Category Archives: Journey

What I Want to Be, Have, and Do at 27

On the last day of my silent retreat in April, I wrote out the things I want to be, have, and do in my life. I also wrote out a short personal mission statement and core values. I thought I’d … Continue reading

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Please Call Me by My True Names

Please Call Me by My True Names   Don’t say that I will depart tomorrow- even today I am still arriving.   Look deeply: every second I am arriving to be a bud on a Spring branch, to be a … Continue reading

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After my return to Thailand from an American Christmas, I’ve felt busy with tasks but terribly unaccomplished; overloaded but unsatisfied. At the end of each day, I lock my office, hoist a leg over my bicycle, and reflect as I … Continue reading

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A New Beginning

One of my favorite professors, Bob Kegan, a constructive developmental psychologist, Piagetian scholar, and quintessential thinker-outside-the-box, gave his last lecture of our Adult Development class in the form of “beads.” These beads were a string of seemingly disconnected illustrations, one … Continue reading

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