Just read this chapter from “The Gift of Therapy” by Irvin Yalom. Finding that is really appropriate to wait till the moment has past before processing some personality traits. I am too quick to jump into the heat of a situation and try to fix it so that the person doesn’t feel any discomfort. I am realizing that it just undermines the process of growth in the person. Some good thoughts from Irvin Yalom.
So its been a long time since I actually posted something and I think it is time to post again. This summer I’ve been taking advantage of a more relaxed work schedule to re-evaluate my work and re-connect with nature through camping and biking. Several excellent trips with the family have helped me to work through the transition of the past year as I started new jobs and rhythms to life. It has been hard turning 40 and I know that I have made a lot of mistakes this past year. Getting out on the bike trails and spending time in nature is allowing some healing to occur. It has been hard but I am starting to feel like a corner has been turned.
I like the idea of coming together with right attitude.
In the last analysis, the Bible is biased; it takes the side of the rejected ones, the abandoned ones, the barren women, and the ones who have been excluded, tortured, and kept outside. This is all summed up in Jesus’ own ministry: He clearly prefers, heals, and includes the foreigner, the non-Jew, the handicapped, and the sinner—without rejecting the people of power, but very clearly critiquing them.
The Bible affirms law, authority, and tradition, as most writings in most of history have done, but then it also does something much more: it strongly affirms reform, change, and the voiceless, starting with the Exodus event itself. This is what makes the Bible a truly revolutionary and inspired book. It affirms the necessity of authority and continuity in a culture (tradition), but against the usual pattern it also affirms the currents of change, reform, the poor, the outsider, and justice for the marginalized groups—starting with the enslaved Jewish people themselves.