Perspective

Closure: Living in the Moment

“What need is there to weep over parts of life? The whole of it calls for tears.” Seneca, Roman Philosopher The first, and most important part of closure after a tragedy is the proper perspective on our short life on this earth. This perspective is informed by an…

Dear Closure

Dear Closure, You ambiguous creature, why do you haunt me with your expectations? Why are you so tantalizing but at the same time so repellent? Why do I crave and fear you? What is wrong with me that I’d rather prolong the torture of being unheard or unknown…

No Victimization

Can we talk about closure? I know I’m not the only one on this earth who has hurt people, been hurt, and crashed hard. Here are three examples you might relate to: I was married for 10 years to a soul mate and that marriage dissolved. It hurt…

Dealing with the “C” Word

“Some people think that it’s holding on that makes one strong; sometimes it’s letting go.” —Unknown What is this C word? While it could stand for a number of things and elements, I chose 3 words for this article to justify the connection of heart and mind: care,…

Hello World!

Patience has never been one of my virtues, so this topic is particularly difficult for me to discuss. I mean, how can I extol patience in a world full of xenophobia, racism, illness, and tragedy? For me, patience implies waiting. Waiting for an upcoming election, waiting for a…

Cultivating the Result

Patience was never one of my strong suits. I come from a long line of people whose brains are wired directly to their anxiety centers. Even sitting in a waiting room for my therapist is enough to quicken my heart in anticipation of the possibilities beyond the wooden…

Jozzmos: Do you got time for this?

Patience?  How am I going to find the time and patience to develop patience?  Who really got time for all that? ‘Guess I should be patient with myself, use a little forgiveness and let go. Isn’t that the big issue though?  I don’t want to have the usual…

E-mails from Jason

Subject: Afghanistan 27 July 2007 Hello all!  Another week and meal down.  Yes, I have been here 10 weeks now and a lot is still happening.  We are in FOB Lightning (Gardez).  We have been here a week so far with the exception of going to Camp Phoenix…

Put to the Test

  Patience is a virtue, so we’re told, a virtue we all aspire to.  We like to see ourselves as patient, loving, kind, etc., and we hope others see us that way as well.  To be honest, I’m having a real issue with this patience and virtue thing….

Learning Patience from Pets

“Patience is not passive; on the contrary, it is active; it is concentrated strength.”– ~Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton Patience sucks! Well that is what I used to think. I was taught growing up that it was a virtue, but I was never taught why. In my experience, patience meant…