The hardest job you’ll ever do comes without an operations manual. So, how do you proceed? When my son was an infant, I realized a key lesson: The best thing I could do for him was to simply show up, be there, and attune to him. I’ve shared more about this on the Good Men Project.
As I’ve watched my son grow from infant to toddler, from teenager to adult, I’ve often reflected on fatherhood as an experience without end. In Buddhism, the idea of Long Enduring Mind suggests committing to something we cannot control or understand. Before I became a father, I lived in a world of choice, where change was always a breath away. When my son entered my life, I realized that no matter what happened, I would always be his father. My thoughts on this are up on The Good Men Project.
I work with leaders and entrepreneurs from a variety of fields and disciplines. One key dynamic is the realization that the degree to which everyone is present directly impacts the outcomes we achieve. I’ve shared some advice on being the right size for the situation on evox.
How do we live a life of joy and happiness in the face of adversity? It takes courage. It takes patience. It takes a person like my mother. Some thoughts on my mother’s embodiment of gentle courage are up on evox.
When I became a father, I learned a lesson that many new parents learn: Surrender does not mean defeat. I’ve shared my thoughts on the crossroads of surrender and acceptance on evox.
Close your eyes and take three deep breaths. Look within as you begin to breathe in and out. Get a sense of yourself. Know that you cannot know what’s next. A meditation on embracing the betwixt and between on evox.