What Really Limits Us

“The limits of my language means the limits of my world.” – Ludwig Wittgenstein The idea that our language creates our world (each of our worlds… ) is very compelling for me. I have long said that humans are meaning-seeking and meaning-creating creatures. We must not only understand our world, but make sense of it, …

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The Power of Sleep

“It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.” – John Steinbeck I know a thing or two about computers and I laugh (a bit, inside… ) when people chafe at the magic of the computer reboot. They howl (not …

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How To Move Forward With Ease

“If you are working on something exciting that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed. The vision pulls you.” – Steve Jobs In a way, what Steve is talking about is whether one is on authentically chosen path, and is part of something larger than one’s self – or something else. The “something …

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What Kind of Farm Is Your Life?

I recently read a powerful story, recounted by Earl Nightingale, about a preacher traveling the countryside and a beautiful farm: There’s a classic old story about a conversation between a farmer and a preacher. The story goes that the preacher was driving down a country road when he  came upon the most beautiful farm he’d …

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The Secret to Contentment

“Contentment comes not so much from great wealth as from few wants.” – Epictetus I’ve heard this put another way: happiness is not getting getting what you want, but wanting what you get. Your thoughts… ?

The Nasty Middle

There’s a place between not taking consistent action on a goal and being unable or unwilling to release said goal. I call this place the Nasty Middle. If I can get real with you for a minute I find myself in the “nasty middle” on something. My weight. I say I want to weigh less… that …

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What Kind of -Dependent Are You?

There are, broadly speaking, three kinds of “dependent:” co-, in- and inter-. One is clearly undesirable, another is sometimes okay and a third (understood properly) is clearly superior. Which do you think is which? I’ll take them in order. Co-dependent: being co-dependent means you not only are not divorced from your personal power, but your …

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