Lamppost logic

A man encircles a lamppost over and over as a police woman approaches.

“Sir, can I be of any assistance?”

He explains that he lost his wallet, and they both search for some time.

Finally, she asks, “Where did you last see it?”

“In that dark alley.”

“Why are you looking over here?”

“The light’s much better.”

***

People are like that—looking in the wrong place for something. Insisting they can find the wallet they lost in an alley by looking near the lamppost.

I’m like that sometimes — looking for validation and comfort from the wrong people.

I wonder if you do this, too?

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Anxiety. Not so bad?

Anxiety. Not so bad?

ANXIETY. NOT SO BAD?   Notes: This material is based on an interview I conducted with Brent Lyons, a PhD candidate at Oxford University studying the intersection of anxiety and religion While this technique provides an intellectual understanding of anxiety that...

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Hope, synthesized

Hope, synthesized

“I’m proud of you. You are taking two whole nights away, just for yourself,” I hear Larry say. I re-tuck the microphone of my headset into my facemask to muffle the wind for when I talk. “Larry, it’s more that they sent me. Is that better? Can you hear me better now?”...

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