Shine or Shrink

Never allow what you cannot do to interfere with what you can do. ~ John Wooden Whenever I speak to a group about adversity and dreams, I try to communicate the principle of REALISTIC OPTIMISM. I use The 8000/2000 Principle as an illustration.

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Jesus In An Orange Jumpsuit

Do you REALLY believe what you believe? Next week I’ll speak to a group of inmates at the county detention center. I addressed a similar audience about a year ago, and I still cannot escape the haunting impressions from that visit. As I spoke to those despondent young people I felt like I’d wandered into […]

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Be Your Own Engine

Happy Saturday! If you’re new to THE CRAZY QUEST, you may wish to read about it here. Basically, I’m tracing my journey as I attempt to answer the question: What would you do if you didn’t know you couldn’t do it? This week of training: 108 miles BE YOUR OWN ENGINE One of the great […]

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Grace Has Found Me

Grace has found me. Grace will lead me home. ~ Sarah Kelly Sometimes I feel like a slow learner. Do you ever feel like you just don’t quite grasp a concept? You read about it, talk, write, and pray about it, and you think you’ve got it all figured out, but then you look at […]

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What Can I Do?

How many times can a man turn his head and pretend that he just doesn’t see? The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind. Bob Dylan Another senseless slaughter in a place dedicated to peace—a church, a school, The Holocaust Museum.

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Covenant And Community

One can be very happy without demanding that others agree with them. ~ Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe I’ve been thinking a lot about Chris Guillebeau’s insightful analysis of What Makes A Community? We all live, work, and play in a variety of communities, and I guess I’m especially interested because my efforts to contribute via […]

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There’s A Top To Every Hill

Happy Saturday! If you’re new to THE CRAZY QUEST, you may wish to read about it here. Basically, I’m tracing my journey as I attempt to answer the question: What would you do if you didn’t know you couldn’t do it? This week of training: 98 miles THERE’S A TOP TO EVERY HILL A while […]

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Communities And Enemies

  A community is a group of people united through a common struggle with the same stories. This definition comes from an insightful article by Chris Guillebeau called What Makes A Community? I highly recommend Chris’ site, The Art of Nonconformity. Chris’ writing makes me think and inspires me to extend my own ideas. I […]

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Letting Your Life Be Your Message

I’ve noticed that many atheists spend an amazing amount of time thinking about God. In a cult classic from the 70’s called Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert Pirsig argues that you can identify a person’s doubts and insecurities by the topics about which they shout the loudest. His example: nobody’s running around […]

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