Category Archives: Surrender

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 »

Suffering (by Eileen)

Suffering.  What’s the Point? I have been thinking lately about suffering and why we suffer.  It’s not a new question.  It’s one humans have wrestled with for eons. I’ve had fibromyalgia and painful knee and back injuries for 35 years, stemming from an auto accident.  I feel pain every day.  But it is minor in comparison to the emotional and physical pain some of my friends endure, such as the loss of … Continue reading Suffering (by Eileen) »

Finding Faith

What are seeds of faith?  I suppose the answer is different for each person, but for me, more often than not they come as small revelations in times of deep crisis when I’m grappling with forces pulling in opposite directions.  For me, faith is not so much an idea but an identity, not so much about believing but becoming. My teachers have generally been fellow travelers on the way, … Continue reading Finding Faith »