Shine


Your life is a source of light. Don't waste precious time worrying how much darkness exists beyond the reach of your light, whether your light is bright enough, or how the darkness feels about your brilliance, or when your light will burn out. Just shine.

Growth: Let crumbling foundations clear the path for deeper roots.


This past weekend was quite a whirlwind, the culmination of a few weeks planning to celebrate the 95th birthday of Nelson Mandela coincided with the unfolding of the trial of the George Zimmerman trial. Saturday evening on my way to a posh Beverly Hills restaurant to celebrate one of my best friend's milestone birthdays, the …

On Elections and Voting: Empower others


Why worry about who someone's voting for or why?  Where is the power in that? Why not focus instead on whether someone has found their voice, whether they are exercising their power by voting, whether they are encouraging others to vote?  That is powerful. In 2008, I cried watching diverse people of all ages and …

The load test: Don’t cheat yourself with delusions about happy endings


One night my best friend and I were watching a really great kung fu movie, Curse of the Golden Flower.  The movie ending was abrupt, anti-climactic, irresolute and inconclusive.  It left us with no sense of reconciliation, optimism, perseverance, or any of those other happy-ending feelings so typical of most movies. As the ending approached, …

Empowered refusal: If_____, then _____. vs. Is_____, and_____.


Doubt,  mistakes, anger, fear,  judgment, weakness, hatred, confusion, disloyalty, discord, disqualification and unworthiness all come from a mindset of: If __________, Then_________. Love, joy, peace, faith, hope, power, wisdom, strength, hope, excellence, acceptance,  unity and order all come from a mindset of: Is__________, And ____________. We're here.  We're alive.  We're perfect just as we are.  There is no contingency, qualifier, …

Can’t vs. Won’t: Where ability and willingness collide to create roadblocks.


Constant self-development is a fascinating feature.  Every moment you find yourself uncovering something new and different... And when that isn't happening, you find yourself wondering, "Why not?" That's the question. What's stopping you?   At what point did you get bound up, blindfolded, gagged, deafened, starved, hobbled, isolated and disoriented to the point where you …