Could things be anymore divided?
Protest, distrust, hatred, and violence scarred the year, but the President thoughtfully shared his impression: “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. And it offers insight into a healing response to this year’s unrest.
Over 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. Read more…
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
As summer swings into full gear Americans’ attention turns to freedom and fireworks. Independence Day reminds us of the boldness of our forefathers which brought freedom from political tyranny and established a new form of governance in the world.
Grit and confidence are contributing factors to successfully conquering things that would enslave us. This includes health-related challenges that run the gamut from cancer and Alzheimer’s to anxiety over going to the dentist.
Swedish researchers Mia Vainia and Daiva Daukantait have been looking at the relationship between grit, authenticity and well-being and have concluded that “Grit (is) positively related to all well-being factors.”
Standing up to the fear that accompanies health woes is paramount to overcoming them. But how is a gritty stance established when one is confronted with overwhelming health concerns? Read more…
What’s wrong? Why so uneasy?
There are moments when you suspect deep down you’re not whole, when you feel you have somehow misplaced a portion of your soul. Nothing is clicking, joy seems a stretch or you’re just going through the motions in a haze of detachment.
And you’re not sure what to do about it or that it is worth the effort to figure out. For that matter, there is doubt that what you’re experiencing is even abnormal. I’ve experienced that uncertainty. I’ve also found success in challenging subtle feelings of personal inadequacy and experiencing fresh inspiration, fulfillment and presence. Wholeness comes when I take the time to look honestly at myself, all of me. Hear me out.
The number of Vine loops, Instagram selfies and Facebook missives don’t replace authentic introspection. Our primal ID is far different than the face at the end of a selfie stick and posts of today’s conquests on a timeline. Each of us is an intensely complex and uniquely elegant creation. Read more…
The most important thing we can do today is pray.
It turns out most of us already know that, even if we don’t talk about it. Nine out of ten Americans have turned to prayer for healing at some point according to a study.
Calamities and sickness impel many to turn to God whether religious-minded or not. “For active believers and people of faith, prayer, including for healing, is more than a situationally motivated response to one’s own suffering; it is an ongoing expression of piety and of taking up the yoke to be of service to others,” writes the study’s author, Jeff Levine at Baylor University. Read more…