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Black and white cowboy hats

In westerns, you can tell the difference between the hero and villain in a second.   The hero is wearing the white hat.  The villain is wearing the black hat.  This symbolism immediately identifies and contrasts the “righteous” and “wicked.” Our mind is wired to automatically give meaning to whatever is before your eyes.  You see two keep reading »

The difference between standing and sitting

The dictionary defines “Grit” as “courage and resolve; strength of character”. However, these words are inadequate. Grit is the difference between standing up after being knocked down or staying put. It is something inside you that says “yes” when the person you’re standing nose-to-nose with unfairly says “no”. Grit drives you towards what you believe at your core Grit… keep reading »

Democracy requires…

…challenging things you do not want to believe are true. We want to believe that our government will do the right thing all the time. History shows however, even our great Republic, this not the case. Such desires make us feel secure. These desires color our unconscious thinking. They position our viewpoints. It is just easier to live in a… keep reading »

You abhor a vacuum

Aristotle told us “nature abhors a vacuum.” The basic hypothesis goes – nature will fill an empty space; and unfilled spaces are unnatural. It’s validly rests upon the premise that there is no such thing in nature as a “void.” However, over time science has concluded there is more truth to this in psychology than in physics. There are voids.… keep reading »

Performance v. Fairness

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You live in crisis. You work in crisis. You specialize in crisis. You are an Attorney, managing crisis is the job description. However, as connected as you are to crisis, have you ever really contemplated the meaning of the word? What is a crisis? A crisis has two parts: The first part is an emotionally significant moment in your life… keep reading »