Here's to 2

Sports are so unbelievably trivial most of the time. Nevertheless, we love them and we love using them as a means for helping support community. Love or hate the Yankees, the career of Derek Jeter simply cannot be discounted. I'll never forget my cousin, who worked for the Boston Red Sox at the time, telling me that no one in baseball was more professional than Derek Jeter. Enjoy this little tribute to #2, the Captain, from Budweiser. 

Listen

Listen

Not every discussion is an argument that needs to be won.

Not every argument must be won. 

Sometimes, conversations are ongoing and require attentive ears and tender words. 

We no longer live in a society where we listen to understand. No, we “listen” in order to proffer our more informed opinion. We wait for that small sliver of space in which we can shoehorn in our opinion. And we rarely enter into a conversation with disarmed to the fact that what the other person has to say may just help us more clearly see the world around us. 

Links

Links

As I try to get myself back into writing, my best effort so far is to start sharing things that I'm reading and thinking about. Things that I feel are helpful for better cobbling together a better understanding of worldview, and helping to refine our own worldview. Some of the links will be challenging, but I don't believe in life inside an echo chamber, or a bubble. One of the best ways to grow as a person, or a thinker, is to read. And, it's especially helpful to read the works of people with whom you disagree. It stretches you in that you're exposed to the thoughts and ideas of others and thus better understand why people believe what they believe, even if you disagree. 

So I want to share some links to stories, articles, and pieces of writing that I find interesting. Enjoy. 

Those Words

Those Words

Each and every day I tell both of our children that I love. Not in passing or flippantly, but intentionally and with conviction. Our children are 5 and 2 years old, so they may not fully grasp the significance of it and there’s nothing particularly innovative or revolutionary about this practice.

Bend or Break

Bend or Break

In the design and testing of any industrial product, every product goes through a testing phase. Such a process will establish benchmarks or standards, as well as determine at what point th product is meeting expectations and can be delivered to the marketplace to consumers. Along the design phase there are likely 3 scenarios for these tests:

  1. A product will bend so far until it breaks – this is a feature. 
  2. A product will bend so far until it breaks – this is a standard that future iterations must meet.
  3. A product will bend so far until it breaks – at this point the product is no longer viable. 

Regardless of the scenario, the product will bend and is expected to do one of two things: keep bending, or break. This expectation is much the same way with people.