In his book When Breath Becomes Air, neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi writes about the medical practice of holding a periodic morbidity & mortality conference.
We reviewed overnight events, new admissions, new scans, then went to see our patients before M&M, or morbidity and mortality conference, a regular meeting in . . .
creating space for focus and flow
In my previous post I wrote about the challenges of the modern workplace.
Such challenges are especially relatable for knowledge workers, but from people I've spoken to across industries and trades, it seems that many of us can relate to some extent.
Inspired by Cal Newport's latest book Deep Work (which admittedly I haven't . . .
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 . . .
Is up to you
The term second nature connotes a layer over one's "first nature."
While first nature may be immutable (a debate for another time), second nature describes behaviors, habits, and automatic responses that we can practice and learn with nothing more than intention and time.
When you google "second nature" - you find . . .
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 . . .
I flew on a small plane with extra small overhead compartments the day before yesterday.
They asked us to check our carry-on bags before boarding the plane, and then we retrieved them right after we get off.
During the retrieval process, the airport workers had wheeled the cart of suitcases into a little nook which only two people could fit . . .