What would change if you woke up each morning believing you are amazing? What would shift if you went into each day trusting others are intrinsically incredible? While I was running the other day, the following thought came to me: What if the solution to all our problems and key to a fabulous world and existence is … Continue reading See, Name, and Speak Goodness
When life, or the world, gets crazy, what keeps you centered, hopeful, and Loving? I could be wrong, but it seems to me we're like satellites, and without something Big, Bold, Beautiful, and Beyond our small selves to orbit around, we go careening off into space or crash into the ground like a satellite that's lost its … Continue reading What Gives You Meaning and Purpose in Life?
What's inspiring and encouraging you these days? While people in our hometown have always seemed friendly to me, since we started social distancing, those in Poulsbo have turned their friendliness volume up a couple notches. I say this because every weekend Lisa and I have been going on long, four-mile walks, and time-and-again the people … Continue reading What if We Lived “Namaste”?
Cheers to you! My wife and I have been watching "The Good Place", a show about the afterlife. In this poignant and hilarious show, a demon "breaks bad", people sent to hell get better, and they explore big topics like what makes a person "good" and what inspires one to become better. It flips the … Continue reading The Real Gift of Christmas is YOU: A Tale of Two Ways of Living
I once said "the music in heaven will be all Dave Matthews Band, all the time" ... at church ... to hundreds of people. I mention that to express how much I LOVE the band. Dave's music moves me so deeply I have a tattoo of his lyrics that speak a poignant Truth: "Could I have … Continue reading Could I(You) Have Been Anyone Other Than Me(You)?
I was talking to my friend Olya the other day about using Instagram to spread good vibes. I frequently take pictures of myself doing yoga poses, which I post with a few thoughts to inspire and encourage people. To increase my influence/followers and thus magnify my ability to spread Love, Olya suggested I consider having … Continue reading The Surprising Way Noah’s Flood Story is Good News Relevant to Us Today
You know how we typically pray with eyes closed and head bowed? From what I understand, it appears the early Christians prayed with their heads raised, because they understood we’re all masterpieces from a marvelous Maker and lowering their heads was a mark of shame. Is it good and important to be humble? For sure! They … Continue reading The Namaste Revolution
My wife, Lisa, and I watched “The Greatest Showman” with Hugh Jackman the other night, and OH MY WORD, it was FANTASTIC!!! So, so, so good! I cried with sorrow and joy, delighted in the music and choreography (it’s a musical), and was DEEPLY moved by its message of including and celebrating the marginalized, excluded, … Continue reading We are God’s Selfies
We become what we think about. - Earl Nightingale Recently a friend of mine was having a REALLY hard day and tearfully shared with me: “What is WRONG with ME?” The story isn’t mine to tell, so I’ll just say my confidant was heartbroken and disoriented. As we talked for a while my heart … Continue reading A Case for Naming Ourselves “Beloved” Instead of “Sinners”: Shame Doesn’t Belong in the Reign of Love
"It is not that if I am moral, then I will be loved by God; rather, I must first come to experience God’s love, and then I will—almost naturally—be moral." - Richard Rohr When you peel back the layers of a person, when you move beneath our experiences, stories, and ways we’ve been formed by … Continue reading Our Job is to Remind Each Other of Our Inherent Goodness: Moving “Past” Original Sin to Original Blessing