Patience vs Impatience

As a recovering perfectionist, I’m still very much struggling with how to apply patience in my life. I grew up believing that you must have to lust after results 24/7, for if you don’t, someone else with more grit will come around and take it from you; Kind of like “Money never sleeps” from the […]

Measuring personal growth progress

From a very young age, I was attracted to numbers. If I had to guess, I’d say it was the empirical certainty that was so badly missing inside of me. In fact, I’ll never forget when I wrote my first piece of code where a computer did exactly what I told it to do. It […]

Acting in the moment

I’m a sucker for a great speech; preferably the kind of speech typically seen in the movies before an impossible feat. I’m thinking here “The game of inches” from any given Sunday or Henry the 5ths’ “St Crispin’s Day.” Never mind that these came from multimillion-dollar films or the greatest writer in the English language […]

Thanking Ourselves

One of the many things I love about America is that we have a holiday solely dedicated to thanking for our countless blessings. In fact, it’s hard to keep track of them all, and so one blessing I used to consistently overlook is myself. I hope that it doesn’t come across as narcissistic, but let’s […]

Our Oneness

Recently, I came across the following quote by St Theresa of Calcutta: “The problem with the world is that we draw our family circle too small,” which really got me thinking. At first, a lot of extremities came to mind. We’ve had holocaust in the past and now most recently ISIS. Then we have some […]

Imperfection Pride

In a world where it’s almost impossible to separate who we are from what we do, perfectionism becomes an unwritten law of the land. More to the point, if I could just do everything perfectly, then you would have no other choice than to love and praise who I am. Cue in the rat race […]

Beauty in Acceptance

We are the only creatures on this planet who have the gift of imagination. No one really knows where it comes from, but it’s yet another aspect of humanity that makes each one of us infinitely unique. After all, at any given moment, we can picture our future selves and then start taking the necessary […]

Patterns and Intuition

Patterns are all around us. In fact, making them work for us is what growing is about. We were all born with no preconceived notions and whether learning how to walk, ride a bike, study or behave, much of it all revolves around pattern matching. Pattern matching seems predictable, feels familiar and with each perfectly […]

Burden of expectations vs. freedom of being

For most of my life, or up until a few months ago to be more specific, my actions were subconsciously driven by expectations. Relationships, work, etc., I would bend backwards to fit into whichever mold I thought would trigger the casino slot machine “Ding, Ding, Ding!” sound effect. This was so exhausting. For example, I […]

Taking the time to develop personal understanding of definitions: Love

One of the most influential historical figures in my life is Socrates, who used to roam streets of Athens nearly 2,500 years ago asking seemingly trivial questions: What is virtue and can it be taught? What is justice? He approached each discussion from an egoless place by admitting that he knows nothing and frequently made […]