Running to safety

Acceptance precedes change, the self-help books proclaim. One can’t advance unless they agree with their current state. Similarly, uncertainty boils with anticipation. The only way to calm the nerves is to take action that scratches the itch. Doing instead of wondering is a litmus test for hope. Both acceptance and initiative can make us feel […]

Ready, rock steady

The more you work the more you make, at least it appears that way. But Søren Kierkegaard thought wiser: “Of all ridiculous things the most ridiculous seems to me, to be busy — to be a man who is brisk about his food and his work.” Søren Kierkegaard Henry Miller also disdained overworking: “I’ve found […]

Why silence is golden

“Silence is a great canvass for your thoughts,” entrepreneur and musician/author Derek Sivers proclaimed. He’s right. But to understand why, we need to go deeper. Serenity now  We live in a world of external distractions, more annoying than the incessant ringing of our phones. According to a 2013 study, children who grow up near airports […]

Derek Sivers on disconnecting

“If you asked people in 1989 what they needed to make their life better, it was unlikely that they would have said a decentralized network of information nodes that are linked using hypertext.” Here we are — addicted to this thing called the Internet. According to CNN, info fatigue is killing us. Why do we […]

Creatures of habit

Some of this may sound familiar: Waking up at 6:30 every morning Wearing the attire laid out the night before Repeating the same motivational mantras in front of the bathroom mirror every morning The benefits of establishing diurnal habits is the pre-planned automation that puts the body in motion before your mind. As a result, […]

More Reflection, Less Action

Instead, we too often view the opposite of “doing” as “not doing,” and then demonize inaction. In fact, good judgment grows out of reflection, and reflection requires the sort of quiet time that gets crowded out by the next demand. Don’t mistake inactivity for laziness, for doing nothing could also be deep thinking, or sleeping […]