Monthly Archives: November 2018

Dirac’s Father

Paul Dirac was a Nobel prize winning physicist. According to his Wikipedia page Dirac had a strained relationship with his father, so much so that after his father’s death, Dirac wrote, “I feel much freer now, and I am my own man.”

How many of us feel confined by some outside force, real or imagined? What do we need to do to acknowledge that the only thing holding is back is ourselves?

Turn Signals

Turn signal usage seems to be declining in my area. Combine that with drivers that follow too closely and the potential for frayed nerves, or worse, accidents, goes up.

Some surprises are good. Surprises like that aren’t. Let people know what’s happening and what’s going to happen.

I Don’t Understand (Fill in the Blank)

Have you ever known someone that always seems to be saying “I don’t understand…” and then mentions a group of people? They usually go on to air some grievance about that group.

If you don’t understand a group of people, you should ask yourself if you want to understand them. If you do, then you should spend some time listening to them.

If you don’t want to understand them then you’re just complaining. Be honest about what you’re saying.

The Winnie the Pooh Cup and Plate

My older daughter had a Winnie the Pooh cup and plate when she was a toddler. She used it for most of her meals and got to the point that if she didn’t get her food on it she would refuse to eat.

We asked her pediatrician about it. She explained that when kids are that age they control almost nothing in their lives, so when they find something they can control they latch on to it.

When I find myself insisting on my way about something trivial I think about that cup and plate and ask myself if I’m frustrated about a lack of control in some other part of my life.

Between God and Me

An Episcopal priest explained why he usually gave money to street people. He said that the decision to give them money was between God and him. What they did with the money was between God and them.

How many of us give freely, without expectation?

It’s Always About Control

Not money. Not winning. Not about being right.

Not really. When it comes down to it, it’s about control.

Now. How many great people, religious or otherwise, have taught that giving up control is the path to freedom and happiness?