Ten Things To Happily Surrender To, Part I

By Monday, August 25, 2014 6 0

Mainstream culture whispers to us that we are always supposed to win. Or it shouts this to us, with images of material riches, youth and the high-powered careers that finance material riches and the appearance, at least, of youth. But when we're rich in what matters, we surrender more than we win. Health and vitality, connection to nature,  ...

Desire Lines

By Sunday, August 17, 2014 0 0

What is a desire line in your own life? “Those are desire lines,” Greg murmured, almost under his breath. We were gazing at the faint beginnings of a dirt foot-trail that went across a small field to a major intersection.. We were in Corvallis, Oregon, discussing the town’s bicycle-pedestrian situation (we work in transportation). “Desire lines?” I ...

Convenience, Or Congruence?

By Sunday, August 10, 2014 4 0

I like convenience. I don't know anyone who doesn't. Our time and energy are valuable to us. The question is whether our choices are congruent with what matters the most to us. I find it convenient to eat out a lot, typically things that aren't very healthy. When I'm congruent with what matters to me -- ...

The Nature of Summer

By Sunday, August 3, 2014 7 0

The nature of summer is that it makes us richer in what matters. One reason I know this is that I got to dance outdoors last night in the Columbia Gorge. The warm air held my body like a lover.  I was swooning, I was so relaxed. Only in summer can this sensation happen, at least here in the ...

14 Ways To Add Value To Any Situation, Part II

By Sunday, July 27, 2014 3 0

Diamond-Cut Life is about how to be rich in the things that matter, like health, financial solvency, dynamic relationships, and peaceful coexistence. Last week I named my first seven ways to add value to any situation. This post completes the two-part series, and draws from my background in counseling psychology (I have an M.S. in that field). Set a boundary. A boundary clarifies ...

Fourteen Ways To Add Value To Any Situation, Part I

By Sunday, July 20, 2014 6 2

Whenever we add value to a situation, we become richer in what matters. And so do those around us. Adding value means adding little crystals of integrity, connectedness, productivity, vitality and sustainability.  Do the hard thing you’ve been avoiding. The tough conversation about why your project isn't succeeding . . .  responding to that troubling feedback . . ...

Bathing In A Bowl Of Water

By Sunday, July 6, 2014 9 0

Did you know you can bathe in a bowl of water? A key way to be rich in what matters is to do something you love for a living. Most of us know that intuitively. Something less widely known is that living simply greatly expands our choice of livelihood. Think about it. More income flexibility means ...

Gasping For Air

By Sunday, June 22, 2014 4 0

Atop Mt. McLoughlin on summer solstice, with Colleen Kaleda (on right). Human accordion on left. Being out there in wild nature is a prime way to be rich in what matters. And in my view, the longer the daylight, the better, which is why I love summer solstice. My friend Colleen and I celebrated the solstice yesterday by ...