#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”

#16 – You’ve Got it Better Than You Think

This is #16 in the series, “50 Ideas Worth Fighting For.” Here’s another one that I like a lot. I can’t remember when it was and I can’t remember who said it but the idea they expressed has served me well every time I’ve allowed my (mostly) “1st world problems” to get me down. ItContinue reading “#16 – You’ve Got it Better Than You Think”

Just As They Are

There is a compelling irony in the truth that when we accept people as they are we  create the conditions for them to pursue meaningful change. Acceptance is not weakness or acquiescence, but a baseline offering of dignity and respect from which another can freely, loosely, and playfully experiment with their own version of becoming.Continue reading “Just As They Are”

There’s Still Snow in the Summertime

It’s hard sometimes to believe that other people, in other places, are having a different experience than we are. That could be across the country, across the county, across the street or across the hall. It’s so easy to get caught up in our own reality that we forget to hold open the possibility thatContinue reading “There’s Still Snow in the Summertime”

It’s hard to see under water

It’s hard to see when you’re under water. It’s hard to see under water because when you open your eyes it’s blurry and incomplete. There are forms and figures that are familiar but not quite themselves. Perception of distance is compromised, as is your confidence to move forward. Trying to see under water is aContinue reading “It’s hard to see under water”

Circular Logic

The more I learn about myself, the more empathy I have for others. The more empathy I have for others, the stronger my relationships will be. The stronger my relationships are, the more risks I am willing to take. The more risks I am willing to take, the more I learn about myself. The moreContinue reading “Circular Logic”

Pay More Attention

If you pay attention, you’ll notice that people are usually talking about themselves. It’s both comforting and disconcerting that the human condition is to be self-referential. It’s comforting because it reminds us that we are not alone in experiencing the world from the three-foot radius that surrounds our body. It’s disconcerting because we like toContinue reading “Pay More Attention”

Why You Should Tell Your Friends About Your Goals

During a “year in review/year ahead” conversation with two of my best and most trusted friends and advisors, I shared that one of my goals for 2019 is to regularly post video content on LinkedIn. That conversation was about three weeks ago and it’s been gnawing at me ever since. Having put it out there,Continue reading “Why You Should Tell Your Friends About Your Goals”

Our Human Stories

Willa Cather wrote, “There are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before.” Have you ever noticed that when you share a personal story in an honest, revealing way someone says, “You just described my life!”?  Me too. James Joyce wrote, “inContinue reading “Our Human Stories”

“No, my name is David.”

A knock at the door yesterday. I was upstairs and my wife was on the phone so we ignored it. But with a quick glance my wife noticed that the woman left a note for us. I retrieved the note, a request on the back of her business card to “Please call me.” On theContinue reading ““No, my name is David.””