Humility is universally applicable

Yesterday I had the privilege of moderating a plenary panel discussion at the Thames Valley Family Health Team’s annual spring conference. The purpose of the panel was to share stories about patient experience. Four storytellers recounted personal moments when the healthcare system blossomed beautifully or failed miserably in response to an individual struggling with mental …

An even more interesting question

The question, ‘Is all truth relative and subjective?’ is a very interesting question. The question, ‘Can a social contract defined by the relativity and subjectivity of truth sustain a society?’ is an even more interesting question.


Life is too short to not learn something new everyday.

The test of a good teacher

In Aphorisms for a Year, Alice Wellington Rollins proposes that the quality of a teacher is reflected in the depth of the questions asked by their students. The test of a good teacher is not how many questions he can ask his pupils that they will answer readily, but how many questions he inspires them …

In Praise of Questions

In this weekend’s newsletter, we celebrate questions. From personal growth and mindfulness to education, from critical thinking to debate and persuasion, our development seems to depend on inquiry. Our ability to live, think, and see differently than we do at this moment, seems to rely in no small part on our capacity to ask questions.

Dear Self, How Are You?

“If it’s not simple, it’s not the practice of mindfulness,” says Gil Fronsdal. And the simplest practice of being mindful, according to Fronsdal, is asking yourself a simple question: how are you? So I’m sitting here and realize that I’m agitated. How am I with being agitated? So you can fill in the blank. How …