Category Archives: Humility

My Inscrutable Shadow

“One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.” ~ Carl Jung  For the past two months I’ve been battling kidney stones. Ugh. It has felt very much like living in the presence of constant shadow.  There’s been no time in the past 50 years when I’ve been so sedentary. I’ve had nothing to distract me and have … Continue reading My Inscrutable Shadow »

The Power in Walking Away

As I watched the  January 6 hearings and thought about the upcoming midterm elections this observation from George Washington chillingly came to mind. “Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” His thought on power didn’t come out of nowhere; rather, it described how he experienced the interplay of politics and … Continue reading The Power in Walking Away »

A Master Class In Living In The Moment

I recently visited my friend Joe Thomas in Mobile, Alabama. It was my first trip away from the Northwest in three years and I was really looking forward to it. Joe and I go back more than fifty years and when we do get together we unabashedly indulge our Three Great Pleasures: Food  Football  Fellowship  Now with each passing year I’m ever more grateful to … Continue reading A Master Class In Living In The Moment »

Life Outside the Cave (with Joe)

“One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. And isn’t it the darkness of a stormy life that often produces thunderbolts of consciousness that awaken us to the world around us?” ~ Carl Jung And yet some darkness seems so impenetrable — like the dark side of the moon — or the dark depths of racism memorialized in the United … Continue reading Life Outside the Cave (with Joe) »