When it's harder than ever to choose joy, we risk accepting its absence. That can become a self-fulfilling prophecy of joyless days. We may fuel a vicious cycle dragging us further and further away from joy. But, when we make the effort to look for joy, we increase our chances of breaking our self-inflicted prisons… Continue reading Choosing joy, when looking for joy is harder
How does one find joy in troubled times? How are we to live, when existential threats such as a pandemic virus disrupt our day-to-day activities and curtail our ability to enjoy our favorite activities? How do we keep going when an unknown, hard-to-quantify threat to our health lurks in the shadows? Some words from C.S.… Continue reading How are we to live?
Most of us have been in situations where we arrive on a scene, especially when joining a new group, and learn that something is going terribly wrong. The Boy Scout group planning an activity is disorganized. The band uniforms to distribute are all in a giant unsorted pile. The last guy wasn’t enforcing the rules… Continue reading Discovering competence
There's important trivia, like "Who was the 30th president of the US?" There's less important trivia, like "How many different 'Mountain' roller coasters are there on Disney properties?" And then there's completely irrelevant, important-to-no-one-but-a-few-people-trivia, like "What was the name of that cereal that had a commercial that started with a cowboy singing 'Get along, little… Continue reading Trivial trivia
One town north of me, a tragedy has unfolded. Problems with an over-pressurized natural gas line led to dozens of explosions and 70+ houses on fire. Three towns have evacuated their residents. Local news has been reporting nonstop on the craziness. But they've also been pointing out the places that evacuees can go for help.… Continue reading Look for the Helpers