Messy Mind

What a mess!  My home office, which is also where my clothes closet is located, is a disaster zone.  Papers in piles, files shoved in random places, including on the floor, clothes strewn on my chair, and stacks of our years worth of our children's' school artwork everywhere.  This room looks like a scene from … Continue reading Messy Mind

Take a Walk

Sometimes I need to get away.  I feel trapped when I am in the office for hours.  It’s not the work that bothers me.  It’s the confinement.  There is also sometimes an atmosphere in the office that is tense and suffocating.  I can’t control how others are feeling and the negative vibes that they are … Continue reading Take a Walk

The Language of Silence

"Silence is God's first language; everything else is a poor translation." - Father Thomas Keating. Throughout my life, I have spent a lot of time in nature.  As a young boy, I would play in the woods and creek behind our neighborhood.  When I was a teenager, I worked on my grandfather's farms.  In college...well, … Continue reading The Language of Silence

The Journal

Today is my wife's birthday.  I am grateful that she agreed to marry me.  I am grateful that she is a wonderful mother to our three boys.  I am grateful that she has stuck with me during the bad times.  I am truly grateful for her love. Even though it is a day for her … Continue reading The Journal

Parenting as a Vocation

 It is not our job to toughen our children to face a cruel and heartless world. It’s our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless. – L.R. Knost The moment my oldest son was born is etched in my memory.  As I saw him enter this world and … Continue reading Parenting as a Vocation

Don’t Just “Get Over It”

I find it frustrating when I hear or see the phrase “Get over it.”  Not that it is necessarily bad advice in some situations such as moving on from past mistakes.  However, most of the time, this phrase is used in a dismissive manner. “Life isn’t fair, get over it.”  Really?  We just need to … Continue reading Don’t Just “Get Over It”