Are You Afraid to Laugh?

Cheap Laughs

Laughter and jokes and play are undervalued in our serious adult world.

We think of all of these as entertainment, just a way to escape the stress and burdens of a threatening world which weighs us down.

Do you ever feel like you’re carrying more than you can bear? Laughter picks up […]

Are You Afraid to Change?

Afraid to Change Are you afraid to change?

We all are. It’s a side effect of the way our mind makes sense of the world. Let me explain.


Why Are We Afraid to Play?

Childhood’s End? “Stop fooling around!”

Did you ever hear that from a parent or a teacher?

Maybe you ignored it and got into trouble. Or, more likely, you eventually listened, and stopped.

But that wasn’t the end of your desire to play.

You probably still like to play in some way. Although you probably don’t […]

Why Can’t We Enjoy Life’s Simple Pleasures?

Addicted to Extremes

Turn up the volume. That’s our answer to every need.

Why are we addicted to extremes?

Look around. Our senses are assaulted daily by a mountain of sensations, and our minds are overloaded with information.

And it’s not simply the quantity of sensations, or the speed with which we encounter them. They’re […]

Counterfeit Dreams

I have a long commute to work. Much of the time is filled with prayer, reading, and writing. I’m strongly inner-focused as I travel; yet I often travel with a smile. The time will pass anyway. Why not enjoy it?

I can’t help noticing, though, as I ride the subway part of my journey, how […]