Tag Archive: hope

New Suits, Bow Ties and “Standing With” Our Friends

“Right after the new year began, my wife of 14 years shared that she wasn’t sure if she wanted to continue with our marriage. She informed me that she “needed space” to sort through her feelings. We had just experienced a season of many difficulties: my battle with cancer in 2011; my mom’s recent battle […]

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We live in a broken world

Listening is the oldest and perhaps the most powerful took of healing.  It is often through the quality of our listening and not the wisdom of our words that we are able to effect the most profound changes in the people around us.  When we listen, we offer with our attention an opportunity for wholeness.  Our […]

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This Crucible of Love

Sunset and evening star,       And one clear call for me! And may there be no moaning of the bar,       When I put out to sea,  But such a tide as moving seems asleep,       Too full for sound and foam, When that which drew from out the boundless deep       Turns again home.   Twilight and evening bell, […]

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Judah

“Wrong will be right, when Aslan comes in sight, At the sound of his roar, sorrows will be no more, When he bares his teeth, winter meets its death, And when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again.” C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe The moment I laid eyes on […]

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No One Ever Asks

Here is an excerpt from our new book – Someone To Tell It To: Stories of Hope, Joy, Compassion and Grace. One of the most valuable things we can do to heal one another is listen to each other’s stories.      — Rebecca Falls “No one ever takes the time to ask me what I’m […]

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“My Birds”

Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.      Joseph Campbell   It’s complicated, she exclaimed many times as we talked.  It’s complicated, crazy and sometimes I just can’t believe it’s happening to me.   She had laid it out:  The surgery following an accident.  The long hospital […]

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A Story That Heals

Since we started Someone To Tell It To nearly two years ago, we have made it a habit or a spiritual practice/discipline of reading together, to learn, to grow, and we hope, to impart wisdom and encouragement to others who need it. One of the books we have been reading lately is a book by […]

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An Indomitable Will

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. Mahatma Gandhi We have been exploring the subject of Resilience – bouncing back from hardship, adversity and trauma. Our last several posts have explored different ways we may be able to adapt to the challenges and difficulties in our lives. Based on […]

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Our Coping Tools

It’s funny: I always imagined when I was a kid that adults had some kind of inner toolbox full of shiny tools: the saw of discernment, the hammer of wisdom, the sandpaper of patience. But then when I grew up I found that life handed you these rusty bent old tools – friendships, prayer, conscience, […]

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Unbreakable

You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it. Maya Angelou Over the next several blog posts we are going to explore the […]

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