Philosophy | Culture | Personal Growth

Dancing with the Gloriously Possible

“The average human lifespan is absurdly, terrifyingly, insultingly short. But that isn’t a reason for unremitting despair, or for living in an anxiety-fueled panic about making the most of your limited time. It’s a cause for relief. You get to give up on something that was always impossible—the quest to become the optimized, infinitely capable,…

Fitness | Learning | Personal Growth | Stoicism

Illusions of the Moment

“When you go through life with preferences but don’t let your happiness depend on any one of them, then you’re awake. You’re moving toward wakefulness. Wakefulness, happiness—call it what you wish—is the state of nondelusion, where you see things not as you are but as they are, insofar as this is possible for a human…

Culture

Which Comes First?

Enter first applicant. “You understand that this is a simple test we are giving you before we offer you the job you have applied for?” “Yes.” “Well, what is two plus two?” “Four.” Enter second applicant. “Are you ready for the test?” “Yes.” “Well, what is two plus two?” “Whatever the boss says it is.”…

Culture | Philosophy

Learning to Love Them

“A man who took great pride in his lawn found himself with a large crop of dandelions. He tried every method he knew to get rid of them. Still they plagued him. Finally he wrote the Department of Agriculture. He enumerated all the things he had tried and closed his letter with the question: “What…

Learning | Travel

Where The Knowing Is

“The explorer returned to his people, who were eager to know about the Amazon. But how could he ever put into words the feelings that flooded his heart when he saw exotic flowers and heard the night-sounds of the forest; when he sensed the danger of wild beasts or paddled his canoe over treacherous rapids?…

Travel

Questions

“Said the monk, “All these mountains and rivers and the earth and stars—where do they come from?” Said the master, “Where does your question come from?”– Anthony De Mello, The Question One part of the writing process I value is that it fuels better questions. What’s the story behind that monument? How did this mountain…

Culture | Personal Growth | Philosophy

You Do You

“We see people and things not as they are, but as we are. That is why when two people look at something or someone, you get two different reactions.” – Anthony De Mello, Awareness I’ve been off of Facebook for 23 days, promising myself I wouldn’t go back on until after the election in the…