Pick one of these. Multitasking is a myth. We either consume, contribute or contemplate. In order to effectively do one, we have to effectively not do the others. I’m taking a short break from knowledge consumption in order to more effectively contemplate and contribute. This means no more listening to podcasts, reading blogs, checking social
Eugene Peterson wrote “Listening is not only a function of biological acoustics; it is a spiritual skill of the soul.” I’m prone to thinking that spiritual listening will just “happen” to me… however, the idea that it might be a skill of the soul is so invitational. It’s inviting us into the chance to dig
Over the 4th of July holiday we spent some time with family doing fireworks, eating food and a lot of swimming. I noticed something attached to the side of the pool: an automatic water level sensor. Maybe these are super common but I had never seen one before. Essentially the sensor has a floating device
The easy way is backward. The illusionary way is around. Going over means also dealing with coming down. The best way is through. It can seem impossible, but so was everything before it was done.
I just read how someone steers a hot air balloon: they change the altitude. The winds change with altitude, therefore, if you need to move in a certain direction you either go up higher or drop down lower. Sometimes in our work, families or friendships we keep floating along hoping for something else to change
It can be daunting if you’re trying to boil the ocean. However, if you walk down to the beach, dip your cup in the sea, walk back to the fire, then you can proceed to boil the ocean in a manageable way. One cup at a time. (HT to Mick Ebeling). I was listening to
It’s easy to have sympathy for the underdog. It’s really hard to empathize with the favorite after it loses to the underdog. Sympathy and empathy are not the same. Empathy always takes work, but the effort required to have empathy is correlated to the level in which the favorite is favored. This is such a
What’s something every week we can accept? Not fix. Not scheme. Not fret over or worry about. Simply accept. There’s a hidden power in the act of accepting a situation, circumstance or state of mind (or being). Let’s say there are seven arenas in one city- all made for different battles. Acceptance helps us leave
We tend to value the process of fixing problems more than the process of determining which problems to fix. In some ways it’s incredible because we have such a resilience for overcoming adversity in our jobs, relationships, families, and lives. However, it’s a much better use of resources to make sure we are working on
Certain problems need to be fixed. Others need to be accepted. Everything – seriously everything – in our own life hinges on distinguishing between the two.