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The Tyranny of the Timeline

The Tyranny of the Timeline

“I have to get into an amazing college by the time I graduate high school.” “I have to be married by the time I’m 30.” “I have to have kids before 40.” “I need to be at the top of my career by 29.” “I need to . . . (insert your own have to/need…
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The Gift of Attention

The Gift of Attention

Australian author John Tarrant wrote, “Attention is the most basic form of love. Through it we bless and are blessed.” There is no greater gift we can give our loved ones than our full attention. Material gifts may end up filling up our garages, but pure loving attention creates an endurable connection. We live in…
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The Gates of Paradise and Hell

The Gates of Paradise and Hell

There is an ancient tale that takes place in feudal Japan that speaks directly to our ability to get triggered by strong emotions. A samurai warrior named Nobushige came to visit Hakuin, a Zen monk, and asked: “Is there really a paradise and a hell?” “Who are you?” inquired Hakuin. “I am a samurai,” the…
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