THE TREES ARE PEOPLE. With their own inscrutable “why.”

As I wrote in my last post, I recently came to terms with the (to me) dull, trudging work of gathering and analyzing data. I realized why, in order to get to the dazzling and fulfilling work of finding large trends and doing the big picture thinking, I need to first get mastery of details. … Continue reading THE TREES ARE PEOPLE. With their own inscrutable “why.”

The question that makes me less judgmental

What security are they afraid of losing? Two instincts drive human behavior: self-promotion and self-protection. (I'm sure there are more, but those are two.) These aren't necessarily good or bad instincts, they're just how we've evolved to evaluate the world and figure out how to move about in it. We always want to improve our … Continue reading The question that makes me less judgmental

Against anxiety: how I’m practicing the present moment

As I mentioned in my post on holiday reading, I end/start every calendar year by reading The Sacrament of the Present Moment by Jean-Pierre de Caussade. It is one of the most profound in-the-daily-living sense books I've read and reading it always stills me and gives me a sense of peace in my midst of my near-constant anxiety. I decided this … Continue reading Against anxiety: how I’m practicing the present moment