19:1 RULE

For your immediate consideration, may I suggest a little tool? Before you criticize yourself or another, please apply my 19:1 rule. If you look hard-enough for fault, you will surely find it in each and every 1. And “as you sow, so too shall you reap,” when all has been said and done. But if 19 times prior, appropriate acknowledgement is both posit...
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I Might Just Piss You Off!

Not that I wish to offend, but sometimes I must. The truth hurts and so, too, does a lie. “Mirror, mirror on the wall...” am I the fairest one of all? Of course you are! After all, who wouldn’t see just how very special you are? Except for the fact that you are not always right. Or good. Or kind. Or considerate. Or respectful. In fact, sometimes, y...
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“, for now.”

No matter what major, moderate or minor crisis, challenge or conundrum you face in any area of your life, please consider adding the words “, for now” to the end of any thought or communication about your problem or concern. The phrase, “, for now” is a constant reminder that when “stuff happens,” it is usually reasonable to expect that any “hope, ...
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How to Be a Good “Crazy” Person!

Many years ago I stumbled upon the ‘secret formula’ of how to be a good “crazy” person: Simply live your life in such a way that you “know you know and know you mustn’t...” Then whatever follows can only remain a compensatory adaptation to living your life a lie! The ‘antidote’ is equally straightforward: When you “know you know, and know, and act ...
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Mentoring Moment

Disciple: “Lost I am, now must I what do?” Master: “A path you seek, may search I with you?” Disciple: “Direction implore I, do still I forsooth!” Master: “Illusion is maya, truth is truth.” Disciple: “Is maya of maya, not the ideal?” Master: “Illusion is illusion, only real is real.” Disciple: “Found I am, now know I my way.” Master: (Nothing need...
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“3+/-E’s”

In my opinion, there are three positive (+) or good “E’s” and three negative (-) or bad “E’s”. The first good “E” is to be “Effective.” To do what you set out to do. To finish what you started. To do it correctly, preferably the first time. To achieve the desired result. If you are not effective, then you are ineffective. To not do what you set out...
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"FINE"

Inconsolable Sculpture
  Doctor: “How are you?” Patient: “Fine. Doctor: “What would you like to talk about today?” Patient: “Nothing much.” Doctor: “How come?” Patient: “Because I’m fine.” Doctor: “What exactly do you mean by fine?” Patient: “I thought you’d never ask!”   “F” stands for fucked-up.” “I” stands for inconsolable.” “N” stands for nothingness.” “E” ...
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"I Count Grains of Sand"

He was but a humble young adult visitor from a foreign land, a guest in the home of a very wealthy older man. Opulence, bordering on decadence, permeated every room of the host’s palacial estate. A clever psychopath-in-disguise and less-than-honorable man, the elder made a most striking first impression! Who was this heavily monied individual with ...
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"I Am..."

Master: “Who are you?” Disciple #1: “I am a human being in the process of becoming.” Disciple #2: “I am a human being in-process.” Disciple #3: “I am a human being.” Disciple #4: “I am a human.” Disciple #5: “I am a being.” Disciple #6: “I am being.” Disciple #7: “I am.” Disciple #8: “I.” Disciple #9: “I am not I.” Disciple #10: “I am not that I am...
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The Fulcrum of Truth

Inverted Fulcrum
  Imagine a teeter-totter on a playground. The balance-point or center is called the fulcrum. Now think of the word: T-R-U-T-H equally positioned on the teeter-totter. Where is the fulcrum? It’s U! Now think of the word: T-R-U-S-T equally positioned on the teeter-totter. Where is the fulcrum? Again, it’s U! Take a breath. Hold it. Exhale. Thin...
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Inciting Insight and Activating Action

The purpose of my writing is to “incite insight” and to “activate action.” I have no objection to ideas and efforts which differ from my own. In fact, I welcome them. My humble goal is to think and judge and act for myself. Along the way, I may have an opportunity to invite others to think and judge and act for themselves but only if they are recep...
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Whole and Holey

When I think of the personal mentors in my life, I am reminded of their sage insights, their discerning candor, and the genuineness of their own “walk.” Mostly, I recall their unflagging commitment to me – guiding me forward, sometimes back, often up and down and around, and sideways a few times, to be sure, but always in service of me – and my per...
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