You Just Have To Take The Needle “There comes a time when the world gets quiet and the only thing left is your own heart. So you’d better learn the sound of it. Otherwise, you’ll never understand what it’s saying.” ― Sarah Dessen This might come as a shock to some of you but I hate going to doctors and dentists. Strange eh? Especially for someone who took such comfort in being a hospital Chaplain! My resistance to seeing any of these professionals has much to do with a terrible
Winning Big “It is to our own detriment that we underestimate the might of small and simple things.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich For the longest while, I religiously bought lottery tickets. It was the only form of gambling I participated in. However, it never yielded me more than $20 each time I won. Although it has been awhile, from time to time I still purchase a ticket. The notepad that holds my plans for my big win, however, has long been discarded. Who would get what was carefully written down.
Hurricane Katrina Revisited Wanting to live peacefully and without conflict, many shy away from politics and even religion. Admittedly that this is a tempting prospect. However, being a citizen of this world for over 50 years now, I know it is impossible to totally avoid both subjects, especially conversations about God. Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul, in another of his books – the name of which escapes me now – suggests that we cannot separate our religious, spiritual and political lives. We are impacting the community with
More Than Just Words That We Forget In a servant leadership culture we learn by choice or example that if we want to be great, we have to serve others respectfully.” ― Vern Dosch Before you get turned off thinking that this is a political post, let me tell you two things. It is not. However, all my posts are in some way political. Politics is very much part of my make up. Just as being professional is, likewise pastoral. These form part of what I have described in a
More Than Needed “Greed: a selfish and excessive desire for more of something (as money) than is needed.” Okay, let us be honest. We all would be pretty stoked if we got extra money or extra clothes or more jewelry, right? Of course. It is very natural for us to get excited when we have more than we need. We all want to be comfortable and have wiggle room to buy that new couch or move into that gorgeous loft downtown. But are we greedy based on that? No. Phew!
Another Adventure In Faith “Finding” might not be the best word to underscore the main point of this, the closing conservation on the book, Care Of The Soul. The better description of the invitation is “Come realize soul in the midst of all your waking moments and dreams.” However, exactly one month later, my exploration with Thomas Moore‘s Care of the Soul, a New York #1 Bestseller, has come to an end. Yet, it is really a beginning, one in which my first conscious step was taken over 15 years
More Care of The Soul Sunday – a new week has begun. So caught up with observing the ‘unfoldings’ that writing a post did not feel like the thing to do. “Observance of the soul can be deceptively simple. You take back what has been disowned. You work with what is, rather than with what you wish were there.” Thomas Moore The book is Care Of The Soul and as shared the week before last, it is the one in my handbag. Did you buy a copy? If not, get
Another Week, Another Assignment There are some statements, sayings, quotes – call them whatever you like – that just pisses me off! Here is one: “A lesson will keep repeating itself until it is learned.” Talk show queen, Oprah Winfrey, popularized that one, however, it has its foundation in Buddhist teachings. At least that is where I first heard it. A lesson that was seemingly assigned to me this past week was taking care of my soul. Wrapping up my reading, finally, of Dr. Peale’s Enthusiasm Makes The Difference, the