Days of Advent, Quotes, Seasons

Advent Day 08: The Medicine That Lives In A Story …

If we want to know why we’re all so afraid to let our true selves be seen and known, we have to understand the power of shame and fear. If we can’t stand up to the never good enough and who do you think you are? we can’t move forward. I only wish that during… Continue reading Advent Day 08: The Medicine That Lives In A Story …

Prayers, Quotes

You Will Not Have My Hate …

I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.  — James A. Baldwin Anger is a catalyst. Holding on to it will make us exhausted and sick. Internalizing anger will take away our joy and… Continue reading You Will Not Have My Hate …

Quotes

A Companion That Walks Beside Us …

Empathy is connection … Empathy is connecting with the emotion that someone is experiencing, not the event or the circumstance. … … Empathy is a strange and powerful thing. There is no script. There is no right way or wrong way to do it. It’s simply listening, holding space, withholding judgment, emotionally connecting and communicating… Continue reading A Companion That Walks Beside Us …

Quotes, Seasons

Autumn Sunset …

Autumn in my part of the world is a season of bounty and beauty. It’s also a season of steady decline—and, for some of us, a slow slide into melancholy. The days become shorter and colder, the trees shed their glory, and summer’s abundance starts to decay toward winter’s death. I’m a professional melancholic, and… Continue reading Autumn Sunset …

Poems, Quotes

Don’t Squander Joy …

Don’t squander joy. We can’t prepare for tragedy and loss. When we turn every opportunity to feel joy into a test drive for despair, we actually diminish our resilience. Yes, softening into joy is uncomfortable. Yes, it’s scary. Yes, it’s vulnerable. But every time we allow ourselves to lean into joy and give in to… Continue reading Don’t Squander Joy …

Quotes

Empathy …

When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don't blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have problems with our friends or family, we blame the other person. But… Continue reading Empathy …

Media, Prayers, Quotes

There Is No Fear In Love (LGBTQ Pride Month) …

  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rP01bH9Ljf4   What happens when the most important parts of your life come into conflict? When Christian mom Susan Cottrell’s daughter came out, she faced an impossible choice: her LGBTQ child or her church. In this heartwarming talk, Susan explains why she chose her LGBTQ child and how she fights for progress inside the… Continue reading There Is No Fear In Love (LGBTQ Pride Month) …

Quotes

Joy Comes To Us In Ordinary Moments …

Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure that you are. Let me learn from you, love you, savor you, bless you, before you depart.Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may, for it may not be always so.One day I… Continue reading Joy Comes To Us In Ordinary Moments …

Media, Quotes

Courage Is Fear Walking …

We want life to be as dazzling and painless as possible. Life, on the other hand, has a way of humbling us, and heartbreak is built into its agreement with the world. We’re young, until we’re not. We’re healthy, until we’re not. We’re with those we love, until we’re not. Life’s beauty is inseparable from… Continue reading Courage Is Fear Walking …