Tag Archives: wisdom

At the center of the universe…

…there is a jazz trio: joy, generosity, and reciprocity. The music they make creates endless waves – each named ‘gift’ – upon which we can surf with our lives, relationships, and vocations.

At the center of our individual, small worlds, there is a scorecard and endless games that involve boundaries, rules, fouls, and the tallying of points as time expires.

Which center will you pledge your allegiance to?

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Ashton’s Weekend Read(s)

The art of letter writing is something I’ve noticed leaders do very well. I’ve read two letters to shareholders in the last couple of weeks….one short, one very long. Jeff Bezos ends his final letter as CEO at Amazon in the way only he can. And Jamie Dimon has the sharpest vision I’ve seen.

Godin on Investment and Expenses.

Love and Friendship from the Center for Action and Contemplation.

Red Bird Explains Himself by Mary Oliver.

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Good Word of the Day // Doing Without

“We are happy in direct proportion to the things we can do without.” Henry David Thoreau

Episode 173: Freeing Jesus with Diana Butler Bass Good / True / & Beautiful | with Ashton Gustafson

Diana’s passion is sharing great ideas to change lives and the world—a passion that ranges from informing the public about spiritual trends, challenging conventional narratives about religious practice, entering the fray of social media with spiritual wisdom and smart theology, and writing books to help readers see themselves, their place in history, and God differently.
  1. Episode 173: Freeing Jesus with Diana Butler Bass
  2. Episode 172: Morgan Harper Nichols – How Far You Have Come
  3. Episode 171: True Self Series #5: Mark Nepo
  4. Episode 170: True Self Series #4 with Michael Rudzena
  5. Episode 169: True Self Series #3 Parker J. Palmer

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Willingness…

… is always the door that must be opened for one’s next step within their evolution of consciousness.

Ask any coach, guru, teacher, or leader.

Until one is willing to be moved, challenged, coached, or taught, there will be no leap in consciousness or added breadth and depth to one’s participation and experience of goodness, truth, and beauty.

We’re all able.

We’re not all willing.

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