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Would you set out on a 1,000-mile journey without first deciding where you were going? If you’re like most people, you would do a lot of planning before you traveled the first mile. You’d know where you were going, where you’d stay when you got there, how you’d travel, and what you’d need for the journey. A long journey requires planning if you expect it to take you in the direction you desire. […]

By nature of having both a seven and nine-year-old living under the same roof as me, I get the privilege of arbitrating many disputes. “She hit me!” cries the young one. Or, “He knocked me down!” says the other. When it’s a physical dispute, my next question tends to be, “Did s/he do it on purpose?” When the answer is “no,” it’s a quick resolution. An accident is easy to forgive […]

Authenticity is one of those words. It has, in recent years, become one of those popular, hip, fashionable, buzzy buzzwords that people toss around very casually in the name of their brand or your brand or some other brand. We seem to turn a lot of good ideas into buzzwords, but I think there is something especially horrendous about doing it to authenticity. You do not have to look very […]

Categories: Authenticity

Compromise is a funny thing. It often seems to have a negative connotation (in politics for example), but obviously if we are going to be in the world with other people, compromise is part of the deal. Relationships (healthy ones at least) require compromise. Employment, community, commerce, democracy, family, all of these things require a certain amount of compromise. Seems to me that compromise should be something that we study, […]

Categories: Authenticity, Integrity, Joe, people

Just finished a wonderful book titled The Thing Itself, by Richard Todd, which is an examination of the American pursuit for authenticity from a variety of perspectives. Lots of pages in this book are dog-eared, but one of my favorite passages is in the forward. “The word is “authenticity.” I will not become ensnared here in an effort at definition but let it be heard itself as we go along. […]