Token 200: Your thoughts

I’ve been writing to you every day for more than half a year. Nearly 30,000 words of Tokens. I hope something in there was of value. What I’ve come to realize over the course of these 200 posts is that as much as I love writing, what I love even more is listening. I love…

Token 199: If I die tomorrow, that’s ok

At whatever point you leave life, if you leave it in the right way, it is a whole. ~ Seneca If I die tomorrow, that’s ok, because my life is a whole. If I die tomorrow, that’s ok, because every one of my most important relationships is in good standing. And this will always be…

Token 198: Learning

Our bodies are easily influenced by external forces. The fate of our souls is unknown, but that ultimate judgement is surely not up to us. Our minds, though, belong to us alone. We have the capacity to expand and strengthen our minds in every moment of every day. This is truly the one thing in…

Token 197: Helping

When I help others, I get their love in return. Which is worth more, my help or their love? Help is fleeting, but love lasts forever. If helping others brings me love in return, I’m going to help as many people as I possibly can. If helping someone who hates me makes them hate me…

Token 196: Spread the word

In public relations and marketing, we often hear from clients that they want to “get the word out” about their event, or their book, or their initiative. But to what end? Who needs to hear these words, and what words do they need to hear? Instead of getting the word out, we should seek to…

Token 195: Don’t judge

Note: Monday Intentions are an addendum to our weekly Sunday Meditations, available to email subscribers only. Sign up at jamesryanleonard.com. Judgement is a form of control. It makes us feel like we are in a position of authority, that we are knowledgeable and wise, that we have things all figured out. You don’t have things…

Token 194: What are you afraid of?

What do you fear? We all live with a certain amount of fear—it’s our survival instinct kicking in, and it helps keep us safe. We fear intruders, so we lock our doors at night. We fear car accidents, so we wear seatbelts. This is a healthy kind of fear, by and large. What are you…

Token 193: Spiral up

When things seem to be going wrong, it can be easy to spiral downward. And once that spiral begins, every little annoyance grows in importance. Every external circumstance—traffic, coworkers, kids, weather—becomes a source of frustration. The spiral grows in size and strength until it begins to consume you. Let the spiral go on long enough,…

Token 192: When it clicks

Elegant solutions are not like normal solutions. They don’t just solve problems. They are tangible things. They are visceral, even audible—it’s when you hear that “click” as everything falls into place, often in unexpected ways, and there is absolutely no question whether this is the right path forward. These solutions benefit you, both personally and…

Token 191: Live with love

We will never defeat hate. We will never fully escape fear. And our ability to change policy for the better is restricted by the kind of money and power that most of us cannot imagine. But we can live with love. We can live with love toward our neighbors, and even our coworkers. We can…