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Everyone Is Suffering


This past week, a friend of mine committed suicide. It was not expected or anticipated in any way. If you had asked me to rank people on a scale of least likely to most likely to kill themselves, he would ...

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Allegory Of The Long Spoons


The following is a brief allegory, told from a Jewish perspective. Initially I heard it as a Buddhist lesson. I’m sure there are variations of the tale across many religions, it’s message so universal. Rabbi Haim of Romshishok was an ...

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Keiko: To Meditate Upon The Old

goal focused vs system focused

A couple weeks ago, I made a post entitled Goal Are For Losers, commenting on Scott Adams’ essay in the Wall Street Journal, Scott Adams’ Secret of Success: Failure, in which Adams posits: To put it bluntly, goals are for losers. ...

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4 Blocks or 80 Dollars


  There is a parking deck right next to our office building. The monthly fee is $80. Cheap, in comparison to most cities. Affordable. Four blocks away from our office building are the bridges going over the railroad tracks that ...

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A Time For Action in the New Year


  A New Year. From my New Year’s post last year, True Victory is Victory Over the Self: People will dedicate themselves to change. They will tell themselves that this year will be different. They will commit to change their ...

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Wet Trail

  Yesterday I went for a run, my usual. 5k. I had given some thought to going further then normal but when I got to the point where I could keep going – the trail crossing over the creek was ...

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On Mentors: To Sharpen Is To Destroy


  When I was an uchi-deshi, there were special classes reserved for senior students called kenshu (“sword sharpening”). During these classes, I would sit in seiza (“proper sitting”) for 30 minutes or so, listening to the instructor lecture on a ...

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True Victory is Victory Over the Self


  An old year falls, a new one rises. People will dedicate to change. They will tell themselves that this year will be different. They will commit to change their appearance, their friends, their family, their job. Goals will be ...

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