The Ultimate Surrender: an Irreverent Look at the symbolism of Good Friday

Face it. The world-as-we-knew-it has changed. The goals, plans, priorities, or motivations you started with this year are probably much different than what they are right now. I know mine are. Even comparing “what-was” the first of March to “what-was” the beginning of April is dramatically different. Who could have predicted we’d be stockpiling toilet… Continue Reading

Music – the Universal Language

Sharing something a little different today. I wrote the songs recorded in this new YouTube video several decades ago. They are here, first time sung all together, by Shane Kennedy and Christopher Joel Carter at Trinity United Methodist Church. (I was organist there in the early 2000’s.) Whether you’re Christian or not, I hope the… Continue Reading

4 Tips to Calm the Anxious Mind

It’s impossible to feel anxious and calm at the same time. So, when your anxious mind tries to take over, take charge with these four tips. With the new coronavirus spreading through the world, everyone is feeling a heightened sense of anxiety. Whether it’s concern for your job, financial security, personal safety, your health, or… Continue Reading

Coronavirus: Putting the Pieces Together

Frankly, there’s so much information circulating about the Coronavirus, it’s hard to know what to share. The past few days I’ve read article after article, highlighted dozens of printed out pages, scribbled numerous notes in the margins, and brainstormed multiple outlines trying to come up with a perfect, concise, just-what’s-needed body of information. And yet, here on… Continue Reading

The Biggest Block to Your Happiness. (It’s not what you think)

Contrary to the billion-dollar positive thinking industry – and our constitutional “unalienable right” to pursue happiness, attaining happiness as a final, end goal is unrealistic. Not only can it set us up for disappointment, it’s just not how life really works. Happiness is really more like a “by-product” of living a life of meaning. This… Continue Reading

Are You Happy? Really?

“Listen with your heart… for it houses the secret whispers of your Soul.” What is happiness anyway? If you consult a dictionary, you’ll get answers such as, “a feeling of pleasure, contentment, or joy,” “a state of well-being.” PositivePsychology.com says it’s a “changeable state… not a long-lasting, permanent feature or personality trait.” We often believe… Continue Reading

The ME Game & the Purpose of Life

I often find myself lost in thought, percolating on concepts, ideas, trivia, meanings, music, recent books, articles, movies, conversations, and… well you get the idea. The other day, while cleaning out old files from my phone, I came across an un-named audio I’d recorded back in March 2018. As I’ve been talking a lot about… Continue Reading

The Struggle to Be More Authentic

We all struggle with being more authentic. It comes from a deep desire to express ourselves more fully and have others do the same. But, at the same time, it’s often easier to not step out, speak up, or to behave in less authentic ways rather than risk letting others see and experience who we… Continue Reading

Becoming Unapologetically You

“There is nothing more beautiful than seeing a person being themselves. Imagine going through your day being unapologetically you.” -Steve Maraboli Think about it:  Unapologetically. You.  There’s a sense of freedom in it. Freedom from second-guessing yourself. Freedom from feeling bad if someone doesn’t like your way of doing things. Freedom from worrying if you’ve done or… Continue Reading

The Courage to be Authentic

What could be riskier than diving out of an airplane or climbing a glacier-covered peak or accelerating a race car into a curve at the Indy 500?  For one person it might be quitting a secure, well-paying job to go back to school. For another, it could be deciding to leave a marriage after 18… Continue Reading