The Power of Thoughts

I read a quote (uncredited) the other day that caught my attention: “Never blame anyone in your life. The good people give you happiness, the bad people give you experience, the worst people give you a lesson, the best people give you memories.” It struck me that when I look into the mirror in the morning all four characters stare back: the good, the bad, … Continue reading The Power of Thoughts »

The Land of Okie Dokie

At one point in my life I believed evolution was a social as well as a physical phenomenon, that humankind was engaged in a never-ending march forward, and that someday the land of “Okie Dokie” would be the home of us all.  Okie Dokie land?  It’s an old-fashioned phrase known by many other names: Nirvana, paradise, the promised land, the land of your dreams.  I’m going … Continue reading The Land of Okie Dokie »

A Simple Faith

I have on occasion caught myself staring into the mirror and seeing a bold-faced pessimist staring back.  I see a guy with more doubt than faith, and a damn sight more preoccupation in the past than hope in the future. I ask myself, “Paddy Boy, what’s happened to your faith?” The thing is, when I attempt to answer my question, all I come up with is … Continue reading A Simple Faith »

Reconciliation

What happens when relationships are irreparably broken and beyond the reach of reconciliation or grace?  Sometimes, they may be over.  But sometimes, I have discovered, they can be unaccountably restored. A foundation of the 12 steps:  “God did for me what I could not do for myself.”  I deeply appreciate the term “higher power” embraced by 12-step programs of all stripes.  It allows everyone, from the atheist … Continue reading Reconciliation »