#46 – A Living System is a Learning System

“In biology, living and learning are synonyms, indistinguishable processes that keep life growing and moving forward. A living system is a learning system.”  – Margaret Wheatley, “Who Do We Choose to Be?” Living and learning are inextricably linked. You can’t live if you can’t learn. You can’t grow, you can’t fulfill, you can’t become, you can’tContinue reading “#46 – A Living System is a Learning System”

#30 – You Can Adjust Your Default Setting

Two beliefs are highly problematic for the modern human being. The first is the belief that we are supposed to be rational actors and the second is the belief that we are. Just two minutes of silence reveals that in each of our heads exists a chorus of competing, irrational voices that makes our decision-making,Continue reading “#30 – You Can Adjust Your Default Setting”

#25 – Take Responsibility for Your Learning

This is #25 in the series, “50 Ideas Worth Fighting For.” Here’s another good one. Jia Jang is inspiring. He feared rejection so much that he decided to pursue it directly with the hope that he would learn to respond to it more positively and more productively. He recounts his “100 Day Rejection Challenge” in aContinue reading “#25 – Take Responsibility for Your Learning”

#24 – Empathy

This is #24 in the series, “50 Ideas Worth Fighting For.” Here’s another one you might like. “So compelling is the evidence of our own eyes and ears, so swift is your mind to assemble your own version of the story, that one of the hardest things in this world is to understand there’s anotherContinue reading “#24 – Empathy”

#8 – Take a break

This is #8 in the series, “50 Ideas Worth Fighting For.” “Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” – Anne Lamott If you are reading this on Sunday afternoon, I hope it’s from an easy chair or the sofa. I hope you’ve just returned from a hike,Continue reading “#8 – Take a break”

#7 – Get Moving

This is #7 in the series, “50 Ideas Worth Fighting For.” I feel an energized anticipation when I am getting ready to move. I feel engaged – challenged, curious, motivated – when I am in motion. I feel rejuvenated, refreshed, stimulated, creative, purposeful, accomplished, and unstoppable when I return and come to rest again. SomeContinue reading “#7 – Get Moving”

The End of the Beginning

Fifty days from today is Sunday, March 22. Assuming all goes as planned and I have the opportunity to write a post each day between now and then, that will be the day on which I publish #1,000. Between 2007 and 2015 I wrote more than 300 posts. The following year I selected my favoritesContinue reading “The End of the Beginning”

Too Many Trails

I watched a hiking documentary the other day. It’s called, “Figure It Out On the Hayduke Trail.” That led to my watching another hiking documentary, this one called “Mile, Mile and a Half.” It’s about a film-making team’s trek down the John Muir Trail. (Both are available on Amazon Prime if you are so inclined.)Continue reading “Too Many Trails”

Poem for a Sunday Morning

WEAN YOURSELF Little by little, wean yourself. This is the gist of what I have to say. From an embryo, whose nourishment comes in the blood, move to an infant drinking milk, to a child on solid food, to a searcher after wisdom, to a hunter of more invisible game. Think how it is toContinue reading “Poem for a Sunday Morning”

One Minute

One minute is longer than you think. In class today, my colleague and I had our students give one minute presentations. We put a selection of topics in a bag, had them each blindly draw one out and after a few moments of reflection, speak about that subject for one minute. They talked about money,Continue reading “One Minute”