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The Monster Within

The Monster Within

So … I have PTSD. I know, I know. Everyone says that these days. But that doesn’t mean it’s not true. I think everyone DOES have PTSD. Admittedly, there are degrees of manifestation. At one extreme, some PTSD-ers might as well be wearing t-shirts with the words...

Absorbing the Cost

Absorbing the Cost

A few months back while sitting in my secondary sanctuary, the room I use when it’s too chilly on the patio, I saw something. Not literally, not with my physical eyes, but spiritually, with the eyes of my heart. I was sitting there looking at a picture of Jesus...

About You About Me

About You About Me

To all the overachievers, all the disciplined, all the good looking, all the wealthy, all the talented, all the gifted, and all the highly competent … ask yourself this question: “Is it really for the benefit of others? Or is it about me?” Oooh … what was that? A...

Unbind Me, Lord!

Unbind Me, Lord!

Subtitle: It’s Hard Being Me   Did I just hear a chuckle? Whatever. There are three points I want to make today. First, self-awareness is overrated. Let’s talk personality tests (Big 5, Myers Briggs, 5 Voices, etc. No, we’re not talking about the Enneagram ......

The Loss of Depth

The Loss of Depth

I don’t want to sound judgmental. Really, I don’t. Yet, even though I don’t, I probably will because in our society (within which we’re slowly being boiled like frogs in a pot), it is sometimes necessary to speak with an unvarnished candor. Candor you ask? Yes,...

Facing Rejection

Facing Rejection

I went to a writer’s conference several years ago and heard a speaker named Jai talk about how he was tired of his job and wanted to try something new but was afraid of failing. So, he remained miserable. Then his wife told him he’d better do something, or else. So,...

Anger Begets Anger

Anger Begets Anger

I’m on vacation. I made it to the destination. I ventured out for the first time today (it’s Day 3). It’s not that I didn’t venture out yesterday, but yesterday we were still foraging for sustenance at the local extremely overpriced grocery store. Fortunately, my...

Too Much Progress

Too Much Progress

I’ve played the game Sim City a few times. You know …  the game where you pretend to be the mayor or the governor or someone like that and you’re responsible for managing certain components of the societal eco system of a make-believe city. It’s interesting that the...

A Sensitive Soul

A Sensitive Soul

I arrived a few minutes earlier than usual, but still looked for him at the trainer pod; the place where we check in, ask each other about our weekends, and basically set the tone for our training session conversation. I wasn’t surprised that he wasn’t there waiting...

Invitation

Invitation

I’ve noticed that we don’t "invite" one another anymore. I think we’re afraid to. I get it. With all of the preconceived notions we now carry about everyone we see (many of them ordinary people who once passed by unnoticed), how do we freely reach out without...

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