Tag Archives: letting go

A Smaller Life

“Today, at age 76 — as I weather the autumn of my own life — I find nature a trustworthy guide. It’s easy to fixate on everything that goes to ground as time goes by: the disintegration of a relationship, … Continue reading

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“I Thought I would be Dead by Now”

A friend recently asked my about the status of my cancer.  I have a type of  incurable blood cancer (multiple myeloma).  I have been in “remission” (although the doctor prefers to say the cancer has been subdued) for several months … Continue reading

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Enjoying Simplicity

Readers have commented on the usefulness of my blog posts that speak to accepting changes, moving with the seasons, letting go. Several authors have helped me understand this process:  Richard Foster taught me about living simply, Ignatius of Loyola taught … Continue reading

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“From Denial to Ecstatic Acceptance”

I have a new hero. His name is Dr. Jeffrey Piehler. Dr. Piehler, a renowned cardiovascular surgeon, is one of nine people who shares his perspectives on death in a PBS special, Into the Night. Dr. Piehler lived for 12 years with … Continue reading

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From My Reading

Brother Lawrence was a mustard seed man, a simple cook who trained for years to hold God in his mind until it became routine, second nature, a holy habit — the mature tree. We can learn to live in his … Continue reading

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“Do Not Quarrel with Your Lot in Life”

“Do not quarrel with your lot in life. Do not complain of its never-ceasing cares, its petty environment, the vexations you have to stand, the small and sordid souls you have to live and work with. Above all, do not resent … Continue reading

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Who am I when My Body Fails Me? – Someone Facing Death

In his book, The Walk, The Life-Changing Journey of Two Friends, song writer Michael  Card describes a  funeral service for an 8-year old girl killed in an auto accident, during which one of the participants said, ” We were not created … Continue reading

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From My Reading

“Our spiritual journey requires a deepening awareness of our own shadow and light. It requires a rigorous commitment to ‘catching ourselves in the act’ of automatic, programmed responses. It requires choosing instead to respond from the place of light in … Continue reading

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