Active Listening

We're told that 'active listening' a skill we should cultivate for the workplace.  But the ability to truly listen and be present with someone is a gift. Not everyone is lucky enough to be able to hear. I want to become a better listener because I know I can get carried away talking and probably [...]

Find What Works For You

A close friend recently asked me for some advice. I always struggle with this. I appreciate being asked and think it’s an important part of friendships and relationships. However, I know I sometimes get carried away and want to tell others what to do. It’s a fine balance between Just Listening and talking too much! [...]

Communicate Better, Communicate More

If others don't know, there's no way they can help. I cannot expect people to help me if I refuse to let them in and let them see my struggles. I don't have to share everything. But I need to show my brokenness and need for others and help. To be vulnerable is hard. The [...]

Peanut Butter Falcon

I recently watched the film, Peanut Butter Falcon and have a few thoughts on it. On one hand, it was refreshing to see a Hollywood film about a person with disabilities and for the protagonist to actually be played by a man with Down’s Syndrome - rather than Rain Man or Forrest Gump, for example. [...]

Speaking Foolishly

"A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing personal opinion." Proverbs 18:2 NRSV-CI We live in a noisy culture. In our busy lives - full of technology, television, schedules and social media - it's difficult to discern what is good and true. I talk and think about listening a lot but I'm [...]