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Month: May 2015

On Essentialism…


I just finished the book, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, by Greg McKeown, for the second time. I rarely read a book more than once, unless it’s the Bible, but I read this on my own last year, and then for a team with Cru this spring. The idea of essentialism is basically “less in better,” i.e. focusing on a few vital areas of work is better than spreading limited time and energy over many. We must learn to discern and say no to good things in order to have time for the best. Few things done better, describes the idea.

In that spirit, I’ll keep this short – it’s a good book, worthy of your time if you’re thinking about doing better work and enjoying it more. If you’re too busy to read it because you’re swamped with work, well, that’s the issue…


Sitting in DIA with the birds


Today I’m traveling to Orlando, for Global Missions meetings later this week. I’m sitting in DIA (Denver Int’l Airport) where small birds have taken up residence in the B Concourse. These birds are flying around, gathering crumbs, chattering, roosting and making a mess. The basic things birds do. It’s a type of aviary here. I had to clean my chair before sitting down.

I should gratefully consider the metaphor in front of me – these creatures experience the freedom of flight while I’m preparing to fly in a man-made machine. Mankind has finally caught up with nature. I get it, I just wish the birds would use their designated rest rooms before departure.

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