What Makes You Come Alive?

What Makes You Come Alive?

There is a quote from the wise and prolific Howard Thurman that I have returned to again and again. You have probably come across it before. “Don’t ask what the world needs,” says Thurman. “Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the...
When Praise Creates Limits

When Praise Creates Limits

“We are an odd people,” writes Jeanette Winterson in her essay, “Art Objects”: “we make it as difficult as possible for our artists to work honestly while they are alive; either we refuse them money or we ruin them with money; either we...
The Lies (and Rewards) of Aloneness

The Lies (and Rewards) of Aloneness

Most of us will go to extreme lengths to avoid being alone with our thoughts. In fact, a recently-published study found that given a choice between sitting doing nothing and giving themselves electric shocks, two-thirds of men and a quarter of women chose the latter....