Tag: loneliness

What is Most Private is Most Communal

  Tom   A cool breeze puffs its way across my face.   The widow in our bedroom, an all but glorified piece of plastic wrap, makes me one with creation, whether I wish to be in this way or not. Like the two night owls on the mountainside at the end of our block, I’m…
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What is a Chief Listening Officer, anyway?

There’s a question that’s been brewing ever since we introduced Abby Turner as our Chief Listening Officer last week. What is a Chief Listening Officer, anyway? Ironically, the U.K. appointed their own Chief Listening Officer last week… they just gave the position a slightly different name: Minister for Loneliness. “We know that there is a…
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Remember

“To love another person is to see the face of God.” Victor Hugo (Les Miserables) “Love is God, and to die means that I, a particle of love, shall return to the general and eternal source.” Leo Tolstoy “In my deepest wound I saw your glory, and it dazzled me.” Augustine of Hippo   We…
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What is the Only Cure for Loneliness, Despair and Hopelessness?

The greatest disease in the West today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for. We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread but there are…
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Why will there be restlessness within our hearts this Thanksgiving?

Compassion is sometimes a fatal capacity for feeling what it is like to live inside someone else’s skin.  It is the knowledge that there can never really be any peace and joy for me until there is peace and joy finally for you too. ~Frederick Buechner This past weekend we were invited to do two…
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At The Table

The two disciples whom Jesus joined on the road to Emmaus recognized him in the breaking of the bread.   What is a more common, ordinary gesture than breaking bread?  It may be the most human of all human gestures:  a gesture of hospitality, friendship, care, and the desire to be together.  Taking a loaf of…
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Great Love

We can do no great things; only small things with great love.      Mother Teresa It would be easy, when we look at all the loneliness and despair in the world, to be discouraged and feel as if our efforts to listen to and support others are making little impact.   But it’s not just about…
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Loneliness

Loneliness is my least favorite thing about life. The thing that I’m most worried about is just being alone without anybody to care for or someone who will care for me.      Anne Hathaway   Here are three statements we have heard in the last week: “No one seems to care about me.” “I don’t…
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The Power of a Touch

  Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.      Leo Buscaglia   I just miss getting a hug. Softly, hesitantly, in the middle of the…
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For the Want of Intimacy

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.      Helen Keller In a recent New Republic article – “The Lethality of Loneliness” – , science editor Judith Shulevitz wrote about the work of German psychiatrist Frieda Fromm-Reichmann.   In the late 1950’s, Fromm-Reichmann: … figured that loneliness lay at the heart of…
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