Bite Size Wise
By Greg Lauer
Exploring timeless wisdom, challenging conventional wisdom, and examining new ideas in about 10 minutes, almost every day. Become a Subscriber: https://anchor.fm/bitesizewise/subscribe and gain access to premium, longer discussion episodes, interview episodes, subscriber-only AMA's, and gratitude shout-outs on every episode produced during your subscription.
Ep. 67 - Well, That's Interesting
This episode ties together the idea of controlling the space between a stimulus and our response, and the idea that nothing around us has any meaning except the meaning we assign it. And I talk about one way we can start to eliminate the negatives around us, by seeing them as neutral instead.
March 22, 2022
Ep. 66 - Perspective: Use It or Lose It
In this episode, I discuss a passage from the book "Illusions" by Richard Bach. And I discuss how that passage relates to both the Buddha AND to Napoleon Hill's "Think and Grow Rich." And I start with a shameless plug for my other podcast, Illusions, available wherever you get your podcasts.
March 17, 2022
Ep. 65 - Life is Too Darn Short to Argue
In this episode I talk about another verse from the Dhammapada (loosely translated as The Path to Truth) and talk about how we can put this verse into action in our lives and make our own lives, and the world around us, a better place to live. My gratitude goes out to Anchor.fm for sponsoring this episode.
March 15, 2022
Ep. 64 - Only Love Can End Hatred
I recently started studying the Dhammapada, the teachings of the historical Buddha. And today I discuss verse 5, which teaches that only love can put an end to hatred. I'm sure you've heard that message from hundreds of other people. But taking a look at the world around us, we can easily see the message needs to be heard again. And again.
March 11, 2022
Ep. 63 - No Such Thing as Doing Nothing
In this episode, I offer my perspective on the idea of doing nothing. I don't think it's possible. I think we can do good things, or not so good things, but even if we're very successful at doing nothing, we're still doing something.
March 02, 2022
Episode 8: Ep. 8 - Not a Normal Episode
These were my raw thoughts about the events that unfolded at the Capitol on Jan 6, 2021. Because these thoughts could be controversial to many, and because I want to move past these events, I have made this a subscriber-only episode. With the events that unfolded at the US Capitol today, this is not a normal episode. Hopefully things return to normal and hopefully we'll be back with another normal episode tomorrow.
February 26, 2022
Ep.62 - Choose a New Past to Create a New Future
After reading "You can always choose a new future, or a new past" today (thank you to Richard Bach, in "Illusions") I realized I can look at my past in a completely different way. And THAT can help me create a whole new, fully empowered future. I hope you'll join me on the journey.
February 26, 2022
Ep. 61 - Why bother living an uphappy life?
With a HUGE hat tip to Richard Bach and The Messiah's Handbook...this simple little question, "Why bother living an unhappy life?" has wrecked me today. This simple little question has really grabbed me by the shoulders and shaken me around and made me re-think whether or not I'm willing to continue settling for what I'm settling for. Maybe it will do the same for you.
February 25, 2022
Ep. 60 - Stop Arguing with Yourself Against Yourself
"Argue for your limitations and sure enough, they're yours." - Richard Bach in "Illusions." This is the topic of today's episode. And I also have an idea on how we can stop arguing for our own limitations.
February 23, 2022
Ep. 59 - What Do You Mean?
In this episode, I start to explore the idea that nothing around us has any meaning or value...except the meaning or value that WE GIVE to it.
February 22, 2022
Ep. 58 - Are You a Pipe or a Bucket?
In this episode, I want you to be more of a pipe than a bucket. If you're already a pipe, then AWESOME! But if you are a bucket, poke some holes in the bottom and start to let things flow through you, more like a pipe. Hat Tip to my former pastor Matt Heard (http://mattheard.org) for making me a pipe 15 years ago.
February 18, 2022
Ep. 57 - Do You Think Short or Long?
In this episode, a situation at my workplace has me pondering short term thinking vs long term thinking. I know which one I think is more effective and hopefully I can convince you to see it the same way.
February 17, 2022
Ep. 56 - Make the Best Use of the Data
In this episode, I talk about an idea I overheard today when two software engineers were talking about a computer programming problem. Funny how life gives you interesting ideas in the least interesting places.
February 15, 2022
Ep. 55 - Superbowl Sunday Reveals Who Did the Work
In this episode, I talk about how Superbowl Sunday and Olympic Games reveal who did the work, who put in the extra reps, who put in the extra hours of preparation so they could be ready to see, and seize, opportunities. There's a HUGE lesson there for all of us.
February 14, 2022
Ep. 54 - Stop Giving Your Approval by Default
In this episode, I talk about the fact that we are constantly giving our consent, our permission, our stamp of approval to results in our lives, even if we don't want those results. And most of the time, we are giving our consent because we just don't use our power of consent wisely.
February 11, 2022
Ep. 53 - A Slightly New Perspective on Goals and Discipline
In this episode I talk about adopting a slightly new perspective on goals and discipline and how this new perspective is making a very big difference for me in creating the results I want to create this year.
February 09, 2022
Ep. 52 - Ok. And? Time to take that courageous step.
Today's episode gives me a chance to encourage you to take that step on faith. Launch your podcast. Write your book. Write your blog post and hit the Publish button. Don't listen to any naysayer. In fact, when someone challenges you on your step toward your dream, just look at them and say, "Ok. And...?" And know that someone believes in you! (Hint...it's me!)
February 08, 2022
Ep. 51 - It's Time to Concentrate
In this episode, we wrap up the Eightfold Path by talking about "Right Concentration" through meditation. We'll revisit the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path in the future, but for now, this brings this short series of episodes to the conclusion.
February 07, 2022
Ep. 50 - Oh no! Not another thing on mindfulness!
In this episode, I talk about the Buddha's "Right Awareness" idea. And try to make this a little different, and a little simpler, than the other 43-kajillion mindfulness things out there.
February 04, 2022
Ep. 49 - Doing the Right Things for the Right Reason
In this episode, I discuss the idea of Right Diligence and Effort. In other words, doing the right things for the right reasons. This is the 6th part of the Eightfold Path as taught by the historical figure we call The Buddha.
February 03, 2022
Ep. 48 - How Do You Earn Your Living?
Continuing the series on the Buddha's Eightfold Path to Awakening, today I talk about Right/Proper/Wholesome Livelihood. In other words, how do you earn your living? Is there a right way and a wrong way? According to the Buddha, there IS.
February 02, 2022
Ep. 47 - Actions Probably Speak Louder Than Words
In this episode, we continue with our discussion of the Eightfold Path to Awakening, focusing on "Right Action." And we take a look at a sort of Buddhist 10 Commandments. (I'm just kidding!)
February 01, 2022
Ep. 46 - What Did You Mean by That?
Today, I take a look at the third part of the Eightfold Path, which is often translated as "Right Speech." And I also want to say Thank You to my Nana. Listen to this episode and you'll hear why.
January 31, 2022
Ep. 45 - Why Are You Doing That?
In this episode, we are looking at the second part of the Eightfold Path, which relates to our emotions, aspirations, and intentions. This is all about doing what you do from a place of loving kindness and compassion...for your Self and for Others.
January 31, 2022
Ep. 44 - You Really Have to Get It
The first episode about the Buddha's Eightfold Path to Awakening (Nirvana...not the band). This is all about understanding the true, no kidding, true nature of reality.
January 29, 2022
Ep. 43 - The Fourth Noble Truth of the Buddha
Today, I talk about the Buddha's Fourth Noble Truth and then provide a short introduction to the Eightfold Path to our Awakening. For a short summary of the Four Noble Truths and everything else I am learning about Buddhism, please visit my website at https://greglauer.com/buddhism/ . Thank you for listening. If you find value in the podcast, please tell a friend about the podcast. And if you have a minute to spare, please leave a rating a review on Apple Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts.
January 28, 2022
Ep. 42 - The Third Noble Truth of the Buddha
This episode provides a short overview of the Buddha's Third Noble Truth, that all of our suffering can be ended. And then I'll explore some of the hidden ironies this Noble Truth contains. For example, if our suffering can be ended by learning to let go of our attachments to the things in this world, it is easy to become attached to the practice of releasing our attachment...bringing us right back where we started. This is the third in a series of episodes about the Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path.
January 27, 2022
Ep. 41 - The Second Noble Truth of the Buddha
This episode provides a short overview of the Buddha's Second Noble Truth, that all of our suffering has a cause, and then we start to explore that idea in the context of our Western mindset. This is the second in a series of episodes about the Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path.
January 26, 2022
Ep. 40 - The First Noble Truth from the Buddha
I want to provide a short overview of the Buddha's First Noble Truth (most often translated as "life is suffering") and start to explore it in the context of our Western mindset. This is the first in a series of episodes about the Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path.
January 25, 2022
Ep. 39 - We're Back!
This is the first episode in almost a year (about 350 days or so) and I just want to reintroduce the podcast. We will start regular episodes tomorrow.
January 25, 2022
Episode 38: Ep. 38 - Follow the Science
Whenever someone tells me to follow the science, I have to stop and ask if they really understand what they mean by those words. Most people don't.
February 10, 2021
Episode 37: Ep. 37 - Insane Courage
Just 20 seconds of insane courage... (hat tip, "Honey, We Bought a Zoo" starring Matt Damon)
February 07, 2021
Episode 36: Ep. 36 - Being Honest
We are surrounded by people who will not, or cannot, be honest. The challenge for you is to start being honest all the time in order to start changing the world around you.
February 06, 2021
Episode 35: Ep. 35 - Temperance
In the stoic mindset, this really means self-restraint or self-control. And most of us already know what that means. Or do we?
February 05, 2021
Episode 34: Ep. 34 - Justice
When you say the word "justice," what do you really mean by that word? It's worth exploring, starting today.
February 04, 2021
Episode 33: Ep. 33 - Truth Does NOT Evolve
Truth does not evolve. By its nature and definition it is unchanging and objective. Our understanding of truth is subject to change as WE evolve.
February 03, 2021
Episode 32: Ep. 32 - Courage
It is simply the willingness to choose to do the right thing. Period. But...
February 02, 2021
Episode 31: Ep. 31 - Wisdom
You will never learn what you think you already know. That is the essence of wisdom.
February 01, 2021
Episode 30: Ep. 30 - Grateful for Obstacles
Whenever you run into an obstacle on your way to your goals, be grateful! That obstacle is trying to get your attention so that you will learn what you need to learn on the way to success.
January 31, 2021
Episode 29: Ep. 29 - You Like What You Like
If we all just paused long enough to remember "You Like What You Like" there would be a lot less arguing and anger.
January 30, 2021
Episode 28: Ep. 28 - Seeking Wise Counsel
When you have a big decision to make, the best thing you can do is to find people you can trust to give you good advice, ask good questions, and help you see things from another perspective.
January 29, 2021
Episode 27: Ep. 27 - From a Moment of Grief
Today's episode comes right in the middle of a moment of grief for me. We lost a dear family friend a short time before I recorded this episode and I am challenging you to tell the people you care about, just how you feel.
January 28, 2021
Episode 26: Ep. 26 - Decide Before You Need To
You can save yourself an ENORMOUS amount of time and stress by making many of your decisions well in advance.
January 27, 2021
Episode 25: Ep. 25 - What is in There
When you squeeze an orange you get orange juice. Why? Because that's what is in there. When you get squeezed, what comes out? What is in there. Let's change what is in there.
January 26, 2021
Episode 24: Ep. 24 - Congruent, To Be or Not to Be
When you realize your behaviors are not congruent with the goals you say are important, you need to take a step back and ask yourself why.
January 25, 2021
Episode 23: Ep. 23 - Learn from Everyone
Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, you come into contact with can teach you something. Are you being wise enough to learn?
January 24, 2021
Episode 22: Ep. 22 - Get Back on the Horse
When life gets in the way, and you miss a whole day of to-do list items on the way to your goals, what do you do? You get back on the horse and pick up where you left off.
January 23, 2021
Episode 21: Ep. 21 - Question Your Assumptions
One of the best things you can do to kickstart your growth is to question your assumptions.
January 20, 2021
Episode 20: Ep. 20 - MLK Day Reflections
#MLKDay reflections, thinking about how much further we still have to do to realize Dr. King's dream.
January 19, 2021
Episode 19: Ep. 19 - Measured and Managed Maybe
The old idea that what gets measured gets managed might be completely wrong. Maybe.
January 18, 2021
Episode 18: Ep. 18 - What If
What if...what if you started asking yourself better questions? What if you started questioning your excuses? What if...
January 17, 2021
Episode 17: Ep. 17 - Anyway
The next 7 days will go by anyway. Why not start to take action to achieve your goals and at least be 7 days closer to them. Since the time will pass anyway, why not make the most of it.
January 16, 2021
Episode 16: Ep. 16 - Tranquility
You can almost immediately increase your own tranquility, your sense of peace, your ability to relax, if you simply stop majoring in the minors.
January 15, 2021
Episode 15: Ep. 15 - Rolling with the Punches
Sometimes, life will simply not go as you planned. When that happens, you can choose to roll with the punches and turn those disadvantages to your advantage.
January 14, 2021
Episode 14: Ep. 14 - Be Extremely Moderate
My approach these days is to be moderate, in everything. You could say I'm being extremely moderate. (There's a dad joke in there.)
January 13, 2021
Episode 13: Ep. 13 - Begin with the End in Mind
Short and sweet today: We all know about beginning with the end in mind for our big goals. But what if we applied that same idea to daily tasks and milestones along the way?
January 12, 2021
Episode 12: Ep. 12 - Refine Not Reinvent
There are probably several areas of your life where you could make enormous gains by making some simple refinements in your approach or thinking instead of completely reinventing things.
January 11, 2021
Episode 11: Ep. 11 - Value for Value
If you bring value to the world, the world will bring multiplied value to you. Let's get creative on how to do this.
January 10, 2021
Episode 10: Ep. 10 - Sharpen Your Saw
Remember to take time to relax, refresh, restore. In other words, take time to sharpen your saw. That way, when you get back to work, you are more empowered to do your best, most creative work.
January 09, 2021
Episode 9: Ep. 9 - Be Humble or Be Humbled
True leaders exhibit an attitude of humility and they serve their team and the organization. True leaders understand you can either be humble or be humbled.
January 08, 2021
Episode 7: Ep. 7 - Your 168 Hour Budget
How do you SPEND your time? How do you INVEST your time? Do you know the difference between them?
January 06, 2021
Episode 6: Ep. 6 - Gaps, Gains, and Goals
The whole idea of Gap vs Gain is really gaining traction lately. But I'm not sure I agree with it. In fact, I think it might just be a symptom that you haven't broken your goals down far enough. Let's explore that idea together.
January 05, 2021
Episode 5: Ep. 5 - Accountability
Accountability...it's always a hot topic and the first person we need to be accountable to, is ourself. Without being honest with ourselves, trying to be accountable to someone else will never work in the long term.
January 04, 2021
Episode 4: Ep. 4 Choose to Decide
Your real power comes when you make a decision. Even if you have to make that same decision again and again in the face of obstacles. Make the decision today!
January 03, 2021
Episode 3: Ep. 3 - Your Why, Why, Why, Why, Why
Your "why" will give you all the push you need to overcome the inevitable obstacles coming your way. IF you really drill down and connect emotionally with WHY you want to accomplish whatever you have chosen.
January 02, 2021
Episode 2: Ep. 2 - Define YOUR Success
You must decide how YOU define the word success. Don't let the world decide when you are a success. YOU decide when you are a success.
January 01, 2021
Episode 1: Ep. 1 - Be Different to Be Different
We have to BE different to be DIFFERENT.
December 31, 2020
Ep. 0 - Introduction
Introducing the podcast and describing why I am sharing this with the world.
December 29, 2020