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Is Gossip Destructive or Productive?

We live in a world where gossip can quickly go viral. In the past, true and untrue stories told about others might spread over days or even weeks. Now they can spread in minutes. I don’t know many of the celebrities who are in the news, but I find gossip about them in the media competing for my attention. I’m struck with how much of my time can be potentially taken up by news about people I do...

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Running Goodwill Deficits

“Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pound ought and six, result misery.” ― Charles Dickens, David Copperfield When you consider your life story, how you spend intangible resources such as time and goodwill constitutes a crucial theme. Do you take time away from your family now, with the idea ...

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New Year, New Story

Most of us don’t take enough time to reflect on our stories and consciously create new ones. Instead, we get busy, anesthetize ourselves in a variety of ways, deny reality, or continue suffering. When our lives remain unexamined, we can become rigid and inflexible. When external crises arise, and they always do, we may break or collapse because we simply are not ready for change. We don’t have...

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