Author Archives: vspain

#2 Eliminate Deliberately with Purpose

I could not possibly explain the importance of saying no–point #2–better than this. “If success is a catalyst for failure because it leads to the “undisciplined pursuit of more,” then one simple antidote is the disciplined pursuit of less. Not just … Continue reading

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#1 Explore and Evaluate

I’d like to review Greg McKeown’s work for this and the next few posts. He distils his essentialism advice to 3 points: Explore/Evaluate Eliminate Execute In order to get to the essential and discard the unessential McKeown suggests constantly narrowing the … Continue reading

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Essentialism: Taking Time to Do what You Want

Many of us who love our work and find many things compelling, often find ourselves busy but don’t feel productive. We say yes to everything and advance a millimeter on all of them. I recently heard about Greg McKeown, and his … Continue reading

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Keeping Quiet

I feel lazy posting words other than my own, but first, the last weeks have been very full at work, second, I’m tired and third, I’m choosing words by people whose wisdom and eloquence inspires me. And I hope you. So today, … Continue reading

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Take Kindness on the Road

“Practice kindness all day to everybody and you will realize you’re already in heaven now.” — Jack Kerouac

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The Long View

It helps now and then, to step back and take the long view. The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is even beyond our vision. We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent enterprise … Continue reading

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Sleep on it…

I had been struggling with a lack of physical energy for the last month or so. One night last week, after an acupuncture treatment, I had a long, sound sleep. I woke up refreshed and alert- I was not tired. … Continue reading

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Spring Poetry

after we parted after we parted and got into separate cars I meant to follow you to the highway and turn left heading east while you turned right heading west and north but when you pulled away I got out … Continue reading

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Jack of All Trades

Sometimes I think my blog should just be about diabetes–or about diabetes and food, or mindfulness and diabetes, or diabetes, mindfulness and food with some art thrown in–and maybe a poem or two every once in a while. In other … Continue reading

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Spring

Don’t go outside to see the flowers. My friend, don’t bother with that excursion. Inside your body there are flowers. One flower has a thousand petals. That will do for a place to sit. Sitting there you will have a … Continue reading

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