A Most Difficult Act to Perform – Forgiving

  It is one of the most difficult acts to perform. It is talked by many; practiced by few. And needed more than ever. To forgive someone who has violated us.  It’s been said that by not forgiving others, we are only hurting ourselves. William Shakespeare wrote:” Heat not a furnace for your foe so hot that it do singe …

A World Without God

(Information for this essay comes from the following sources: “Who Needs God” by Rabbi Harold Kushner and the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi)                                   * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * In our frustrations and pains, we become upset with God. We are not sure what is …

Relationship with God

(Author’s note: though many of the principles that I write about in the following essay may apply to other religions, I am speaking about the Christian faith. Information for this essay comes from the following source: the book “Jean Vanier & L’Arche – A Communion of Love” by Kathryn Spink)                                       * * * * * * * * * …

A Little Help from My “Friends”

There is no better friend than a friend who offers gentle wisdom in our time of need. Let’s face facts. Life is difficult. With its ups and downs. Its challenges. Its struggles. We yearn for wisdom to see the light. For hope. For courage to keep moving forward. There are no guarantees for success no matter how positive we think. …

GRACE and CLASS

It is a style, an image that we all admire.   We can not buy it. We can not bottle it. How rich would one be if we could? There’s a certain charm, a certain persona, a certain flair that a person – male or female – gives off. Call it by its proper name……Grace… Or class…….A certain confidence without …

Lessons from a Discussion Group

 (Information for this essay comes from the following sources: the website “Brainyquote.com”; the books “The Road Less Traveled” by Dr. M. Scott Peck; “Love” and “Personhood by Dr. Leo F. Buscaglia; “When All You Ever Wanted Wasn’t Enough by Rabbi Harold Kushner; “The Gift of Giving” by Michael Lynberg) * * * * * * * * * * * …

Conquering Our Disabilities

 (Quotes come from the following website: disabled-world.com)                                           * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Whether we want to admit it or not, each and every one of us has a disability. Be …

Wisdom from the Gravesites

(Information for this essay comes from the following sources: the websites corsit.com, wikiquote.org, how stuffworks.com, wikipedia.org, seeing-stars.com)                                               * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * One of the many things I like doing is visiting local cemeteries to pay homage to people who have passed on. To give …

Lack of Community Has Its Price

(Information for this essay comes from the following sources: the books “The Gift of Giving” by Michael Lynberg and “The Lessons of St. Francis” by John Michael Talbot with Steve Rabey)                        * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * We read about them in newspapers.  …

Loneliness

We have all felt its wallop. It has left us painfully miserable. And it’s more prevalent than ever. Loneliness is defined as an unpleasant, emotional response to isolation or lack of companionship. It is the lack of connectedness.  It also wanting more quality social interaction than what is currently available. Loneliness is a greater health risk than obesity, alcoholism, air …