I read something recently that was written as a guideline for a meeting. At first, it felt rather restrictive and I felt intimidated by it, and afraid to share input if I would happen to have any. But then I went back over the guidelines and could really appreciate that they were written to keep … Continue reading Are You A Supportive Listener?
A couple of days of not writing turned into a few weeks. Honestly, I still don't feel like it. The world feels like a terrible place again just now, and it makes writing that much harder for me. Writing - blogging, specifically - requires a lot of vulnerability. The more honestly and transparently you choose … Continue reading Letting the Truth Loose
Day 6. I went down to the water's edge first thing this morning. The beach was delightfully void of people, and the water was begging me to go deeper with its warmth and persistent, rhythmic persuasion. Come. I have to return home for good later today, and dread is knocking at the floorboards of my … Continue reading Practicing Wholeness by the Sea
I was using the restroom at Wawa the other day (Wawa is God's gift to convenience stores), and someone came into the stall next to me. She was talking on the phone, which is always a little bit of a marvel to me - people talking on the phone while using the bathroom, and, to … Continue reading Well, That Was Embarrassing ….
I carry extra pounds. And I wish those pounds could talk, because they have a story to tell, and important things to teach. If these pounds could talk, they would tell you that I started learning to love myself at my highest weight, not my lowest. I did not feel better about myself with less … Continue reading If These Pounds Could Talk
I met "J" on a busy corner of the Upper West Side (W73rd & Broadway, to be exact). It was a cold Saturday in February of that year, and she was panhandling with a tattered Starbucks cup. She caught my attention when her change scattered all over the sidewalk. Someone had bumped her cup, probably … Continue reading Spilled Change and a Meaningful Intersection
A very brave, strong, courageous friend posted the other day that he may be MIA from social media for a little bit because he was struggling intensely with anxiety and depression. He was practicing self-care, and I sat back and just chewed on the fact that part of that self-care was sharing his current state. … Continue reading I Struggle Too
Someone out there needs to know: You are not alone. The suffering that you do in silence - those pervasive, persistent thoughts that overwhelm you, and the pain you walk around in while appearing to be fine - it is not inconsequential. People care. I care. I care that you are suffering, and that you … Continue reading You Are Not Alone
Lather. Rinse. Repeat. I had a more difficult week (two weeks), and then I don't want to write. Well, more to the point, I don't want to be vulnerable to you. Why did I have to open my mouth at the beginning of all this and commit to being transparent in an effort to help … Continue reading No More Being Afraid of Joy
In the story, Les Miserables, (super short summary) a man named Jean Valjean steals bread in an act of desperation to feed his family. They were starving, and destitute, and he just wanted to feed them. But because he broke into the bakery, he went to prison. I assume, since he went to prison, things … Continue reading Law-breaking, Children, and Jesus