Introducing America’s Highest Purpose

This week I launched a new blog: America’s Highest Purpose: Liberty and Love Will Show the Way. I hope you can join me on this journey.

Almost everyone I know is concerned about the state of the world and wants to do their part in making the world a better place. Many see more Love as the necessary ingredient to our problems, while others see more Liberty as the change agent. In my view, Liberty without Love or Love without Liberty is not enough and my new blog will explore economic and social issues through this lens.

My inaugural post explores the rise of Trump and Sanders and asks: Are We Entitled to Our Bitterness?

I will continue to blog at Giving up Control; new posts will appear at this site soon.

Airport Announcements

Last month, my daughter was concerned about having to take her final exams in organic chemistry and genetics back-to-back on the same day. Her thinking was psyching her out. Dad, she said, “I know it’s my ego, but the thoughts are very persistent.” I explained if you judge yourself for having the thoughts, resist theContinue Reading

This Moment, Now

On New Year’s Eve, I had an appointment with my ophthalmologist. From him I learned that my family physician, at the age of 67, had died suddenly and unexpectedly the day before. My ophthalmologist was shaken to the point of deciding to leave his own practice. We never know when our conversation with someone willContinue Reading

Purpose Quiets Our Thinking

The alarm clock rings no later than 5:00 a.m. on days we’re taking a long, challenging hike. For safety, we want to avoid coming off the trail after dark. The truth is that although I love hiking, complaining thoughts arise at 5:00 a.m: “Why not just stay home today, relax, and read a book? TheContinue Reading

Your Highest Purpose

“While those with a simple mind cling on to their actions and are concerned about the results, the wise man is free from all attachments. Not blinding himself by success nor suffering anxiety over his failure, he offers his actions in the fire of virtue.” Bhagavad Gita (translation, Fred Kofman) Our lives seem to beContinue Reading

Praying All the Time

“Whatever we cherish, whatever we hate, and whatever we fear are our gods, and we pray to them all the time.”—Thomas Hora Recently one of my leadership students, a pharmaceutical sales representative, asked for advice about an all-day sales meeting she would be leading. As I listened, she justified her expectation that this meeting wasContinue Reading

Ignorance and Honesty

Every day I face my ignorance. At some point almost every day after feeling a negative emotion, I falsely attribute my feelings and thinking to external circumstances. Honesty demands that I look at my false accusations and make another choice. If I am honest, my suffering is limited; if I am dishonest and believe myContinue Reading

Eternity in a Moment

In the delightful metaphysical romantic-comedy About Time, Domhnall Gleeson plays Tim, a young man who comes from a family whose male members have the ability to time travel. Initially, Tim uses time travel to alter events. Later in the movie Tim’s father, played by Bill Nighy, advises Tim to simply use time travel to reliveContinue Reading

Waiting For When

Comedic genius Harold Ramis passed on Monday. Ramis was involved as a writer, actor, or director in some of the most famous comedies ever made including Ghostbusters, Animal House, and Groundhog Day. While all of Ramis’ movies entertain, one, which he co-wrote and directed, Groundhog Day, stands out for me as great art; not onlyContinue Reading

Beneath Irritation is Fear

Last weekend I experienced a stream of irritating thoughts. It was Sunday and my wife and I were getting ready to go Nordic skiing. First, I was irritated at my wife because I couldn’t find my base-layer, poly shirt. I could have experienced gratitude that she takes care of the laundry. Decades ago, as aContinue Reading