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Writing is part of my meditative process to clarify my thoughts, to align my actions and to focus on my purpose. I write about my emotions, my shortcomings, and my ideas for a better world through poetry, prose, and what I call rantifestos every day, some of which I post here on my blog and on social media. I share them to help others move along their paths to live and lead with compassion.

Train station of thoughts

Our minds are like Grand Central Stations. Or Union Station in LA! They are busy, busy places where trains are coming and going. Ideas and thoughts are arriving and departing on a regular and irregular basis. And sometimes we jump on the trains and sometimes we jump off the trains and sometimes the trains overwhelm us when we are tired and sometimes we are able to navigate seamlessly through the train traffic when we are present.

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Let your fire burn brightly in 2023!

Each of us has this incredible flame within us, this fire that we’ve either nurtured or ignored. But there’s a fire within, that is unique to each of us. It’s the essence of who we are. It is something that has been determined by the generations, by the genetics, by the generosity of others. And gratitude is an essential fuel for that fire.

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Let that shit go

Disappointment and achievement are inextricably tied together. They are complementary. You can not have one without the other. There is no real disappointment without passion and love. When you care deeply about something, and you construct a trajectory of expectations, you are destined for the land of disappointment.

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What if this is the best time? Because it is.

We say things to impress ourselves and others. We blow smoke where there will never be any fire. We verbalize our aspirations to show we off the breadth of our interests. But interest without intention and ultimately investment is just irresponsible illusion without integrity.

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The axe for the frozen sea

The only way we can evolve/develop our ideas about who we are and why we’re here is to seek difference, discomfort, something that challenges the way we see things. It’s about finding out how wrong we are along the way. It’s not reinforcing what we think is right. It’s trying to understand how to test and update our truths that guide our lives.

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The Game of Life

The ego interferes with your full presence. The craving for status needs to be monitored and minimized. This opens your mind, your heart and eyes to a much bigger world that can never be reduced to dollars. Compassion and love become new scripts. Discovering who you are and what you want provides moral clarity and makes the game of life worth living.

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What will make you happy

What will make you happy? And when will you be happy?

I ask these questions in my workshops. To some these are easy questions. The answers just pop into their heads. To others these are confounding questions. A confusing kaleidoscope of words and images overwhelm their minds.

The point I try to make is that “happiness”, at least the western notion of happiness, is ephemeral and insufficient. That while this goal may swirl in our little heads it is not the end we want.

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Personal renewable energy plan

From the root vocare—to be called or a calling. Your vocation is your work, your day job that YOU called, your external calling. You are being defined by this work whether you like it or not. It is the way you are making a living, growing, and building a life. Your vocation may not be as serious as you hope it will be.

We need an avocation too! Most people miss this. Avocation, often the stepchild to vocation, is the internal calling, the calling from within. Some people mistakenly think an avocation is a “hobby.”

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What is Your Minimum Salary?

Money is multiplied in practical value depending on the number of W’s you control in your life: what you do, when you do it, where you do it, and with whom you do it.” – Timothy Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Workweek

What’s your formula for calculating your value in the marketplace?

How much should I be making? How much is enough?

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Advance the Assets by Decreasing the Deficits

We are all trying to solve problems, and the negative lens dominates. We see the negative and then we’re going to fix it. If we have visions of something more positive, we get criticized for blue sky ideals. We have to be problem solvers. We have to be fixers. We adopt a mindset that characterizes things in the most negative light –so that when we fix it–the bigger difference we can make. We always seem to be incented for short term wins over longer term successes. 

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