Approach
17Nov

A Symbol of Safety

by Paul Sherman

I've never been one to wear a ribbon to highlight a cause. Not that I think there is anything the matter with it, just has never been my thing. This week I found myself called to attach a safety pin to my jersey. For those who don't know, a safety pin has become a symbol of letting those around you know that you are there to support them, that they are literally "safe." Some Americans have recently borrowed this tradition from the UK, who, after Brexit, adopted it as a way to reduce fear among foreigners and reassure them that they had allies. I chose to wear the pin not because I felt personally unsafe (lucky me, white middle-aged guy), but because so many around me were feeling that way. Were these "rational fears?" That's not the point. The fears are real to them. So, rather tha  Read More→

23May

The Courage to Choose

by Paul Sherman

This morning in my daily “reach in” (a practice in the What Matters?! Framework (http://askwhatmatters.com/approach)), I came across the following quotation from author, John Irving: “If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it.” Having been fortunate enough in the past year to find a way of life that I truly love, I felt compelled to share Irving's wisdom in hopes of encouraging people who may not be loving their lives to open themselves up to all possible lifestyle choices. If your life isn't working for you, you owe it to yourself to explore alternative ways of living. Only by taking action to try something new will you create the conditions to even have the possibility of being “lucky enough to   Read More→

05May

Much has been written in recent years about the link between gratitude and its effects on physical and mental health. Paul and I were discussing this the other day and I remembered that I had written a piece after a business trip to New York City about seven or eight years ago which I had written for no reason other than being grateful. So I trudged through the basement to look for my old computer to locate the piece and am posting it here for the first time: Lessons From a Delayed Train My train was delayed six hours due to a winter storm yesterday departing from NYC to Boston. Most of that time I spent in Penn Station. The initial few hours of frustration transitioned to something very surprising- as I stood there I developed an incredible sense o  Read More→