Category Archives: Love

The Passing of a Dark Night

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn   This quote from Joseph Campbell is heartening when I am in a place of deep struggle.  But doesn’t the “dark night of the soul” sometimes seem unfathomably long? When my dark nights descend upon me negativity feeds on me like a hungry mushroom, my world morphs into a small, dreary place, the sun never shines, and it’s perpetually 10 minutes … Continue reading The Passing of a Dark Night »

In Search of Inspiration

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Like many of you, I’ve become traumatized by the plight of the growing refugee population.  By some accounts, they number over 65 million, 48 million of whom are children.  The global response to this crisis has been appalling.  Tens of millions have been left stranded in makeshift way stations, refugee camps or drifting at sea.  Refugees are being treated as the … Continue reading In Search of Inspiration »

Devotion

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn   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 … Continue reading Devotion »

Surviving in the Hardest of Hard Times

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Rousseau said, “To endure is the first thing that a child ought to learn, and that which he will have the most need to know.” I remember my Grandpa Pat sharing stories of the Irish Potato Famine (1845-50), crying as he spoke.  The collective tragedy was so great that it continues to scar the Irish psyche to this day.  Hard times … Continue reading Surviving in the Hardest of Hard Times »

A Successful Life

Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn What constitutes a successful life?  We are accustomed to defining success in terms of wealth, power and prestige.  But is this what truly makes for a successful life? The word success comes from the Latin succedere, which simply means “make something happen.”  So what if the something accrued to the benefit of others rather than oneself?  What if success was defined by a person’s value to others? … Continue reading A Successful Life »