How To Be Unhappy: Buy More Stuff

Look in your closet. Now imagine that every item in there had a string tied to it at one end and to you at the other. Now think of everything you own, in every room, closet, drawer, cupboard, and box, all with strings connecting you to them. Now try to walk away. There is an […]

G.R.O.S.S. = Get Rid Of Some Stuff

It’s funny how things come full circle. When I was younger, my life focused on acquisition. The list of things I wanted seemed endless. But as I became older and came to own more and more and more stuff, a funny thing happened…or didn’t happen. I didn’t become happier. I didn’t feel fulfilled. I didn’t […]

Letting Go of Wrong Thinking

Many scholarly books and articles have been written on the topic of the two drivers of our thoughts and actions; the emotions and the intellect. Each serves its purpose, but when the emotions take control they can lead you down a path of wrong thinking leading away from your goal of happiness. A great deal […]

How Much Is Enough?

Humans have been hunter gatherers for hundreds of thousands of years, millions of years in our complete evolutionary history. Each day we awoke with our empty bellies telling us urgently to get up and search for food. To ignore this meant to risk death. In recent history we have mastered acquisition of resources to such […]

Be Less Productive

  [Tweet “Maybe We Need To Be Less Productive…”]   A search for information on how to be more productive will return tens of millions of hits. It seems counter intuitive to want to be less productive, but I’m coming to believe that this is just what we need. Even my dog seems to be […]

Begin

  “Take the first step, and your mind will mobilize all its forces to your aid. But the first essential is that you begin. Once the battle is started, all that is within and without you will come to your assistance.” Robert Collier There is tremendous power in beginning. If you have something that you […]

Habits

       “Habit is Stronger Than Reason” – George Santayana   We are the sum of our habits. Too often we allow habits to develop subconsciously, automatically, bad ones insidiously. You can control who you become by controlling your habits. Choose the habits you believe will make you who you want to be. Forming […]

Wabi Sabi

Yes, it’s a funny name. Wabi Sabi is a comprehensive Japanese worldview. Essentially Wabi Sabi means that everything is impermanent and nothing is perfect. Accept this and you won’t need to feel distressed when things don’t work out perfectly. Accept this and you can accept outcomes no matter what they are, as natural.