Are We Alive or Are We Just Pretending?

Are we alive or are we just pretending?

Today at work I was teaching a five year old how to make a cootie catcher. We folded the paper over and over again until it formed the beaked monster. I explained to him that on the outside flaps you write words, and when selected by someone, you spell the word with each open and close of the cootie catcher. Continue reading “Are We Alive or Are We Just Pretending?”

The cure to being offend-able

The cure to being offend-able is to realize that you cannot control others, but you can control how you react and respond to what others say and do.”– Terri Cole

Over the last year I have been reading Thich Nhat Hanh’s book You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment. My aunt let me borrow it and I have been slowly making my way through it’s simple, life changing pages. One of the most pressing parts of this book, a piece of truth I have been mulling over, is the practice of compassionate listening. It’s a way to receive the thoughts, words, and emotions of another person, no matter the intent, tone, or content. By doing this you help relieve the suffering of that person. Thich Nhat Hanh says, “You listen with only one purpose: to help him or her to empty his heart. Even if he says things that are full of wrong perceptions, full of bitterness, you are still capable of continuing to listen with compassion.”

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We are god’s still-forming child

We are god’s still-forming child, still opening our eyes on a reality whose astonishments we can never exhaust. — Marilynne Robinson

Why do I so easily forget that reality is astonishing? Whenever my current situation isn’t going the way I planned, or if life is just too hard to handle, I am quick to reminisce, become nostalgic, think of the “good old days”.  Or, I jump ahead and daydream about all the things I’d like to see happen, all the possibilities, all the ways life could be better.

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