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Do You Deny Yourself Joy?

My grandmother’s jewelry hangs in an organizer in my closet. I recently pulled it out from behind coats to find dust inside the pouches that neatly hold the precious metals, stones, and colors. I touched a couple of the pieces she wore often, and that most reminded me...

A Great Sadness

The heart of the human being often becomes a rejected treasure that children begin to hide when they do not experience themselves as pursued and affirmed. This common experience is a great sadness. When the heart is experienced as the enemy of the child, then God,...

When I Was A Child

Every year at my elementary school during the fall, we had a spaghetti supper followed by a festival of games. The supper came before the games that were set up in the gymnasium and other classrooms. It was a fundraiser, which really didn’t mean much to us children. I...

What Is Your Body Telling You?

The way we move tells a story. A ballet dancer connects dance moves with music to portray beginning, middle, and end through an art form that is expressed by the human body. A smart racer, whether on a bike, in the water, or on foot is mapping out his or her race from...

Living with Presence

People who have hearts with closed doors make powerful people with no true presence. People who have hearts with open doors make people of presence who are very empowered. People with closed hearts are stuck in survival, isolating themselves from being affected again...

Missing Joy

Years ago Sonya and I and our teenage sons were at Disney World in mid-December. Sonya and I waited for a ferry one morning to take us back to our resort after an early morning walk around Magic Kingdom of looking around and having coffee together. The boys were still...

What Makes a Good Listener

There are three basic components of every good listener: 1. Good listeners know, and act on, their limitations.   Knowing our limitations is the work of learning our own stories and the makeup of who we are. When we know ourselves, we can plan around and sometimes...