Experience is an honest teacher.

It would be easy if we always gave ourselves a moment to consult core values before making a decision. Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as it sounds, and the result can leave us feeling like we’ve veered off course. I previously wrote about the importance of finding and articulating values…


Being clear gives me something to stand on.

Sometimes it feels like there is no ground beneath my feet. Floating or falling feel the same when life happens. …


Could uttering a few words inside my mixed up head make any difference in the real world?

“Slow Down” — it’s the mantra I’m stepping into 2021 with. Do I really need to be reminded to slow down after a year spent indoors without much to do? Yes. Yes, I do.

The way I think of a mantra is a short phrase I keep in mind and…


There is no mystery, this is just the way she is.

Angels walk among us

Angels walk amongst us. Not the winged kind with halos and white robes, nor the chubby spooky baby kind that comes out every Valentine’s day. There are real flesh and blood angels who walk through life just like you and I do. They don’t draw attention to themselves but when…


There is more to a word than the definition

When I tell someone that my college degree is in philosophy I nearly always get the head tilt to the side look of “really?” Despite the quizzical looks or the quick, “I could never study that” response, I’m confident that my deep interest in philosophy is not weird or special…


Find the courage to let joy into your life.

“Life will bring you pain all by itself. Your responsibility is to create joy.” Milton Erickson

After getting up early each morning to swim, bike, and run for months, I had done it. I’d completed a triathlon. Jolene and some of my training friends were at the finish line waiting…


We may be hearing words but we’re not understanding the message

Have you ever been in a conversation that raised your levels of fear and anxiety? So much so that it seemed like people were drawing out your frustrations like a snake charmer?

What if there was a way to take part in conversations that left you feeling curious and not…


It wasn’t until quite recently that the question finally made sense

Worrying over coffee

“Is it useful?”

Joseph Goldstein, the meditation instructor asks us this simple question when we find ourselves worrying and fretting about the future.

I was introduced to this question while utilizing the 10% Happier Meditation app (I recommend it) by the television anchor, Dan Harris. Like him, I have tended…


Prioritization is the part of the 4 burner theory I’d neglected to appreciate.

The 4 Burner Theory & Priorities

It was 2016. I was turning 40 and feeling listless and adrift. Everything was going well, but I didn’t feel excited about where I was headed. I triumphantly decided that I was going to set some goals. I was going to move away from the mediocre and into something that…

Anthony Beckman

Dad, husband, thinker, writer, exerciser. “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” — Dumbledore

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