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Peace of Mind Hard to Find?

Most of us are familiar with “peace of mind” and share this aspirational phrase as part of the human experience. We want to live in peace and have a fulfilling life. We can even go to great lengths to create it, whether moving to places where we believe it exists or cutting ties with...

Better To Be Right or Understood?

Out beyond the ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I will meet you there. - Rumi This beautiful and wise quote is a powerful reminder that there is so much more to life than simply being right or wrong, this or that, and any other binary thing you want to label. When...

How Do We Create Connection?

Gripping the handles as I hiked along the stair climbing machine, I looked over and noticed the guy next to me sharing this journey to nowhere. I noticed he was wearing a hoodie representing a local university which we both supported. The name of the university isn’t important and would distract from the point...

Activate Humanity – What do these two words mean to you?

“Activate” and “Humanity”, two words that mean something different. When put together, what do they mean to you? Activate: Trigger. Stimulate. Start something. Begin a process.  Humanity: Humankind. Human race. Kindness. Compassion. For some, it means giving a crap about each other. For others, it means giving a crap about ourselves in order to help others. Two...

What We See vs. What We Know

The Fundamental Attribution Error references a tendency we have as humans to attribute another person’s action to their personality, often labeling them in the process, and our own actions are attributed to our external situation or circumstances.  For example, we see someone cut in line way up ahead of us to get to the front...

Assumptions Can Kill Connection

Let’s face it: We make assumptions about almost everything, including ourselves.  How many times have we said, “I got this!” and the result didn’t match our assumption? We tell people what we think is happening in the world, based on what we have seen or heard on the news or social media. We give...