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Forget conventional wisdom

“The first step to slaying a dragon is for one person to say, probably drunk in a bar, “It can be done.”—Alexandra Rowland It’s important to remember there are ALWAYS different ways to look at things. And if ever there was a subject that could use some humor and playfulness, it’s — dare I say […]

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Is there confetti in your pocket?

“We are the promise of one people, one breath declaring to one another: I see you. I need you. I am you.”—Richard Blanco I often share stories from my inbox, miracle stories that, as I’ve mentioned, often begin with “You are NEVER going to believe this.” Today, I’m going to share a couple stories from […]

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Behind the scenes, everything’s working on your behalf

“The only election that really matters? The one in your head. Do you vote for love or fear?”—A tweet I posted a couple weeks ago On September 1992, just days after his dad died, Matthew McConaughey sat on his top bunk in the Delta Tau Delta fraternity and jotted down 10 life aspirations in a […]

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The sky’s the beginning

“I am frightened and I am fearless. I am weak and I am a warrior. I am uncertain and I am confident. And by learning to embrace the paradox in all of it, I am more myself.”—Alicia Keys So I read an incredibly inspiring book this weekend. And, no, it wasn’t published by Hay House […]

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Choosing a more nourishing narrative

“What time but now can truth be recognized?”—A Course in Miracles With all the uncertainty right now, it’s tempting to fill in the blanks with despair. When we don’t really know what’s going to happen—with the pandemic, with the economy, with the daily unrest—it’s easy to fast forward to fear. Lately, I’ve been doing just […]

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My vision board for the planet

“If we don’t use this time for change, we will have missed an insane opportunity.”–Noah Elias This may come as a surprise to some of my readers, but I’ve never been big on vision boards. Mainly because the stuff most people paste on them—fancy cars, oversized houses, etc.–don’t interest me all that much. The things […]

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What are you programmed to believe about your body?

“Don’t let your mind bully your body.” – June Tomaso Wood Being the observant person that I am, I can’t help but notice that the current rendition of my body looks nothing like the bodies on the covers of magazines. For one thing, it’s many decades older. It has a lot more wrinkles and spots. […]

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You can now officially call me crazy

“I have to deconstruct my whole belief system.”—Taylor Swift When an author debuts a new book, interview requests begin pouring in. I’ve done six in the last week alone. Inevitably the question comes up. So what’s next? A new book? A speaking tour? My only guidance thus far probably sounds a bit weird. It’s a […]

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Always open, always there

“I found the material world was getting in the way.”—B.J. Novak So I got an email the other day with a question about my new book. This reader wasn’t sure whether to do the daily lessons or just read about them. I nearly choked on my JP Licks hot chocolate. I was in Cambridge, Mass […]

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You gotta get high

“Self-martyrdom is bad role modeling.”–Mushim Patricia Ikeda In Thank and Grow Rich, I mentioned B.J. Novak, the writer/comedian/former beau of Mindy Kaling who claims his #1 tip for fostering creativity is “be in a good mood.” He calls it “powering up,” says he wouldn’t dream of starting his day, launching his writing until he’s feeling […]

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