The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown is a classic children’s story from the 1940s. It explains how a glass is important because it holds things. A shoe is important because you put your foot into it. It’s a whimsical story, but suggests a more serious topic. Ideas begin to drift in the air like […]
“Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety”- Shakespeare. So much of our time is taken up by feeling fearful. Often we are uncertain, doubtful, and even desperate at times. Our fears can manifest in depression, eating disorders, drugs, and casual sex. Arianna Huffington describes how fear limits us to the point where […]
Ascending a narrow trail in the Smokies Peering over precarious cliffs The roar of a waterfall rules the dense air Dew transforms to snow in mere moments Beauty, danger doled out in equal measure But putting a pen to blank paper Now that’s a true fear-inducing adventure!
I wrote a sentence today. What do we do when we write about something? We pay attention to it. That’s what writing does- it helps us be mindful. We are suddenly aware. My great-grandmother’s sister kept a diary. She wrote in it every day. She was living fully and giving each moment the attention it […]
In Whitman’s poem I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer, he suggests that numbers and diagrams are nothing without a little magic mixed in. Instead of a lecture, he chooses to ‘wander off by himself in the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time, look up in perfect silence at the stars.’ I too feel that […]
I’ve heard that perfection is the enemy of good – a quick Google search takes me to a wide array of thoughts on this topic. Confucius and other great philosophers warn against extremism and offer us the ‘golden mean’. More current thinkers from Pareto with his wonderful 80/20 rule, Watson-Watt and his cult of the […]
Psychologist D.W. Winnicott described creativity as the space between the inner and the outer worlds. So true! In order to be creative, we must leave our outer world and venture to the space where we can just explore- without judgement. This space is where we can find something that suits us. It can’t be explained; […]
From a recent article in ‘Real Simple’ magazine, I found out that our act of apologizing can be much improved with just a little forethought. Most people talk on for about 10 minutes and give excuses, when they apologize. “I’m sorry I couldn’t go to the party, but I was tied up at work.” This […]