Category Archives: Surrender

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 »

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 »

Finding Contentment

Try reading Finding Contentment from our home page:  www.justathoughtbypat.com   When Marsha and I arrived back in Seattle last fall I felt a little like Rip Van Winkle waking up to a hometown I no longer recognized. When I first left back in 1971 times were tough. This billboard said it all: As most people know, the town has been booming, fueled by new technology that … Continue reading Finding Contentment »

Embracing Defeat

Please check out this second installment in the Search for Inspiration series on our homepage: www.justathoughtbypat.com. In a world so obsessed with success how is it possible to embrace defeat? The book Embracing Defeat, by John W. Dower, describes how Japan did exactly that after World War II, and in so doing, accomplished the greatest turnaround of all time.  For those of us who have found embracing … Continue reading Embracing Defeat »

Sweet Simplicity

  I’m kind of blown away by how complicated life has gotten! Watching TV requires multiple gadgets, memberships require multiple passwords, and billing statements have multiple pages.  Public restrooms require multiple numbers to open doors.  With social media, my business has suddenly become everyone’s business. who to trust? how to trust? whether to trust? Hard questions when the whole world is your neighbor. The truth … Continue reading Sweet Simplicity »