Thanksgiving and the Calculus of Integrity

The movie Airplane features a running joke in which air traffic controller Steve McCroskey (played by Lloyd Bridges) announces after each new catastrophe, “I guess I picked the wrong week to quit smoking… drinking… amphetamines… sniffing glue.” I woke up yesterday morning, watched a terrifying video of a white supremacist gathering in Washington, DC, and thought, “I guess I picked the wrong week to feel gratitude.” And some of my clients and students will look at all the turkeys, gravies, pies, turduckens, piecakens, and other festive dishes and tell themselves, “I’ll indulge just a little today, and tighten back up tomorrow. After all, progress, not perfection.” To all three examples, I say bullshit. Read more »

Do. Be. Do.

Part 1: DO When we want to change our destiny, we start by changing our behavior. Hence DO. I’ve literally wasted years of my life planning, pondering, weighing my options, thinking, considering, evaluating, and anticipating instead of doing. There’s nothing wrong with thinking, of course. Nothing wrong with planning, with anticipating […] Read more »