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How to Minimize Distractions and Stay Focused

I want to live a life with meaning. Time slows back for no one, and I don’t want to look back on mine wondering how much was wasted. I want to focus on my life’s purpose, and that means cutting ou…

Giving Life Meaning

One reason to own less is freeing up time to focus on what matters. But distractions can still get in the way.  It’s far too easy to wake up and passively let hours go by, concentrating on work…

A Life of Minimal Distractions

Some distractions can’t be helped. A family member needs attention. A neighbor’s dog barks. It starts to rain. Someone knocks at the door. These distractions are part of the human condition. Most …

Do You Own the People You Love?

Do I own my partner? Do you own yours? The obvious answer is no, but our thoughts and actions seem to disagree. We love them, yet the longer we’re with them, the more we wish they would do what we w…

Make Space for Compassion

I can be critical (can’t we all?). I learned in school that effectively dishing out criticism makes for a great essay. Such writing got me into college, and then it got me a diploma. I didn̵…

Own Less, Give More

Own less. This seems to be the crux of what minimalism is all about. Take however much stuff you own, and make that number smaller. The criteria you use to go about doing this is up to you. But what d…

My Beautiful Indian Wedding

2012 will be a year that I will never forget. I graduated from the College of William and Mary, the first African American president was re-elected decisively, and I tied the knot. That last one barel…

How Part of Me Remains a Country Boy

I’ve never strongly identified with being a country boy. I’ve never had much appreciation for playing outside. I don’t like trucks, dirt roads, animals, or country music. There are very few ways…

To Think Critically

I’ve seen the phrase “critical thinking” tossed around a little bit today, and I initially took comfort in value being placed in such a crucial thing. Then I saw that “critical thinking” was…