As I reflect on the last year, it goes without saying that 2020 created tremendous obstacles. Workers lost their jobs. Families lost their loved ones. In order to fight the virus, significant changes were made to the way we work and learn. And for many, it was the first time they were forced to wrestle with the idea of their own mortality.
Less Self-Help, More Self-Start
For years, I was getting high out of my mind on the feeling of becoming a more well-rounded human, without actually doing anything differently or making any significant changes in my life. It wasn't until I noticed the enormous amount of overlap from book to book that I began to question whether I was really willing to buckle down and get to work on the things I was reading about, or if I preferred to just nod in approval to myself at inspirational quotes.
Tough. Life’s not fair.” -Dave Magness The axiom “familiarity breeds contempt” might very well trace its origins to an exhausted philosophically-minded traveller on a family vacation. As the initial excitement of the annual summer family road trip wore off, my sisters and I became fiercely territorial in our assigned domains in the family mini-van. An … Continue reading On Fairness
Karl Marlantes on Heroism
The word "hero" has taken on a much broader definition in recent years, diminishing the meaning for all. You served on a FOB in the Air Force? You're a hero. You worked as an admin clerk? You're a hero. The lines of what actually makes a hero are so blurred, that almost anything qualifies. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvzpxW8mvrw