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When Life Gives You Cumulonimbus…

Here’s a fun game:

Pick a random Friday night after an intense work week in a city far from home.

Grab a seat by the window of the lounge looking out at the tarmac and watch the clouds roll in, and try to guess how much your flight will be further delayed every time you check Flight Tracker.

And then realize that even though you’re probably not going to make it home this night, you might as well settle in and enjoy the show…

and see what happens.

How To Keep Your Balance

“Our current perspective will influence our sense of everything else. For this reason, never look at something that is moving if balance is critical. If you ever need to walk across something narrow, say, a fallen tree that crosses a stream or river, then don’t look at the moving water—it makes balancing almost impossible.”*

Note to self: when life throws me off balance, focus on What Never Moves and trust my inner ear.

*Tristan Gooley, from The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs: Use Outdoor Clues to Find Your Way, Predict the Weather, Locate Water, Track Animals—and Other Forgotten Skills




Paul Simon: “Anger is an addiction. We like it. The brain likes it… everybody’s angry all the time, and they’re all juiced up. I’m not saying there’s nothing to be angry about. What I’m saying is, you can’t make a calm decision when somebody’s got you in a rage.”

Happy “Deep Breath Day!”



How You Made Them Feel

We don’t normally re-post these self-helpy memes, but…


When you’re tempted to mentally pre-script a work conversation, or imagine advantageous stage directions for an important first date, or envision yourself forcing SUCCESS! into those first scattered, shaky moments at the podium, maybe lean on this instead:

“When that moment comes, I will stay open and present. I will let Love be through me. I will listen inside, and I will be a listener with actual ears.

I don’t need to know how this will work ahead of time, which means I can safely get back to not burning the hotdog buns under the broiler, Now.”

And they will feel loved.