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A few years ago I decided to embark on a backpacking trip across Europe for two months. Towards the end of my travels, I found myself at the Sisteen Chapel in Rome, Italy. As I was standing there, enchanted by this insanely crazy masterpiece, I felt a soft whisper perk the tiny hairs on the back of my neck.
Take a moment to think about a famous scientist. Imagine this person in your mind's eye. What does he or she look like? Chances are, you pictured Albert Einstein with his wild silver hair and starry gaze. Failing that, you probably visualized an elderly gentleman wearing a lab coat.
Decision fatigue is a psychological condition, where a person's decisions degrade due to mental exhaustion after a long session of decision-making. The following six strategies will help you tackle decision fatigue and make better decisions.
Next to "E=MC squared," perhaps the most famous quote to emerge from Albert Einstein's mouth is the oft-cited: "Imagination is more important than knowledge." What I'm sure Einstein didn't consider at the time of uttering was the offshoot of his observation, namely: "Imagination is a DisTortEr of knowledge."
To wit, "Knowledge" implies the tasks of filling, memorizing and regurgitating. Imagination implies the art of thinking and dreaming. Curiosity, however, requires not only the cerebral wonderment of "what if?" but also the actual corporeal action of "let's see!" for absolute fulfillment.
While many of us dislike the idea of paying taxes, we are actually already being taxed for our fossil fuel use by collectively paying for upgrades to our infrastructure. Taxing the product that's actually causing the harm would cause markets to shift; we would become more interested in seeking less costly solutions to meet the needs that are presently being met by fossil fuels.
Is it possible that creativity expressed through the arts, is a path to peace? It seemed that if we could take the frustration and separation people experience in our current world and invite them into a community to make art together, we'd foster a sense of belonging and connectedness and through this, some magical new creation would become possible.
In early January of this year, I met Glenda Zamzow at a book signing in Calgary. A week later, after having read my book she contacted me. Glenda told me that she had been inspired by my story, which led her to organize a family meeting with her husband Richard and sons 11 year old Derek and 14 year old Marcus. As Glenda told me "I really felt we should do something - we've been given such great opportunities. You always hear people say 'Just pull yourself up by the bootstraps.' But disadvantaged kids, they don't have boot straps. If it were me, I'd want someone to advocate for me".
I never thought I would feel the need to write in favour of the Office of Religious Freedom. I took my religious freedom for granted. I am a Chaplain. It seems that the readers know all about me from that title. It is assumed that if one believes in God, there is a lack of intelligence, that one cannot believe and have a background in science, philosophy, economics, medicine, the arts.
Do balanced people give us a reason for living? Do they challenge us to become better people? Maybe that's why so many of us overachievers and entrepreneurs are not balanced; because we craved passion, engagement, discovery -- extreme intensity.