Dear Mugwump Reader, a friend recently reminded me of this blog post and how relevant it is in a world that has been gate-crashed & hijacked by COVID-19. So here is a repost – some may find it helpful. “What gives value to travel is fear” – Camus You’d think I would be used to…Continue reading Turbulence! That Annoying Necessity of Life
The hardest thing in life to learn is which bridge to cross and which to burn. – David Russell – During the Roman Empire, it was common practice for military commanders who were concerned about their armies retreating during intense battle to burn the bridges they crossed in order to block any form of escape. It…Continue reading On Burning Bridges
“Courage is a heart word. The root of the word courage is ‘cor’ – the Latin word for heart. In one of its earliest forms, the word courage meant, ‘To speak one’s mind by telling all one’s heart.’ Over time, this definition has changed, and today, we typically associate courage with heroic and brave deeds.…Continue reading Lisa’s Story: The Path of Courage
“Everything worthwhile in life is won through surmounting the associated negative experience. Any attempt to escape the negative, to avoid it or quash it or silence it, only backfires. The avoidance of suffering is a form of suffering. The avoidance of struggle is a struggle. The denial of failure is a failure. Hiding what is…Continue reading The Avoidance Crisis
Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. – Robert Frost – The ‘road less travelled’ is an alluring and romantic notion. It’s the idea that we can take steps out of our secure boundaries from time to time and feel like…Continue reading Want to Walk the Road Less Travelled? Get off the Success Treadmill!
“Before you tell your life what you intend to do with it, listen for what it intends to do with you. Before you tell your life what truths and values you have decided to live up to, let your life tell you what truths you embody, what values you represent.” Parker Palmer It is probably…Continue reading 2017: The Year of Discernment