There's a light at the end of the tunnel, and it's not from the dumpster fire that is 2020. Possible new favorite ornament to commemorate the year In a year full of stressors — the pandemic, the economic crisis, civil unrest, political upheaval, and health issues affecting those close to us — we can see… Continue reading Hope, again
Choosing joy, when looking for joy is harder
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 are we to live?
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