This journey we’re on
Looking at the many intersections in life and questions we face along the way.
Life, faith, stuff
LIFE. Each of our lives is a hero’s journey. We may not feel like it a lot of the time. Sometimes we forget what the quest is about. But we’re here, on Earth, on this journey.
FAITH. We are born with a hole — something missing. Then we spend much of our lives trying to fill that hole. Faith is essential in that process. Faith is the stepping out of where I know I am to place confidence in something I haven’t seen or tested yet. If we didn’t have faith, we’d never take risks.
STUFF. On life’s journey, we carry around stuff. Some of it is helpful, some of it holds us back. Some of it we hang on to because we don’t know how to put it aside.
THE INTERSECTIONS OF LIFE. The forks in the road where things get interesting and choices are made. Mostly small choices. Seemingly inconsequential. Until we one day realize that together all those little choices formed the fabric and pattern of our lives. Then we see that they made all the difference. It is here we see what we are made of or yet capable of becoming.
About a backpack
When I was going train hiking in the summer of 1975, I purchased a new external frame backpack.
I had no idea it would still be with me on travels all these many years later.
The old man with the bicycle
Youth hostel. Old man choosing to stay there among all those ‘kids’. I’m glad he did, because I learned great travel lessons that have served me well in the decades since.
All that snow…
Winter x 3. I’ve lived through winters in Sweden and Iowa. With cold and lots of snow. But it’s in Arkansas we’ve just emerged from 10 days of being stuck in snow. Even so, I love winter. And snow.
Between 2 countries, finding a place to belong
What could a story about a woman moving from Ireland to Brooklyn in the 1950s have in common with me moving from Sweden to Iowa in the 1970s? Actually quite a bit more than I thought just from watching the movie trailer.
Shaping the story of your 2021
New Year. Resolutions made and then broken. We set goals and hope. Here’s a roadmap to shape your story in the next 12 months. With the end solidly in mind.
“Cosmopolitan” is a _______ word
Recently I discovered that “cosmopolitan” apparently is a bad word to some people. Silly me, I always thought a cosmopolitan person was someone who’d been places, different cities, different cultures, different countries and who moved with ease in them all.
Welcome to serendipity
Happy accidents. Chance encounters or events that lead to things we couldn’t have imagined.
“Serendipity is the faculty of finding things we did not know we were looking for.” — Glauco Ortolano