Category Archives: Humility

Return to India

Sometimes in my life I have stumbled into lessons that seem unusual and unconventional.  On my recent trip to Mumbai, India I found myself a student once again.  The topic was acceptance.  I had returned after almost three years for what I hoped was a final round of major dental work, to an exceptional clinic and an oral surgeon who had become a friend.  India taught me much … Continue reading Return to India »

Friendship

My good friend Hiraman Gavai offers some thoughts in this morning’s post. I met Hiraman many years ago in Brussels when we both worked for the same non-profit.  He currently resides in Pune, India with his dear wife Mangala.  While we’ve been separated by distance we speak a common language, one the writer Henry David Thoreau calls the language of meaning.  Hiraman and I caught up again … Continue reading Friendship »

Surrender

On this centenary anniversary of the signing of the Armistice ending the First World War my thoughts have gone to wars that never end and a peace that can’t be found. The Armistice we commemorate was not a call for a German unconditional surrender.  Instead it signaled a suspension of hostilities, a break in the fighting, a call for a negotiated settlement.  It was neither … Continue reading Surrender »

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 »