“Interdependence is a fact, not an option.” ~ Peter Coyote For the longest time I took comfort in being my own boss. I loved my independence; I thought I was stronger, smarter, more effective when I worked alone. When I worked with others it meant having to make compromises. History, however, proved me wrong. I wasn’t, in fact, stronger, smarter or more effective alone. Quite … Continue reading Give Me Ethics Like Geese
Carl Jung tells in one of his books of a conversation he had with a Native American chief who pointed out to him that in his perception most white people have “tense faces, staring eyes, and a cruel demeanor.” He said, “They are always seeking something. What are they seeking? The whites always want something. They are always uneasy and restless. We don’t know what … Continue reading What Do You Want?
“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.” ~ Abraham Lincoln (First Inaugural Address) But where are those better angels? It is said when Lincoln was preparing his … Continue reading Finding Our Better Angels
Marsha and I have a number of dear friends engaged in difficult situations. We each have our own way of praying for them, and shared with each other recently how seriously we take these prayers. Our conversation got me curious about the role of prayer in the lives of two individuals who changed the course of American history. Isabella Baumfree was an African American born … Continue reading Does Prayer Have Power?
Where are the Good Men? Charlie Brown has always been for me an illustration of goodness, a kind of compass that points to true north. Before I got sober, I sometimes felt like Alice in Wonderland when she slipped down the rabbit hole: reality no longer mattered, truth had become fiction, good people were now bad, heroes now villains. When I climbed out from my … Continue reading Finding Goodness