Talk about a wake-up call,” El-Erian writes. “I felt awful and got defensive: I had a good excuse for each missed event! Travel, important meetings, an urgent phone call, sudden to-dos… But it dawned on me that I was missing an infinitely more important point.
We think our work is really important, don’t we?
[Liberals] insist, quite correctly, that the president ask Congress for explicit permission to go after ISIS. The New York Times went so far as to play a very mean trick on the president, by quoting him accurately: “In May 2013, Mr. Obama argued in a speech that the 2001 law … to wage war against al-Qaida had become obsolete and ought to be repealed. ‘Unless we discipline our thinking, our definitions, our actions, we may be drawn into more wars we don’t need to fight, or continue to grant presidents unbound powers more suited for traditional armed conflicts between nation states,’ Mr. Obama said.”
Researchers have found that distraction is the antagonist of attention, not its opposite. It’s an interesting distinction. Distraction is the devil in your ear — not always the result of an attention deficit, but borne of our own desires. We are distracted because we want to be.
Knowing no limits (audacity) isn’t as good as knowing your limits and working to exceed them (courage).
So the story goes, Tierce waited Limbaugh twice while she was working as a server, and both times, he left a sizable–$1,000– tip behind. But the cash felt “like blood money,” she said, so she decided to do something that would no doubt make the conservative commentator’s blood boil over: she donated most of it to the Texas Equal Abortion Fund, where she was moonlighting as executive director.
So she’s the executive director of an abortion fund, and she calls Rush Limbaugh’s money “blood money”?! The cognitive dissonance is staggering.
Cancer was this gift that exposed to us what is important and what’s valuable.