Cut Anchor and Sail On

Cut Anchor and Sail On

When you’re stuck in life, you’re probably stuck on something. Maybe you’re hanging onto it or maybe you’re letting it hang onto you. We don’t like to let go of the anchors we drag, but we have to if we don’t want to drag anchor.

One anchor is “offense”—someone does something no one should be allowed to do! Just remember that you don’t need to be offended by an offense for the rest of your life. If you drag someone else’s offense with you, you’ll sail it to others. Sell anchors in port. Anchor shipping makes an unprofitable business.  · · · →

Level Up

Level Up

When you’re down and out, looking up at a mountain in your way, sometimes the only way up is to level up.

Up the ante, raise prices, increase the fees to play in your game, put yourself up on the next level in quality and cost. You’ve got to be worth it. You can’t overcharge for bad apples and not make someone want to upset your apple cart. But, as long as you aren’t selling complete junk—and as long as you are indeed in demand—the only way forward might be up.

That’s hard to hear if you’re broke.  · · · →

Questions for What They Are

Questions for What They Are

Some opinions can only be understood in the context of a broader worldview. Maybe the reason someone wants gun restriction laws isn’t so much about guns in particular, but because the person thinks like a Democrat in general. Same with someone wanting to restrict abortion thinking like Republican. When that happens, we’ll get a lot more done—and keep a lot more friendships alive—by discussing party politics at large and the underlying opinions that persuade people one way or the other.

So, we really need a face-to-face to get much done. Underlying questions can’t be discussed through the mail.  · · · →

Gift of the Present

Gift of the Present

The purpose of the present never presents itself in the present. What we do now—what we go through, what we experience, what we witness, what avenues we pave—always achieves some purpose that we can’t see in the here and now. So, never judge the present according to the present. If you do, you will always be confused and frustrated.

One of the best ways through the quagmire of the present is to look for what you learn—how you grow as a person. Learning things, witnessing the unthinkable, gaining skills, going places—these prepare us. That’s worthwhile enough.  · · · →