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Story: Focus on the Growing Heap, Not the One Coin. (One of My Favorite Stories!)

For the weekly videos, I now tell a story. I’ve realized that for me, and I think for many people, a story is what holds my attention and makes a point most powerfully. This week’s story: Focus on the growing heap, not the one coin.   Can’t see the video? Click here. Here are the exact words of this teaching …


Pigeon of Discontent: “I Get Distracted When I Work From Home.”

Each week, I post a video about some Pigeon of Discontent raised by a reader. Because, as much as we try to find the Bluebird of Happiness, we’re also plagued by those small but pesky Pigeons of Discontent. This week’s Pigeon of Discontent, suggested by a reader, is: “I get distracted when I work from home.”   If you want …


Pigeon of Discontent: “I Have Great Ideas, But No Time To Execute Them.”

Each week, I post a video about some Pigeon of Discontent raised by a reader. Because, as much as we try to find the Bluebird of Happiness, we’re also plagued by those small but pesky Pigeons of Discontent. This week’s Pigeon of Discontent, suggested by a reader, is: “I have great ideas, but no time to execute them.”   What …


“If You Do the Same Thing Every Day at the Same Time For the Same Length of Time…”

“If you do the same thing every day at the same time for the same length of time, you’ll save yourself from many a sink. Routine is a condition of survival.” –Flannery O’Connor, The Habit of Being, letter to “A,” February 10, 1962 Here, O’Connor was specifically talking about the habit of writing; she wrote every morning for three hours, …


Pigeon of Discontent: “I Say Yes; I Want To Say No.”

Each week, I post a video about some Pigeon of Discontent raised by a reader. Because, as much as we try to find the Bluebird of Happiness, we’re also plagued by the Pigeons of Discontent. This week’s Pigeon of Discontent, suggested by a reader, is:  “I say ‘yes’; I want to say ‘no’.” I Say Yes; I Want To Say …