1. "….the place where your deep gladness meets the world’s deep need."
    — Frederick Buechner on “true vocation”
     

  2. "The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence."
     
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  4. I’m coming back from the dead, I’m coming out of my skin. 

     
     

  5. Not Present

    It’s been about a year and a half since I canceled Facebook and Instagram and went on a journey to get back to being present. I put down a lot of distractions and busyness to really get back to the moments I felt like I was missing. A year and half ago mind you, a year and a half. For several months now as I lay in bed waiting to fall asleep I stare over at my wife and experience the strangest sensation. A sensation that feels like there is a strange woman lying next to me who I don’t know, a sense that I don’t really know who my wife is. Last week I went to visit my 94 year old grandmother and her sisters and couldn’t believe how much they had aged, it was if I was experiencing them in their frailty for the first time. I have racked my brain trying to figure out the disconnect, why everything feels so unfamiliar. I can even say looking into the mirror these past months it has hit me that I’m a grown man. It’s been terrifying at times. Today talking with a friend about it, he brought up a season in his life, his 20’s, 10 solid years when he was in graduate school, working two jobs and trying to really “make it.” He said it was a season that he has very little memory of, a season he went on to explain where he was unconscious. He suggested maybe I’ve just begun to wake up and experience the present again. It rocked me. So tonight I guess I get the chance to get to know my wife again, or maybe really get to know her for the first time. Eliot Rausch

     

  6. "The truth will set you free, but first it must make you miserable."
    — Rohr
     

  7. "The true value of a human being is determined primarily by the measure and the sense in which he has attained liberation from the self."
    — Albert Einstein
     

  8. We’ll see

    Did you ever hear the story about the zen master and the little boy?

    The people of a small town bought a horse for a little boy who enjoyed their gift and learned to ride the horse well. The towns people said, “How wonderful!”and asked the zen master what her thought and the zen master said, “We’ll see.”

    A few years later the little boy fell off the horse and mangled and broke his leg and the towns people said, “How terrible we bought the horse for the little boy”, and asked the zen master what he thought and the zen master replied, “We’ll see.”

    Years later a war broke out and the little boy who was now a young man couldn’t go off to fight in the war because the leg injury he sustained as a little boy disqualified from service and the towns people said, “How wonderful. The young man doesn’t have to go off and fight and can help out at home”. The towns people asked the zen master what he thought and the zen master said? “We’ll see.”

     

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  10. "The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive. To him… a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death. Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create — so that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, his very breath is cut off from him. He must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency he is not really alive unless he is creating."
    — Pearl S. Buck
     
  11. From effectiveness to faithfulness

     
     

  12. "Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given to you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now."
    — Rilke
     
  13. It was a time when…The critters were closer to the folks, and the folks were closer to the critters…and you might even say things were better all around.

     

  14. COYOTE AND THE WATER, A GABRIELINO MYTH

    A coyote who considered himself superior to anything on the face of the earth, came one day to a small river. Seeing the water run so slow, he asked, “What about a race?” “Agreed to,” answered the water very calmly. The coyote ran at full speed along the river bank until he was totally exhausted and could hardly stand. He saw the water still running smoothly on. He walked away with his tail between his legs, having something to reflect upon for many a year.

     

  15. Fame and wealth do accomplish something: They cure ambition anxiety. But that’s all. It isn’t much. Charles Murray