Gold or Platinum?

We have committed the Golden Rule to memory; let us now commit it to life. – Edwin Markham We all know what the Golden Rule asks of us: do unto others as we have them do unto us. It’s (pretty) good advice. But there’s something better. The Platinum Rule: do unto others as they would want …

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The Charming Gardners

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. – Marcel Proust Who reminds you of your the happiness within you? Notice I took slight issue with Proust’s words and didn’t say “makes us happy?” To really believe that is to give away your …

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Be. Grateful.

He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has. – Epictetus One of the most powerful things I’ve ever done is start, and continue – no matter what – a gratitude practice. Every day I write down five things I’m grateful for. …

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Complete Your Incompletes

Whatever is incomplete in your life is a drain on your energy. Incompletes are open cognitive loops that demand constant mental energy (whether conscious or not). I am not suggesting that you’ll never has incomplete things in your life. You will. But it matters what “form” they’re in. I recently realized that there are three …

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Weeding the Garden of Character

Character is like a garden. It matters what you plant and how you care for it. You must also regularly weed your “garden,” being mindful of non-resourceful habits (little or big) compromises and your standards. If you let these things slip (i.e. you don’t weed your character garden), your character, and life, will suffer. It also …

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