Tag Archives: assumptions

(Issue #538) The Package And The Person


Maybe if we focus on the person, we may come to see the packaging in a different light. “They’re nice but, you know, they belong to that political party.” “She’s a retired teacher. So cheerful. Just don’t understand how she … Continue reading

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(Issue #537) Critical Thinking Revisited


Critical thinking is not only looking for information that supports what we want to hear, see, or believe. It helps us see the fallacies in our assumptions. A few of the student success textbooks I wrote for Pearson Education focused … Continue reading

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(Issue #532) For What It’s Worth


Nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong. -Stephen Stills-  What consequences evolve when lines drawn in the sand become immovable walls? We could say the walls reflect the non-negotiable values that people stand up for and believe. A moral code.  Opposing walls … Continue reading

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(Issue #529) Time to Revisit Our Big BUTs


Recognize which BUT is taking control. Then kiss your BUT goodbye! I have written on this blog before about excuses and how they can derail our plans and dreams. (See here, here, and here for instance.) For this week’s blog, … Continue reading

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(Issue #527) Criticism and Your Counterfactual


 “I am aware that I am less than some people prefer me to be, but most people are unaware that I am so much more than what they see.” ― Douglas Pagels, author— An American journalist observed that “a critic is … Continue reading

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(Issue #521) Sunrise, Clouds, and the News


Some people and groups focus on the darkness and what might happen. Others ignore warning signs and look only at what they consider to be brightness. First, the sunrise. I have found the best time to view sunrise on the … Continue reading

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(Issue #518) Ever Consider a Low-Bad Diet?


“Just about every measure of human well-being has improved except for one: hope. The healthier we become, the gloomier our worldview.” —John Tierney and Roy F. Baumeister—  Pause on the above quote for a moment. Let it sink it. What … Continue reading

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(Issue #516) Perspective  


“We have the ability to either give into our misery and pain and die. Or absorb the physical pain and keep our mentality, our soul….” —Aaron Elser Comparatory suffering comes fraught with problems. It can be a cliched way to … Continue reading

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(Issue #494) Communication: So Easy, Yet So Hard 


You have a story. It belongs to you. It is powerful. How are you helping people understand it? Listening is a difficult skill to master.  A lot of people shouting, “look at me” and “listen to my story!” Unfortunately, they … Continue reading

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(Issue #489) Opportunities to Notice


The range of what we think and do Is limited by what we fail to notice And because we fail to notice That we fail to notice There is little we can do To change Until we notice How failing … Continue reading

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