I love the scene in “Jungle to Jungle” where the New York lady meets the boy from the Amazon and shouts, “Welcome to America!” when she talks to him. She’d made some underlying assumptions: Read the rest of this entry
Sometimes life serves us a raw deal. Hard stuff happens until we simply cannot ignore it any more. Death, sickness, financial loss, social disgrace, rejection by loved ones, action by enemies, natural disasters . . . it’s a long and ugly list. Most of us are afraid these things will come to us and uncertain of how we will deal with them when our turn comes. One approach is to pretend they are not really there and deny the reality of what we are experiencing. That’s denial; it is not faith. Even denial has its limits and when they are reached our “faith” is exhausted too. Then what? Read the rest of this entry
The challenge of fear: reasons I am afraid of people and what they think.
- I don’t believe in myself. My self-confidence is eroded by my sense of inadequacy, I am not sure of my abilities and insights so I won’t do anything without a high level of approval from others. Sometimes Read the rest of this entry
In a way it was the short straw. He’d been chosen to be the first king the nation had ever had and he had to work out how to balance all the expectations placed on him. The job description was vague and no one really knew what his limits were. On top of that, these unruly people were strong-willed and aggressively independent. He knew that he had to keep them happy at the same time as he Read the rest of this entry
He was young and short on experience but he recognized danger when he saw it. This was danger. He also knew the stupidity of ignoring danger – which means he must have been at least in his mid-twenties and past the stage of life when he thought of himself as invincible. Life does that, it tempts us Read the rest of this entry
Letting fear rule our lives explores the impact fear has on us and some ways we can retake control of our lives. Some fear helps us balance our lives,but fear can never be allowed to control us.