Take a quick mental inventory of your “keepsakes.” Most of them are physical reminders of defining moments; love notes, wedding photos, a childhood memento, a souvenir from a magical trip- they help us to remember moments of significance in our lives. These objects bring us back to the pleasant emotions of that experience. A beautiful blend of elements merged to make those moments so special that we want to emotionally revisit them. But what elements must fall into place to transform an experience into a defining moment? Can we purposefully create more defining moments in our lives? In the book “The Power of Moments: Why Certain
Even if you’ve never studied a lick of philosophy, you’ve likely heard of Aristotle. Living from (c. 384 B.C. to 322 B.C.), he was an Ancient Greek philosopher and scientist who is still considered one of the greatest thinkers in politics, psychology and ethics. I’ve been considering how interesting it is that we are so heavily influenced by the minds and hearts of those that lived 2000+ years ago. I wonder if this points to what is amiss in our cultural evolution as humans. How is it that we are still looking to thinkers from ancient times to solve the problems we face in
Take a quick mental inventory of your “keepsakes.” Most of them are physical reminders of moments; love notes, quotes that moved us, baby shoes, trophies- they help us to remembers moments of significance in our lives. But what ingredients turn an experience into a defining moment? How do we create more defining moments in our lives? In the book “The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact,” authors Chip and Dan Heath delve into answering these questions. After exploring the nature of defining moments, they outline how we can create more of these memorable and often powerful, experiences in our lives- something
We all want to live a good life. We want to be happy, we want those we love to be happy, we even want our pets to be happy. But what does this really mean? Does it mean that our main objective is to live a life filled with only positive emotions- pleasure, comfort, excitement? Most of us are aware enough to realize that perpetual happiness is an impossible dream. Many of us are also aware that we desire more than just happiness; we want meaning, purpose and engagement in our lives. We may have a desire to serve something greater than ourselves even
I have to say that “Transcend” may have made me fall a little bit in love with the mind of Maslow, and Kaufmann is responsible. If I were asked the question “which person would you conjure up from the dead to have a conversation with?” I just might choose Abraham. I am a drawn to his grand ideas, poetic theories about human nature, and his belief in our vast potential.