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Most People

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Most people come to know only one corner of their room, one spot near the window, one narrow strip on which they keep walking back and forth. – Ranier Maria Rilke And life waits patiently outside their door, wagging its tail, excited to show them all the delights and possibilities. If only they would be […]

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Infinite Success

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To see a world in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour. from ‘Auguries of Innocence’ by William Blake Infinity, rightly, freaks us out. For instance, there are infinitely more points between the ends of any line you […]

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Exhilarating

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We all have the means, right, and deep desire to live an exhilarating career and life. We’ve just got used to thinking that the opposite is truer. We’ve come to think the opposite is safer. Nope.   In your corner, Mike   Today’s photo credit: scyrene cc

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Don’t Be Seduced By The Cruel

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No matter what you hear or read in the news, the world is getting better and better. But, you might ask, aren’t there atrocities? Isn’t there great suffering? What about all the destruction? Isn’t there war, corruption, malfeasance, murder, and mayhem? And what about my own struggles? Doesn’t all this horribleness count? Yes. And none […]

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Go Ahead, Look Deeper

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Why are you doing what you are doing in your work and life? If we scratch just beneath the surface of our answers to this question, we see something remarkable if not a bit unnerving. Many of our reasons for why we do what we do are imported. We have adopted our answers to the question, “Why?” […]

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We Win Either Way

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We tend to see life as a series of ups and downs, of struggles and plateaus, of things that happen to us and our reactions. But what if we’re wrong? What if life, work, school, and family unfold more as we see it all than as stuff that happens to us? That would mean that we’d do […]

Can We Have Everything?

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The cars, the houses, the career, the family, the vacations, the meaningful experiences, the titles, the accolades, the bucket list, the prestige, the money, the cottage, the degrees and certifications, the friends, the love, the fame, the good life, the perfect swing, the next iPhone? (I could go on.) Can we have everything? No. There […]

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What Does Your Personal Indicator Say?

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Pause a moment. What physical sensations do you notice in response to this question: “If you could live the life and career of your dreams, what would it feel like?” Common feelings people report here include a buzz, tingling, warmth, lightness, or sensations of relief, release, or calm. They notice these sensations in their chest, […]

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Hell Is Not Other People

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Jean-Paul Sartre famously wrote (and others infamously misinterpreted), “Hell is other people.” He meant that it’s awful to restrict our understanding of ourselves to what others think of us. Actually, any restricted perception is awful. Thus hell includes our restricted perception of the world as harsh, ugly, unknowable, dangerous, lonely, uncaring, and riddled with scarcity. […]

The Magic and the Mundane

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Like a well-trimmed sailboat, we best balance on the edge between all magic and all mundane. Seeking to be all magic defeats the purpose of this game we call life. It’s like getting the cheat codes. No challenge. No growth. No fun. Seeking to be all mundane invites lots of (oh, so much!) struggle. Blending […]