Fear and Tribalism

Who among us doesn’t have the fear emotion? Fear of spiders, swimming in the ocean (sharks!), angry clowns, scary movies, speaking to a large group, dark basements, being alone, etc. I have a fear of June bugs, leeches and failure in critical situations. Who among us doesn’t equate ourselves with a tribe? Tribe of artists, philanthropists, religious leaders, doctors, lawyers, athletes, TV enthusiasts (couch potatoes), chocolatiers, sommeliers, etc. I am in the tribe of government employees, as well as theRead more

A Letter to Humanity

Dear Humanity, This is not what our Gods, our spiritual being, our conscience have taught us. We were not born this way. To hate. To espouse bigotry. To injure and maim. To kill and start wars. To pound our fists on the table. We have done this to ourselves and to others. We have not learned to truly love our sisters and brothers, our mothers and fathers, our friends and relatives. And those we see as different. We don’t acceptRead more

SOCS: Questioning Levels

High or low? Which way do you fly? Low, under the radar, may be the way to go Or reach for the sky, determination on high High or low? What persona do you create? Low as a snake, slithering to and fro, Or on a horse, eating self-righteous cake? High or low? What bar do you set? An impassive and uninterested voice from below, Or a motivated go-getter no one can forget? High or low? What hope do you bring?Read more

What if?

I see the smiles of familiar faces on Sunday morning, I feel their hugs and I ask… Why do we wait for an hour on Sunday to show kindness and love? What if we hugged our neighbors and strangers and those in pain instead of pushing them away? What if we said a cheery “hello” to everyone we met instead of a passing nod and mumbled “harumpfff?” What if we live to serve others rather than serving our own vestedRead more

Where is Peace?

That is a great question. I wish there was a pat answer. I feel peace hiding, trembling, afraid to show its face of late. ISIS terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut, and the bombing of a Russian airliner over Egypt, have the world’s humanity on edge – fearful, filled with anxiety, and witness to suffering. From NBCNews.com:  “SAINT-DENIS, France — A woman blew herself up early Wednesday (November 18) as an elite police unit raided an apartment while hunting theRead more

Why Your Critics (And Your Cheerleaders) Shouldn’t Define You

Originally posted on john pavlovitz:
Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them… well, I have others.  – Groucho Marx. Though we might not verbalize it quite this way, most of us split the world up into two distinct groups of people: our Critics and our Cheerleaders. The former are usually the ones who correct or criticize or attack us the most, whose words tend to feel more like weapons. The latter, are those who are often the source of…

Love Others: An Opinion from the Heart

Who doesn’t want to know that we notice them and value them? And who might respond to us better when they feel that they matter? It probably cannot be overstated – it matters…that people matter. ~Steve Goodier~ This past Saturday was a day that mattered for other people. People that I didn’t know. It was a day when a small church community came together to show how love is given freely to others, no matter their life’s circumstances, their outward appearance,Read more

Love Puppies

Love people. Hate liver. Love in the heart Hate not in the brain Love peace Hate war Love puppies Hate puppy poo on the carpet Love rainbows Hate natural disaster Love life Accept death Love determination and growth Hate boredom Love friends Love family Love spirit, faith Hate evil Love (Weekly Writing Challenge: No rules. Just stick to the word count — no more, no less than fifty words.)Read more