Use It or Lose It

Without clear direction established by the purpose we give ourselves, time becomes the fire in which we burn. With no drive towards something, our time and energy is used by others for their own purposes. Marketing agencies use advertisement to drive us towards their purposes. Our friends and family can use us to get things… Read More

How to Stay Calm in a sea of Troubles

I had a friend take me to lunch this week at work.  We continued a dialogue we started about how to stay relaxed and calm no matter what happens.  We talked about not being disturbed at work, but the principles were easily applied to daily living and the biz of you. Everyone is different.  There… Read More

Internal vs External

I had a most excellent conversation with a fellow martial artist about balancing our internal and external work.  For the last two years, he’s been focused on his job, rebuilding his house after the floods, and dealing with his mother passing away.  As he described his focus and use of energy over the last couple…

Designing Future Happiness

I came across a quote on Tumblr that was interesting.  “Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; It is something you design for the present.”  I asked myself, “have I designed my present happiness” and “am I designing my future happiness?” Looking back, I intended to be where I’m at, not specifically mind… Read More

Who’s Your Leader?

I had the opportunity to attend a Situational Leadership Training course through work this week.  The situational leadership model is a leadership theory by Paul Hersey and Ken Blanchard.  Their theory combines recognition of individuals competence and commitment through four distinct cycles with a task based approach to helping people maximize their potential.  The information… Read More

Seeking Emergent Properties

There have been some people who have questioned why I chose to have a picture of water waves in my header.  It’s quite simple.  The standing wave in a river is an excellent example of emergent properties. Emergent properties are extrinsic in nature.  They unfold or reveal themselves like a wave in a river.  The… Read More