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July 2, 2020

The Power of a Nap

One of the most consistent practices in my life is my daily nap. I discovered the joy of napping while in high school. During a class in art history, when the teacher dimmed the lights of the classroom, we watched slide after boring slide of either pr...

June 24, 2020

Worry and Uncertainty. The perfect couple. The power of a mindful moment.

I have been training myself to worry for a long time. I worry alone. But during this time, I worry with many people. I worry about my future and the future of my children and the future of the eco...

June 15, 2020

Chaos is Good News?

One of my favorite authors, Pema Chödrön, Comfortable with Uncertainty, has a quote I find challenging and unsettling, “We should always consider a time of chaos to be very good news.” I thought to myself, "What could that mean?" I believe that stabi...

June 8, 2020

When will this be over?

In 1984 I volunteered to start a mission in Zimbabwe in Sub-Saharan Africa. I went as part of a team to accompany the people who lived there to meet their needs as best we could. 

My first few years were grim. Deep poverty and starvation surrounde...

May 28, 2020

Same Storm, Different Boats

There is so much grim news surrounding us these days. Will I have a job? Will I get sick? Will someone I love die? Will there be another Great Depression? We are all having such unique experiences during this time. Here are people I’ve met wh...

May 21, 2020

Stay Loose!

Every year, Mary and I take part in the bi-annual pedestrian and bike count for Allen County. 

Mary takes care of getting us signed up. So, on Saturday morning, when I woke up, she announced that she signed me up to count today. Mary only remembered to get us...

May 19, 2020

A Lesson in Humility

These days, instead of flying to Europe or visiting a National Park, I go grocery shopping. My big trip today took over two hours. It took so long because I was trying to see through my glasses, which kept fogging up because of my face covering. I w...

May 14, 2020

I Told an Old Lady to Back Off Today.

I was out shopping today at our local grocery store. I only had a few items to get and was having trouble finding what I wanted. There was no sherry for one of our recipes and no rhubarb for a pie we wanted to make. A little old lad...

May 12, 2020

This is interesting. I wonder what will happen next. 

In this next series of writings, I search for inspiration to help me live fully as feelings of fear and anxiousness arise. Pema Chödrön’s book, When Things Fall Apart, helped me to put things into perspective.

“Someti...

Love and Live in this Moment.

This afternoon was so lovely and sunny that I took a walk in Hermon Woods on my own. It is so different when you are alone in the woods because I am not tempted to have a big conversation - there isn't anyone to talk to. So as I walked, I n...

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