Reflect and Adjust

Reflect and Adjust

Let’s face it. I’m not the only one out here making assumptions. As we’ve discussed over the past several weeks, they are so pervasive that they’re hard to avoid all the time. But there are two kinds of responses I see most often to the realization that you’ve fallen...
Gratitude Can Live Alongside Other Emotions

Gratitude Can Live Alongside Other Emotions

Looking on “the bright side” is highly overrated. It’s not that I don’t appreciate people, goodness, etc. in my life. Not at all. But as a society, we are so uncomfortable with raw pain, struggle, and other “negative” emotions. We need to get over it. Gratitude can...
Assumptions and Confidence

Assumptions and Confidence

Assumptions and confidence have an interesting relationship. Once, when I was in my mid-20’s, I was facilitating a training as a young community organizer. One could describe my level of confidence as cocky. Instead of listening to one particular gentleman in the...
Projection is just another form of Bias

Projection is just another form of Bias

We need to be honest about the ways in which we are projecting things onto other people, and stop. I’ll go first. At one end of the spectrum are the relatively harmless projections. Baby goats are so damned cute. We had a farm for five years and bred goats a couple of...