On this 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 decisive … Continue reading Surrender
“Life is only as serious or as humorous as YOU make it. Lighten up. Go play softball. Fly a kite. Dance with your dog. Smile… it makes people wonder what you’re up to.” ~ Charlie Brown I don’t want to draw too fine a point on this admission, but I learned a whole lot from reading the Peanuts comic strip growing up. I discovered early … Continue reading Life According To Charlie Brown
Let me pose this question: Where do you look for your heroes? Are they the brilliant scientists searching out a vaccine for COVID-19? Are they the brave men and women on the front lines fighting fires? Are they the leaders of the protest movements that now encircle the globe? Our heroes tell us a lot about who we are and what we value. Let me … Continue reading What Is A Hero?
“We are more often frightened than hurt; and we suffer more from imagination than from reality.” ~ Seneca Have you ever found yourself under attack from the Big Bad Wolf? It seems sometimes that we are surrounded by wolves dressed up in a thousand different disguises. For a time in the 1950’s my nighttime fears fueled graphic, horrible nightmares. They were so horrible I sometimes walked … Continue reading Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?
One of the key elements in the 12 steps is surrender. For the first seven years of my sobriety I could never say I surrendered entirely. There was a piece of me I kept hidden, even from God. And then the bottom dropped out. “Beaten into complete defeat by alcohol … and surrounded by those who can speak to us from the heart, we have … Continue reading Making the Desert Your Friend