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as long as there is life…

We imagine that as soon as we are torn out of our habitual path all is over, but it is only the beginning of something new and good. As long as there is life, there is happiness. There is a great deal, a great deal before us."  — Leo Tolstoy (War and Peace):

The only constant in life is change. We’ve all heard that, but few of us have internalized it to the point where change is no longer threatening.

Embracing change rather than fearing it is the first step to understanding that our life is meant to be an adventure. Tolstoy has it absolutely correct. We need to live on the edge, always looking forward to the next opportunity to see and experience what is on the other side.

As long as we live we will be immersed in change. And that’s o.k. That’s as it should be. Accept it.

As Tolstoy reminds us, “As long as there is life, there is happiness.”  And that is the one thing that doesn’t change

wrong is wrong

We need to remember that in a world of lies and deceit speaking the truth is an act of rebellion. Has the time come when we need to join the revolution?

Maybe we could start by just recognizing we do not have to agree with what we know is wrong. Maybe it’s finally time to speak the truth in love, and confront the ignorance and fear that pressures so many to go along with the lies, half-truths and false rhetoric.

What do you think? Is it possible?


does motivation matter?

It is within my power to serve God, or not to serve Him. Serving Him I add to my own good and the good of the whole world. Not serving Him, I forfeit my own good and deprive the world of that good which was within my power to create. – Leo Tolstoy

Not all of us come from the faith perspective shared by Tolstoy. Statistical studies tell us that such a spiritually oriented viewpoint is no longer the worldview of the majority in our country.

While this is not exactly a surprise it is does provide a good reflection point. Having lived my entire adult life as a practicing Christian, I totally understand and appreciate Tolstoy’s comment. Yet, at the same time, I recognize that there are those who would argue that doing good has nothing to do with spirituality or a specific faith tradition.

I cannot separate my spirituality from my lifestyle. It’s who I am.

I live the way I do because of my understanding and my love of God. I try to serve those most in need out of a deep desire to be a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ. I want what I do to reflect God’s love.

Yet, I totally get it that my way is not the only way. The important point for me is to live for others.

In the end, however, motivation doesn’t matter. Action does.

The power is within each of us to serve God, or not. The power is also within each of us to serve others. We all, every single one of us, have the power to help change the world into a better and more just place.

Regardless of our motivation, let’s live so that we do not deprive the world of the good within our power to create.