Throughout the course of my career in healthcare as a chaplain and therapist, suffering has been a constant. After all, my job is to crawl into the emotional trenches with someone to help them make sense of their pain and struggles on the journey of life. However, I am noticing something today that I haveContinue reading “Coming Apart at the Seams”
One of the most fascinating accounts in the Bible for me is Moses’ encounter with the burning bush. For those of you not familiar with this account, Moses is out in the desert tending his flock and doing the work of a shepherd. He comes across this bush that is on fire, but not beingContinue reading “Becoming who we might be…”
When our body heals from an injury, we are usually left with a scar. The body heals itself for the obvious reason of keeping us alive. The same is true for our psyche. It has an enormous capacity to heal itself under the right conditions and with a bit of motivation. The goal again beingContinue reading “Moving From Powerless to Empowering”
Thoughts on Acceptance “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” -Joseph Goldstein People tend to polarize on the issue of acceptance. Either they feel like that have complete control over something or they feel as though they are completely powerless. Neither is a truly realistic view. In my work with patientsContinue reading “Thoughts on Acceptance”
Thoughts on Honesty “Honesty is more than not lying. It is truth telling, truth speaking, truth living, and truth loving.” -James E. Faust People think of honesty as simply not lying to another person, and while this is honesty, it does not fully reflect what true honesty is. There are levels to honesty. We areContinue reading “Thoughts on Honesty”
Thoughts on Control “I’ve learned that when you try to control everything, you enjoy nothing.” -Anonymous Several years ago when I was a young man and in the U.S. Air Force, I was serving on a joint services task force in Alaska. We were on a little island called Annette Island off the coast ofContinue reading “Thoughts on Control”
The Power of Our Personal Stories “If there is meaning in life at all, then there must be meaning in suffering.” -Viktor Frankl We all like stories. We all have a favorite movie or book, but most of us have never stopped to wonder why that movie or book may be our favorite. One ofContinue reading “The Power of Our Personal Stories”
What is a value? “In everything I do, whether in business, philanthropy or my personal life, I am guided by my inner truth, my values.” -Shari Arison The starting point for the entirety of this book and all of its essays hinge on one question, and that question is this: What is a value? Let’sContinue reading “What Do You Value?”
Thoughts from my friend James Haggie: Living here in these times, where issues long pushed below the thinly veneered societal surface that we have adorned with garlands of wealth and shiny trinkets to mark success of one over the other have been thrust forth out into the open, very much feels like the exact momentContinue reading “Living in 2020 America”
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