Shared thoughts and lessons on pursuing a well-lived life.

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Wisdom from a Perpetual Pessimist

The Silver Chair is one of my favorite books from C.S. Lewis’ series The Chronicles of Narnia. The main characters are not your typical heroes, and most of the story is set in the less prominent and darker places in Narnia. In one of the key moments in the book, the main characters find themselves readying to escape the Underland, the underworldly lair of the evil Green Witch. She tries to stop them and does so by slowly hypnotizing

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The Other Busy Bee

Lou was Bob’s friend, he fared no better Though unlike Bob, he was a go-getter Working day and night, no matter the weather He had tons of sweet honey, but his soul was so bitter

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Distracted Busy Bee

Bob is a bee who can’t seem to see The flow’rs ‘round him since he’s gazing at a tree The flowers have the nectar; the tree does not But its towering beauty can’t be forgot Now the day’s gone, he flies to his hive Bob the busy bee breezed through his 9-to-5 Back at home now, he’s got all tales about trees But honey? None to feed his family of bees Poor little Bob, so

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Our Troubles Are Often Smaller Than They Seem

In one of his notebooks, Leonardo da Vinci wrote this riddle: “Huge figures will appear in human shape, and the nearer you get to them, the more will their immense size diminish.” The answer: “The shadow cast by a man at night with a light.” When I think about this riddle, I can’t help but think of my life’s shadows and how da Vinci’s observation applies just the same. Oftentimes our troubles can seem gigantic,

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Rest, Reflect, and Recalibrate on Weekends

I’m writing this as I wait for my last meeting of the day. There’s a lot going on at work, including a number of exciting stuff. But with all that comes a flurry of projects and activities that can fill up one’s week in no time. It’s days like this that I (need to) remind myself that a packed schedule does not necessarily mean it’s a productive one. It’s easy to mistake busyness for progress.

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Where are you? Come home.

Stop this train I want to get off and go home again I can’t take the speed it’s moving in I know I can’t But, honestly, won’t someone stop this train Had a talk with my old man Said, “Help me understand” He said, “Turn sixty-eight You’ll renegotiate” “Don’t stop this train Don’t for a minute change the place you’re in And don’t think I couldn’t ever understand I tried my hand John, honestly, we’ll

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