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honesty and truth

Getting reminders

There's a phrase that's common in the particular lingo of horse racing: "Getting reminders". All sports and hobbies and games and pursuits have their own language. Cricket is maybe the most wonderful example. There is a long list of phrases…
honesty and truth

Why accountability sometimes doesn't work

Accountability is a common practice in business networking and self-development circles. Accountability partners meet or talk regularly to keep each other on track to the commitments they've made. The principle is a sound one. When we…
honesty and truth

The human condition and the future-present principle

Two thoughts that bounce around in my head constantly. 1. I can't accept that things won't change. One of the most fundamental laws of the universe is that things never remain the same. Because of this, and because humans -- you and…
honesty and truth

Leadership and inequality

[A version of this piece first appeared in my short Saturday morning "Three Things" email. To sign up for regular writing from me on life, thinking, acting and being, go here.] Inequality is on everyone's minds right now. There is much…
honesty and truth

The Internet vs Real Life

We are truly blessed to live in an era that allows us to communicate, one to one and at scale, via technology. We are privileged to be in a position to build relationships with people we might never have met in real life. We are only beginning…

A new normal awaits

For the first two seconds after I wake up, everything is normal. I open my eyes, and I see the sycamore tree out my window. The buds on the sycamore are not open yet, but somehow every morning the tree grows infinitesimally greener: it's…
Happy Strange St Patricks Day 2020

Happy Strange St Patrick's Day

Today, March 17th, is St Patrick's Day, strangest St Patrick's Day anyone can remember.   Normally on this day everyone with a drop of Irish blood in their bodies stops for at least a moment or two and considers this island and…
Lynn Ungar Pandemic

A poem for the globally interconnected uncertainty we're living in

Lynn Ungar is a spiritual leader, where she acts as a minister for the Church of the Larger Fellowship, an online congregation for Unitarian Universalists and other religious liberals. I confess that after I had read Lynn's poem below, and…
Three things to watch, consider and smile at during coronavirus / COVID19 isolation
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Three things in the face of coronavirus / COVID19

The format for my weekly Saturday morning email is now three things to do, read, watch, listen to, think about or question. Here's the contents of the latest Three Things email, focusing squarely on the global coronavirus and COVID-19 situation,…
The fine line between preparedness and panic

The fine line between preparedness and panic

In the mid-80s, the generally sullen and often depressive singer and songwriter who fronted the English rock band The Smiths, Morrissey, wrote a hit song called "Panic". You probably know it -- it includes the famous line "Hang the DJ, hang…
honesty and truth

The craft of feeling clearly

Our society and culture actively promotes clear thinking. From an early age through education, and potentially for decades thereafter in the workplace, we are exposed to the necessity of thinking clearly. Academically and economically,…
honesty and truth

The difference between individuality and individualism

When it comes to individuality and individualism, there are important things to note about the differences. There is a stark contrast between cherishing the ideal of individuality and adopting the cultural norm of individualism, and we must…
qualifying lap

What a Formula 1 qualifying lap can teach us about life

I've never been to a Formula 1 Grand Prix, so I can only imagine the rush to all the senses. The sights: the colour, and the flags, and the blur as the cars whizz by almost too fast to be really seen. The sounds: decibel levels ripping…
honesty and truth

Honesty and Truth

Honesty and the truth can often be two different things. Honesty should be a given. Anything that crosses the honesty line should trigger red flags every time, no matter how small the indiscretion might appear on the surface. Sometimes…
honesty and truth

Changing the world, tiny ripple by tiny ripple

Almost everything I do, I do it for these guys. They're at the heart of it all. The work is about trying to make things better. Changing the world, bit by bit, one day at a time, tiny ripple by tiny ripple. A world where…

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