Are you too busy to enjoy life?

It is not enough to be busy; so are the ants. The question is: what are we busy about? Henry David Thoreau 1817 – 1862 We all have plans and dreams for a better, more fulfilling life. Yet study after study shows that only a small percent of people actually achieve their dreams. A good question is: why? Recently, I was working with a young man who was struggling to get on his feet. He had written out his goals, had powerful reasons why he wanted to achieve these goals and knew the actions he needed to take to get …
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Coping with disaster

There is a tomorrow after a disaster, and it’s sometimes hard to remember that in the midst of it. Sheri Fink It’s difficult to watch news footage of the current conditions in Puerto Rico without experiencing some emotion. I feel great empathy for the residents there and wonder how some are able to cope. Before Hurricane Maria, everything was routine and people were going about their lives as usual. Then their world was turned upside down, with widespread damage, no power, and limited supplies — and no idea when to expect repairs or aid. Some lost their lives. Many more …
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Are you solving the wrong problem?

If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail. Abraham  Maslow 1908 – 1970 When we’re faced with a problem, the first thing we need to do is get totally clear about the issue we’re trying to solve. But at times, this task isn’t as straightforward as it sounds. Consider the interesting example of the mathematician Abraham Wald and the British Air Ministry. During World War II, the British Air Ministry engaged Mr. Wald to study the damage suffered by airplanes engaged in combat missions and use those results to recommend appropriate places for …
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