Lost in the narrative, part two

Earlier this week, I lamented (in rather killjoy fashion) that getting caught up in one’s own life narrative is only to get caught up in something that doesn’t have to be. Allow me to clarify why this is a thing. Speaking from my own experience and by observation, I’ve seen many a person—myself included—get frustrated when their life’s narrative is thrown off or altered in … Continue reading Lost in the narrative, part two

Lost in the narrative, part one

Humans love a good story. Though at times I feel like I have the memory of a 55-year-old brain in a 26-year-old body, even I can remember stories told me from years ago. Scout camp, sixth grade story time, family reunions—you name it—the stories remain with me, and in striking detail. Great life teachers—at least the ones I’ve encountered—generally teach via analogy, constantly using stories … Continue reading Lost in the narrative, part one

Reality and Ideality: an unlikely companionship

There exists a tension between Reality and Ideality. Ever uncomfortable, this tension educates our minds and our hearts, influencing just about everything from our hopes and dreams to our daily actions. Reality and Ideality make for intriguing companions. Reality clearly states what is, whereas Ideality states what can be. When Reality says something is, Ideality objects and says, yes, but not that it can’t be … Continue reading Reality and Ideality: an unlikely companionship