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Peter Koehler

This Is The Year of [fill in the blank]

Over dinner during this past New Year's Eve, a group of us sat around the table and all went around and said "For me, this is the year of ______________."

Every person filled in the blank with their theme for the year - their guiding principle.

For me, this is the year of generosity.

This year is all about being generous with my time, my . . .

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July 09, 2016

The Aluminum Rule

We've all heard the golden rule:

"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

What if we treated ourselves with the same respect?

I propose the aluminum rule:

"Treat yourself the way you would like to treat others."

Before we can reliably share our best selves with the world, we must first learn to treat our . . .

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February 11, 2016

Can vs. How Can

A mental framework

In a recent episode of On Being with Krista Tippett, the guest, Ellen Langer, describes a mental framework she recommends.

Rather than asking "can I do X?", ask yourself "how can I do X?"

She sums it up nicely:

When you ask yourself 'how do you do something?', you are bypassing your ego in some sense, you are . . .

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September 29, 2015

Solving the wrong problem

Last week I read this post by James Altucher where he talked about the manure problem in New York City in the late 19th century.

Everyone was using horses to get around, and the piles of manure and foul odors were just getting worse and worse.

The manure problem needed to be solved. So committees and task forces were created. Politicians . . .

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June 22, 2015

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