[The following is an edited version of a post originally published June 25, 2016.] We, the unwilling, led by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful. We have done so much, for so long, with so little, we are now qualified to do anything with nothing.” ― Konstantin Jireček Carl Rogers, an American psychologist, developed a form of individual therapy embracing this strange and paradoxical truth: … Continue reading Living in an Upside Down World
This post was originally published on April 1, 2017. We hope you enjoy it on this Mother’s Day. Our mothers often are the ones who teach us to guard the access to our souls. My mother was born in the early part of the last century. She, like many in her generation, was a distant parent, not overly demonstrative in expressing emotion. Mom was loving, … Continue reading Living As a Solitary Soul
I discovered my grandson Sam has the spirit of a caterpillar. Just as a caterpillar is transformed into a beautiful butterfly, little Sam is on his journey toward being transformed into a mighty man. Wow! It’s an amazing process to witness, impossible to understand, and endlessly fascinating. I find myself hoping Sam might have an easy time finding his wings. But all indications are Mother … Continue reading Why the Heck Do We Have to Struggle?
I have noticed recently that I often feel trapped in a sordid and negative news loop that drags even the heartiest of souls into the gutter. When this happens It is all to easy to lapse into cynicism and despair. I find it helpful to turn to stories and illustrations that remind me that humans can have another path. Here is one such story of … Continue reading Devotion
There are times I’ve owned a time share in these foothills. The mind is difficult geography to guard; worry can so easily muck things up and distort reality. Small things appear large Thoughts are transformed into bogeymen Friends are turned into enemies Dr. Charles Mayo, founder of the Mayo Clinic, shared this observation: “Worry affects the circulation, the digestive system, the heart and the … Continue reading Why Worry?