Tag Archives: humility

Moving down in the world

“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense,” Lewis Carroll wrote. “Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn’t be. And what it wouldn’t be, it would. You see?” It’s a topsy-turvy world, a through-the-looking-glass reality where everything is […]

Celebrating the small, simple life

National Poetry Month, Day 20  //  I’m in the shrinking season of life. My circles of connection and influence are growing smaller, my responsibilities narrower, my horizons nearer. Logic tells me I ought to be grieving the losses; instead, I feel like I’m slipping into my favorite pair of jeans and slippers at the end […]

On bearing fruit for God

Are you happy? The likelihood that you are is decreasing every year. According to a United Nations report released Wednesday, Americans are only the nineteenth happiest people in the world, a position that has declined steadily for the last three years. The ranking was based on six key variables: gross domestic product per capita, social […]

Body building

Following his famous 1938 meeting with German Chancellor Adolph Hitler in Munich, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain returned home holding up a piece of paper and declaring “peace in our time.” Within a year the British fleet mobilized and the evacuation of London began, Nazi Germany launched its blitzkrieg into Poland, and World War II […]

Precious memories

Whether they come as bane or blessing to our mailboxes, most of us receive holiday letters, and many of us write them. In this age of chronic over-sharing on social media, the year-end family newsletter might have become a thing of the past, but it seems to be hanging on to its place in our […]

On greatness

Pope Julius II chose this day in 1512 to display Michelangelo’s paintings on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel for the first time. “We cannot know what a human being can achieve,” Goethe wrote, “until we have seen [the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel].” Calling Michelangelo’s work great is inadequate praise. Words don’t suffice; mute awe […]