Modern life is full of distracting clamor, from text messages and emails to window displays in the mall. Other people tug at you with their priorities, which may not be your own. If you don't make a sanctuary for what is important, it will get overrun by the Bermuda grass of B and C priorities.
hose people -- the confused ones -- come in all shapes, sizes, genders, colors, and political parties but for the sake of argument, and as a nod to the political climate of this GOP Convention week, let's focus on politicians, shall we?
Through the years, we've become accustomed to a little political sidestep, where politicians don't answer the question asked and respond with a totally irrelevant answer. But lately this sidestep has morphed into outright lying.
In the Internet age, everything we say becomes a potential building block for others to use, and the only way to ensure a solid foundation based on trust is to be truthful. And as Jonah Lehrer learned, lies will topple your world.
By reaffirming your intentions, you are reaffirming your path and reclaiming your power. In doing so, your word becomes law. Your words become actions. Your actions define who you are and effect change.
It's the essence of models that they're works in progress. The idea that models can change, and should be expected to yield their place of privilege to better ones, has been surprisingly hard to impart.
Many years before I became the world-weary bon vivant you love to love, I was a seeker of the dark and mystic arts. It was in those great nomadic travels of my youth that I happened upon the legend of the Ming Joint.
We must seek those quiet spaces in our life that are safe for vulnerable explorations of meaning. These spaces are not found inside physical institutions or places where demagoguery slays reflective, rational and factually grounded discourse.