The Freedom of Shifting from a “Got to” to a “Get to” Mentality

Growing up, and as a young adult, giving money/time to charity, church, or to help others was like pulling teeth.  I did it ... reluctantly.  My now teenage daughter, though, gleefully had a garage sale to raise money to get 25 Christmas presents for less fortunate kids.  My sister and brother-in-law are joyous foster parents.  … Continue reading The Freedom of Shifting from a “Got to” to a “Get to” Mentality

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Meditation on Being an Athlete of Love

It's crazy how powerful the stories we tell in our heads are.  I generally go for a long run every Sunday.  Since my legs had been heavy and tired last Friday and Saturday, even before I woke up Sunday I "knew" the run was going to be tough.  Guess what?  It was!  While my body's … Continue reading Meditation on Being an Athlete of Love

Love is the Essence of What Christmas is: Life Lessons from My Daughter

Will you engage this moment with kindness or with cruelty, with love or with fear, with generosity or scarcity, with a joyous heart or an embittered one? This is your choice and no one can make it for you. If you choose kindness, love, generosity, and joy, then you will discover in that choice the … Continue reading Love is the Essence of What Christmas is: Life Lessons from My Daughter

If America Followed Jesus Instead of Zeus the World Would be a Better Place

Here’s a life truth I’ve found helpful and true: Whether atheist, agnostic, or theist (i.e. believer in God), our image of God (whatever it may be) shapes us. We are ALL steadily and increasingly formed by the Pattern we think life, the Universe, and everything operates by.   Consider my life. I’ve gone to church … Continue reading If America Followed Jesus Instead of Zeus the World Would be a Better Place