I may be alone in my conflicted relationship with service, but probably not.
Last December there were a lot of people who stood in long lines to be the first to see the newest Star Wars movie. A month later my wife and I were able to see the same film with no lines. A few months from now others will see it for the first time in the comfort of their own … Read More
If you are serious about losing some weight in the new year, try these two sure-fire techniques: 1. Forgive others 2. Forgive yourself Carrying the weight of all the wrongs done to you is a self-perpetuating, self-defeating pursuit. So is carrying the weight of all your mistakes. You can choose to carry the weight and you can choose to not … Read More
There is a box in a cabinet in my office that is full of medication. Every time I get a card or an e-mail from someone that has been positively impacted by my work I drop it in the box so that I have concrete proof that I’m making a difference in the lives of the people around me on … Read More
My friend is afraid of dying. The fear of dying is probably not altogether rare, but the conversation I shared with my friend this week got me thinking. Fearing death seems like a bad thing because it often causes us to freeze, to play it safe, and to focus on scarcity. But there is also a lot of value in … Read More
1. Think of five people you can encourage this week. 2. Encourage one of those five people each day this week. Don’t make it complicated, just send them a card, give them a call, go visit them, or do whatever else you deem necessary to gently encourage these five people. If you get tangled up on the part where it … Read More
Whether it’s best to break up or stay together depends on the relationship. (Or the job, or the partnership, or the blog, or the non-profit, or the…) Quitting when things are difficult is an obvious choice. So is refusing to quit when things are easy. What’s less obvious is doing the opposite of the thing that seems natural because you … Read More
On a recent trip to a Phoenix water park I spent some time watching my 8 year old daughter gleefully jumping over the small swells near the edge of the wave pool. She was having so much fun, but I was struck by how many of us do something similar in our work and relationships. We stay at the edges, … Read More