What we are losing as a people

During a summer evening in 1948, a woman worked quietly in a paddy near Fukui Japan. She was likely checking that the water levels were adequate for the growing rice. Suddenly, a magnitude seven earthquake shook the muddy ground. According to reports, soldiers witnessed a four-foot-wide fissure open at the woman’s feet. She grasped at… Continue reading What we are losing as a people

For those who are not enough

An author and researcher I respect often says, “No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough!”1 What about the times when you are not enough though? What about when you are doing your best at school or work and still failing? Or when you are a less-than-adequate spouse or… Continue reading For those who are not enough

Attributes of an ideal companion

I just returned from a white-water rafting trip in the Appalachian Mountains with my father and brothers. The river was at times swift and treacherous. At others it was slow and scenic but always breezy and cold. Even though we were wearing full-length wetsuits, booties and rain jackets, my younger brother said he had never… Continue reading Attributes of an ideal companion

The hidden key to forgiveness

The purpose of this article is not to convince you to forgive. You already know you should. One Gallup study found that 94% of respondents believed it was important to forgive others, but 85% said they needed outside help to do so.1 So today we will focus on how. Forgiveness on the parkway In Boston,… Continue reading The hidden key to forgiveness

Happiness hierarchies and why they matter

Happiness hierarchies

Why should anyone care what ‘happiness’ is? The word matters because so many of us have elevated it to an exalted state. We all seem to be chasing happiness, sharing it over social media when we have it, and then mourning its loss. If happiness is the whole aim and end of human existence,1 then… Continue reading Happiness hierarchies and why they matter

A new kind of happiness

This article tugs at the knotted question: do believers have access to more happiness than non-believers do? The following trail of if-then statements led me toward a deeper understanding.   If there is no law, there is no sin. If there is no sin, there is no righteousness. And if there [is] no righteousness there… Continue reading A new kind of happiness

Distraction and the forbidden fruit

When Eve noticed that the forbidden fruit was pleasing to eye and able to make her wise, she plucked it, ate it, and then shared some with Adam. She was the first to be drawn in by the enticements of the serpent and a world that continues to charm and divert us. Compared with all… Continue reading Distraction and the forbidden fruit

Taking advantage of meekness

Have you ever glanced in your rearview mirror on the freeway and found it filled by a tailgater? Maybe driving an oversized truck, shaking his fist at you, weaving back and forth and flashing his lights– all to get you to move out of his way? How would you respond to someone acting like this?… Continue reading Taking advantage of meekness

Why experiments are preferable to goals

We are taught that the relentless pursuit of big hairy audacious goals is a path toward a meaningful life… but is it really? For every Oprah, there are a million who never take a step toward their goals, who are derailed somewhere along the way or who persist but sadly never reached the finish line.… Continue reading Why experiments are preferable to goals

A critique of ambition

Every time I hear a professional football coach or player talk about an upcoming season, I hear him say that his greatest ambition is to win the Super Bowl. A player named Russ Grimm once said, “I'd run over my own mother to win the Super Bowl.” Of the 32 professional teams, only one can… Continue reading A critique of ambition