Ode to Freedom

It is said that Friedrich Schiller originally wrote the “Ode to Joy” in 1785 and was “enthusiastically celebrating the brotherhood of all mankind.” The poem was originally titled, “Ode to Freedom” but in 1803, possibly out of fear of repercussions for such an “overtly political” theme, he revised it to “Joy.” In 1824 Beethoven set theContinue reading “Ode to Freedom”

If Only

The best way to prevent yourself from accomplishing anything worthwhile is to get stuck in the land of “if only.” If only I had more experience. If only I had more connections. If only she would talk to me. If only they didn’t think that. If only I had more training. If only I hadContinue reading “If Only”

On the Edge of the Inside

“Prophets, by their very nature, can’t be right at the center of the social structure. They cannot be full insiders, but they cannot throw rocks from outside either. Their structural position to this day is “on the edge of the inside.” You must know and live the essential rules before you can critique what isContinue reading “On the Edge of the Inside”

The Messy Human Real Thing

“There is always an easy solution to every human problem: neat, plausible and wrong.”  – H.L. Mencken – The journey from the age of machines to the age of meaning is proving to be a bumpy one. It’s telling, and not at all surprising, that the more complicated and pervasive technology becomes the more people seem toContinue reading “The Messy Human Real Thing”

Remember to Play

I want to close this week with a word about play. I am always looking for meaning. I consistently interpret my experiences through the lens of significance and I make every effort to integrate those insights into my perspective and out through my language. I am an observer and an interpreter of meaning and itContinue reading “Remember to Play”

Choose Yourself

Seth Godin has finally gotten through to me. This guy, too. I saw a post on LinkedIn in which a successful speaker/author was promoting the work of another even more successful speaker/author. He talked about how they are in the same “leadership community,” a group of people who come together twice a year to learn from oneContinue reading “Choose Yourself”

The Beatles Were Right

“Love is simply the name for the desire and pursuit of the whole.” – Plato – I love you. There, I said it. I even said it first. Typical guy, I suppose. Or is that atypical these days? I can’t keep up with the male stereotypes. Forgive me. I want to be whole. And soContinue reading “The Beatles Were Right”

The Door of Integrity

“The more coherent one becomes within oneself as a creature, the more one fully enters into the communion of all creatures.” Wendell Berry The sign above my daughter’s classroom door reads as follows: THE DOOR OF INTEGRITY: I am responsible for everything I think, say, do and feel. This is Viktor Frankl’s challenge to usContinue reading “The Door of Integrity”