Stillness

“Learning how to be still, to really be still and let life happen – that stillness becomes a radiance.” Morgan Freeman A son’s illness kept me home from work today.  A contractor working on the bathroom has kept me from trying to do anything around the house.  As a result, I found myself with a…

How Do You View Your Current Work Situation?

“If the point of work is to serve and exalt ourselves, then our work inevitably becomes less about the work and more about us. Our aggressiveness will eventually become abuse, our drive will become burnout, and our self-sufficiency will become self-loathing. But if the purpose of work is to serve and exalt beyond ourselves, then…

Is Passion or Purpose Most Important?

I recently read a piece by Sonita Lontoh titled “Passion, Hobby, or Purpose?”.   In the article, the writer explores the relationship between our careers and our hobbies, passions and purposes.  As one who has reflected on these various concepts a lot over the past few years, I have come to agree with Lonoth’s sentiment “in…

Learning From a “Classic”

A few months ago someone recommended that I read Dale Carnegie’s classic How to Win Friends and Influence People. In the past, I have always stayed away from this book because of the age (first published in 1936) and the title rubbed me the wrong way.  I envisioned that the book was geared toward the…

Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions

The holiday season has come to an end. You likely spent the last six weeks, or so, enjoying time with family and friends, going to parties and shopping.  Honestly, it feels good to get back into the ebb and flow of a regular work week.  With the clearing of the social calendar comes an opportunity…

A Season of Reflection

“Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection.” Winston Churchill “Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful.” Margaret J. Wheatley   A week from today is Christmas.  Accordingly, I finished up my final holiday gift purchases this morning.  It feels like…

What is the Measure of a Person?

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge.” MLK Jr.   I read the above quote for the first time the other day.  I tend to think of MLK quotes as being about personal inspiration but this quote…

Is it Better to Change One String at a Time?

I came across a discussion post this week that asked if it is better to change one string on a violin at a time or all of them at once. As one who has absolutely zero musical instrument experience, I had no opinion on the matter.  The reason for the discussion appeared to be concern…

The Nirvana Fallacy

This week I have been exploring the reality that there are rarely, if ever, perfect solutions to the complex problems we face in our personal and professional lives. Of course, the same is true for the political and social problems our society faces as a whole. This led me to explore the importance of finding…

How Do You Define Character?

“Character is what closes the gap between knowing and doing. It aligns intentions and action.” -John Maxwell I came across the above quote this week and I thought it provided an informative definition of character.  I have often heard character is defined by who we are when no one else is around.  While there is…