Zero-Sum Games

I am becoming increasingly concerned about growing divisiveness in our country.  The danger of sharing my thoughts on this matter is that it ignites further political vitriol. That's the last thing I want to do. Setting ideology aside, is it possible we're becoming unhinged because the fundamental operating premise of both political parties is wrong? …

Angels Get A Better View

I believe a life well-lived balances body, mind, and Spirit. But, what does that mean for people who do not hold Spiritual beliefs? Are they excluded? The meaning of Spirit is deeply personal. Recognizing that people hold diverse beliefs, I approach Spirit in a broadly inclusive context. This will fall short for some, but is …

The Mathematics of Life

I'm one of those people who finds math difficult. In grade school, I would rather add or multiply than subtract or divide. I had trouble understanding how to take away more than you have or divide something that is whole. That's still true. It was difficult to avoid math in college. Strangely, I breezed through …

Bad Self-Portraits

Recently I was listening to a Brene’ Brown podcast, and something she said caught my attention: “Fitting in is when we want to be a part of others… Belonging is when others want us to be a part of them.” I love the symmetry in that and began to wonder, which is better, to fit …

Are We Getting Soft?

Recently, I was reading the book John Adams by David McCullough. Evidently, in one of Adam's many crossings to Europe, the ship leaked so profusely passengers had to bail water around the clock for the entire journey! What? I refuse to fly anything below "Comfort Plus." I should be ashamed! I am descended from brave …

Spirit Already Knows

I am not a big talker. I find listening far more interesting. There is much to learn in deep listening, especially to ourselves. On several occasions in my life, unique experiences of peace directly preceded significant challenges, almost as if something beyond my understanding was saying, "Here is a gift. You are going to need …

Grace

What does it mean to live with grace? For many, grace has spiritual meaning. However, my context here is secular, relating to developing and maintaining inner peace amidst the turbulent flow of life.  I believe such grace has two elements, one referring to actions, the other to perspective.  When I was young, I felt life …