Uninspiring Inspirations

“For everything you have missed, you have gained something else; And for everything you gain, you lose something else. It is about your outlook towards life. You can either regret or rejoice.”

You can regret.  You can rejoice.  You can actually do both at the same time. However, I don’t think you can honestly look at your life and say that every time something beneficial happened to you, something else was taken away.   We tell ourselves this stuff to make ourselves feel better when bad things […]


If You Could Just Come In On Saturday…

I think one of the biggest revelations I’ve had in my more recent spiritual life is that the most powerful venue for connecting my spirituality with my material world is in my workplace, not in my home.  Yes, at this point I still hold a traditional job.  I don’t write to make money, I write […]


Budgeting for God?

I spend quite a bit of time and effort on trying to maximize the usefulness of the space in my house as well as trying to allocate money in the best way, and I think I’m a pretty standard example in that regard.  When things are important to us we tend to be more willing […]

Defining Spirituality

Spirit: the nonphysical part of a person that is the seat of emotions and character; the soul

Spirit: the nonphysical part of a person that is the seat of emotions and character; the soul (above definition from Essentially, by this definition the soul and the spirit are the same thing.  I think that is up for debate, but I think it is reasonable to bundle them together when it comes to […]


Drawing a Line

I’ve been rather fortunate that not many parts of my life are affected by my spiritual affiliation or lack thereof.  I’ve had relatively few instances where I was put in an uncomfortable position by people who were suspicious or confrontational about religion.  But when I do experience instances of ignorance or intolerance, they stand out. […]


Knowing is Half the Battle

Probably the most common question I get asked when people realize I don’t adhere to a mainstream religious tradition is what, exactly, I really believe.  It’s an interesting question for me to try to answer and, truthfully, I struggle with it because I don’t have a set of doctrines to list for the curious.  The […]


Teach a Man to Fish…

I have known a lot of people who live by a spiritual code which teaches them that to help others is the most important thing to do in life.  It’s an honorable code by which to live, and I agree with the sentiment.  But I’ve also known a lot of people who live this to […]


When There is Silence, Maybe They Will Listen to Themselves

I grew up in an evangelical Christian family.  As I’ve developed a much different outlook on life and spirituality, my connection with my parents has grown more and more strained.  In fact, in the last year I’ve stopped making contact with them, as every conversation turns into some attempt to convince me that I am […]

Think About...


Think about the last person you talked to today.  If they thought about you right now, what would they remember?  How do you think you might have changed their life?  How did they change yours?


Don’t Let Perfect Get in the Way of Good

There’s an interesting idea which permeates spiritual thought:  perfection.  The funny thing about perfection is that, though many seem to strive for it, the definition of perfection varies widely.  Usually there’s something in there about peace and devotion and piety and love, sometimes it means obedience and sacrifice.  Sometimes it’s something we lost long ago […]