Overcoming Overwhelm

This is the system I described in a recent quick tips episode of the Discover Grow Shinecast, a new podcast to help you along the path to health, wealth, wisdom and a happier life. This is the system I use whenever I feel like I'm suddenly in the spinning-wheel of death mode that Mac-users know when their computer goes into system overload for too long. 1. Stop What You're Doing No matter how … [Read more...]

The Care and Feeding of Heffalumps

The tale of "Piglet Meets A Heffalump," in Winnie-the-Pooh is replete with wisdom about human behavior, particularly in the face of our tendency to fear what we don't recognize or understand and our desire to hold on to what we have out of fear of loss or a mindset based on scarcity. I think some of our greatest insights can come from simple stories—like this one. Here's a recap, if you've … [Read more...]

Epiphany: The Power of Action

An epiphany refers to a striking breakthrough or or manifestation or “enlightening realization” that enables someone to more deeply understand a problem or situation. Epiphanies usually come after much thought, study, deep consideration of the problem. For some time, I’ve been grappling with issues about where to best focus my efforts to fulfill my purpose. I’ve had inklings, over the years. In … [Read more...]

Zoom, Vivace, Jazz: The Power of Words

Can three words inspire, motivate -- even define you for an entire year? A lifetime? If words shape our thoughts, our emotions, our actions, it would seem so. “Our life is shaped by the mind, we become what we think.” Buddha I know the power of words. I value words. The Book of John in the New Testament says Jesus is The Word: "In the beginning was the Word..." So it's hard to believe I’d … [Read more...]

The Mouse and the Bull

This week's Monday Motivator is the tale of The Mouse and the Bull from Aesop's Fables: A Bull was bitten by a Mouse and, angered by the wound, tried to capture him. But the Mouse reached his hole in safety. Though the Bull dug into the walls with his horns, he tired before he could rout out the Mouse, and crouching down went to sleep outside the hole. The mouse peeped out, crept furtively up … [Read more...]

Helen Keller Inspires

Today's Sunday Sign is a quote from Helen Keller. Runners in the Helen Keller Festival 5-mile run passed by this school sign near the halfway point of the June 2010 race. The message provided a nice boost to my spirit as I ran past that very hot, humid morning. A few days later, I drove by with my camera and snapped several pictures of the sign. Helen Keller's words remind us that we can … [Read more...]