Practicing courage when others criticize

Several years ago, someone who was angry with me told me–as a reference to my own behavior–that she “didn’t understand any woman who was insecure, much past the age of eighteen.” At the time, I was twenty-eight. In the immediate moments after she said this, I hid the sting of her words. I started doing […]


the true key to success: the courage to commit

“Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, the providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, […]


Redefining security

I met a nurse who had recently moved to San Francisco. I asked where she worked, and she said that she was still looking. There were few nursing jobs available. This got me to thinking about “security.” Ten years ago, I remember hearing a lot about the “nursing shortage.” Efforts were made to entice people […]