Habits | Personal Growth

Finding the Picture in the Puzzle

“If a person puts even one measure of effort into following ritual and the standards of righteousness, he will get back twice as much.” — Xunzi There are days that go by in a flash, overflowing with the assorted madness of living a full life. If we aren’t careful the day slips away and things…

Productivity | Habits

Working To the Contrary

“Never waste valuable time or mental peace of mind, on the affairs of others — that is too high a price to pay.” — Robert Greene The world may feel off-kilter, and in fact it surely is, but we must choose a path of productivity and consequence anyway. We can’t produce anything consequential if we’re…

Exploration

The World, Unmasked

“You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait. Do not even wait, be quite still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.” — Franz…

Exploration | Lifestyle | Nature | Travel

Islands

There’s something about a coastal island, surrounded by water yet firmly locked to the earth, that is deeply compelling. It offers tangible isolation from the madness of the mainland, yet is close enough to feel its gravitational pull. Some combination of luck and inclination brings me to islands occasionally, where my gut tells me it’s…

Exploration | Learning | Personal Growth

Something to Savor

“How terribly sad it was that people are made in such a way that they get used to something as extraordinary as living.” ― Jostein Gaarder, The Solitaire Mystery When we think back on our days, how many are frosted with magic and delight? The very definition of ordinary points to the relative sameness in…

Personal Growth | Family | Relationships

What Energy Remains?

“Everything is collage, even genetics. There is the hidden presence of others in us, even those we have known briefly. We contain them for the rest of our lives, at every border that we cross.” — Michael Ondaatje, Divisadero I read this on the two year anniversary of the passing of my favorite Navy pilot….