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#54 Terry Hershey – Mans Search for Meaning

December 5, 2017 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

My guest today is our good friend, Terry Hershey. If you’re a frequent listener of show then you’re familiar with Terry Hershey, who is a regular guest on the show. Terry is a prolific writer, conference keynote speaker, renowned landscape architect, and spiritual advisor.

Today, I want to chat with Terry about a Viktor Frankl’s book, Man’s Search for Meaning. I just reread it about a month ago. This book was first written in 1946 a mere few weeks after Frankl was released from a Nazi concentration after 3 years. It took him between 8-11 days to write the book and it is ranked as the 7th most influential book ever written.

So let’s tune in on Terry as we continue the conversation about Man’s Search for Meaning.

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CHANGE-One Thing That is For Sure

December 2, 2017 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

“It would be absurd to say that the individual things of the world are inherently prone to change, and at the same time be astonished at it or complain…” Meditations, Marcus Aurelius

I’ve become fond of reminding people not to believe anything I say today because I may change my mind tomorrow.

I am learning not to anticipate how any event or effort may turn out because it will always be different than I expected.

Every painting I begin is always significantly different from the idea I started with because the process itself demands change.

Stability is Fleeting

I love the quote above by Marcus Aurelius (Roman Emperor, 161-180 AD). Marcus encourages us to remember the absurdity of being surprised by change when change is actually the norm. Stability is fleeting.

Although not one of us is surprised by the idea of change—we know it is the norm—we are still surprised, or even shocked, almost daily that something important is not what we thought what it was yesterday.

Changing Core Beliefs

For me, I expect people and jobs and situations to change. I may be surprised but I am rarely shocked by changes. But the thing that does surprise me is how I can change my fundamental belief systems.

It is common to hear it said, counter intuitively, “the older we get the less we know.” I believe quite differently. I believe the older I get the more I know. But, I know less “for sure.” When I was thirty-five I knew a lot more things “for sure” than I do today at sixty-eight. I have learned that I can change my mind—that I WILL change my mind about important beliefs.

For instance, when I graduated seminary in 1984 I was reasonably certain about the nature and will of God (to the degree that such a thing is at all knowable). 30+ years later, a huge portion of the beliefs I once held firmly are now either completely changed or modified. And even the beliefs I hold today about God are held rather loosely knowing that I can be wrong.

I Could Be Wrong

As I am writing it has occurred to me that rarely are we prepared for changes in our core beliefs, as if we are somehow betraying ourselves. I believe the truth is we should be altering our core beliefs as we grow older, learning and experiencing life in new and informing ways.

For me it begins with the idea mentioned above: I could be wrong! And if the facts, as I understand them, lead me to change my mind it is in my best interest to do so. In fact, it is in the best interest of everyone with whom I associate to alter my beliefs… especially if doing so contributes to me being a better person.

Finally, remember that everything I just wrote may be different next week.


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The Absurdity of Individualism

November 25, 2017 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

The career of the rugged individualist in America has run mostly to absurdity, tragic or comic... Wendell Berry

I need to be very clear on one thing: I am an individualist. I thrive on freedom and independence. I retreat at any sign of someone telling me what to do or how to act, like government or churches or wives (haha, sorry Pam—but this is not new news to you).
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#53 Steve Hreha- From Start Up to Shut Down

November 21, 2017 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

Today my guest is an old friend, Steve Hreha. We’ve known each other for nearly 40 years? Man that’s a long time. I think I was 30 when we met and I’m 68 now? so do the math.

Steve is the founder and president of Steve Hreha Plastering, Inc. Steve and I talk about how he began his business and what is going to happen when he decides to shut it down.

We talk about Steve’s wisdom regarding starting a new company and options for baby boomers looking to retire. This show is a great discussion with “the guy next door.” It’s totally practical and full of challenging questions. Enjoy!


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“I Don’t Know”: The Genesis of Inspiration and Adventure

November 11, 2017 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

“Inspiration is not the exclusive privilege of poets or artists…”

Polish poet Wisława Szymborska writes,

Inspiration is not the exclusive privilege of poets or artists generally. There is, has been, and will always be a certain group of people whom inspiration visits. It’s made up of all those who’ve consciously chosen their calling and do their job with love and imagination. It may include doctors, teachers, gardeners — and I could list a hundred more professions.
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