A rush to judgement is a race you never win

Too often and too quickly we rush to judge, decide, and label an event as soon as it happens. Of the four religions/philosophies I have spent time studying, all of them caution against this rush to judgement. I was guilty of it myself this week, and it reminded me of one of my favorite Buddhist/Taoist fables.

Maybe, the farmer replied
respond vs react

Though small, the gap you see in the right-hand column of the respond model makes a big difference. It is THE difference between reacting and responding. This gap is where character, maturity, and wisdom reside.

Respond or React?

When something unexpected occurs, do you respond to it or do you react to it? Zig Ziglar said, “When you respond to life that’s positive, when you react to life that’s negative.” Zig goes on to make the comparison to medicine. If it works, it means your body is responding to it, if instead the side effects are kicking in, the doctor tells you that your body is reacting to the medicine.

Also, think about why they call it a nuclear reactor and why they call them first responders and not the other way around. If you’ve been in an accident and are hurt, do you want a first reactor rushing to the scene? Or would you prefer they be a first responder?

Respond or react? It’s a subtle difference in the decision with a substantial difference in the results. Be aware of the choice you make.

A Ride on the Lilly Belle

Life’s treasured moments arrive unexpected

I spent Sunday morning planning my funeral. It had been a typical lazy Sunday when I had a “moment.” I created a list of my ten favorite pictures; I wanted to make sure my wife (Clair) would know the ones I want shown when I’m laid to rest. This was not a morbid moment, it was joyful.

Inside the Disneyland Railroad's Lilly Belle

Bet the Farm on Yourself

The most important lesson from Apple’s 2017 Q1 Earnings

Imagine taking all the money you have along with all that you can possibly borrow and then betting EVERY SINGLE PENNY of it that some stranger was going to trip and fall flat on his face while walking down the street on a specific day. No scientific reason behind it, you just have a hunch. Then imagine telling the world you were going to do it the week before the actual day of the bet. Don’t you think that sounds absolutely bat-shit crazy?

iPhone 7 propels Apple's earnings

Me too. But there’s a guy out there who doesn’t. Here’s his story.

An Invitation to Walk Out the Door

A lesson learned from Nat Geo's Mars mini-series

Our family has been watching the new National Geographic mini-series, Mars. I originally wanted to watch for the science, but the whole family got sucked into the story. One scene in particular stuck with me, possibly because they used the same scene in both the first and the last episode, but I think it would have resonated either way.

Ben Sawyer addresses the crew of the Daedalus - Invitation to Walk Out the Door

The Mission Commander, Ben Swayer, addresses the crew before they are about to embark on a seven-month journey that kicks off their 4-year mission away from earth, friend, family, and everything they’ve ever known.

“I want you to stop and ask yourself what really is important to you about this mission. And if the answer to that question is not the most important thing in your life then I’m gonna invite you to walk out that door and go pursue whatever that thing is.”

What a great question.