The Emotional Backlog and Music

What I’m learning recently is that many of us have this what I call the “emotional backlog.”  Built in to our system is this defense mechanism which kicks in when we encounter emotions that feel too strong to fully feel.  The defense mechanism protects us from the overload by tucking …

Context Is Everything

Context is everything.  That’s what my wise acquaintance Dutch Rall taught me years ago.  (I think he learned it from someone else, too.) The more I think about it, the more I realize how fundamental that concept is in figuring out everything. In short, a context determines when a particular theory, …

Where to Start If You Want Things to Change

If I want things to change, I have to change the way I think.  If I respond to the outside world the same way I always have, then I’m simply reinforcing the status quo.  Albert Einstein told us not to expect different results from doing the same thing over and over. Well, this is easier said …