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 …

The Anatomy of Peace, Part 1:

Mindfulness, The Doorway To Presence ( 7-minute read) (This series presents a retrospective understanding of the role awareness plays in the pursuit of joy and happiness during times of personal difficulties. The introduction to the series can be found here: https://tim-coats.com/digging-deeper/) ———————————————————— Recently I was looking after our nine-month-old granddaughter Adalyn. She is fascinated by …

The Pull To Union

This is a bit wonky, but I’ve been thinking about it a long time.  It concerns energy. What energy does is obvious, but what energy fundamentally is, isn’t clear to me. Take the gasoline that powers our cars. Gasoline isn’t energy when it’s just sitting in the tank. It requires a spark that triggers a …

Self Improvement

The older I get, the clearer it becomes that self-improvement is a complete waste of time! That sounds harsh, but please hear me out. Walk into any major bookstore. Odds are, the largest section is self-improvement, and the largest section within that area is diet plans. So let's test my theory out. Have you ever …

The Shape Of Time

I grew up in the 1960s in suburban America.  Like the rest of our neighbors, we had a 19" black and white TV, a phone attached to the wall, one family car, and no air conditioning. Let me put that last part into context. Daily summertime temperatures exceed 90 degrees in St. Louis.  My childhood …

Dog-Sitting

Allow me to begin with a confession. I am not the biggest fan of dogs!  I understand this shines a bad light on me, but it sets the stage for a story about our two-month dog-sitting experience. For those unfamiliar with having a new dog in the house, they're pretty much the same thing as …

Being Present

Remember back in school when the teacher droned on about some boring subject? The only way to survive was to escape. I remember a day in grade school when I did just that.   Staring out the window, I “checked out.” When the teacher called on me, I didn’t hear her the first, second, or …

How Was Heaven?

What if you died and found yourself standing in front of St. Peter, and the almighty asks, "How was heaven?" We spend our entire lives striving to get somewhere else. What if heaven is here and now? Shortly after I graduated from college and accepted their job offer, The Pillsbury Company moved into a new …