Seeing clearly: three life lessons from a lost pair of glasses

Seeing clearly: three life lessons from a lost pair of glasses

I lost my eyeglasses last weekend while hiking in the mountains: snazzy designer glasses that I'd worn for years, but were admittedly less than perfect. They were constantly sliding down my nose unless I kept tightening the arms; the lenses were scuffed from being dropped too many times; one of the lenses was cut for an astigmatism that had miraculously cured itself a [...]

What do you love?

What do you love?

If you haven't seen Ethan Hawke's video on TED's YouTube channel, you're missing out. It's called Give Yourself Permission to Be Creative, but it's really about giving yourself permission to be yourself.   https://youtu.be/WRS9Gek4V5Q My favorite quote: "What do you love?... if you get close to what you love, who you are is revealed to you."  Amen.  Too often, we try [...]

When failure is the best possible option

When failure is the best possible option

"If I'm lucky, I'll fail." I overheard this eyebrow-raising thought while making breakfast in my rooftop nest in Tel Aviv last summer. I considered myself lucky to hear it: usually our subconscious minds hide these heresies with Cloaks of Invisibility. But I caught mine unawares this particular morning; either that, or my subconscious finally grew [...]

Why New Year’s goals and resolutions don’t stick (and what to do instead)

Why New Year’s goals and resolutions don’t stick (and what to do instead)

From the archives, a post I wrote in January 2020 that's still very relevant! Every year on New Year's Day, I would retreat and spend the day journaling to rehash all the things I hadn't done the previous year, and set goals that I failed to keep for the next. After a few months, I'd [...]