Although I know several great writers, I know very few great storytellers.
Because a story is a particular type of writing that emphasizes an emotional arc of challenge, personal growth, triumph or tragedy, writing a story is a different experience (for the writer) than journalism, or technical writing, or ad copy. To create an emotional arc for the characters, many writers must experience the negative emotions for themselves, and this is why great story-telling is so difficult — because it requires the storyteller to be vulnerable in ways that most writers are unwilling to experience.
I’m hesitant to return to my icy shower, but I just might give it a go. What’s a little bit of suffering if it will help get burn some stub…
My experience has been that ice baths are way better than cold showers. I find the cold showers a miserable, wretched experience suitable only for when I'm traveling.
By contrast. Ice baths are a meditative experience for me.
Every organizational leader must concern themselves with the decisions made at all levels of their organization. Even the lowest paid employees, at the bottom of the organizational hierarchy, are making decisions that help shape the future of the organization.
And because every decision is an irreversible commitment of resources, the people who make those decisions are choosing some alternatives at the expense of others. When cashiers choose to smile, they give up frowns. When forklift drivers choose precision, they give up speed. When carpenters choose screws, they are not choosing nails.
Every decision is a choice between two or more…
The main purpose of doing an ice bath is to reduce muscle soreness. Ice baths are encouraged on workout days for that reason. Soaking in cold water reduces inflammation by shunting blood away from the muscles which reduces swelling and tissue breakdown. This prevents fatigue and muscle soreness and can potentially prevent injuries. After leaving the water, the tissues warm up which causes a faster return of blood flow. Ice baths …
Muscle receovery is the least important reason to practice deliberate cold exposure. In fact, you'll get more out of your workout if you use exercise to recover from the ice, rather than the other way around.
Everyone who has spent more than two days in a job has discovered that the description of and practice of their job are often two different things.
For example, in my job as a University professor, you might think my job is teaching, mentoring, and research. In fact, much of my job is filling out forms. Some days, several hours of my work day will be spent completing some damn form, and I hate it.
But what’s really awful is that the forms themselves are incomplete, obsolete, or sometimes, just ignored. At Arizona State University, we have forms that haven’t…
I didn’t know I married an alcoholic.
There’s no history of alcoholism in my family. My parents barely drank at all, and neither did I until I was well past the legal drinking age of 21 years old.
So I didn’t have the experience I needed to recognize the warnings, and by the time it should have been obvious, I was so deeply invested in my denial that I didn’t want to know.
My daughter changed all that, when she was 14 years old.
I was grocery shopping with her and my son (16 at the time) and she said…
When my Father died two weeks ago, I discovered that I'm still afraid of my sisters. I'm afriad they'll gossip about me to the rest of the family, convince my other relatives that I'm a terrible person and that I will be cast out for life (because I do not do what my sisters tell me to do).
Nevermind that none of that is true. There is something about the death of a parent that can cause us to revert to a childlike state.
And children are master's at learning how to please their parents.
It was quite by accident that I discovered my testosterone was very high for my advanced age of 52. A routine blood test had revealed elevated levels of prostate specific antigen (PSA), which is associated with greater risk of prostate cancer.
Because prostate cancer typically grows so slowly, I elected to treat my PSA with a ketogenic diet and regular monitoring, rather than a biopsy and surgery. I reasoned that if I could bring my PSA down in six months or so, I might avoid invasive and painful surgical procedures, without much increased risk of malignancy.
That worked for me…