The Measure of a Man

What makes a “man?” Am I a man? Are you? How do we know? How do we measure? Many years ago when my eldest boys were very young, I decided to create a familial definition of manhood that could serve them as a guiding tenet as they matured and navigated life’s complexities. For those ofContinue reading “The Measure of a Man”

Why Can’t I Achieve My Goals?

An Idea Isn’t a Plan. A Wish Isn’t a Goal. We often fail to achieve our aims in life because we mistake ideas for plans, and wishes for goals. I received a reminder of this recently, and in reflecting perhaps I can illuminate some aspects of goal setting and planning which might help others. ThisContinue reading “Why Can’t I Achieve My Goals?”

It’s Who You Are On the Outside That Matters

“We are what we habitually do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.” -Will Durant (Not Aristotle) “As it is not one swallow or a fine day that makes a spring, so it is not one day or a short time that makes a man blessed and happy.” -Aristotle, actually We Are WhatContinue reading “It’s Who You Are On the Outside That Matters”

What is this all about?

Many years ago, I was in Baghdad, Iraq, and a musician who was visiting the troops asked me to “describe war.” Off the cuff and with little reflection, I replied, “War is like ‘normal’ life, full of highs and lows, except higher and lower. It’s just life…amplified.” I’d accidentally stumbled upon not only a fairlyContinue reading “What is this all about?”