Active Waiting

At first these two words mays seem like an oxymoron. How can one actively wait? Isn’t the definition of “waiting” the absence of action? I am going to argue that, in fact, we rarely simply wait. Think about the doctor’s office. Many times we wait for what seems an eternity for someone to come to…

Living an Other-focused Life

What does that mean “other-focused” and why should I live that way? Let me illustrate the answer with a story. After Hurricane Katrina turned New Orleans and the surrounding areas into a wading pool for such unwelcome monsters as homelessness, widespread destruction of property, loss of life, jobs, pets and dignity, my home church organized…

Join In

Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Are you one of those people who exude confidence, who can take the spotlight unflinchingly? Or would you rather stand back, avoid the front and center, and observe? I think most people who know me would say I am an extrovert. The spotlight usually doesn’t bother me. I…