For a couple of summers, I worked on a golf course maintenance crew. Each morning our rag-tag team would be ready to mow before the sun was up in order to get a head start on trimming greens before the first golfers hit the course. When you begin your first pass on a green behind a walking-mower, you start out by finding a point on the horizon and then mow toward it as you make your first stripe down the middle of the green—keeping your eyes on your horizon point. This is your best shot at starting out with a straight line. Every pass after this is affected by your first stripe.
Lately I’ve been using an audio training app when I go for a morning run. Various coaches talk me through running techniques and remind me of the purpose of each workout. While I was on a jog last week, a coach said something that caught me off guard—both
On a blustery Des Moines afternoon, I noticed two women walking along a quiet side street in our neighborhood. The older of the two appeared to be struggling awkwardly with new crutches. She stumbled and stabbed and danced with the precariousness of a newborn fawn as she stammered forward. Her
Despite our best efforts, it can be difficult to see large-scale forces molding our lives. How did we become the people we are today? Why do we prioritize certain things over others? Why are we annoyed by some people while finding others hilarious? Without stepping back to assess what has