Agree to Disagree

Like everyone probably has, I lost a friend who didn’t agree with something I posted on social media. He took offense to some silly thing I had shared and didn’t appreciate my explanation as to why I did it. He countered with an argument that because I didn’t agree with him, I was no longer […]

The Path

I recently have realized that, while I am fairly active thanks to the full time job and such, I have not been as active as I could be and have taken to brisk walking the paths and pavements of my little swath of the Midwest for some added exercise and a chance to get my […]

I’ve Got the Power

I tend to hyper-fixate on certain subjects and certain words from time to time. There was the time I learned all I could about the American Civil War (which still fascinates me to this day). There was the time I researched the Greek word λόγος (or logos) just because it was interesting. Get me talking […]

You’ve Got This

Often, when someone is doubting their abilities to do something, usually out of the ordinary, someone inevitably tells them; “Don’t worry, you’ve got this!” But what is the “this” that one’s got? Often, the “this” is a task or challenge that might seem difficult. It’s an obstacle in the way, or a mentality one cannot […]

Gratitude

Yesterday, I attended the evening portion of my church’s camp retreat at our denomination’s campground out in the country in our little swath of the Midwest. I had a chance to be out in nature, where my cell phone had no reception and I was able to just recharge my soul in the company of […]

It takes a village

I am a firm believer in the saying “It takes a village to raise a child.” After all, while I don’t have children of my own to raise, I was raised by parents who readily accessed a handful of people to help us out as needed. Aunts and uncles lovingly sent me gifts. Grandparents, both […]

Be the Daylight

When I have time to, I tend to listen to certain songs over and over again. I often do it at home on one of my computers with my headphones on so as to not annoy the other half with the constant repeats. Of course, when he is not home, I am blaring the music […]

When the Going Gets Tough

There’s an American proverb that states “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” Of course, the flip side to that is “when the going gets tough, give up.” I’ve also heard a few other options of this proverb like “when the going gets tough, run away” and “when the going gets tough, you […]

Consider this

Have you ever thought of the word consider? The word means to reflect upon, to think carefully, to regard something. It means to muse upon an idea, to evaluate a suggestion or a claim. We consider decisions we need to make. We consider qualities in ourselves and in others. We consider ideas that make or […]

Forgive, just as you have been forgiven

Lately, certain events in my world have led me to think a great deal about forgiveness. And since I have been challenged to be bolder and speak with more conviction, I have found that I need to write about this topic too. It’s been on my mind a great deal. Forgiveness is a conscious, deliberate […]