What Are You Busy About?

Henry David Thoreau wrote: “It’s not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are you busy about?” How would you answer this question? Great many of us focus so much on how to accomplish our goals (usually by striving to maximize productivity and to master time management), that we forget… Continue reading What Are You Busy About?


When Thinking is Not Enough

Voltaire wrote: "No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking." Not everyone will agree with this elegantly stated assertion. For great many, Voltaire steely optimism and confidence in the power of human thinking is a great shiny tool to bring with you to a new week. But some would argue that many issues cannot… Continue reading When Thinking is Not Enough

A Winter Morning

Once in a while, an image grabs me and I obediently take a picture, following my curiosity without fully understanding what it was that spoke to me in a scene. So it was with this image. It’s just an office building downtown DC and a naked winter tree in front of it. What's so special… Continue reading A Winter Morning

What Do You Not Lack?

An essayist Pico Iyer once said that "Affluence is not a matter of what you have but what you don't lack.”  On the surface, he is just stating the obvious.  And yet, there is a difference between saying “I have a home” and saying “I am not homeless”. Perhaps re-focusing on “not lacking” as opposed… Continue reading What Do You Not Lack?

Sixty Miles to Quiet

A sense of deep peace envelopes your entire being as you come into the green fields surrounding a small cluster of buildings at the heart of the Holy Cross Abbey in Berryville, Virginia, 60 miles away from Washington DC. Once you park and leave your car behind, a startling realization dawns on you: it is… Continue reading Sixty Miles to Quiet

The Obstacle is the Path

Good morning my friends and may your Friday be joyful. Today, I would like to share with you a strange, mysterious proverb: "The obstacle is the path." At a glance, this proverb makes little sense. An obstacle is an obstacle. How does it become a path? There seem to be many ways to interpret this… Continue reading The Obstacle is the Path

Waiting for a Train 

Waiting for a train is beautiful; may I tell you about the magic of these deep waiting moments? Perhaps waiting is one of the few last opportunities left in our hectic lives for not feeling rushed, for not feeling that (or as if) we have to run somewhere. Right now, your train is late and… Continue reading Waiting for a Train