Meditation on Living for Our Eulogy Instead of Our Resume

I was listening to Rob Bell interview Josh Radnor, a decently famous actor, and he talked about the difference in living for your resume versus your eulogy. WOW, I thought. That’s an EXCELLENT way to think about things. It’s SO easy to live a resume life, where we strive, achieve, compete, earn, buy, succeed, and … Continue reading Meditation on Living for Our Eulogy Instead of Our Resume

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A Campaign to “End” Comparing and Competing by Championing Celebrating EVERYONE: The Importance of Belonging

As I made the horrifying transition into puberty, marked by the beginning of middle school, my family both moved from Germany to Washington state and fell apart, as after years of struggle my parents decided to get a divorce.  The Army was reassigning my dad to California, so this meant he’d be largely absent, as … Continue reading A Campaign to “End” Comparing and Competing by Championing Celebrating EVERYONE: The Importance of Belonging

Life Lessons from Lisa: While Comparison/Competition Kills Joy, Celebration Increases Bliss

"Comparison is the thief of joy." - Theodore Roosevelt   I’m an umm, “passionate” Seahawks fan. Remember the best/worst Super Bowl of all time? When the Patriots dramatically beat my Hawks in February 2015? As the game was drawing to an end, Seattle’s team was behind and needed to drive the length of the field … Continue reading Life Lessons from Lisa: While Comparison/Competition Kills Joy, Celebration Increases Bliss

Meditation on Living Christmas Everyday by Celebrating People

The other day my wife playfully, but seriously told me: "Christmas is everyday, because it's in your heart."  Laughingly I teased: "My heart must be awfully crowded, with Jesus and Love in there too!"  Seriously, though, I think she has a great point.  What if we lived everyday like it was Christmas?  I bet we … Continue reading Meditation on Living Christmas Everyday by Celebrating People

Meditation on Choosing Care, Compassion, and Celebration Over Competition

I LOVE music. Which means we go to concerts pretty frequently. On Saturday we saw Lady Gaga, who put on an AMAZING show. This year we've also seen U2, Ed Sheeran, Mumford & Sons, James Blunt, and Red Hot Chili Peppers, and you wanna hear something wild? They ALL emphasized the same message: LOVE. Specifically, … Continue reading Meditation on Choosing Care, Compassion, and Celebration Over Competition

Meditation on the Power of Oneness and No Separation: Seeing Yourself in Others and Vice-Versa

I recently read something from Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault about oneness that blew my mind. Yoga is about union and connection, which means there is both no separation between your mind, body, and spirit, AND there's no separation between you and other humans. On this subject, Cynthia reflects on Jesus' teaching, "Love your neighbor as yourself." "This … Continue reading Meditation on the Power of Oneness and No Separation: Seeing Yourself in Others and Vice-Versa

Meditation on How Vital it is to be Connected

You know how women, on average, live several years longer than men?  Have you ever paused to wonder why that is?  Columnist Courtney E. Martin has an idea that blew my mind.  "Men, on average, die five years younger than women," she notes, before concluding, "researchers believe that a big part of that gap is … Continue reading Meditation on How Vital it is to be Connected