Adonis Diaries

The critical mind of Voltaire could summarize an entire philosophical book into a sentence

I just read a tiny story called “Micromegas” of 15 pages that condensed Voltaire highly critical mind.

In short, two men from far away stellar systems, both at least a mile tall and can live over 10,000 years and are endowed with 3 dozen sensory organs… and still Not satisfied and banned from their huge planet, still worried about the nature of their souls…). They haphazardly landed on earth, after boarding comets and earth arboreal light.

They had to look into a microscope to discover that these insects of humans do exist. The two men are interested in figuring out if these “insects” have soul and how different is their understanding of what is “The soul”.

At first, the giants were convinced that earth had no living creatures since they walked it quickly and crossed its shallow oceans without seeing anything that moves.

Actually the giants comprehended French but Not Greek to communicate with these French adventures in the North pole.

The giants discovered that these human insects have vast knowledge in geometry, algebra, and enough adequate instrument to measure their length and the circumference of earth and the distance to the sun…

“Since you know many things of what is external to you, how good are you in knowing what’s inside you?

One French in the boat described the state of human cruelty, of the perpetual wars among the human. Thousands in turbans, under a Sultan who never stepped out of his palace, massacre and burn villages of thousands of soldiers in metal headgear, under another king named Caesar or King and with different religious mythical ideology. And vice versa.

These human Princes are meant to eradicate the human species. Wars that will kill far more humans from famine and diseases for a piece of muddy land. Those barbarous urban oligarchies, who have never knew or seen who is being killed, keep thanking their Gods for their war achievement.

On the definitions of the Soul of a few philosophers of the period, such as Descartes, Leibniz, Locke…

One philosopher mentions Aristotle and his “entelechie”, a reason that extends the power to exist as is, and he quotes in Greek the definition, a language he doesn’t master, but he has to quote in order to impress.

The Descartes disciple claims that the soul is a pure spirit that is formed in the womb, but the person loses its meaning as he starts attending schools. It is then useless to have a soul if we end up totally ignorant about it, as we go on living. “And what you say about the spirit?” It is Not matter that can be divided and measured and described… “You can describe a few attributes of a matter, but do you know the deepest structure of any matter and the consequences of lacking of it?”

A Malebranche disciple claims that it is God that thinks and do everything for him and he doesn’t have to worry about anything. “Then there is no point for your existence”.

A disciple of the British Locke said: “I think only at the instigation of my senses. That there are immaterial and intelligent substances, I have no doubts about them. I hardly doubt that it is impossible for God can communicate spirit to material elements, if He wishes it. I contend that there are far more possible events that can occur and which I cannot think about or fathom…”

Among these insects, there was someone wearing a square bonnet (a Jesuit?) who vehemently repeated St. Thomas claim in the “Somme”:” Every thing in the sky and on earth were created for the humans”. The giants laughed their heart out and had a great moment on hearing this.

The giant from star Sirius decided to write a philosophical book, with as small characters as it was possible for him to reduce, and offered it to the human insects. The scholars at Paris Academy opened the book and discovered it was mostly blank.

Note: I will be reading Zadig by Voltaire and might review this other short story.



My tour experience in Turkey: 7 days bus drive and 6 nights in different hotels

Note 1: I say it upfront that the worst parts in this tour is to “incarcerate” us in modern malls for 3 hours in each major city. These 5 unnerving visits highly upset me. Maybe many would like to visit a mall once or twice, but many of us would rather be in a zoo (if available) or a park with monster roller coasters., and would have settled for a place with babyfoot (fuzzball) , ping pong and dart throwing….. We didn’t even visit any old souks where we could buy some items that back home wanted, like cotton abayaat and other exotic gifts. The purpose of taking this “exhausting” was to test my endurance, hopefully for climbing the Himalayas, but the repeated Malls visits took the wind out of my morale.

Note 2: There is no way to pay in other currencies but in Turkish Lira (TL) or credit cards. If you fail to exchange currencies you die of hunger since no shop would accept dollars or Euros: I think government restrictions are followed, except in touristic sites for buying gift. One person told me that he is using his credit cards for everything. Thus, once all my TL were spent, I bought a cologne bottle by credit for less than $3.

Note 3: Truth is, none of the guides (Lebanese and Turkish) attempted to introduce us at the first meeting. I could have made this tour without knowing anybody if I didn’t force myself to introduce myself. It can be said: “It is standard procedure to introduce ourselves at our first meeting, at least with our first name. If you feel uneasy, then say “pass” 

Actually, it was on the last day that I haphazardly knew that 2 groups were from my district and neighboring towns. Truth is that I felt alone most the tour, like when I arrive early for breakfast /dinner, no one would join my table. And had to mingle without invitation. Going out does barely change the habits of Not introducing ourselves: they all “bi rakkzo trabishon”.

We landed in Izmir (Smyrna) on Monday morning around 11:30 am and had a “panoramic” tour around this big city of 3.5 million, stretched around an inlet of the sea. Izmir is an industrial city and the sea was badly polluted from former tanning factories and  is being cleaned up.

Smyrna was a destination to Athens philosophers’ (Protagoras and Anaxagoras) who were banned from the city, mostly  when condemned as heretics. And its close region of Milet by a river. It was a main province during the Farisi empire until Alexander defeated this empire and all the Greek city-states had trade contoires in this city in the antiquity,

We slept at the 5 stars Wyndham hotel and I enjoyed its indoor comprehensive spa.

It was the Adha Eid (the sacrifice in Muslim religion) and Turkish had vacation for 3 days and most businesses and pharmacies were closed. Many Lebanese take advantage to buy very inexpensive drugs in large bundle, compared to Lebanon.

We resumed to Ephesus and walked the vestiges of this vast ancient city. Apparently, the Austrian archaeologists barely excavated 10% in the last 100 years. When Austria will run out of funds, the German are in the list to continue the work. The Turkish government reap the entrance fees without spending any money on the archaeology sites. It was hot and the sloping marble street was slippery and the tour was done quickly at my displeasure. The Turkish guide was carrying a Turkish flag on a stick to follow. I ended up following 3 different groups with guides holding the same flag.

One of the 7th most famous wonders in antiquity, the “Temple of Artemis”, is reduced to a single colon and badly repaired. Apparently, the Christians dismantled this temple, as the Muslims later will dismantle Christian sites.

Then we drove to Meryemena on a hill, supposedly where Virgin Mary died, based on a dream from a bed-ridden German crippled woman. I strongly doubt this myth since it was Not possible that Mary, who died at age 56, could reach this remote destination. The most plausible location is in actual Syria and on the seashore.

The next day we drove to Pamukkele and the Hieropark hotel. I enjoyed the open-air iron mud-like pool, watching as in the balcony the night entertainment of music and belly dancing. I then swam in the open-air pool and could Not share the belly dancer in my swimming trunk. I liked this supposed 4 stars hotel more than in the other hotels.

We visited the Roman ancient city of Hieropolis with chalk areas and spring pools and slippery low-level pools. A great visit. I think I experience a sudden kind of diarrhea and barely reached the far away WC. Excellent day to spend in that quaint town.

We resumed our trip to Konia, a 5 hours trip.  At one point I told the guide that there is urgency to stop at the first gas station and Not wait for the “programmed break”. I had to come forward twice for him to take my request seriously. Many stepped out of the bus and thanked me for my straightforward move.

The “program” made us visit the Mevlana Museum, a place where Imam Jalal El Din taught his students of dervishes. At night, a bunch of the group spent money to watch an hour of Whirling Dervishes. I had watched them in a TV documentary, which I cut short. I didn’t like this Hilton hotel with its long corridors that reminded me of old hotel style.

The program wanted us to visit the Uchicar castle where disciple John was “buried’. I refused to visit this castle because it was apparent that its crumbling outside walls, haphazardly filled with little stones, were “renovated” with  plain sculpted stones. And it was hot and I was tired for these “archaeological” meandering. The temple of Baalbak in Lebanon is far more majestic and far more ancient than any temple that exists or ever existed.

We proceeded to Cappadocia where over 150 flying hot balloons is performed about 250 mornings per year . The hot balloon morning was cancelled by the authority for climate  causes and reported for the next morning. I also refused to share in that experience. 18 of our tour group were crammed in a single “nacel” but they experienced a wonderful event from up there. Our guide refused us to join the group just to watch the frenetic preparation, and procedure, a decision that has no reasonable foundation at all.

It seems that a ticket for a seat in a balloon is $50 if purchased in Turkey, instead of the $175. It was reported to me by one of the group when walking the main street in Cappadokya and being more curious than the rest of us. Obviously, if seats are “available”.

We visited several sites of these caves dug in the hills, like the Nevsehir valley, the Goreme Open Air Museum and the Red “canyon”. Our Turkish guide Levant flew his tiny drone to film the valley.

We also visited this Kaymakli “underground city” of 4 levels, dug in a chain and series of caves and holes. Apparently, there are 8 more underground cities, one of them is of 13 floors. Most of them were excavated during the Hittite empire, 2000 years BC. Many claim that Christians at some periods inhabited these cities. I believe that these habitation were reserved for slaves or prisoners.

On Saturday we drove to Adana and were parked in a Ramada hotel with no facilities, save a tiny gym.

A group were whisked to the Optimum Mall. I opted to walk 1.5 km to there and returned in the same bus at 8 pm.  A group paid $45 for dinner and Turkish traditional dancing, an event that I opted to ignore: I prefer to participate in the dancing and Not sit and watch. The group reported that they were invited to dance and many Spanish and Italians danced: a piece of news that I was not filled with, otherwise I would have shared in that event, instead of a much boring night. Actually, I planned to work on my laptop, but I could Not recharge it and the connection failed on me that night.

I finished reading a book and then remembered that Maria, a young girl sitting behind me with her mother, initiated me to YouTube this day on the bus. I listened to 2 hours on these old musics of the 70’s. On the bus that day, Maria, connected me to the Rolling Stones at my request. I was so enthralled with the music that when the guide Natasha sounded on the micro: “I have something to say. Are you listening?” I removed one earplug and replied: “Only with one ear”

The next day we paid a visit to the marina in Mersin and I had bass fish with a large Efes beer. Actually, two days ago, as we were roaming the road for a “free lunch”, meaning with our own money and I spent most of my TL on eating “for fee”, I patronized a small eating place and asked for a local Turkish beer. He suggested a very large bottle of Efes, claiming it was made in Seljuk (the town of Seljuk in the province of Efes). Later, the Turkish guide rectified: This beer is made in Istanbul.

We returned to Adana in order to fly from its tiny airport. But before that, we were parked in a mall to wait for 3 hours the airport departure. That was a grueling ending for a good trip.

Our plane our delayed 2 hours because another plane was hired to pick us and because the returning hajjis (pilgrims) from Mecca were hoarding all the available planes back to Lebanon. My taxi driver had to take a nap in his car and I waited outside, hoping that he didn’t lose patience, but he showed after 15 min of worrisome wait.

Note 4: This sentence “It is Not in the program” is what ire me most. In last night of our tour, I suggested that all the group go to a club, a karioki club for example, and apply our talents in singing, dancing… The idea was good, but the guide replied: “This event is Not in the program”. We had a night off, even an afternoon off. What then? Extra expenses in gas bus? Extra expenses to the driver? Do you think anyone would Not have chipped in for the additional expenses? An event that would have gathered the group and had a great time to meet.

Note 5: Couples mostly remember to take a taxi to visit an old souk. But single people barely can come up with this ingenious idea. It is the guide responsibility to remind everyone of this possibility to schedule their “free time”.

Lacking a National identity? Is it a big deal?

If almost all national identities everywhere were invariably built and sustained on myths, fabricated historical falsehood, faked stories and adventurer wars decided by the elite “old money”, the oligarch and feudal warlords, the religious clerics and dogmatic hubris…. Do we need to unite under such an identity?

What we need is to be unified under the banners of civil rights, human rights, sustainable environment, equitable and fair election laws and durable regulations,…

What we need is to be unified under the banners of civil marriage, linked to fast communication technologies, access to social platformsfreedom of expression, laws not discriminating among genders, versatile opportunities to jobs and to applying our expertise, affordable education system, national health system…

What we need is to be unified under the banners of caring for our elderly, hospice facilities, decent retirement packages…

What we need is to unify against any State invading our borders, bombing our infrastructure, humiliating us, destabilizing our society and economy, and blocking our daily trade and communication with neighboring countries.

What we need is to unify against any political current that has proven to work against democratic representations, imposing racial demagoguery on the Silent Majority, and disseminating sectarian political ideology.

What identity are we claiming?  

What nation has gained an identity without a strong army, multiple defeats, and suffered millions of soldiers fallen in battlefields, and million of peasants witnessing their home and crops burned, for fictitious claims?

Youth and the poorer classes were sacrificed to institute a Nation and were never taken seriously because they are viewed as just meat for the canon and a burden to a stable political system…

Even a “unified” language in any claimed “nation” was Not feasible barely a century ago.

Restricted communities feel comfortable within their customs, tradition and slang, and only the adventurous soul step out of the boundaries to transfer to urban metropolis and try to mingle with diverse life-styles and working habit.


What having Heart has to do with potential success?

The difference between average and extraordinary isn’t power or money – its heart.”

Failing is easy: You are chasing urgency and neglecting priorities.

By Dan Rockwell?

Success is found by passionately doing what matters most. The thing that matters most for leaders is building other leaders.


  1. Avoid Model T’s. Before driving a Model T you crank it to get it started. If you have to convince, cajole, or constantly crank someone to get them going, that’s all you’ll ever do. You’ll crank them – they’ll sputter – you’ll crank them again the next time. Failing is easy – spend your time cranking.
  2. Passion first. Find the most passionate people available and throw gas on their fire.
  3. Potential second. Potential seduces leaders who are dedicated to developing leaders. You see someone with talent, skills, and/or education and you start drooling like a dog at a dish. Potential apart from passion is constant frustration and ultimate disappointment.
  4. Respect matters. The more they respect you the more impact you’ll have.
  5. Practice trumps theory. Talking is useful but action matters most.Go with people prone to act.
  6. The sandbox principle. How well do they play with others?

The rule of the needle:

When it comes to people, there’s never perfect clarity regarding who to coach, mentor, and/or teach.

Ask yourself, “Are they passionate?” If the needle tips to yes, ask, “Do they have potential in this area?” If the answer is yes, ask, “Are they prone to action?” etc.

The needle determines what or who matters most. It doesn’t point to perfection or create certainty.

Waiting for certainty and perfection wastes time and stalls progress. The needle indicates likelihood of success.

How do you determine what matters most?

How do you identify people you plan to develop?

The difference between average and extraordinary isn’t power or money – its heart.”

“You’re a man with heart. I’m glad to know you.”

Heart means:

  1. Tender heart compassion. When I want to help someone in the community, Doug says, “How much do you need, Dan?”
  2. Truthful transparency. It takes confidence, self-awareness, and honesty to share true feelings.
  3. Profound commitment to service. Every person who fills out a customer complaint, and there aren’t many, gets a call from Doug.
  4. Dedication to people. He enjoys pointing out how long “his people” have been with him.
  5. High standards.
  6. Curiosity. It’s not unusual for Doug to say, “Dan, tell me about your blog.”
  7. Weaknesses. Doug doesn’t pretend he has it all together.

I’ve seen childlike enthusiasm twinkle in his eyes and heard flashes of frustration in his voice. It’s all heart.

People with heart: (From the LF facebook page).

  1. Admit their mistakes.
  2. Understand feelings.
  3. Laugh at themselves.
  4. Protect relationships.

More at: Leadership Freak Coffee Shop.

Losing you:

Losing you is dangerously easy. Leaders who’ve lost themselves:

  1. Are controlled by others. If you don’t know who you are someone else controls you.
  2. Feel pushed around by pressure.
  3. Pursue success rather than significance.
  4. Follow trends rather than principles.
  5. End up crushed by criticism or crushing their critics.

Finding a heartbeat:

  1. Take a walk and think your own thoughts; forget what others think.
  2. Explore your joys. What makes you deeply happy?
  3. Examine your anger. Values often drive anger.
  4. Love deeply.
  5. Serve wholeheartedly.
Richness of life and leadership depend on finding and living with heart.

 How can leaders find heart?

How have you found heart?

What Loyalty, Heart, and likelihood of success have to do with Leadership?

Few things are more devastating than being used and abused by those you support.

Disloyalty burns like no other burn. Disloyalty demoralizes.

Loyalty for loyalties sake is foolish: Calling for loyalty demands reciprocity.

By Dan Rockwell


The strength of an organization is expressed by the loyalty of its people. Military organizations thrive because members disadvantage themselves for the advantage of others, for example.


Sacrifice of life calls for loyalty to the fallen. “No man left behind,” is the flip side of, “Give your life for the cause.”

If you want loyalty, give it.

Have you ever heard the bull crap line, “I need you too much to promote you?” Never be loyal to those who are disloyal.


Loyalty is seen when:

  1. Gossip is rejected. All gossip is disloyalty.
  2. Serving others rises above serving self.
  3. Disagreement is encouraged and honored. People who won’t engage in constructive disagreement believe they’ll be thrown under the bus when it’s convenient.
  4. People own decisions even if they disagreed.
  5. Everyone is held to consistent standards. Those higher in organizations never enjoy benefit at the expense of others.
  6. Leaders take blame and share credit.


Disadvantaging self for others isn’t sacrifice when values align, it’s an honor. Standing for something enables you to stand-with.


Loyalty is best seen in the context of mistakes and short-comings. Few things stir the soul more than standing with someone who fell short.

Stand with those who acknowledge mistakes and make corrections. Reject those who hide mistakes and persist.

Standing “with” demonstrates and invites loyalty.

Few things bring out the best in others more than loyalty. Who are you standing with? Who stands with you?

How and when do you express loyalty?

Have you seen loyalty at work?


Status of Palestinian “refugees” in Lebanon and how they feel they have been treated

بيان ونداء
باسم مليون ونصف مليون فلسطيني في الداخل
من محمد بركة
رئيس لجنة المتابعة العليا لشؤون الفلسطينيين في الداخل

إلى الأشقاء في لبنان وإلى الدولة اللبنانية:
الفلسطينيون اللاجئون الى لبنان امانة في اعناقكم حتى العودة

نتابع بقلق وغضب شديدين ما يجري على الساحة اللبنانية من استهدافٍ لحق الحياة لأبناء شعبنا الفلسطيني اللاجئين في لبنان الشقيق.
نحن المليون ونصف المليون فلسطيني في الجليل والمثلث والنقب والساحل الذين بقينا في وطننا رغم سموم التشريد والنكبة وبقينا قابضين على وطننا كالقابض على جمرة،لا نقبل باي حال التعرض لأبناء شعبنا واهلنا والمس بكرامتهم وحقوقهم وبمصدر رزقهم الذي يبلغونه بشرف عرقهم وتفانيهم وعملهم.

موضوع وجود اللاجئين على ارض لبنان هو إفراز للكارثة التي حلّت بالشعب الفلسطيني في العام 1948 وإقامة إسرائيل كرأس حربة امبريالي في المنطقة العربية بهدف النيل من الامن القومي والاقتصادي، ولتقصير حبل الاستقلال الوطني في كل العالم العربي بما في ذلك لبنان.

على ذلك فان شعبنا الفلسطيني يدفع الفاتورة الغربية والصهيونية نيابة عن الامة كلها.

موضوع وجود اللاجئين الفلسطينيين على أرض لبنان لا يمكن ان يكون سياسة وزير او سياسة حزب انما هو يخصّ جوهر ألامن ألقومي اللبناني ويخص كرامة الدولة اللبنانية التي نرى أنفسنا حريصين عليها كما على فلسطين، لان فلسطين هي جنوب لبنان ولبنان هو شمال فلسطين: تاريخا وثقافة ووشائج قربى.

نحن لا نقبل مشاغلتنا بتعابير انشائية حول الحق الفلسطيني من ناحية، والتعرض لحياة وكرامة الانسان الفلسطيني من ناحية أخرى او كما هتف الكاتب اللبناني الكبير الياس خوري: “يحبّون فلسطين ويكرهون الفلسطينيين”.


أبناء شعبنا اللاجئ في لبنان الشقيق ليسوا عالة على لبنان، بل هم من ساهموا في رفعته وكرامته واقتصاده وصروحه الاكاديمية والثقافية، لكن العالة القاتلة على لبنان هم أولئك الذين يسعون الى ارتهان الشموخ اللبناني الأصيل – مقابل منافعهم- للطاعون الأمريكي وبالتالي “للأمن الإسرائيلي” ولهواجس “الخطر الديموغرافي ” الذي تمتهنه بغايا الصهيونية.

نحن نعرف أبناء شعبنا اللاجئين في لبنان وفي غير لبنان..

نحن نعرف مَن هم شخصيا ونعرف أين تقع بيوتهم ومراتع طفولتهم او طفولة ابائهم او طفولة اجدادهم ونعرف صلات قرابتهم ونعرف انسبائهم ونعرف حكاياتهم في مواسم الحصاد وفي مواسم الزيتون وفي قوارب الصيد وفي أسواق شطارة التجار..

نحن نعرف قطعا انهم ليسوا “مقطوعين من شجرة”، فهم اشقائنا واهلنا ونعرف ان المتآمرين على حقوقهم المدنية إنما هم مقطوعون عن شجرة الارز الشامخة في لبنان.

نحن نعرف ان الذين يستكثرون على اللاجئ الفلسطيني حقه الإنساني في الحق المدني والحق في العمل وممارسة الكفاءة، إنما هم بالجوهر متآمرون على حقه الوطني في العودة بما يتّسق مع صفقة كوشنير وفريدمان وجرينبلاط وتابعهم الاحمق الاكبر.

ان توقيت الحملة المكررة على الحقوق المدنية والإنسانية للاجئين الفلسطينيين ليس عارضا فنيا إنما هو ملازم لدمار مخيم اليرموك وقبله لدمار مخيم النهر البارد، وهو ملازم لتجفيف الاونروا، وهو ملازم للتدمير في غزة ومخيماتها، وهو ملازم للاستيطان في الضفة، وهو ملازم جدا لاغتيال القدس وهويتها العربية الفلسطينية الإسلامية المسيحية،وهو ملازم اولا وأخيرا للإجماع الصهيوني الساعي لقبر حق العودة.

لقد حددنا لأنفسنا، نحن أبناء الشعب الفلسطيني في الجليل والمثلث والنقب والساحل، ان احدى وظائفنا الوطنية ان نحرس ظل الزيتون ومسميات المكان وان نفرد ركنا في كل بيت من بيوتنا ليستريح فيها العائد الفلسطيني من منافيه، ريثما يعود كلٌ الى بيته.

حددنا لأنفسنا ان نقف بأذرع مفتوحة في محطة الوصول لاستقبال أهلنا العائدين الى وطنهم الذي لا وطن لنا ولهم سواه.

يستطيع الطغاة من صهاينة وامريكان، كما تستطيع أنظمة الطغيان والتطبيع كما تستطيع أذنابهم العفنة ان يتلهّوا بأحلام الإجهاز على حق العودة.. لكنهم جميعا ذاهبون الى حيث ألقت،

والفلسطينيون اللاجئون آتون الى حيث ترفرف رايات العز والحق والعودة.
هل هذا كلام في الخيال؟ فلنراجع التاريخ لنرى كم محطة فيه كانت خيالا.

نحن نكنّ أسمى آيات الاعتزاز والشموخ والاحترام لأشقائنا اللبنانيين الرافضين للتعرض لأهلنا وأقاربنا وأبناء شعبنا ونعرف انهم يشكلون الأغلبية الساحقة في الشعب اللبناني الشقيق..

اننا ندعو الدولة اللبنانية والشعب اللبناني الشقيق والأحزاب السياسية ومؤسسات المجتمع المدني ان لا يسمحوا بهذه السياسة الملوثة التي لن تنال من الفلسطينيين فقط إنما ستنال من لبنان الكرامة والشعب العنيد… وهذا ما لا يرضاه احرار لبنان واحرار فلسطين.

وختاما من باب الشفافية بودي ان افيدكم انا محمد ابن سعيد وعائشة بركة اللاجئ في وطنه من قرية صفورية المهجرة والتي أراها كأجمل بقعة في الكون، ان الامر اعلاه يخصني شخصيا وكل ما دوّنته أعلاه كان بصفتي التمثيلية وبصفتي الشخصية.

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By Dan Rockwell

Problems are spiny gifts wrapped in sandpaper.

It’s foolish to wish for problem-free leadership.

The four benefits of persistent problems:

#1. The prospect of becoming your best self.

“Leadership is a matter of how to be, not how to do.” Francis Hesselbein.

Discomfort and distress are the hammer and anvil of becoming.

Personal growth gives meaning to persistent problems because problems help you become yourself.

“Leadership is synonymous with becoming yourself…” Warren Bennis

Becoming yourself requires conversations with the problems you face.

Two questions to ask nagging problems and recurring distress:

  1. Why are you here?
  2. Who are you calling me to become?

You lose yourself when solving problems is all you think about.

#2. The potential of an open mind.

An open mind reflects the potential of a new future. But the promise of a closed mind is repetition.

You aren’t open minded if you haven’t recently changed your mind.

Persistent problems are useful when you:

  1. Acknowledge you don’t know. Potential begins with knowing you don’t know.
  2. Practice curiosity longer than others.
  3. Rise above, “I’m right,” and allow others to be right.
  4. Try new things.

#3. The power of choosing your attitude.

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” Victor Frankel

The difference between success and failure is the attitude you choose toward the road ahead.

#4. The possibilities from taking action.

Personal development is the result of action, not simply contemplation. As you act, do three things.

  1. Work on yourself.
  2. Open your mind.
  3. Choose your attitude.

Arrogance short-circuits growth because it blames, excuses, and pretends.

Humility fuels growth because it accepts reality, takes responsibility, includes others, and doesn’t need to be right.

The value of a problem is the opportunity it creates.

How might problems and distress be the tools of authenticity?

What benefits do persistent problems offer?




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