Create Simple Beauty

I was sitting in the lobby of Disney’s Boardwalk Inn, thinking about what I should write, and a cast member (what Disney calls their employees) approached a couch next to me, took a seat pillow that had gotten shifted by someone sitting there yesterday, and placed it back where it belonged. That simple act is one of the…

What Would You Do if You KNEW You Would Fail

I was listening to a terrific interview with author Elizabeth Gilbert yesterday. She was talking about her long journey as a writer and the commitment to learning her craft that it took. When she was fifteen years old she made a conscious decision that her life purpose was to be a writer. She finished her…

Go to Your Happy Place

As I’m typing these words, I am in “The Happiest Place on Earth“— the place that brings me more joy than perhaps anyplace else on this planet— Disney World. But when I say “Go to your happy place”— I’m not talking about spending a small fortune to see a cartoon mouse. I’m talking about going…

Be the Person Your Dog Knows You Are

You may have heard the phrase “Be the person your dog thinks you are.” I would like to take that a step farther, and tell you to be the person your dog KNOWS you are. Since dogs give us such unconditional love and acceptance, we think “oh, they don’t know about all my failures and…

You Don’t Have to Earn Your Life

One of the most moving scenes in modern cinema is the closing scene of Saving Private Ryan. Tom Hanks is dying, and in his last words he pulls young Private Ryan to his face and whispers “Earn this… Earn it.” And as the camera dissolves we see Ryan, now an old man, staring down at the…

Write Your Own Story

In the 1998 movie The Truman Show Jim Carrey thought he had a great life and that we was in control. What he gradually discovers is that his entire life had been part of a giant reality show, and all the things he took for granted as being true were really just part of someone…

Don’t Pray Like a T Rex!

What do I mean by “Don’t Pray Like a T-Rex?” Everybody knows all the jokes about t-rexes and their tiny arms, and how limited they are because of them. In a famous cartoon a t-rex asks another “How much do you love me?” and the other one tries to spread apart their arms and gets the…

Try the Door

A classic experiment in animal behavior goes something like this: You have a lab rat that has to push a handle to get food. After a while, you rig the handle so that the rat gets an electric shock when he tries to touch it. After a few days, you can take the shock away, but the rat…

Roses Don’t Need Rules

You don’t need to give a rose a rulebook. You don’t need to teach a tulip. You don’t even need to coach a carnation. Why? Because it’s natural for flowers to be beautiful. It’s wired into their deepest being. No rules, no teaching, no coaching of any kind needed in my garden. Now, there’s some things flowers need to…

Be Truly Helpful

Here’s your project for today: Be truly helpful to one person. Not your run of the mill, everyday politeness and the I’m doing what a normal person would do kind of helpful, but a deep, thoughtful, get down in your gut and bring up your best kind of helpful. Why is that your project? First,…

Try Some New Shoes

Sometimes we are facing a problem or situation or decision and we feel like there’s just no good answer. We go around and around in our head but still can’t seem to come to a plan of action that we are one hundred percent behind. Might I suggest trying on some new shoes? No, not…

Let Beauty Touch You

  Our hearts and souls are designed to respond to beauty.  Beauty is probably, after love, what is most nourishing and most vital to our healthy souls. But it’s so easy in the hustle and bustle of everyday life to not find time for beauty.  Fortunately for us, beauty is all around us, if we…