Spirit

  • Let It Rain: Sharing Resources

    We have had an unusual amount of rain in the Southeast over the past few weeks.  Yet, a few years ago we were in a drought, much as California is now.  There is plenty of rain, but it does not always fall where, and when, we would like.  So it is with all physical resources. Some ...

    Posted at March 28, 2014 | By : | Categories : Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 0 Comment
  • We Cannot Please Everyone

    There will always be people who do not like us, no matter what we do to win their praise or affection.  But, that is as it should be. When I was in high school, an acquaintance got me to ask my mother to do something for her.  This girl, who was rather indulged by her divorced mother, was distressed when ...

    Posted at March 7, 2014 | By : | Categories : Mind,Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 0 Comment
  • The Distance Between East and West

    Quite surprising it was – and reassuring.  A wonderful end to a long day. Recently, our family prepared for our son’s college semester abroad, in Taiwan.  Getting supplies.  Tracking down documents.  Sharing dinners at favorite restaurants.  Hanging out.  After all, he does not plan to return for six months.  The ...

    Posted at February 28, 2014 | By : | Categories : Mind,Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 0 Comment
  • It is Time to Let Go of Guilt

    Feelings of guilt are very common and very human.  Guilt can keep us from making the same mistake again.  However, guilt can mire us down in the past – even to the point of paralysis. As a young adult, I consciously chose some foolish paths.  I knew better and still did things I came to regret.  Ramifications of my ...

    Posted at January 31, 2014 | By : | Categories : Mind,Our Lives,Spirit | 0 Comment
  • How to Attend Funerals Guilt-Free

    The worst kind of guilt is the guilt that we cannot resolve – we cannot apologize because it is too late. When he was young, my husband heard the story of a guilt-ridden adult ...

    Posted at January 24, 2014 | By : | Categories : Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 0 Comment
  • Kindness is Under-Rated

    Simple words.  Deep truth.  They came from my cousin, Jim, during a long-ago visit.  We talked of the world and loss and difficulties. “Kindness is under-rated,” said this gentle man.  We focus so much on the big things that it can be easy to forget the importance of treating another with kindness. His words have resonated in my mind ...

    Posted at January 17, 2014 | By : | Categories : Mind,Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 0 Comment
  • Merry Christmas

    My Christmas Affirmation of Faith by Rev. Reagan V. May   I believe in the Christ of Christmas – And so I believe that God comes among us when we least expect it, that God works through all kinds of persons – like Mary, Joseph, Old Simeon, and even me; and that Christ ...

    Posted at December 25, 2013 | By : | Categories : Our Lives,Spirit | 1 Comment
  • The Fruit of Faithfulness

    As Christmas approaches, we turn our eyes to Bethlehem.  But, the trail to the manger began many lifetimes earlier. For those who know of the early Israelite fathers of faith, the names of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are well known.  Next, this Biblical family tree had a little-noticed and surprising twist. We have all known someone like Leah.  She ...

    Posted at December 20, 2013 | By : | Categories : Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 2 Comments
  • When Pride Gets in the Way of Effectiveness

    There are two types of pride. The first represents satisfaction in a job well done.  This type encourages us to continue our efforts.  When we are proud of others, we reinforce that they are on the right track. The second type of pride is when we think – and act – like we are superior to others.  We may feel good about it, but those ...

    Posted at December 13, 2013 | By : | Categories : Mind,Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 0 Comment
  • Time to Laugh

    Laughter is good for us.  We need it! Laughter can relieve a tense interpersonal situation, allowing better communication.  Many have experienced its healing power during times of sickness or sadness or stress.  By definition, laughter is fun and relaxing. We love to be with people who make us laugh.  They bring ...

    Posted at December 6, 2013 | By : | Categories : Body,Mind,Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 2 Comments
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