Posts tagged purpose
Spotting the Fool’s Gold in Your Life

The mineral Pyrite is an iron sulfide with a pale yellow hue and metallic luster that gives it the appearance of gold earning it the nickname “Fool’s Gold.” So while, on the surface, it has the appearance of value, in reality, it’s just another rock. I feel like life can present you with a lot of Fool’s Gold that looks really wonderful at first glance. But on further inspection, you realize you’ve been given a dud.

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If you had a chance to pivot your life, would you?

Due to the flood, I’ve been thinking a lot about the families who lost so many material things. Feelings of empathy and sadness dance with feelings of hope and silver linings. Because on one hand, I see the mountains of things that are the physical embodiment of people’s history. And that can be tough to part with. But on the other hand I see a city wide liberation and a chance to craft a new life. One free from the weight of things that steal our attention from what matters.

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The TGIF Attitude Toward Work is Outdated

In agrarian societies, much of the daylight hours were spent acquiring or creating food, water, shelter or warmth — the bare necessities. You would wake up early to go hunt or gather food for the day, or cary makeshift barrels of water from the river or tend to your crops. By the days end, it was dark and what little light you had was the glow from a camp fire or torches. Very little time was spent doing something just because you loved doing it — everything was a function of survival.

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What I learned from 30+ physicians about Identity

A couple of weeks ago I was photographing physicians in their work environments. As I moved from office to O.R. to board room shooting nearly 20 physicians over the course of two days I was struck by the demeanor and the attitude that they all seemed to possess. Man, woman, old, young, black, white, experienced, inexperienced... it didn't matter. Not a single one of them was concerned about whether every hair was in place or whether their makeup was perfect or whether their clothes were wrinkled.

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A Case for Getting Rich

I want to ask you a question: all other things equal, who is most empowered to do good for the world?

  1. The person who makes $50,000/year with $100,000 in the bank
  2. The person who makes $300,000/year with $10,000,000 in the bank
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Embracing Life Requires Embracing Uncertainty

Uncertainty is scary. There's potential for loss, for pain and for difficulty. There's no guarantee of success or even opportunity. But for all of the risk that uncertainty brings, if you're not diving in headfirst, you'll never grow. Carol Dweck, a well-known Stanford University psychologist, introduced the concept of a growth mindset.

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6 Questions to Discover Your Most Meaningful Pursuits

It's easy to get caught up in the minimalist lifestyle. The idea of removing the meaningless to make room for the meaningful makes plenty of sense. Before long, garbage bags line the edge of the road and the backseat of the car is loaded up with boxes for Goodwill. But as we finalize the details on our latest eBay auction we sit back and wonder, "now what?"

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The Importance of Having a Destination (even if it's not perfect)

I'm sitting on my couch desperately trying to put words on a page and my sister is sitting to my left reading Prayer and the Art of Volkswagen by Donald Miller. Two pages in and she already has an opinion of the book, "I don't really like the fact that he's just taking a trip that isn't going anywhere." As much fun as that might be at first glance, the more I thought about it, the more I began to agree.

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Plans are okay. Missions are better.

When I was younger, I use to make plans obsessively. I had a 6-month plan, a 1-year plan, a 3-year plan, a 5-year plan, a 10-year plan and a 20-year plan. And then I changed my mind about a seemingly inconsequential decision and it screwed up my 6-month plan and then my 1-year plan and then my 3-year plan until I finally had to sit down and rethink everything.

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Who you've become > What you've done

Just last week, a few of my friends and I were discussing what things we often connected our identity to. For some, it was achievement in school. For others, it was their job title. For me, it was the projects that I found myself involved with. Somewhere in the depths of my mind, keeping myself busy with unique, creative projects was of such importance that my identity was tied to it.

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Square One Part V: our craving for purpose, solved

God, in His abundance of love and mercy, is faithful to provide for His children as He anticipates our needs. What loving God wouldn't? As He calls to a particular lifestyle, He prepares the way for us. Wouldn't it be simply amazing to walk in full assurance of faith knowing that God will provide for us if continue to do His will? We can! As we seek Him, our will aligns with His, and as we walk in it, He provides. Simple.

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It's 6:00am and you're late for life.


There is a constant war being waged in your mind. A war between your wants and your needs. Armies of voices in your head will tell you that you need to turn off the alarm and lay back down. But don't listen to them. Listen to the small voice in the back of your head that is whispering...

Get up.

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If You Could Relive Today

Imagine if you were given the opportunity to relive each day. As soon as it ended, you began again, fully aware of the events that were to take place. In those moments of stress, worry, anxiety or uncertainty, you knew the consequences and, the second time around, were able to fend them off with a surge of confident optimism or retrospective clarity.

I must admit, the thought is nice...

But time travel isn't changing anything; you would simply know when to laugh at life and enjoy the moments.

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What does a vibrant life look like?

You put the last piece in its place and step back to admire your handiwork. As your eyes scan the image sprawled out before you, you see it. Just there, in the middle of the house tucked away in the forest near the waterwheel. A piece is missing. You know the feeling - when the puzzle is one piece short of perfect. It's irritating and imbalanced and you can't help but feel a twinge of disappointment.

Life, too, is irritating, imbalanced and brings its fair share of disappointment when a piece of it is missing. Zig Ziglar has his "Wheel of Life" and Donald Miller has his "How to live a good story". These individuals have analyzed life and each, in their own way, broken it down into parts we can grasp so the whole thing doesn't feel so overwhelming. While they each look at life through a unique lens, they all have one thing in common - living a balanced life. None of them recommend being all work no play. None of them recommend the opposite. Because no one likes to leave out a piece of a puzzle. It's incomplete. Broken.

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