Lent is Not a Self-Help Program

We are in the midst of Lent, when the faithful honor Jesus’ forty-day temptation in the wilderness by abstaining from booze, sex, and Facebook; whereas on the day before, Mardi Gras, the unfaithful go to New Orleans to film “Girls Gone Wild” videos.

“Mardi Gras” is French for “Fat Tuesday.” The Anglicans call it “Shrove Tuesday” and celebrate by eating pancakes. I wondered if “shrove” was Anglican for “fat.” After all, pancakes can make you fat; just look at the church’s founder, King Henry VIII. Man, that guy was shrove. He looked like he spent Shrove Tuesday at IHOP, slept through Lent, Ramadan style, then woke up and ate a few Easter hams. Surely “shrove” meant fat. But when I looked up “shrove” in the dictionary, it said it meant “the past participle of ‘shrive’.” Oh, right; how could I forget? Okay, so then I looked up “shrive,” which means to confess and be absolved of guilt. So there it is: pancakes eaten on Shrove Tuesday have been absolved of calories. Everybody wins [...]

How to Change a Habit – New Discoveries

I’ve a terrible habit and it’s this: Every few nights, right before I go to bed, I eat one or two chocolate chip cookies and a whole glass of milk.

I know it’s not as bad as smoking or anything, but still, it’s a habit I’d like to change. And I’ve tried, to no avail until recently when I realized habits are incredibly powerful in determining our health, happiness and success, and that habits could be changed.

I had dinner with a guy recently who serves as an executive coach for several high powered figures in DC. Curious about how the world’s highly productive operate, I asked him what characteristics they had most in common [...]

The Benefits of Turning the Other Cheek

Ever wanted to get somebody back? You may have disguised it as seeking justice, or revealing a wrong or whatever, but the truth may be more complicated. We want to hurt those who hurt us.

And it’s a killer.

I had a pastor lie about me a few years ago – a public guy I hardly know. He threw me under the bus to cover something he did that lacked character.

From that point on, I wanted vengeance. But I found it did me little good [...]

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