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Born Again

Where do you go when you get out of prison? How do you start your life over almost from scratch? How relevant are those challenges to those we all face? After two years outside the prison walls, Marlon has some experiences that seem highly instructive and inspiring for all of us. Continue reading

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Don’t Ask Why

Most times, “why” doesn’t matter. There’s nothing we can do about what has already happened. Why did your company downsize your job? Why did I get multiple sclerosis? I can wonder, but what difference does it make? The point is deciding what to do now. Continue reading

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Improv with God

Improv is life. You are given a character to play: born with a specific body and mind, a particular family, a given place, time, and culture. Occasionally God calls out a suggestion. “Now you fall in love.” “Now you get cancer.” How do you respond? Continue reading

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Not Really Yours

Recognizing that we don’t own our feelings can be intensely liberating. Feelings come from somewhere. They are a reaction to something, but they are not our property. My usual reaction to the world’s problems is sadness or melancholy. The sadness is real, but it is not mine. Focusing on sadness is just a habit I’ve picked up. Nothing bad will happen to me or anyone else if I put it down for a while. Continue reading

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5 Ways of Looking at Yourself

These five meditations will help you step outside your mind. You can see things differently out there.  I suggest trying one at a time over a series of days to see which you like. Some may not be right for … Continue reading

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Seeing People Right

Last week I went to a playground with my granddaughter Anaya on a rare sunny day in San Francisco. A mother came in with her seriously disabled nine or ten year old son. He had cerebral palsy, and his mother … Continue reading

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The Story of Your Life

Say you are a movie director shooting a film of your own life. How do you see the story unfolding? Is it a biopic, perhaps starting when your parents got together, and ending with a touching funeral?  Do you star … Continue reading

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Not Fearing Death

When I worked at Mt. Zion Hospital in San Francisco, I had an 82 year old cardiac patient named Wilson.  First name Mel, but he preferred just “Wilson.” He was one of those classic crotchety old guys, wrinkled, with a … Continue reading

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