#32 – What Power is For

The purpose of power – at its highest and most noble application – is to make other people powerful. At a material level, solar power is a great example of how this works. The panels on our home convert the sun’s rays into energy that is brought back inside in the form of electricity. WeContinue reading “#32 – What Power is For”

Unique Human Needs: Contribution

I am energized to spend this week reflecting on Tony Robbins’ list of unique human needs. Here’s the list in its entirety followed by a brief reflection on the quality of “Contribution.” Unique Human Needs 1. Certainty: assurance you can avoid pain and gain pleasure 2. Uncertainty/Variety: the need for the unknown, change, new stimuliContinue reading “Unique Human Needs: Contribution”

Poem for a Sunday Morning

Dear Mona {Naomi Shihab Nye} Dear Mona, do you know how your old stucco building marks the spot of Something True? Your hand-lettered red sign rises up like a crooked, friendly flag. I can guess the menu: bean & cheese, potato & egg, maybe a specialty of your own making, avocado twist or smoky salsa.Continue reading “Poem for a Sunday Morning”

10, 25, 45

I’m very interested in public speaking. I enjoy doing it and I enjoy listening to a great speaker. It’s a wonderful, even essential skill to develop for anyone who wants to have more influence, for those who wish to lead. To that end, for those aspiring to increase their influence through public speaking, I’d likeContinue reading “10, 25, 45”

Observations on a Southwest Flight

On a flight departing 30 minutes late, one flight attendant asks for the drink coupons and checks to make sure they are valid. The other flight attendant waves off the coupons offered to her with a playful, “Put that away.” It’s the same airline, on the same flight, on the same day. Just two rowsContinue reading “Observations on a Southwest Flight”