Habits

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I was “born this way.” This is just “who I am.” Such overly simplistic maxims are the new moral measuring stick. And why not? If we are unsure of an objective goodness (God), then why not use your self as the measuring stick to measure your self? So the false logic continues, if I was […]

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information economy overload

“What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence, a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it.” – Herbert Simon, Recipient of Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics I feel like in […]

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Catholic monks

This is a great lesson for anyone. Which monk are you? Four monks took a vow of silence. When night came, one of them said, “Fix the lamps.” The second replied, “We are not supposed to speak.” The third said, “Stupid fools! Why did you talk?” The fourth said to himself in silence, “I am […]

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Pope Benedict XVI

“Do not become utterly absorbed in activism! There would be so much to do that one could be working on it constantly. And that is precisely the wrong thing. Not becoming totally absorbed in activism means maintaining consideratio — discretion, deeper examination, contemplation, time for interior pondering, vision, and dealing with things, remaining with God […]

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Shortcutting causes erosion

As I get older, I find myself becoming more and more of a minimalist. I want less stuff. I want less distractions. I want less good things in my life in order to make more room for the best things in life. I’m becoming a big fan of that kind of minimalism.  But there is […]

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Heads aren't suited for our hats

“One very common form of the blunder is to make modern conditions an absolute end, and then try to fit human necessities to that end, as if they were only a means. Thus people say, ‘Home life is not suited to the business life of today.’ Which is as if they said, ‘Heads are not […]

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Blessed are the poor in spirit

Never have the beatitudes sounded so relevant for me. I hope you’ll listen to this all the way through, it’s very short and the wise words are worth the wait. “Blessed are you if you are not attached to material things…And blessed are you if you are not addicted to good feelings.” Wow – does […]

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Writing a Letter

“After a while, you learn that it’s better to write an unexpected letter than to sit around waiting for the postman to deliver one. Sooner of later, you discover that it is better to help someone plant a garden than to wait for someone to bring you flowers.” – Matthew Kelly It’s just an extension […]