Posts in Voice
Being Yourself: The Work of Soul-Making

The confluence of crisis which is penetrating the world is captured in one word: soulless. We are selves without soul, saute without spice, persons without personhood.  This leaves most people you rub shoulders with everyday, people who were designed by God for full, rich, multifarious living, to function as empty shells of personality, all ego and no self.  We find ourselves living in a house of scaffolding with no walls, no furniture, no soft places to land. But it need not be this way; hope arises in the ancient wisdom.

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5 Steps to Difference-Making

We live in a time of unprecedented calls for action. As the internet and the democratization of digital media have afforded us access to a globe of problems and voices to attune us to those problems, we are awash with should-do passions.  If you traffic in social media, you cannot go 24 hours without someone (usually with some urgency) pressing you to join their cause, repost their meme, change your ways.  Apparently the world is very awry and well should be terribly worked up about it.

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Creation Story: The Original Declaration of Independence

Imagine, if you will, a people in exile.  Impoverished, straggling across a foreign desert, attuned to little except the hope of a better future and the whisperings of a sometimes inscrutable deity.  This wandering people live an existence so far from our own that it’s almost alien.  While we clamor for ever expansive rights and privileges, they wrestled for nothing more than the strands of subsistence. Their dream was to stay alive.  It began as an escape from slavery and tyranny, a revolution not won on the battlefield, but acquired in the quiet enclave of hiding.  Eating fast-made and easy-carry food, waiting for the smell of death to clear the night air.  This is Israel at its institutional origin. 

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The Sacred and the Profane

In my normal day life, I do an unconventional mix of marketing management, corporate training, project development, vendor relations and unofficial spiritual direction, all under the heading of Chief Operating Officer.  I rarely use THIRTYSIXWORDS to talk about my professional life, not because they aren’t interrelated, but because I struggle in the same war as so many of you: the fight to compartmentalize and put things in boxes. It is my instinct, like yours, to separate life into (seemingly) controllable frames. And from those frames keep my mashed potatoes from getting gussied up by my peas and carrots. I seek to divide good and evil and in controlling the categories of the sacred and the profane I, like you, seem to keep the edges from getting too loose. And isn’t control what it’s all about after all?

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The Glory of Being Dissatisfied

It was an age and epoch not far from our own, though its remoteness cannot be measured by time or distance. It could have happened in a galaxy far, far away or once upon a time or both, though neither one describes things entirely. It was a time of everything and nothing, of darkness and light, an era of openness and repulsion, of rightness and crookedness. The goodness of things only stood so brightly as to reveal the shadowed truth of the entanglement of things, and for all those who lived in such a beautiful time and place, it was simply the way things were.

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