Synchronicity and Silence

  Have you ever experienced a time when you’ve been thinking about a friend, and then they call you “out of the blue?”  Perhaps you find yourself somewhere you’ve never been before and realize that this location has been presented multiple times (e.g. you overheard it described; your best friend mentioned it; or perhaps you had a very detailed dream …

Be Your Best Friend

“Oh, you’re my best friend…”  The lyrics of that song by Queen have been running through my mind lately.  Which is a much better choice than what usually cycles and recycles through my monkey mind at times.  I heard the song a few days ago, and it caused me to ponder: what if we truly were a best friend to …

Demand the Ball!

Late spring is the time of graduation ceremonies.  A time when people come together to acknowledge an important rite of passage.  Moving across a platform to signify saying goodbye to one stage of life and hello to another. I like these ceremonies because they typically have speakers who offer sage advice and/or worthwhile questions to ponder. I happened across the …

A Scavenger Hunt for Creativity

Have you ever been on a scavenger hunt? You know, you get a list of things to find and you and your team are sent off to collect whatever is on your list. Typically, this requires one to engage with strangers to acquire the desired treasures. You must convince others to give you objects on your list. This past week …

The Language of Emotions

Do you have an emotional vocabulary?  Do you use a wide range of words to describe how you are feeling or do you rely on “fine” and “okay?”  In our environment of rapid change and clipped conversations (verbal and through technology), most of us rely upon the expedient answer of “fine” when queried by someone, especially in a non-intimate environment …

Introverts, Extroverts and Science

Extroverts, Introverts, and the Brain’s Reward Center As an introvert, I’ve always been intrigued (and at times annoyed) by the ability/propensity of extroverts to talk as much as they do, especially about themselves.  Before I really understood how extroverts were wired, I used to think they were unusually self-absorbed.  However, it is just that extroverts process information more externally, while …