Too often, we live our lives rejoicing only in the destination. We mark the major accomplishments as the milestones that define our lives: a graduation, a new job, a wedding, a move, or overcoming a tragedy. We look back with fondness on these significant events. As a result, we desperately look forward to the next: the accomplishment of a life goal, a significant desired award, a major life transition, a big promotion, or simply emerging from one of life’s dark valleys triumphant.
Last year, I caught my favorite poet Billy Collins at a reading in San Diego. In the interview section of the evening, Dean Nelson from Point Loma University asked him to share some advice he gives to his poetry students. Without having to think about it, Collins said, “Dare to be clear.”
I think we have a lot to learn from trees. I don’t say start with that to segue into some sort of environmentalist stand, I just think it’s true. It seems like there are few things, if any, that God hasn’t planted around us to teach us something good about who he is.
The Problem With Black-And-White Thinking
What You Miss When You’re Afraid Of Messing Up
Finish That Thing You Need To Write (Without A Cabin)
My Favorite Tweet Ever
What Are You Telling Yourself That Isn’t True?
Keep Your Phone From Getting In The Way Of Your Work
Kick Your Negative Self Talk To The Curb
Are You Going Through Hell Right Now?