So much hate in this world today, and it’s difficult to remain fully immune to it sometimes. At least for me. Seems there’s madness everywhere I turn. Short tempers, raised voices, bullying, mocking, beatings, murders… Good grief. As you may or may not be aware, “go kill yourself” has apparently become an acceptable insult, at … Continue reading I Choose Love…No Matter What
I’m a 35-year survivor of chronic pain and all its twisted passions. As anyone who suffers from debilitating pain can tell you, it’s a grueling, infuriating and wearisome road, to be certain. I recall speaking to my Grandma Stroud (RIP) about it when I was about 10 years into my journey of suffering. She had … Continue reading The Dysfunctional Relationship between Chronic Pain and Dark Emotions
This is a picture of me from the early 80s, along with my mom and my sister. You can't see the pain behind my eyes, can you? Yet it's there, like so many others; bubbling, boiling just below the surface. Why? I don't know, why do people hate themselves so much? There are so many … Continue reading My Mama — The Angel Who Saved My Life
I’ve heard people say, “I don’t wanna just survive, I wanna thrive.” In a scientific study from 2015, Psychologists Judith Mangelsdorf and Michael Eid state: “A survivor is a person who lived through hardship or disaster. A thriver is more than that. It is someone who not only goes through an exceptionally positive or threatening life event, … Continue reading Adversity Gives Us Wings
The idea of God-approved suffering is a hard pill for many to swallow. Then there are those who argue, “Does He SEND the suffering or just ALLOW it?” Wow, that’s a deep question, and as I’ve stated on many occasions, I’m a storyteller, not a theologian, so I won’t tackle that one. What I would … Continue reading Suffering — Blessing or Curse?