A friend was (rhetorically) asking, “Why do I even care?” I told him I’m guilty of it too. Comparing myself irresponsibly, recklessly, pointlessly, etc. It’s like the shame and frustration are so insurmountable. Instead of permission to walk away, it feels like a rejection. Like a rejection letter. Or getting a test back with an … Continue reading Why Do I Even Care? What Do I Even Know?
In Steve Willison’s book, Prospering,* he keeps coming back to the expression, Progress over perfection. So simple, so important. It doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to keep moving forward. And it will keep moving forward with or without you. So maybe you want to roll with it. https://youtu.be/9TlBTPITo1I?si=nzAUZhZY9xixoJg6 *Prospering is one of … Continue reading Progress Over Perfection
You know those songs that just click? Where you don’t scream yes or have to do homework to unpack them, but you go, “Yeah. YEAH. Ok, that’s right.” Especially the one’s on your CD player from somewhere in the back of the family car. When you have the headphones turned up a little extra, avoiding … Continue reading Sunday Music: The Vandals – Some Friday Night Party/Funeral Music Requests
Reading and thinking and listening to stuff about what you want to do is not the same as going out there and doing the stuff you want to do. Reminder to myself. The books and podcasts are great, but there’s work to actually be done here. Carry on.
It’s like you wake up and it’s a new year and you already forgot how to write dates on things. Today’s a day off. It feels kind of like a snow day with the holiday already having happened. But I’m happy to take it and make Tuesday the first working day of 2023. James Clear … Continue reading The Whole Of Life Is About Another Chance
Admit it - if Marcus Aurelius had a local pizza spot, you’d go. And not just for the wisdom of the old dude in front of the ancient oven, but because there’s just something about the deftly burned crust edges you wake up thinking about at 4am on a Thursday. Less pizza daydreaming for a … Continue reading Put The (Stoic Pizza) Dough In The Oven
When the universe speaks, you should listen. If it has to scream at you (using your full first name and middle initial), you better hop to it quick. I may know a thing or two about this. CS Lewis put it like so, Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our … Continue reading CS Lewis On Pain As A Motivator
S*** is hard. So, so hard. The challenge behind the challenge is choosing “good” suffering over “bad” suffering. Good suffering is the kind that gets you somewhere. It’s mental toughness. Bad suffering is the kind that keeps you somewhere you don’t want to be. It’s (at times) a mental weakness or even illness. Here’s how … Continue reading Mental Weakness Versus Mental Toughness (Jung)
Here’s Carl Jung’s advice on the proper conduct of life: Your questions are unanswerable, because you want to know how to live. One lives as one can. There is no single, definite way… If that’s what you want, you had best join the Catholic Church, where they tell you what's what. The way you make … Continue reading Carl Jung On How To Properly Conduct Your Life
As the poet-philosopher Sturgill Simpson once said, “Woke up today and decided to kill my ego.” Leadership is a funny thing. Especially as an organization scales. It takes a healthy amount of ego to think you can do what others deem unthinkable. But if your only speed is full speed ahead, you can run into… … Continue reading Ego At Work – Public And Private