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Channel Your Inner Child to Overcome Challenges

Like most of you, my wife and I get together with our family over the holidays to celebrate, make and enjoy meals together, catch up, and play games. This year our kids introduced us to a multi-player video game called “Ultimate Chicken Horse” (google it), and we spent hours learning the ropes and laughing ourselves […]

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Five Simple Freedom Habits for the New Year

Simplify, simplify, simplify – that’s what Thoreau urged in Walden. Over the past year, I’ve tried to take his words to heart as I’ve removed things, influences, people, and places from my life that made no positive contribution. I’ve also tried to be more succinct in thought, word, and deed (hey, David Byrne, you were […]

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WHAT’S your type? Warrior, Helper, Artist, Truth-Seeker – or Sheep?

Each of us has a default mode of engaging the world around us, a lens through which we see the people, places,and things with which we interact each day and which guides how we behave. Call it a stance, a way of being in relation to the world, which frames our interactions and gives them […]

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Difficult, Annoying People are Everywhere: Deal with it

A driver cuts you off on the highway without signaling. Your spouse makes a snippy comment about your eating habits over breakfast. An old friend behaves like a jerk, insulting you in front of friends at a party. A co-worker embarrasses you in a meeting with an under-handed remark about your last presentation. It seems […]

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How to Use Leverage to Create More Freedom

Archimedes famously boasted that, were he to have a lever long enough and a place to stand, he could move the Earth. A bit over-dramatic, perhaps, but he was (theoretically) correct – with a properly-placed lever, many seemingly-impossible tasks become not only possible but downright easy. In particular, the principle of leverage can have a […]

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Freedom Requires Sacrifice. It Also Requires Us To Help Others Achieve Freedom.

This July 4th, Americans celebrate their Independence Day, the day we formally declared our separation from England in 1776. We remember the enormous sacrifices required to turn that declaration into true freedom and to maintain that freedom over the last 242 years: countless conflicts, loss of life and treasure, separation from family and friends, misery […]

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Ask Yourself This Simple Question. Every. Single. Day.

My mother passed away last year at age 95 after a years-long physical decline and struggle with dementia. We had many conversations during that time, most of them simple and present, focused on who and what was immediately in front of us (her granddaughter, a chocolate brownie, the bright red cardinal flying by). As the […]

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You can’t spell “rumination” without “ruin”

It’s a well-known factoid that 60% to 70% of our daily thoughts (give or take) are negative (see, for example, a Psychology Today article on the topic). And upwards of 90% of those negative thoughts are just retreads from the past. So, we are generally repeating the same negative thoughts to ourselves over and over […]

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