Lent: More Than Fasting

Lent. Many people take part in it every year, and perhaps you are one of them. It is a religious word that has lost its meaning through years of puffery, losing a real opportunity to help people grow in their personhood. In its simplest terms, Lent is 40 days (excluding Sundays) of reflection, self-denial, and … Continue reading Lent: More Than Fasting

Your joy is not dependent on happiness.

"Joy is the happiness that is not dependent on what happens." - David Steindl-Rast We seek happiness as if it is lost. We try to find it in our jobs, the things we buy, what we own, or even people. When we are not careful, our happiness becomes dependent on material objects or the presence of … Continue reading Your joy is not dependent on happiness.

The Power of Single Tasking

How focused are you at this moment? Are you readings this essay, or skimming through it while doing something else? Are you looking up periodically to see if the light has turned green? Should you be paying attention to a lecture or the person speaking in an important meeting? Are you reading this while using … Continue reading The Power of Single Tasking

$20. 30 Days.

Impulse buying was one habit I had the hardest time breaking. I would find myself scrolling through Amazon or wandering through a department store “window shopping.” Shopping was one of my pacifiers. Waiting for the next shipment or driving home with the freshly packaged item was a sort of euphoric narcotic, a hit that only … Continue reading $20. 30 Days.

Limits

Losing my keys was one of the most common and frustrating occurrences I would experience before simplifying my life. My wallet, shoes and even my belt would join the ranks of items that would get misplaced. On top of that, my laundry would get out of control with enough clothing to go two months without … Continue reading Limits

Endless Tomorrows

Three years ago I made the decision that I wanted to take control of my health and lose weight. Getting up from my couch, I went to my fridge and poured the two liter bottle of soda down the drain and cleared out all of the meat. Having one more steak dinner or glass of … Continue reading Endless Tomorrows

Simplicity and Generosity

One blistering cold afternoon I was filling up my gas tank in my warm coat, shoes, gloves, socks and pants. As I was completing my transaction, a young man approached me and asked if I was in a hurry. Without hesitation I said yes, but asked them what they needed. “My girlfriend and I need … Continue reading Simplicity and Generosity