitamin Water.   But you will survive.   […]

Man Focusing His Energy

Harness Your Focus for Hyper Results

  It seems to me that life has upped the stakes as of late.  It has me on my heels and its attempting, with all weapons at its disposal, to impose its will on me.  And…I-DON’T-LIKE-IT.  “Life” is an experience much better spent on the offensive.  Yes, there is a time and place to subvert […]