Rivers and clarity

What makes a river so restful to people is that it doesn’t have any doubt – it is sure to get where it is going, and it doesn’t want to go anywhere else. | Hal Boyle Clarity of direction is a powerful calming force. When you know what you want, you're less seduced by distractions.…

We’ll make it work

The expression "We'll make it work" communicates two different ideas: "We're in it together" and "This is a commitment." This phrase, "We'll make it work," has the power to unite both sides of a crisis. And if you don't want to make a long-term commitment, simply say no. There are a few instances in which…

Pray for everyone

Farmworker with sick wife begged Buddhist monk to pray for his wife. The priest prayed for God to heal everyone. Farmworker: "Just a moment. I requested you to pray for my wife, but you're praying for everyone sick." "I prayed for her," replied the Buddhist. Farmworker: "No, you prayed for everyone. You might help my…

The desire to do less

Observation: The pursuit of less or no work is not the key to fulfilment and happiness. Instead, I think the key to fulfilment is the pursuit of better work - the kind of work that we choose to pursue for reasons that are more significant than ourselves. Even if money were not an issue, the…

Words have longevity, I do not.

Paul Kalanithi savors moments with his daughter, Cady. With little to distinguish one day from the next, time began to feel static. In English, we use the word time in different ways, “the time is 2:45” versus “I’m going through a tough time.” Time began to feel less like the ticking clock, and more like…

Succeed with your values intact

Success comes to those who do not waste time comparing what they are doing with what others are doing. Success knocks on the door of the person who says every day: "I will do my best," and it comes to those who do not waste time comparing what they are doing with what others are…

What do you see?

Both Cain and Abel made their way to the shore of the massive lake. They had never seen anything even remotely similar to it before. As Abel looked into the water, he remarked: "There's something inside it," but he was completely unaware that what he was seeing was his own reflection. Cain had the same…

Keep the faith, always

Life isn't always about getting what we want, when we want. However, we must be patient since the things we desire sometimes arrive at the most unexpected time. The most important thing is to not give up or feel dejected. It's important, however, to keep the faith and pray about it privately. Today may not…

Grief and love

“The grief that will remain with us until we pass is all the unexpressed love we never got to share.”  Andrew Garfield on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert [lightly paraphrased] A heartbreakingly lovely approach to approach loss. A beautiful way to think about grief. It resonated. #RIPDad

True friends

True friends are those rare people who ask how we are and then wait to hear the answer. Likewise, you do the same for them. The important part is not the answers themselves but the waiting and listening for them.

An ever-present help…

“When you pray regularly, you never know when God will show up or speak up. Today could be the day. When you live in prayer mode, you live with holy anticipation. You know that coincidences are providences. Any moment can turn into a holy moment. God can invade the reality of your life at three…

The hardest financial skill set…

Morgan Housel in his amazing book The Psychology of Money says: "The hardest financial skill is getting the goalpost to stop moving." You'll never be content with your money if your expectations outpace your income. Stopping the goalposts from moving is an essential financial skill. It's one of the most difficult skills. According to Matt…