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In Baseball, Politics and Life, Authenticity Scores

Whether you are zeroed in on the World Series, the November elections, or daily life issues, the classic baseball poem “Casey at Bat” brings home a great lesson about being authentic. 

It was a rough day in Mudville the story goes.  And the outcome didn’t appear too promising. The game was in its final inning. The team was behind by more than one run and the fans weren’t having very much fun.

The crowd’s hopes were all but sunk when it appeared their favorite son wouldn’t get a chance to face the pitcher.  You see everything depended on Casey getting to bat, so they believed.  There was Flynn at the plate, but he was “no good.” And Jimmy Blake was to follow, but Blake was “a fake.”  Alas, hope was slim as the team was bound to go down.

Miraculously Flynn and Blake got on base which gave mighty Casey the chance he needed to save the day.  A home run would win the game and the fans were giddy with excitement. There was pride in his demeanor and a comforting smile on his face as he confidently strode to the plate.  It seemed without a doubt Casey would end his team’s scoring drought.

I’m sure you are familiar with the story’s climactic finish. Casey standing there with a lofty gaze didn’t even swing at the first couple of pitches… Read more

Safety in the eye of the storm

Recently I woke to intense, bright lightning and booming thunder that shook the bed. It was 3:00 in the morning and the winds were howling. As I got up to look out the bedroom window, my phone started blaring out a tornado warning.

Are we safe?

This was the first night of our trip.  Though wakened from a good sleep, I wasn’t rattled, even as the windows and doors clattered.  I have learned through experience that in an emergency, I can rely on sound wisdom gleaned from my Bible: “Peace, be still.” For me that means more than a deliberate attempt to stay calm; rather, it is an immediate and harmonious state of consciousness that I can experience right where I am no matter what turmoil surrounds me. I can feel at peace because I know any tumult cannot interfere with God’s consonance.

After a few moments the sky flashed bright green as the storm intensified. Electricity was going on and off.  It was difficult to tell from my vantage point, but according to the weather service a tornado was aiming right at us.  Read more…

True Love’s Algorithm

Looking for love? Want a lasting relationship? Content with your singleness, but enjoy solid friendships?

cropped-HealthInkLogo-1.jpgLove predominates many conversations this time of year. Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day, Singles Awareness Day (SAD) or avoid the whole thing, the deep seated desire to connect with others in meaningful affection is a recurrent impulse. What satisfies that yearning?

There are over 124 million singles in the Unites States, many of whom are looking for a partner.  The promise of finding that perfect someone is the hook of online dating sites and apps.  A billion dollar industry numbering over 2500 sites in the U.S. alone, these match-making services use complex algorithms to gauge compatibility.  It’s all about the numbers.  The hope is they lead to higher connectivity rates and more permanent bonds.

But do mathematical formulas equate to true love? Is there more to the science of love than a personality matrix? Can we go even deeper?  Read more…

Gratitude helps healthy living

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Have you ever thought of Thanksgiving Day as the healthiest holiday of the year?

Family recipes and a variety of foods – lots of food – are a big part of Thanksgiving tradition.

And while we are continually warned of the dangers of excessive eating, trans fats, and cholesterol, it turns out big portions of gratitude are actually healthy for us.

The effects of thankfulness on health are measurable, according to researchers who have been studying the connection with great interest. One example: Robert Emmons at the University of California-Davis with Michael McCullough from the University of Miami have deduced that people feel better physically and mentally when counting their blessings. Their study, “Counting Blessings Vs. Burdens: An Experimental Investigation of Gratitude and Subjective Well-Being in Daily Life,” was published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.  Read more….

Lincoln and Kennedy: gratitude in adversity

Eternal Flame “The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies.”  Abraham Lincoln’s gracious assessment of 1863 is immortalized in the opening line of his first Thanksgiving Day Proclamation.

150 years have passed since Lincoln’s establishment of an annual, national observance of “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.”  In 1863 that day came just one week after the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery at Gettysburg where Lincoln gave his celebrated two minute address. The War Between the States would go on for another year and a half.

What prompted Lincoln to articulate such a “healthful” outlook, where many saw only servitude to gloom and despair, was an intensified appreciation for blessings and their origin.  He saw “bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come.”  He writes in his Thanksgiving Proclamation that these abundances are “so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God.”

Such an attitude as Lincoln’s serves as a timely example for all of us.   Read more…