Archive for July, 2012

The Banquet at 2:00a.m.

Life is a banquet.  And most of you poor sons of bitches are starving to death.     from the Braodway show, Mame      We once heard a speaker share a powerful story about experiencing true joy and abundance in   this life.  The speaker talked about how he had been leading a seminar late into the evening and […]

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The Road Less Traveled

Two roads diverged into one and I took the one less traveled and it has made all the difference.     Robert FrostWe live in a world in which people are constantly trying to get ahead and competitiveness drives much of our decision making. Competitiveness can cause us to work against one another and, ultimately, the common […]

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Uninhibited Joy

While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about. ~Angela Schwindt Last night after work, as a treat, we took my (Tom’s) children to an amusement park.  On a hot mid-summers-night it seemed like an important thing to do.  As we were working throughout the […]

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Compassionate Patience

What then is the compassionate way? The compassionate way is the patient way. Patience is the discipline of compassion. This becomes obvious when we realize that the word compassion could be read as com-patience. The word passion and patience both find their roots in the Latin word “pati”, which means “suffering”. The compassionate life could […]

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Compassion–Signs of Hope

When we become aware that we do not have to escape our pains, but that we can mobilize them into a common search for life, those very pains are transformed from expressions of despair into signs of hope. ~Henri Nouwen  This morning we spent time reflecting on our past, where we have been, pains we […]

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Compassion Fatigue

Massive exposure to human misery often leads to psychic numbness.  Our minds cannot tolerate being constantly reminded of things which interfere with what we are doing at the moment.   ~Henri Nouwen  This morning I (Tom) watched the news and was struck by the formulaic/ritualized way the news was presented.  I heard about two children […]

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Compassionate Presence

When do we receive real comfort and consolation?  Is it when someone teaches us how to think or act?  Is it when we receive advice about where to go or what to do?  Is it when we hear words of reassurance and hope?  Sometimes, perhaps.  But what really counts is that in moments of pain […]

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Compassion Defined

Compassion means full immersion in the condition of being human.~Nouwen For next several blogs we want to talk about Compassion.  And specifically, we want to reference a book we love by Henri Nouwen called, Compassion.  This is a subject we have talked about before but want to talk about in more detail because we believe […]

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LOL-Laughing Out Loud

Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.Mark Twain We have all heard the adage that laughter is the best medicine and this past week both of us saw those words come true once again.  I (Michael) spent time with a friend who for the last seven years has been going through an extremely difficult […]

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The Secret to Happiness?

Even Children feel better when they share what they have.-Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton Last week, I (Tom) was enjoying my vacation at the beach with my wife and two children.  One of the days my two a half year old son Luke was playing in the sand when another young girl about his age […]

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