Tag: sadness


We had to relisten to several parts of the conversation many times. It was so rich, so full of nuance, and contained so much wisdom. We knew we had to write about it before winter was over here in Pennsylvania, where we live. This rich conversation appeared on the On Being podcast hosted by Krista…
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The Language of Kindness

Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.  Mark Twain   On Sunday, I (Michael) and my wife Kathy and our son Matthew went out to lunch.  As our meal was winding down, our server placed our check on the table, saying as they always do, that we could…
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Making Sense Out of Senselessness

In times of stress, the best thing we can do for each other is to listen with our ears and our hearts and to be assured that our questions are just as important as our answers          Fred Rogers Ever since Friday’s tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, we have read…
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Anything mentionable is manageable

“Anything mentionable is manageable.” ~Fred Rogers The tears started streaming down her face.  She said she was sorry.  I could feel her pain. “I can’t believe I did that.  I’m such a screw-up.” “What will people think of me now?” “No one will look at me the same way ever again.”   This conversation and…
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Not Alone in Our Sadness

When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it – always.      Gandhi The news from Connecticut today was devastating, utterly devastating. The…
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On the mountaintop

 Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better take things as they come along with patience and equanimity. Carl Jung I (Tom) walked on to the elevator at Harrisburg hospital after another long…
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