Be Fierce and a Warrior

The trouble is that I want to write great stories. This is a problem. If I just wanted to write stories, or words, or maybe a few sentences strung together into a paragraph or two or three, then it would not be a problem. Do you see what I mean? The pressure is …

Today is a New Day

Today is a new day. That may seem a trite or obvious statement, but I don’t view it that way. I view it as nothing short of revolutionary. I view it as one of the more empowering statements on the planet. Yesterday happened. And it may have sucked. But today …

Fear Less, Love More

Someone wise told me recently: “You are either moving toward fear; or you are moving toward love.” I like this. And what’s more, I can tell the difference. I can feel it in my body, right in the pit of my stomach. When I am moving toward fear, when I …

Going with the Flow

I am often afraid to let myself be happy, because I think that I will simply stop being a productive member of society and I will lounge around eating peeled grapes and sipping piña coladas. This is actually very unlikely, given my temperament. I LOVE to work, when I can …

Writer’s Block

I have been struggling with writer’s block. Only perhaps calling it “writer’s block” is insufficient. It’s more like “writer’s complete inability to stomach sitting down in the chair to face the notebook.” There are times in my life when I have pushed and pushed and pushed so hard that my …

Letting Go

I know I’ve mentioned her before, but Danielle LaPorte is one of my favorite contemporary  thinkers and innovators, and I want to share with you her most recent “Burning Question” which is this: What would you be more of if you let go of the past? And what a question …

Homeward Bound

I went camping this weekend, in the midst of the redwoods in the northern part of the state. To tell the truth, I was not totally looking forward to it. I was stressed and anxious about a lot of different things, and I felt that I didn’t have time to …

My Friend Discipline

Discipline is my friend. I really mean that. My relationship with Discipline has improved somewhat in the last few years, ever since I sat her down and told her what was the what. For a while, I was in rebellion against discipline. If she suggested something that I should do …

Why I Write

I went to see The Expendables 2 yesterday. It was okay. There was a lot of shooting, a lot of things exploding, and a lot of not-very-good dialogue. (You are probably thinking: so what you’re saying is that it was an action movie.) But I really want to talk about the …

Time Peace

Time has always been a loaded concept for me. There never seems to be enough time. I am starting to realize, however, that there is actually just as much time as there is. I know that probably sounds confusing, but what I mean is, a day is 24 hours long …