Untethered Dog

You Never Know Where He Will Go

Reminders

Pleasure Principle

“Don’t be a draught-horse! Work with pleasure only.” -Henry Miller, Henry Miller on Writing (1964) Enjoy the process. And if you’re not remember this: you can always enjoy the process. One of the most liberating truths is the notion that you can change your mindset. Your beliefs are always on the table. For the longest […]

Stay Close

A project gets harder the longer you put it off. If you do not have the energy to tackle it just now, worry not. Then pick it up anyway. Take a look at it, even if for a moment. “Stay close to it,” a writing friend once advised. She was talking about what to do […]

You Be You

“No more of all this talk about what a good man should be, but simply be one!” -Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 10.16 What the good emperor says sounds straightforward enough. But not so fast. Parse this out a bit. When you hear “good” you immediately think about what that word means to others. Not just all […]

It’s a Fine Line

The very same act can be interpreted by the actor either as “half-assed” or hustle. You choose. See clearly. Choose kindly.

The Temple of Zoom

Safeguard your mind. Like Marcus Aurelius said you should. You are so easily influenced. The armies of computers come for you without regard to your purpose in this world. These powerful adversaries aim to draw you into their fantasy factory and then, once successful, once you have landed in their terrain, scatter your mind into […]

Having a Ball

“I know the difficulties of gulping this down right away. You keep thinking of practical problems. Everybody has to play the game of life. You can’t just walk around saying, ‘I don’t give a damn about health or wealth or whether I’m sent to prison or not.’ Epictetus took time to explain better what he […]

Drive

Writing turns the wheel. Eating makes it go. Exercise keeps you strong so you can stay on course. Sleep allows you to recover so that you may turn the wheel again.

Love Your Fate

“Don’t demand that things happen as you wish, but wish that they happen as they do happen, and you will go on well.” -Epictetus, The Enchiridion, No. 8 Patience. Patience. Patience. When you try to impose your will on the world that seldom goes well and usually only serves to tire you out. It’s so easy to […]

Now Playing on Your Radio Dial

Used to be that it took some dexterity to change from one radio station to another. You didn’t press a button — or ask a mechanical female voice to press the button for you — but rather you moved a dial. Your thumb and index finger would spin the circular knob, as reflected in a […]

Lighten the Load

Your muscles don’t know how many pounds are on the bar. What your muscles do know is how much tension you place them under. When you can safely move a weight, go deeper rather than heavier. Direct your mind to the muscle; go fuller, go slower. Feel the flex, observe the burn. Every repetition is […]

Write This Way

Use your writing not to publish something tomorrow, next year, whenever but rather to help you live today.

Connection

Cherish encounters with souls that delight your own. Rare are the people who energize you rather than deplete you. Do not wallow. Do not follow this signpost of frustration over the fact that such moments are fleeting. This is how it must be. What makes such encounters special is that they are so seldom. To […]

This Is It

Every day is a microcosm of life. Every day, you could say, is a life. Your day is birthed from death. It is dark. You are cold. Confused. You cannot see clearly. After you get your wits about you, as much as you can, you realize you have near limitless choices before you. It is […]

Unsettled

You aren’t always going to get the sleep you want and you aren’t always going to feel the way you would like and the world events will not always proceed how you would have them and all of that is OK because you can win the day anyway. In baseball, they say the sign of […]

Try (But Not Too Hard)

Effort is important. So is ease. In the sweet spot you know both. (Lifting is like this. Writing is like this. Life is like this.)

A Cure for Anxiety

Get calm. Whatever you need but the body must register your arrival. It is, therefore, a great conduit. Engage the concern. Aim for proactive, seek meaning, don’t grasp for answers.

Choosing Meaning

As the world marked the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau in January, I was, as it happens, reading Man’s Search for Meaning. In Part II of his classic, world-over bestseller Viktor Frankl tells the story of a man, a doctor, he counseled who felt deep despair following the death of his wife. The […]

Big Days

The heat hums. Then fades. It is early morning. Our breaths, yours and your little buddy’s, inhale, exhale. Air in, air out. You are in your morning spot. On days that you suspect might be bigger than other days the tendency is toward control. You tighten your grip on the smallest silver of this life […]

The Remedy

When the world gets complicated, retreat to the simple things. Reading, writing, relationships. Do the job. Take care of your home. Consume art. Make art. Yeah.

Power

Naming your fears is more important than grasping at goals.