• Contrary to expectations, we have ample opportunities for self-improvement
    Life Lessons

    Contrary to Expectations

    Contrary to expectations, real or imagined, sometimes we let negative thoughts creep into our minds. We think of things we want to do and we hear a little voice in the back of our minds saying “you can’t do this” or “why do you think you can do that?” We can hear these thoughts from others as well. This can be very frustrating and can fill us with unnecessary self-doubt. When we think about the word “no” in regards to our ideas or plans, it has a fundamental negative connection. There is a finality in the word no that creates a barrier between the “here” and “there”. What does it…

  • Why keep a commonplace book? It's easy to overlook information that interests us when we are overwhelmed by the volume of information we see every day.

    Capturing Words of Wisdom – Creating a Commonplace Book

    There’s something I learned about a few years ago and it’s something I would have enjoyed knowing earlier. But better late than never. People have created and maintained books or notes that serve to collect thoughts, quotes, moments of introspection, transcribed passages from reading — anything of purpose worth reviewing later. These books and collected notes are called a commonplace book. Why keep a commonplace book today? It’s easy to overlook the information that interests us when we are overwhelmed by the volume of information we are exposed to every day. Fundamentally, a commonplace book is a collection of quotes we find interesting and relevant to what we believe or what’s contrary…

  • searching for simplicity can help remove distractions to your personal vision and goals.

    Finding a Path to Simplicity & Connectedness

    I see a new school year begin and I think all the new students thinking they have everything figured out. It took a long time but I’m finally learning about what success means to me. Before I started Pharmacy School I was doing alright but I thought I needed more. I saw others with nice cars and nice homes and thought that should be my goal. Possessions and the pursuit of objects were the things that were to make me happy and give me a sense of fulfillment. So, I worked hard at my job and at working into getting into Pharmacy School. When I arrived at school I was…

  • We find ourselves under pressure to produce & succeed. We fear not measuing up & must learn how to stop Impostor Syndrome from controlling our fate.

    Impostors, Imitations & Limitations

    Have you ever had that nagging feeling that you weren’t right for a job, inadequate in some way, or just unworthy of praise for a job well done? I’ve had this feeling when I failed out of Pharmacy School. Despite any of the successes I had up to that point. It started as a negative feeling that began to take root at the core of who I was. This overwhelming feeling that I was not good enough. This mentality can make us fearful of being exposed as a fake or impostor, leading to poor social, personal, and professional progress and growth. We could find ourselves under pressure to produce and…

  • We are surrounded by rules that tell us what we can't do, so why not make rules for what we can do.

    Make Rules for Yourself

    We live in a world of collaboration and rules we agree upon to make society work. We vote for people when we agree or disagree with these rules and hope for the best. If we think about it, our lives are nothing but rules anyway. We have rules at work, rules at educational facilities, and rules for society. These are the rules that tell us what we can’t do. Yet, how often do we have rules for ourselves say what we can do? It’s more often than not that we don’t have rules because either we are too busy to figure it out, we don’t know ourselves well enough to…

  • Skepticism can be a tool to differentiate fact from fiction as we sift though all the information presented to us on a daily basis
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    Having Skepticism – A Perspective on Certainty

    For the most part, we are creatures of habit. These habits can be created and influenced by our family, friends, employers, colleagues, and in general, society. The path is typically the same: we learn something, we do this for a while, or we give up on it. Then it becomes second nature, like tying our shoes, or it doesn’t. It’s the “use it or lose it” type of learning that enables us to tie our shoes or forget that foreign language we learned in High School. What I want to suggest is the adaptation of our perspectives towards having skepticism to what we’re told and what we learn. The mind…