Crossing Your Point of No Return

Dateline:  January, 49 BC – severe cold of the Italian winter. Location:  the northern bank of the Rubicon River, marking the boundary between the Roman province of Gaul (most of Western Europe at the time) and Italy proper controlled by Rome and its allies.  The Game: invade Italy and capture Rome.  One Rule:  An ancient…

The Horse and The Rider

Let me introduce you to the concept that the human brain uses two radically different ways of thinking, by way of a personal story that happened a few years back. “My brothers and I arrived at the ranch in the pre-dawn dark of an October long weekend.  Four brothers, home for the Thanksgiving holidays with…

The Waiter, the Cockroach, and The Gap

In 1945, a young psychiatrist was freed after surviving 3 years imprisoned in the Nazi concentration camp system.  Fourteen years later in 1959, after successfully reviving his psychiatric practice in Vienna, Austria, Viktor Frankl published his now famous recounting of those years as a prisoner in his book, Man’s Search For Meaning. Frankl states in…