Here’s the kicker: we will all cause harm in our lifetimes. But it’s possible to make choices to reduce harm, and to actively seek understanding of the impact we have.
When I worked at Borders in Downtown Crossing in Boston (remember Borders?!), I was once reprimanded for asking customers if they needed a bag for their purchase rather than giving them one automatically. I explained my reasoning to the manager (lots of people actually don’t— and never thought about it, and would be just as... Continue Reading →
You can’t please everyone. You will offend people. People will disagree with you. People will criticize you. This is true whether you care about it or not. There, isn’t that freeing? Burn bright. Who cares?? Photo by Markus Spiske Jeff Bezos is widely credited with saying “if you can’t tolerate critics, don’t do anything new or... Continue Reading →
I move to abolish the status quo! Is this radical? Yes. So what? The co-op I lived in in college did this once, and it was messy. All the rules about everything-- who cooked, how food was ordered, what the jobs were, whether meat was allowed-- were struck. Everything that could be argued about was... Continue Reading →
I’ve been thinking a lot about the concept of service lately. It’s come up in a lot of contexts: Public service. Servant leadership. The yogic tradition of seva, or “selfless service”. Military service. Service is about giving to others without needing to receive. Service is the opposite of greed and self absorption (hmm, why might that be on... Continue Reading →
I now have two jobs in two different parts of the city. It’s also May, which is a different animal from February. And I’ve been at it a few months, increasing both my comfort and my fitness. Time for a check-in and an update! A little background: I moved from Tucson to Portland in January.... Continue Reading →