“How are you?”
“How’s it going?”
While I’ve often had full-blown, soul-bearing conversations result from my posing these simple prompts, the typical range of expected replies remains fairly limited:
“Good, and you?”
“Eh, you know…”
“Not much. You?”
I suppose these exchanges serve…
I’m not a film critic—at least that’s not the point of this blog, though I do seem to have snuck a few reviews in from time to time (e.g., Beauty and the Beast, Singin’ in the Rain, Cinderella, and a few others) where they illustrate a best-advice-so-far kind of observation.
Well, as it turns out,…
I'm trying something new today: a video post.
All I'll add is that, after watching, if you are still having trouble figuring out how this could work for you and your life, get in touch via the comments and we'll brainstorm together. It can be done!
And now, the video. Enjoy "The 20-Minute…
I was talking with a friend recently. I’ll call him Ralph here. Ralph’s relationship with his brother has been on the outs of late, and he was trying to understand what had happened and what he might be able to do at this point to improve the relationship.
I asked a series of questions. This…
Let me say up front that this post may not be for you. Who is it for then? Well, it’s for people like me:
who love people and whose natural tendency is to talk with and listen to others
who tend to have high interpersonal output most of the time
who sometimes find themselves running on fumes
Snow fell well into spring this year. So whenever a day’s temperate now peaks 50°, there’s a palpable buzz in the air that feels more like summer. As far as the eye can see, sidewalks teem with bikers and joggers, dog walkers and pullers of little red wagons.
By the time essential work wound down…
The phone rang at 9:52 this morning. Unknown number. I didn’t pick up.
At 9:53, a voice message appeared. I listened.
It was “Fabiola from the District Court victim advocacy office,” informing me that the case against the woman who stole my wallet and fraudulently used my debit card last summer…
“You always have a choice.”
I’ve spoken or written this central message of The Best Advice So Far literally thousands of times by now. And yet, I still feel and see the power in it as much as I ever have—the power to transform the way we view and live life.
In the first chapter of the book, I…
In my last post, I invited you to celebrate with me the successful completion of a yearlong writing goal I’d set for myself in 2017.
Since that post, I’ve allowed myself a break from all things blog. It was strategic. I knew that if I were to just continue on writing at the previously set “goal…
I use the interjection “Yay!” a fair amount, though mostly in text messages.
Then there’s “Hooray!” which I say as well as write.
But far and away, my favorite exclamation is this one:
It just … sounds right (pronounced huh-ZAH, with the accent on the second syllable).
It looks right.…