Equanimity & Politics

Equanimity My dad died early this morning. Having to fight my normal urge to use sarcasm, humor, optimism and light-heartedness is almost as tough as sitting beside him, holding his hand and watching him slowly withdraw and diminish. Death is the great leveler: everyone eventually succumbs to the indignity of mortality. While it seems like all year long we’ve been immersed in discussions and considerations of death in a broad and impersonal way because of the pandemic, the dying of one particular individual blows all those vague and hypothetical conversations out of the water. Relationships are complex and people are…

It IS a Wonderful Life After All

Have you ever seen the movie, It’s a Wonderful Life? Set in the 1930s, the film is about protagonist George Bailey, who operates a small business when the Great Depression hits. And while all of the working class, small business owners, and ordinary folk panic and attempt to pull all their funds from banks, the antagonistic “Corporate Giant” Henry Potter keeps his cool, increases his spend, and effectively buys the town. Ouch. Still incredibly relevant today. Did you know that almost half of U.S. adults believe that reduced or no advertising from retail stores, banks or auto dealerships during a…

Avoiding Analysis Paralysis

This one is recycled from 2009, but it’s just as relevant today as it was then. We’ve pretty much all been hit hard these last few months. If you have more time on your hands due to slower business or if you’re worried about spending any money whatsoever with times so tight, you’re not alone. But is it possible that you are over-scrutinizing your decisions to keep costs contained? Are you second-guessing yourself after having lost some faith in your abilities because of the economy? Any one of these alone could cause a mild case, but all taken together could…