The case for brevity

How many words does it take To make a point? Are the words on a page Seeds of ideas Or the entire tree? Is the author painting you a picture Or giving you a paintbrush? Answering questions Or asking them? Are words meant to fill up the readers mind Or should they leave room to […]

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Why Blog?

Because writing is beautiful. Pulling words out of the atmosphere And onto ‘paper’ Hoping that there will still be words left When I reach up again for more tomorrow, Wondering if the ideas in my head Truly belong to me Or to Someone Else Who crafts and stores infant ideas In the heavens, waiting for […]

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Ricochet

What is it about words that move us?Give us peace?Wound us deeply?We may never know how far reachingOur words may be,In prose or in speechThere is not way of knowingHow deeply embedded they become in the psycheOf those they reach,From the testimony of a recovering addictYou may never meet,Whose story you see and hear through […]

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Staying in the game

Today marks 8 years since this blog began. Not every blog postIs going to be a hit.Not every week is going to be a game changerNot every patient is going to recover.Not every person you pitch your project to is going to “get it”Some days you’re going to call in sickWhen really your body is […]

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In our times

In the last twenty years With the rise of the internet Many things have become possible That weren’t always- Suddenly we could hold hands with people We have never met in person And experiences places our feet may never tread. Yet what we have found Is that with the waves of possibility Come floods of […]

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On choosing to write every day

The possibilities of what you can achieve over a lifetimeAre endless.On the surface this is liberating, but this is alsoTerrifying-With so many possible outcomesIt is impossible to know whether the path you chose not to takeWill be better than the one you did.And so its tempting to sit with possibility in your lapAnd hope for […]

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Writing for future resources

Writing is a powerful wayTo create future resources for ourselvesAnd the people we seek to serve.Insights in the shower,whispers of ideas that tickle our ears randomly in the dayCould just the seeds for the work we may do in the future.In a world where scrolling is stronger reflex than writingThere will always be more stimuli […]

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Reserved

Is good for saving parking spaces And the best seats in a restaurant, But not for the work you need to do and The contribution you were born to make. That work is not reserved for a better time When you have no doubts, Or for another person with stronger arms Or deeper pockets. Doing […]

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On making it big

You may never see your name in lights. Or listed on Wikipedia. And maybe I won’t either. In a world of so called endless ‘possibility’, The ‘possibility’ of celebrity is always present But not always probable. Nor is it a useful benchmark For the value we bring to the world. Going viral or getting famous […]

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Inspiration

Do you wait for inspiration to strike?Or do you go hunting for it? When I was youngerInspiration used to feel like an old manChasing me down the street,Waving an idea in his handAnd yelling at me to make him knownTo everyone else.So writing became a way of lettingA genie out of a bottle.Now that I […]

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