John’s Books

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  • Narcissus Blinked
  • The 4 Spheres of Intentional Living
  • The Book Club Widowers

Another one of my core values is learning as much as I can across disciplines, cultures, and geographies. And one of the chief ways I do that is through reading. I've read hundreds of books across my lifetime, spanning fiction and non-fiction, and have given away...

One of my core values is striving to take good care of people and resources that are entrusted to me. I can think of many examples falling within both of these categories, but today I'm reflecting on the customers I work with in a career...

One of my core values is being kind and loving to people first and foremost, before any other agenda. When I'm at my best (and not saddled by some kind of fear, which may very well be the poisonous root at the bottom of every...

One of my core values is becoming more self-aware and joyful through ongoing mindfulness practices, In a wonderful book called Search Inside Yourself, Chade-Meng Tan offers the "Siberian North Railroad," or "SBNRR," approach as a way to respond to emotional triggers (i.e., people or situations...

One of my core values is striving for physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual health. "Physical" health is an interesting challenge for me these days, as I near a milestone birthday and find various parts of the machine known as my body beginning to show some...

I'm back in the routine of taking early morning walks. They're not very long, but they don't need to be. They're usually technology-free; just me, walking outside and looking around and trying to practice mindfulness activities such as focusing on my breathing and paying attention...

I was driving my daughter to Nashville yesterday when that familiar Beatles' song "Fixing a Hole" came on the radio: "I'm fixing a hole where the rain gets in/And stops my mind from wandering/Where it will go...

Zappos founder Tony Hsieh has a cool approach toward creating a work culture of sustainable happiness. His approach examines three forms of happiness: 1. Pleasure 2. Passion, or "flow" 3. Higher purpose, or values Hsieh advises that pleasure is the rarest form of happiness, and should be acknowledged and...

Another mass shooting in America. Dozens of futures ripped away; hundreds of survivors who will deal with the emotional and physical recovery for the rest of their lives. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of friends and family members grieving in disbelief. And millions and millions more Americans...

I am the prototypical white, privileged, straight male. I was raised in a middle class home, and though my parents were far from wealthy I was sent to college and they paid for all of it. I moved into the professional work force, and eventually...