Suffering is one of the best ways to find meaning

Suffering defines us, but we get to choose its definition.  That’s what Victor Frankl, a holocaust survivor, psychiatrist, and author of Man’s Search for Meaning (affiliate link) wanted us to know.  He told his story of suffering and survival, from a personal perspective but also as a psychiatrist. It was sad, but, more than that, … Continue reading Suffering is one of the best ways to find meaning

Feeling amazing one bite at a time

I love meat. I always have.  But now I’m a vegetarian. Why? It’s simple: I feel amazing. For decades, I felt terrible. Chronic pain in my back, legs, and joints plagued me.  But here’s the crazy thing, I accepted it as my fate, thinking that feeling that badly was my normal. Being tired, experiencing pain, … Continue reading Feeling amazing one bite at a time

One thing that helps you reach your potential

Sometimes who we are and who we want to be feel too far apart to do anything about. But that’s not true in many cases.  You can reach your potential.  It starts with these words.  “I can.” That simple phrase is the key to going further than we ever thought we could.  And yet many … Continue reading One thing that helps you reach your potential

How I fight my cravings everyday

Saying that I love bagels, pizza, donuts, and ice cream just doesn't do it justice. I think about them all of the time, every day. I'm obsessed. I'm thinking about them right now. And I crave them, want them, yearn for them. And they seem to love me too. I can hear them calling to … Continue reading How I fight my cravings everyday

I had no idea midlife could feel like this

Another birthday came and went, and I'm solidly over the hill. But I don't feel that way.  In my thirties, I used to fear being forty. I dreaded it like one dreads a root canal. And it hovered over me like a black cloud. Probably the unknown was the cause for so much fear in … Continue reading I had no idea midlife could feel like this

Want to sleep better? Eight things we do to get better sleep

Over the years, my family and I have honed our sleep habits, and we love it, even though it is odd.  Most nights, I'm asleep for seven to eight hours. I know, it's solid. We are in bed by seven o'clock—all four of us—the whole family. And because of our new baby, my wife is … Continue reading Want to sleep better? Eight things we do to get better sleep

When shopping for cucumbers in NYC got strange

Going to the grocery store for organic cucumbers should be boring. But this time was different. After grabbing my perfectly grown, locally sourced, and humanely treated organic cucumbers, I walked up to the checkout line. I gently laid down my produce like newborn baby, and the cashier and I shared a sliver of small talk … Continue reading When shopping for cucumbers in NYC got strange

Do this to become the person you want to be

We become like the people with whom we surround ourselves. We are social creatures and can be influenced. We are more easily influenced than we think. I am. Who do you want to be? Do you have dreams? Aspire to something greater? You can achieve it. Whatever it is, it will require pursuit. Find the … Continue reading Do this to become the person you want to be