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Uncertainty: The Key to Contentment

October 20, 2018 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

“The capacity to tolerate uncertainty is a prerequisite… for all patterns of belief and triumph.” Irvin D. Yalom

As I grow older one of life’s most meaningful learnings is that, “the older I get the more stuff I know, but the less I know FOR SURE.” I was certain about a lot more at thirty years old than I am now as a approach seventy. Perhaps that is one reason young people are so successful: they exude great confidence in what they believe to be true of life and how it is to be lived.
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#86 Terry Hershey-Embracing Your Dark and Broken Side

October 17, 2018 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

Show Notes 

My guest today is our regular friend, Terry Hershey.

Today Terry and I plan to chat about what Carl Yung calls the Shadow Side of our personalities, often referred to as the Dark Side. Given my personality I happen to have a mild love affair with my Dark Side, which is often not so acceptable by the norm.

So let get on with our conversation on a subject very dear to me.

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#85 Charlie: The Transformational Power of Dissatisfaction

October 9, 2018 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

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Zig Ziglar once said, “There is a certain amount of dissatisfaction that goes with knowing your time, talent and abilities are not being properly used.”

You know I think I am a perpetually dissatisfied person. Partially that is because I am a dreamer and I regularly have ideas of new things to try. That has been my MO for most of my life. I like that. It leads to new activities and new ways of thinking.

So, what do you say we get this genuine conversation started? I say “genuine conversation” because so much is unscripted. I just want to see how it goes. So, let’s go…

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#84 Devin Chatterton: In Defense of Immigrants

October 2, 2018 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

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My special guest today is Devin Chatterton, who is an attorney with the Immigrant Defenders Law Center (or “imm def”), which is a next-generation social justice law firm focusing on immigration work, in three major areas – children, adults with mental disorders, and universal representation. All of this work is done pro bono.

Today I’d like to jump right into the interview.

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Rambling Thoughts from Crete

September 22, 2018 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

Written Sometime in September 2018

“Because I am old enough to know the world cannot delight me, my expectation is not of the world but of myself: delight in the gift of life and be grateful.” Parker Palmer, On the Brink of Everything

The waves lap gently on the protected shores in front of the beachside restaurant at the elite hotel where I am staying on the island of Crete. We don’t normally travel elite, but this is where the travel agent booked us. I am not complaining. The entire hotel is magnificent as it sits on a hill above the Mediterranean (or is it Aegean) with the beach a mere two hundred yard walk from my room.

The point is, apart for the lobster at lunch, I remain the same lowly contemplative and curious self. I am reading Parker Palmer’s ever so thoughtful insights about aging in his latest book, On the Brink of Everything. Palmer is always worthy of a read.

For some reason the thought comes to my head that a life of meaning begins with acceptance of your lot in life. I believe in a God that has some say into everything that goes on. I do not understand how, but I accept it.

I also do not understand poverty and the disenfranchised in the program of God, but I do understand the value of suffering. Overcoming suffering may be of the greatest of all human endeavors—it makes us stronger and it endows us to be truly human.

I don’t get this aspect of Divinity, but there is a whole lot I don’t get. Yet it is not for me to know. I also believe in the value of not knowing which leads me to grandiose quests of learning and experimenting—like a visit to Crete and watching the waves gently lapping upon the seaside beach.