Input Overload vs. Clarity

One of my top strengths is also one of my core weaknesses. I’ll elaborate in a moment, but consider whether this statement is generally true for you as well, whatever your strengths happen to be. The personal strength I’m referring to is labeled as “Input” by the popular CliftonStrengths assessment, but I was cultivating this […]


Learning the Enneagram

During the past few months I’ve devoured several books on the Enneagram, an ancient spiritual road map that helps a person grow lighter and gain clarity once they’ve owned their lingering darkness and confusion. As I’ve read, I’ve captured dozens of pages of insights in my journals, often diagramming how the different Enneagram concepts tie […]



Last night, while enjoying a neighborhood walk in cooler temperatures  with my wife, I focused my attention on the numerous fireflies (aka, “lightning bugs”) that were accompanying us. And I realized how little I’ve reflected on these fascinating creatures despite seeing them summer after summer for decades. After getting home I did a Google search […]

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We’re All Going to Die. However…

…that’s the only “bad news,” if you must categorize it as such. The “good news” is that, if you’re reading this, you’re still breathing and possess the opportunity to choose how you’d like the world to be better off because you lived. I recently completed this choosing exercise after devouring this popular book in less […]


A Better Alternative to 2019 Resolutions

As you ponder your obligatory 2019 “New Year Resolutions,” consider a helpful alternative from Tim Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Work Week. In his latest newsletter, Ferriss advises readers to  embrace a “past year review,” or “PYR,” instead, which he asserts is “more informed, valuable, and actionable than half-blindly looking forward with broad resolutions.” Here’s […]


8 Mindfulness Tips for Everyday Life

Mindfulness, popularly defined as “paying attention on purpose,” can be practiced in solitude or during interactions with others. Mindfulness at home or with friends can infuse more calm, empathy, and tenderness into our most important relationships. And if you’re like everyone else, you could use a little less stress! Here are eight mindfulness practices to […]


9 Mindfulness Tips for The Workplace

9 Mindfulness Tips for The Workplace During your commute to and from work, notice the cars, architecture, natural beauty, and other elements that surround you, as well as the emotions you’re experiencing in your body. When you feel stressed or anxious during a meeting or in anticipation of a meeting, presentation, or conversation, focus on […]

Kindness, Health, and Curiosity

As I hit a “milestone” birthday this weekend, I find myself grateful for the journey so far and excited about the possibilities going forward. There’s a lot of things I would do differently if I could regarding people, circumstances, and key choices. But I’ve learned and grown from every outcome, every disappointment, every ounce of […]

Catch a Mindful Train

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 that make us really angry, frustrated, scared, or stressed) in […]

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