Category Archives: Surrender

The Best of Times, The Worst of Times

Charles Dickens’s novel, A Tale of Two Cities, opens with the classic description of the age leading up to the French Revolution.  It speaks of a world in chaos and turmoil where contradictory pressures moved with equal and opposite force in a world with no North Star.  The novel has been read and reread since it was first published in 1845, and as these same … Continue reading The Best of Times, The Worst of Times »

From Catastrophe to Change

Every now and again a story comes along and serves as a mirror to my inner life.  Good stories allow me to put a face to my thoughts.  Sometimes the face so resembles me it’s scary, funny, illuminating, and maybe even healing.  This little fable on catastrophic thinking made me laugh, cry, and scream all at the same time, and turned the mirror on my … Continue reading From Catastrophe to Change »

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 »