Rejected Cornerstone

As a child I attended weekly religious education classes and Catholic mass at least once a week. It was rare when I actually paid attention to what happened because it was repetitious and became mundane instead of inspiring. However, I now have a foundational knowledge of the bible and recall many prayers and verses with ease, for…

My “someday” has arrived

“Someday I’m going to do what I want and not what everyone else wants.” “Someday I’m going to resign from my job and travel.” “Someday I am going to start something that only I am meant to reveal to the world.” “Someday I’m going to learn another language.” That someday is today. This week I…

WWJD

WWJD? Remember this? When I was in school people would wear bracelets that had the WWJD acronym written on it. For those who don’t know what it stands for, it means “What Would Jesus Do?” I never wore one. It wasn’t because I wouldn’t, I just have an aversion to doing things that everyone was…

You don’t deserve anything

Think of a forest. All of the trees, bushes, insects, birds, deer, fox, owls, microbial bacteria, mushrooms, mold, moss. The diversity in one square mile of forest is enough to give a scientist a lifetime of discovery and they still wouldn’t have discovered in all. Nature doesn’t act out of a desire to achieve, destroy…

Stop treating life like a dress rehearsal

We have a tendency to procrastinate. We love making New Years resolutions but hardly anyone keeps them. We say we are going to start a business or write a novel but so few of us actually do. We treat life like a dress rehearsal – like we will get another chance. As if we can…

The Cave in the Allegory is finished being built

The Allegory of the Cave (do read it if you haven’t before!), written by Plato around 2,400 years ago, tells of a cave where people are chained and captured from childhood. They are restrained in such a way that the only thing they can see are the shadows on the wall in front of them created…

Re-learning to Listen

Have you ever sat at a dinner with a friend or loved one and felt awkward when no one was talking or you didn’t have the television on? Have you felt uneasy without having some sort of sound in your house – white noise, music, television – when you are home alone or trying to…

On Walking

In my teenage years I walked miles upon miles in fields of corn for my summer job: detasseling. It involves going through a corn field and removing the tassel from a stalk of corn, thereby ensuring that it is pollenated by another corn plant (having left a row un-detasseled) which drastically increases the yield during…

There was a time when you had everything you needed

There was a time when you didn’t have problems. A time when you weren’t depressed or stressed about your relationships or job. There was a time when a mortgage wasn’t weighing down your finances. There was a time when you didn’t have a job that causes you stress and unhappiness. There was a time when…

The Tipping Point – The only way to Change

It is a well-established human trait that we are “creatures of habit.” We have difficulty making a change. In some ways it treats us well; it can keep us safe and serves our animalistic-side of avoiding anything that might be unsafe or different, keeping us alive. However, there are things that we all want to…

Join a Choir

If you’ve had the experience of singing in a choir you will know the unspeakable feeling it can fill you with. Joining together in song is, and always will be, an experience that allows me to feel love in a way that no other experience can. You might compare it to the moment you reach…