Never Waste a Calamity

Every calamity is a spur and a valuable hint. – Emerson Yes, I am riffing off the recent political meme in the post title. (“Never let a crisis go to waste.” (Attributed, I believe, to Rahm Emanuel).) That aside, Emerson’s words are an extremely valuable reminder. We ignore “failures” and “calamities” at our peril. Every …

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It Is *Always* Possible

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. – Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama) I could go in all sorts of directions with this one, but I want to focus on one that doesn’t occur to so many people. Be kind to yourself. Always. That doesn’t mean you rationalize or tell yourself …

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The Waste That Is Anger

For every minute you are angry, you lose 60 seconds of happiness. – Emerson This reminds me of something I like to remind myself of something (I believe) the Buddha said: “Anger is like swallowing poison expecting your enemy to die.” I like to view anger in such a (useful) way. Do you agree? After …

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It’s All About Choosing

To live is to choose. But to choose well, you must know who you are and what you stand for, where you want to go and why you want to get there. – Kofi Annan Tell me about the classes you took in school about developing an accurate and resourceful self-image, knowing your values and …

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Begin With Truth

Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable. – Peter F. Drucker There’s a little saying that I like to remind myself of: How You Do One Thing Is How You Do Everything. Many may disagree, but it’s very useful for me. It reminds me that when I slack off, or do a …

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The Waste of Worry

“If you have fear of some pain or suffering, you should examine whether there is anything you can do about it. If you can, there is no need to worry about it; if you cannot do anything, then there is also no need to worry.” – Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama) I …

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