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Fighting for the Human Story

What does it look like to live with compassion and mindfulness in everyday moments? How do we live a meaningful life in practice? Exploring those questions is what this community is all about.

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Are Your Structures Helpful? (Plus, A Four Month Experiment)

I’m a believer in structure. Many of the core habits I rely on would fall to pieces were it not for the regular ritual. I would never have become a black belt had I not trained every week. I never would have become a writer had I not written everyday. The list goes on and on. Structure does two major things. One, it reduces the thinking or ...

Worth Remembering

I don’t know all that much about her really. We never talked long. Where did she come from? Or had she always lived here? Did she have any family? Did she have a job? Why did she hang out on that particular street corner? What was life like for her? These are questions I don’t know answers to. About the only thing I know was her name ...

Scale Your Support

I’ve been working a lot harder in the last few months as I build up my new copywriting practice. That’s meant increased work hours each day. But that’s just the tip of it. Along with the increase in time spent working comes a jump in the challenge and difficulty of the work. Every day pushes me up against my personal barriers and limits. I face new and ...

One Incident – Three Stories

I planned my last morning in Cabo to be a time of rest and relaxation. My flight wasn’t till late in the afternoon, and I didn’t need to leave the hotel until around noon. That gave me the whole morning to do whatever I wanted. Maybe I’d go for a final swim in the pool. Maybe I’d walk down by the beach. Maybe I’d read a book ...

A Different Kind of Annual Review

I look back at the landscape of the year gone by. Periods of growth tower like mountains. New relationships bubble up and grow like streams becoming rivers. Through it all are grand experiences of joy, fun, or excitement – billowing like great big clouds. Last year was quite a year. I have much to be thankful for. But easily lost amid the big or exciting experiences are ...

May Your Coming Year Be Like This…

They don’t say, “You’re not supposed to do that.” But they look at you as if you were a puppy who just dug a hole in the mud. They don’t say, “You’re crazy.” But they lean their bodies a little bit further back than normal to ensure the disease doesn’t spread. They don’t say, “What was it like?” But they offer sympathy: “I’d help you if I ...

The Real Magic

We couldn’t have coordinated the timing of our mission better if we had tried. It’s 2:34am and the three of us are on the move. Guard dogs lie in wait on the perimeter. Everything’s dark. We’re not supposed to be here right now. Tiptoeing, we try to mask our excitement. The day has finally come. We’ve been waiting so long. We thought it would never get here. ...

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