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Your life story

March 26, 2019

I just had the pleasure of  teaching Man’s Search for Meaning, by Victor Frankl which is a book that can’t help but influence how you see life as it poses the all important question that the best of literature asks, what is the meaning and purpose of a life?

Here is the quote that framed the discussion—

“Things happen for a reason. But sometimes that reason comes only after they happen. It is not a reason we find, but one we craft, sculptured from our own pain and loss, bound together with love and compassion. As hard as we may search, we can only see it when we stop to wonder, looking back to see where we’ve been and what we’ve learned. It’s a grueling process, this forging a reason from the stuff of life, but it’s all we can do. And what we get for our efforts is a story.”  Joel Ben Izzy

Farsighted

January 29, 2019

Farsighted: How we Make the Decisions That Matter Most by Steven Johnson points our attention to one more benefit of being a reader of literary fiction. His book suggests that reading literary fiction can improve decision making, Novelists draw out the complexity of their characters’ inner lives and fictional situations help us to see decisions […]

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John Steinbeck and a 2019 Aspiration

January 1, 2019

From John Steinbeck—worth pondering “There are events in our personal lives and our collective history that seem categorically irredeemable, moments in which the grounds for gratefulness and hope have sunk so far below the sea level of sorrow that we have ceased to believe they exist. But we have within us the consecrating capacity to […]

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Try to keep the “Merry” in the holiday season

December 10, 2018

In the midst of the Holiday Season, the pace of life speeds up and the ubiquitous To Do List seems to expand by the second. The moments you take to pause, might just be part of the special moments you are all trying so hard to create for friends and family. My antidote to a […]

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Reading is one of the essential building blocks of cultivating a self.

October 22, 2018

Storytelling plays a big role in the process of development and is not something that belongs in childhood, only to be left behind as we grow up.  As we tell stories about the lives of others, we learn how to imagine what another creature might feel in response to various events. At the same time, […]

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