Things I’ll Never Do
And wound up doing
I’ll never ride my bike in the city streets.
I’ll never live below Canal Street.
I’ll never sing karaoke.
I’ll never speak in front of a crowd.
I’ll never run my own business.
I’ll never go on a diet.
Finding my spirituality. Doing yoga on the beach. Starting to meditate. Searching for retreats. Wondering about Buddhism. Reading about mindfulness and mindlessness. Eating better. Sleeping more. Waking up at the same time every day. Riding my bike. Spending less money on frivolous things. Spending more money on meaningful things. Making more money doing less. Enrolling in a…
Whether you work in an organization of 10 or 10,000, there is probably at least one person you’re particularly not fond of. You think they’re loud and opinionated, or lazy and irresponsible, melodramatic or insensitive, too silly or too serious. You avoid them in the hallways and elevators. You cringe when they…
My life’s mission is to put humanity back into business. As a user experience consultant, guiding technology companies on how to make their products easier and more pleasurable to use, I get to work towards this every day. But I’ve come to realize that user…
My mom loves to tell a story about when she and my dad came to see me in a play at day camp. I was six.
I had the very important job of carrying title cards from stage-left to stage-right, which depicted time passing between scenes. It wasn’t exactly a leading role, but my parents were filled with the same pride as all the other parents in the audience…
Home. The last year of my life has been an exploration of that word. I came to a point where I finally had to admit that I no longer felt at home, in my home, in my city.
And in a search for a new home, I had to admit that I no longer felt at home in my work either.
We don’t know. We believe we know. Our experiences, education, instincts and values all add up to our beliefs. They also include assumptions and misperceptions and past truths. We believe something once and then we “know” it forever, because that’s easier than always having to ask.