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“It’s a great thing when you realize you still have the ability to surprise yourself. Makes you wonder what else you can do that you’ve forgotten about.” ~ Alan Ball As I wrote last week, I’m growing to accept being an introvert. But that doesn’t mean I can’t sometimes surprise myself. Introvert and extrovert exist […]
I’m a big fan of imagination. I agree with Einstein and others that imagination is an untapped power that can be used for so much good. With imagination, we plan a future that excites us, we get ourselves out of difficult situations, imagine life beyond grief, and even think about meaning and purpose and giant […]
There is an old monastery in Europe perched high on a cliff several hundred feet in the air. The only way to reach the monastery is to be suspended in a basket which is pulled to the top by several monks who pull and tug with all their strength. Obviously the ride up the steep […]
The sign outside the church worried me, “Don’t let worry kill you. Let the church help!” It made me think about the purpose of worry. When we worry about someone, is it for us or for the other person? Parents are notorious worry warts. Good friends can worry up a storm. Basically, anyone who cares […]
To be fearless is to live without certainty. It is to dip at least one toe into the future without knowing how it will feel (how potentially good it will feel) or where exactly it will lead you (potentially some incredibly exciting place) or who will join you (potentially some phenomenal people). In other words […]

Putting Fear in Perspective

January 13th, 2013
Comedian, Jerry Seinfeld, said According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’d rather be in the casket than doing the eulogy. When you put it like that, it’s a stark contrast. […]
One really incredible scene in the book/movie Life of Pi always stays with me. Pi is the teenage boy marooned in the middle of the Pacific after the ship carrying his family and all their zoo animals sinks. He ends up trapped on a life raft with a famished Bengal Tiger. He lives in fear […]

Hanging onto Hope

November 13th, 2012
Pick kids up from school- Check. Race over to health shop to get lemons, chia seeds, random health stuff and an afterschool on-the-run snack. Check. Hot-foot it to another school a few kilometers away, wander about an empty school trying to find the gym to sign up for a sport program that was in fact […]
How do you communicate with an emotion? This is not about talking ABOUT your feelings, but talking TO your feelings. It’s important, because emotional intelligence depends on a healthy two way communication loop; knowing which emotions are speaking and what messages they’re sending, and effectively sending messages back to them. So how do you to […]

No Reason.

July 24th, 2012
There is no reason. Not one. You can’t tell me anything To change my mind. I know what I know- that this shit’s crazy. Words stuck in anger at the futility of it all. Pointless, meaningless avoidable pain. Bought too easily paid for pain. There is only ever one end. Allowed, demanded. Take that gun, […]
Imagine living as if you had nothing to lose. You would throw yourself into every moment fully, take more risks and improvise at every step. Are you a risk taker? Consider these questions- Do you look for 100% certainty before making decisions? Do you talk to strangers? Do you challenge people in authority? Would you […]


July 11th, 2012
Put your fears at ease. Remind them that you are whole and lovable, abundant and brilliant to begin with and this essence doesn’t need to be protected. Shine a light on your fear and it will be shrunk to size. What fear called risk will soon be revealed as opportunity.


June 11th, 2012
When kayaking towards a rock, you have to lean into the rock to avoid disaster not away from it. When you come to an obstacle in life, lean into the fear, face it head on, trust your courage and life will create options for you. As the old saying goes, ‘If you run from a […]


June 6th, 2012
There is no fear in the fall when you surrender to life’s flow and let it carry you in its surprise. Focus on what has you jumping out of your skin, free-falling into the amazing adventure of your life. Go ahead and jump. The feeling is awesome.
A Texan farmer goes to Australia for a vacation.  He meets an Aussie farmer and they strike up a conversation.  The Aussie shows off his big wheat field and the Texan says, ‘Oh yeah. We have wheat fields that are at least twice as large.’ Then they walk around the farm a little, and the Aussie […]