101Joys, Creative Writing, Life

015 Finding your purpose and some Japanese thinking (Ikigai)

I recently wrote about how knowing your purpose is a key to living in joy. But what if we don't know our purpose? What if we've never been able to work it out? - Then this post will really, practically help you... Maksud continued to wander the wilderness, the cold east wind blowing her hair… Continue reading 015 Finding your purpose and some Japanese thinking (Ikigai)

Creative Writing, Life

‘The Stenchmire’ – about facing your fears

It shuffled silently through the undergrowth, the stench of its breath illuminated like mist under a cold full moon. I could almost feel the darkness within it as I hid, trembling in the tree trunk, heart bursting in the fear of being found. It wandered past slowly and I exhaled my relief. That was when… Continue reading ‘The Stenchmire’ – about facing your fears

Faith

Somebody is calling you out of the crowd

We all have a favorite band, team, preacher, etc. We tend to follow their progress; listen to their music or teachings. We follow them, perhaps closely, perhaps from a distance. We invest our time, energy, and even our money in following them. Following others is a natural aspect of life. We are all following someone… Continue reading Somebody is calling you out of the crowd

101Joys, Life

012 Coffee Creativity: The Case of the Nude Barista

The sun is shining on Harrogate today and I can hear the morning coffee call. Responding to the call I step into my local independent coffee shop. I’m greeted by the owner and the barista, both of whom are bright and cheery. The welcome is warm and authentic. This place is a little treasure trove… Continue reading 012 Coffee Creativity: The Case of the Nude Barista

101Joys, Life

011 Shine: Handling your Critics

No person in American history was so respected and yet so hated as Abraham Lincoln. Thousands opposed him in his views on war and slavery, as well as his attempts to keep America united. One day a friend pulled Lincoln aside and told him that his critics were speaking so negatively about him. Lincoln responded,… Continue reading 011 Shine: Handling your Critics

Articles, Faith, Life

Rediscover Wonder with Rob Bell and walk upon the Oceans

I was speaking with a friend on the phone today and he asks how I'm doing. I answer with the usual cliches and responses and then I stop. I stop and say "I'm struggling to hear God these days - I have for a while". And I don't expect my friend to judge me and… Continue reading Rediscover Wonder with Rob Bell and walk upon the Oceans