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Must Reads: Vulnerability

Sep, 2011 (2011-09-03 14:35)

Are you a “life’s messy, love it” or “life’s messy: clean it up”?  Only one variable separates people who feel a strong sense of worthiness, of love and belonging, and those who wonder if they are good enough. People who have a strong sense of love and belonging believe they are worthy of love and belonging.

Brene Brown talks about the power of connection and vulnerability. Very provocative thoughts.

Connectivity is why we’re here.

Is there something about me, that if other people hear it or see it, I will no longer be worthy of connection?

These people had, very simply put, the courage to be imperfect.


The living bridges of Cherrapunji are absolutely stunning. The amazing, powerful things people think up never cease to amaze me.

The title is 25 Ways to be a Better Person Today. It’s really a compendium of great techniques for accomplishing change in numerous arenas of life.

What did you find on the web this week? Let me know and I’ll check it out.

We are all satellites.

Aug, 2011 (2011-08-30 06:00)

We are all satellites. Some of us orbit our jobs. Others orbit our parents. Many orbit a pub or television. We all orbit a planet. That planet orbits a star orbiting a sun orbiting a galaxy… on it goes.

It is intrinsic to every physical, social, and mental construct we experience in our lives. Brilliant minds gravitate to other brilliant thinkers. Those who seek out and surround themselves with such become brilliant themselves. A little too much to believe?

Consider it. A solitary idea is inert. A solitary artist is inert. But add a catalyst. Stick another creative process in the same space, and watch the volatile reaction of ideas, counter-ideas, and brilliance that ensues.

Take a person who is motivated to learn and put them in the room with a brilliant teacher and see what happens. Take a hungry martial arts student and put them in a room with a grand master and see if they both do not leave better martial artists.

And here is what will really bake your noodle: a word need not be spoken by either; it’s almost by mere contact that they grow; it’s almost a catalytic reaction of our mental and spiritual composition.