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How we simultaneously underestimate and overestimate ourselves, and how to avoid both

Is there any more overused cliché than “less is more”?

I guess that’s kind of ironic, given the spirit of the saying. But I digress.

There’s an application for the aphorism that I don’t think gets enough attention. It has to do with achieving goals and managing tasks. When it…

The Zen Buddhist monk, who died last Saturday, is even more relevant in these deeply frightening times.

Someone meditating on a beach.

There was a time in my life — late June or early July of 2012, in the weeks following the worst depressive episode I’ve ever experienced — where the only thing I could do was sit on the beach, breathe, and read Thich Nhat Hanh. I’ve thought of that time…

Getting in touch with our humanity starts with remembering that we’re wild, too

High mountain valley covered in snow with clouds brushing the mountaintops

“Mom, can I play Minecraft?”

The afternoon was unscheduled, open, gloriously free. I had no reason to tell my son no. But I didn’t want to say yes. We’d just been up on the little ski mountain that sits above our town, indulging in a skip-school ski day with my…

Why the way forward might actually be upside-down

Some things are said so often that they just ring true — “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all”, “Let’s agree to disagree”, “Good things come to those who wait”, and “M&Ms. Melts in your mouth. Not in your hands.”

Lotion is a small thing, but it makes a big impact

Let’s talk about lotion.

Yeah, lotion. Just, lotion. Maybe you’re thinking, “Surely she’s not talking about lotion. Maybe she has misspelled ‘potion’ or ‘notion.’ I can’t imagine that this whole post is about lotion.” But it is. In Chicago, the weather is in the single digits this week, and there…

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