Life Is Good

So at Least There’s That…

Listening to a recent podcast, where part of the discussion was about how we value the support structures in our lives, as well as the obstacles put before us. Not surprisingly, the conclusion was that people tend to overstate the latter and underestimate the former. In other words, we tend to see the glass half empty rather than half full, and thus to focus more on what’s missing, what’s in our way, or what we want next — instead of appreciating the things we already have. Continue reading “Life Is Good”

Resistance Is NOT Futile

Once upon a time, in a galaxy far far away, a ragtag bunch of charismatic castoffs and merry malcontents staged a rebellion against the dark forces of evil in their midst. The stakes were high, as the fate of the world hung in the balance. The empire was strong and inflexible, but its hubris also made it vulnerable — if you knew where to look, and were willing to sacrifice for the greater good. This band of revolutionary misfits gathered together in secret, and launched their insurgency with principled determination. Ultimately, they prevailed through sheer fortitude, gifted insight, actionable intel, mystical wisdom, humor, and a dash of the good fortune that often favors the bold. Continue reading “Resistance Is NOT Futile”

Get Your Unicorn On!

Unicorns seem to be all the rage these days. Well, perhaps rage isn’t quite the right word, since the resurgence of interest seems to be as much about peace and positive visions than anything else. It’s interesting to see the wide range of ways the concept and image of the unicorn has been applied lately — from the in-your-face independent journalism of Unicorn Riot to the rolling-in-the-dough success of billion-dollar companies on Fortune’s Unicorn List. When we want to praise someone for their uniqueness, we might call them a unicorn; when we want to dismiss them as being unrealistic, we might do the same. This is a paradox as old as the myth itself. Continue reading “Get Your Unicorn On!”

BADLANDS: “Get Your Facts Learned”

Every movement needs an anthem — or many anthems, actually. As an opening bid, we would like to nominate “Badlands” by Bruce Springsteen for your consideration. This choice was inspired by the anonymous tweeter at Badlands National Park who went rogue by posting actual facts about climate change in defiance of an Administration-ordered shutdown on the flow of public information. Continue reading “BADLANDS: “Get Your Facts Learned””

Don’t Mourn, Organize

Before his execution by the state of Utah in 1915, the legendary activist and songwriter Joe Hill wrote a telegram to Bill Haywood — himself a founding member and prominent voice in the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) — in which Hill wrote: “Goodbye, Bill. I die like a true blue rebel. Don’t waste any time mourning. Organize!” History remembers Joe Hill as a colorful and dynamic figure in the labor movements of the early twentieth century, and as someone who crafted songs and penned lyrics that have inspired generations of musicians and artists for decades since. Among other legacies, Hill coined the phrase “pie in the sky” and is probably best known for the enduring paraphrase from his letter to Haywood: “Don’t mourn, organize!” Continue reading “Don’t Mourn, Organize”