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Trusting Our Vision

We should never feel guilty for staying true to our vision.

In the process-of-progress, it’s difficult for people to conceive in their mind the same outcomes that we have–our vision.

Any great vision is too complex for bystanders to fully comprehend. Spend no time or energy pondering the side-comments or evaluations of those who do not understand the bigger picture.

Those who do understand our vision, we need to hear, heeding their advice if necessary.

Maybe, it’s worth revisiting our vision. Especially so, if we never took the time to make sure it was the right vision in the first place.

Never in Routine

Consistency, Rhythm, Routine… why do they tend to feel like a mirage in the desert?

Do the following thoughts sound familiar? If not, GREAT, but odds are, we’ve each felt like this at some point.  read more…


My houseplants taught me a valuable lesson. What’s the key to being a successful houseplant-parent? read more…

The Calling

a poem by Jakob Gollon

You must not follow your heart.
You must not follow your heart.

For if you do
you’re sure to find,

its madness knows no walls.

Mountains have tried the pursuit of such,

and down to dust they fall.

Scattered bones, the Sirens call,
no footsteps in the sand.

Trails of crumbs are blown about.

None to guide the needing hand.

Do, though, chase along,
but do it not for cause, please son,
or reason

or for truth.

Take the reigns, and carve your way,
if the chase so howls your name.
Bludgeon the doubt that creeps within,

and find out why you came.

But if you’re the coward that heeds my bell,

and heavy flows the fear in you,

Then please my boy, start home at once,

By air, by boat or train.

‘cause your heart wandered lost
way long ago,
and your whole pursuit
will be in vain.

Time or Money?

What sort of value are we providing to our personal relationships?

Take for example, the father who pays $100/week to send his son to a top-notch baseball trainer. That father might make the assumption that his investment in his child is a valuable gift, but in what way?

There is value in that experience, specific to sports skills, but the financial investment by the father adds only abstract value to the relationship that he has with his son. No matter how much it costs, it’s merely a money-gift, and the recipient can’t always quantify that.

Take now, the father who spends 2 hrs/week playing catch with his son in their yard instead. The relationship value added here is not abstract. read more…

Gift of Existence

Some folks, even I at times, find it impossible that any living thing could be glad simply of the gift of existence. Utterly impossible. read more…

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