Wednesday, September 30, 2009

“Depressed? Of course we’re all depressed. We’ve been so quickly, violently, and irreconcilably plucked from nature, from physical labor, from kinship and village mentality, from every natural and primordial antidepressant. The further society “progresses,” the grander the scale of imbalance. Just as fluoride is put in water to prevent dental cavities, we’ll soon find government mandating Prozac in our water to prevent mental cavities.”

M. Robin D’Antan

Well......Mr. D’Antan seems to have said what he said very clearly and any attempt to interpret or comment seems designed for failure! Given that, here goes …….

What I observe in my work with senior executives and feedback during or after my public speaking appearances mirrors the concern expressed above. Pharmaceuticals – legal and not so legal – are often the unfortunate choice for “feeling better.”

Perhaps many of us need to dig some potatoes, really sit down and talk with our families and friends and take a long hike. What’s your way to handle life’s ups and downs? Let us know through your comment.

With love and respect,


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Life Just Is

“When you boil it down, life is made up of our minute-to-minute experiences. And once we begin to become more aware, at some point we discover a fundamental truth: life is not positive or negative, it just is.”

from “Living an Extraordinary Life”
by Robert White

As always, I resist the temptation to comment on my own writing. You, of course, are not bound by any such rule so please respond.

With love and respect,


Come Play With Us in Denver !!!

If you’re in Colorado the evening of October 1st please join us for Epic Spirit—a fast paced group board game based on Joseph Campbell’s “The Hero’s Journey.” Get details and register at:

Dr. Arturo Bencosme will be our “coach” …. He’s brilliant, charming and engaging. I’ve played the game, had fun and learned a lot about myself and others. Bring a friend or make some new ones!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The Truth

“Say not, ‘I have found the truth,” but rather, ‘I have found a truth.’”

Kahil Gibran

Attendees at our seminars and readers of my book, “Living an Extraordinary Life” know that I take a pretty hard look at the right-wrong game. It’s a major destroyer of relationships and a pox on creating community. One of the big contributors to playing the right-wrong game is when we believe we have found “the truth.”

One benefit of aging is a certain wisdom is possible—not promised, just possible. I am less and less persuaded by “the truth” and more and more convinced that there are many truths;.
What’s your point of view on this important communication tool?

With love and respect,


Thursday, September 10, 2009

Walking the Talk

"Well done is better than well said."

Benjamin Franklin

Long time readers know of my affection for Ben Franklin, his life and his work. While I am greatly tempted to make a political comment here, I’ll generalize instead.

It seems to me that we live in a kind of celebrity culture where being well-spoken can temporarily blind us to what is actually being proposed and “done.” With the constant flow of information we are assailed with minute-by-minute, our critical thinking and decision making skills are needed more than ever.

I’d appreciate knowing your experience and thoughts in this key domain.

With love and respect,


Thursday, September 3, 2009

Ahhh ... The Judgment Machine

“Do not condemn the judgment of another because it differs from your own. You may both be wrong.”


Of course, I want this to apply to others and not to me!

Need I say more?

Examples wanted and you can share them through the "comment" link.

You tell me yours and I’ll tell you mine.

With love and respect,


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