Category: Daily Reflection

Why We Work – Louise Bush-Brown on Sir Christopher Wren

“Perhaps you have heard the story of Christopher Wren, one of the greatest of English architects, who walked one day unrecognized among the men who were at work upon the building of St. Paul’s cathedral in London which he had designed. “What are you doing?” he inquired of one of the workmen, and the man replied, “I am cutting a piece of stone.” As … Read More Why We Work – Louise Bush-Brown on Sir Christopher Wren

Usefulness

“We cannot be useful to ourselves until we are useful to others.” – Dali Lama Being of service is one of the most powerful transformative tools. When we chose to put our own agenda aside and do something for someone else we learn what our real gifts are. Often, people on a journey of self (or spiritual) discovery chose to “go into the mountains … Read More Usefulness

Seeing Others

“Look at other people and ask yourself if you are really seeing them or just your thoughts about them.” – Jon Kabot Zinn One of the first books I came across in my own spiritual and personal journey of discovery was Jon Kabot Zinn’s Wherever You Go, There You Are. It is a great little book on mindfulness, with short chapters and entry level … Read More Seeing Others

Continued Progress

“I am suffocated and lost when I have not the bright feeling of progression.” – Margaret Fuller  Here lies a common and persistent problem for us, not just as individuals, but as a culture. Progress is a cultural idea, and one that has served humanity well, when it has been thought out and directed. Medicine, sanitation, supplies of food and water, all of our daily … Read More Continued Progress

…”on the fatigue of your bones.”

Never tire yourself more than necessary, even if you have to found a culture on the fatigue of your bones. – Antonin Artaud “Never tire yourself more than necessary…” Sound advice, but its the 2nd part that is most interesting to me today. Living and working in the shadow of our financial and cultural center of productivity I know bankers, lawyers, plumbers, artists, chefs, and … Read More …”on the fatigue of your bones.”

Taking Yourself Too Seriously

The more you find out about the world, the more opportunities there are to laugh at it. – Bill Nye, The Science Guy How can I believe in God when just last week I got my tongue caught in the roller of an electric typewriter? – Woody Allen We are pretty strange creatures and the world is a pretty strange place. & it doesn’t … Read More Taking Yourself Too Seriously

“…In Order To Learn To Do It.”

“I am always doing that which I can not, in order that I may learn how to do it.” – Van Gogh Most people I know don’t actually like being beginners. I can’t tell you the amount of times I have heard clients and friends say something like, “I’ve always wanted to learn how to play guitar (or speak another language, or sail, or run a … Read More “…In Order To Learn To Do It.”

“… translated into action.”

“Inspiration tends to evaporate, leaving no trace of future conduct, unless it is translated into action.” – William James I’ll most likely come back to this theme again and again. We all have moments of inspiration. Times when we see a path forward that inspires us to be at our best. If we do not act on them they are nothing more than passing … Read More “… translated into action.”

What You Think

As soon as you can say what you think, and not what some other person has thought for you, you are on your way to being a remarkable man. – J.M. Barrie When I can help a client or friend break the pattern of reactive behavior and thought and really express themselves authentically in their actions and behavior I know I have participated in something … Read More What You Think

Instant Illumination

There are very few human beings who receive the truth, complete and staggering, by instant illumination. Most of them acquire it fragment by fragment, on a small scale, by successive developments, cellularly, like a laborious mosaic. – Anais Nin “We want what we want when we want it” a friend use to say. Whether that is some form of great truth or illumination or … Read More Instant Illumination

Stating the Problem

The greatest challenge to any thinker is stating the problem in a way that will allow a solution. – Bertrand Russell This is one of the key benefits to using a coach, counselor, or having a friend or mentor that is skilled in these kinds of conversations. Often when we try to approach a problem in our lives, particularly if we are too close … Read More Stating the Problem

Keeping a Record

By what strange law of mind is it that an idea long overlooked, and trodden under foot as a useless stone, suddenly sparkles out in new light, as a discovered diamond?” – Harriet Beecher Stowe I’m not an avid journal keeper, more an occasional one, but there are real benefits to keeping some occasional record of our thought lives. Like the quote above I … Read More Keeping a Record