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Simplicity Note #10 – Benefits of Failure and Observation

Simplicity Notes By October 2, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

Education always has a cost: time, pain, or cash. The degree to which we value something is tied to what it costs us to obtain. Value out = value in. The biggest lessons are often learned when we pay the biggest price. Failure is a waste of energy, time, or other assets unless we learn from it. So is spending…


Simplicity Note #9 – What to expect when you ignore problems

Horses and Owners, Simplicity Notes By September 25, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

Few problems spontaneously fix themselves. Certain physical issues, like lacerations or sprains usually resolve themselves. Relationship issues, however, seldom resolve themselves without action. Ignoring destructive behaviors won’t make them go away. Whether horse or human, most undesirable actions originate in fear. Bullies don’t have amazing self-esteem and aggression isn’t the result of great confidence. Disrespect is a symptom of unhealthy…


Simplicity Note #8 – The Absolute Truth About Knowledge

Simplicity Notes By September 24, 2017 Tags: , , , , No Comments

Popular psychologists, politicians, activists and academics preach that absolutes do not exist. Society is divided on every topic from ecology to abortion. If there is one thing most people absolutely agree upon, it is that there is no such thing as absolute truth. The major stumbling block about absolutes is the requirement that for anything to be absolutely right the…


Simplicity Note #6 – The Quickest Way to Master Anything

Simplicity Notes By September 16, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

Almost twenty-five years ago, Clint Haverty gifted me with a piece of advice that I’m sharing (for the umpteenth time) in Simplicity Note #6. Riding with this multiple World and National Champion horseman was special enough without any whipped cream. When I told him I preferred training horses to training their owners he recognized my naiveté and showered me with…


Simplicity Post #2 – Why “In the beginning” Really Was the Start of Something Big

Simplicity Notes By September 4, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

The Bible begins and ends in the same way – a new heaven and new earth. From Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21, the subject never changes. The story of God’s Word is Jesus Christ. Of course, no great story teller would give away the end of the tale in the second sentence. Foundations and back story need to be laid…