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

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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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The Joy of Missing Out

It seems to me that many of our everyday decisions are driven by the fear of missing out. It manifests itself in many ways: our eyes are glued to our social media feeds, we’re constantly buying or saving up for the latest tech or fashion craze, and it seems we can never miss attending a social event or trip with friends—even at tremendous unreasonable cost to ourselves. It’s the unsettling anxiety that everybody else is

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Video of the Week: 2007 iPhone Announcement

This video of Steve Jobs presenting the very first iPhone in 2007 is one I’ve seen multiple times. I watched it again a week ago. I’m entertained every time I see it, partly when I remember it’s already been more than a decade since this event, partly when I think about how groundbreaking this technology seemed to be at the time, and mostly by the presentation skills of Steve Jobs and the rest of the

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