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More is Better… But Only to a Point

More is Better… But Only to a Point

More is usually better… but only to a point. Take an example from the book David and Goliath, by Malcolm Gladwell. It is generally assumed that the relationship between class size and academic achievement is linear. In other words, smaller classes lead to better...
Balancing the Bible

Balancing the Bible

The Bible is an important book for Christians. For many of us, it provides not only a historical narrative for how God has engaged with humans over the course of history, but also a set of guidelines for making moral and ethical decisions. When I was growing up, I was...
The 80/20 Rule and Living a Healthy Lifestyle

The 80/20 Rule and Living a Healthy Lifestyle

One of my favorite books about nutrition and health is The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson. I think the book provides a great framework for building and maintaining healthy habits of diet and exercise. If you’re looking to make a change in this area of your life, I...
Balancing Work, Love, and Play

Balancing Work, Love, and Play

Sigmund Freud once suggested that as humans we have three main parts of our lives—work, love, and play. Ideally, our lives should be balanced, with enough work, enough love, and enough play (but not too much of any one area). For most of us, work involves our job or...
Do the Right Thing

Do the Right Thing

When I was growing up, I was taught to ‘do the right thing.’ Perhaps you were taught this as well. I got this message from my parents, from my teachers, and from my church. I think this process is necessary in a society. We all are part of a culture, and we need to...
Put Your Oxygen Mask on First

Put Your Oxygen Mask on First

The other day as I was flying back to Dallas, the flight attendant went through her normal announcement about what to do in the case of emergency. I usually tune this presentation out, but for some reason that day I kept listening. The flight attendant got to the...
Notice the Wind, But Direct the Boat

Notice the Wind, But Direct the Boat

As a writer, I receive a lot of feedback. Some of the feedback is positive, but much of it is negative. For example, I recently received the following feedback on a paper I wrote: “I have to confess that it was a little difficult to stay objective because I was...
Nice Job… So Far

Nice Job… So Far

At different points in my life, I have used P90x to get into shape. Even though I mostly do CrossFit now, I still enjoy P90x for a change of pace. One of the things I love most about P90x is that Tony Horton provides an endless supply of cheesy sayings. I have done...
It’s All Connected

It’s All Connected

I woke up the other day feeling sluggish. I was tired, and couldn’t seem to get myself going. I struggled through my workday, always feeling a bit off. I was also grumpy and short with the people I interacted with. The next day, on the other hand, I woke up feeling...
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