B.B. King Got It Right

I reached a watershed moment in May 2010, when my desire to do work that mattered became greater than the fear of the unknown. The job and the house were no longer enough of an incentive to keep me from making a difference in the world. So I got rid of the vestiges of...

Forward Slowmentum

Have you ever wondered why the things we want most in life always seem to take longer than we expect? In my experience it’s the Universe’s way of saying, “You’re not ready to handle what you’re asking for!” And if our “wants” involve major life changes, there are...

Life in the Shadows

“There is strong shadow where there is much light.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe We are meant to live our lives in the light of work that feeds our purpose, and with people who encourage us to be more than we would accept if left to our own devices. But in a...

The Power of Courageous Vulnerability

Recently I watched Sarah, an older woman with Parkinson’s, climb onto a stage to read her poetry. “I’ll do my best to read,” she said softly and smiled at the audience. “In spite of the shaking.” Suddenly I realized I was witnessing what it means to be courageously...

Writing the First Draft of Your Life

“You’re kidding, right?” “No, Martin. It’s definitely shingles.” I was incredulous. “Are you sure it’s not spider bites?” “You are aware that I graduated from medical school, aren’t you?” “Yeah, but I don’t understand. I’ve always been really healthy. How could this...

Stop the World, I Want to Get Off

I woke up at four o’clock in the morning with the above line in my head, maybe because I’d gone to bed after watching the Tony Awards and had Broadway lodged in my brain. Or it could’ve been the realization that we spend way too much of our time rotating at the speed...
The AeroDynamics of a Purpose-Filled Life

The AeroDynamics of a Purpose-Filled Life

If aerodynamics are what results from the motion of air as it interacts with a moving object, then I believe the AeroDynamics of Life are what results from the energy we create and allow into our lives. When I was a student pilot, my flight instructor taught me about...