Archive for November, 2014

Conditions for Growth


They’re always there. The opportunity is available. We may need to add a little water from time to time, but it’s ours to nourish. We can throw matches into the gas and risk destroying something. We can leave it by the side of the road to rot, or maybe just carve out survival on its own.


If given a modicum of support, growth will usually happen.



Sometimes it’s right in front of us. Sometimes we have to search. It’s nearly always there – something to appreciate and be thankful for.

When we see it, and it’s obvious to us…those are some nice moments. It would be great if there were more of those such that we could skip through life on the buoys of good feelings they produce. But it’s when we choose to find it in those shadows between the obvious beams of light that we reveal our best character to ourselves. In some of our best moments we can even step back and see the contrast between the obvious and the sublime machinations that afford us a view into the darkness in such a way that we can still find our path. That’s the essence of who we can be, if only we can manage to sustain it. Thus is the challenge of the thinking/feeling human.



Studies show people respond better to physical medical placebos than those in pill form. Sham acupuncture delivers better pain relief than fake Tylenol. When we engage in a physical transaction with someone else, we increase the self-talk that leads to a better result regardless of whether there is a ‘legitimate’ benefit to the action. This is one reason why actually opening the bottle and taking the medicine leads to an effect, even when we know the pill is a fake.

The ritual creates a receptive person. That state provides the conduit for the impact. We can outsmart it of course, if we try. But we can also use it to our advantage. A way to market to ourselves. Part of managing our state of mind is choosing actions that promote the moods and feelings we want. We market to ourselves every day anyway. Are we honest with ourselves about the moods and feelings we really want? There is a truth to be found in those marketing messages.  You can ignore it or fight it with some success. In time, however, the truth will still emerge.

Best to manage it. Small things. A new habit formed with small steps taken over time. That’s change you can live with for a long time.

Two Kinds of Movement

pythagorean theorem
A complex physics concept is how space-time works. In simple layman’s terms the speed of light is the only speed there is. You can interpret relativity to mean that everything moves through space-time at the speed of light. Some of that movement is through space, and some of it is through time. They add like sides of a right triangle (think Pythagorean Theorem) so the sum of the squares of the two velocities always equals the square of the speed of light. Our velocity through space is pretty slow, so much of our motion is through time. An object moving at half the speed of light experiences less passage of time relative to us. Photons, at the speed of light, experience no passage of time.
This is a metaphor for our lives. Movement happens because we displace ourselves somewhat physically, but also over time. And it’s all relative. When we’re doing and accomplishing a lot we do not notice the passage of time nearly as much. We move off center, away from where we were, on to other things, other people, other realizations. When we sit still the passage of time becomes a much greater factor in our perception of what happens to us.
Movement occurs. We move ourselves, or…if we wait for time to do it then the movement occurs all around us. Eventually we find ourselves in a different reality we must learn to navigate.


Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

%d bloggers like this: