I have experienced my share of strong emotions throughout my life ranging from delirious elation to down-in-the-dumps misery. For a long time, I would get swept up in my emotions and I truly believed there was no other way to deal with them than to express them.
It is a sad fact of life that many people hate their jobs or at least want to leave them. Discovering one’s vocation is indeed critical to one’s happiness as all humans long to make large or small contributions to the world with their unique talents and gifts.
Last Wednesday was my 35th birthday. My amazing sister-in-law and her husband agreed to babysit and James took me out to a nice French restaurant in Pacific Beach. After dinner, we rented Bird scooters and rode all over town like we were 27.
My mom gave me the best piece of advice on the first day she and my dad dropped me off at college. I had been looking forward to this day for years. I went on a dozen college tours in high school (on my own accord, not my parents’).
Decision-making is one of my great interests. I even teach an online class on it here. Not surprisingly, the reason why I got into this was because I myself struggled with making decisions and I really, really wanted to make the right ones.
A couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure of being on The Broads Way Show podcast. The podcast’s awesome hosts, Michelle Zunter and Grace Collins, had really insightful questions for me about my featured piece on Medium, “What Do 90-Somethings Regret Most,” how I became a minister and what Progressive Christianity is. You can go here to listen to the show.
We have a unique tradition at this church that I’ve never seen before and it’s a unique tradition I have come to love. Many years ago, one of the ministers implemented a season of gratitude that takes place right before Advent.
I am very drawn to the notion of home. Sometimes, it’s a physical location like a hometown but mostly, it’s a feeling of comfort, being known and community. I even love images that evoke a strong sense of home (like the one I found above).