Patience and the Slow Work of God

July 24, 2021 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

Above all, trust in the slow work of God. We are quite impatient in everything to reach the end without delay. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (from Bill Britton p 27)

Of the many life lessons we learn in the rooms of AA, one key principle is the adage “one day at a time.” Sobriety does not materialize in a week or a month or 10 years even. It is an ongoing daily process. I can’t count the number of passionate “newcomers” to the program who get their 30-day sobriety chip only to celebrate with a trip to the local bar.
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#200 Charlie and Paul: In Celebration of 200!

July 21, 2021 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

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Today is a huge milestone for The Next Chapter with Charlie. This show is in celebration of our 200th episode and more than 4 years of podcasting!

To begin with I wish to thank all of you for your untiring support and feedback. This show has been, for me, a delightful adventure of exploration into the fascinating experiences and life’s lessons from authors, thinkers, and people with unique and informed thoughts.

In this show Paul interviews me and gets me to reveal some very personal stories of my diverse past, life learnings, and thoughts of my direction in life. We talk about hitchhiking across the country in 1970 and then we move forward to the exciting future in store for the Next Chapter.

I hope that you enjoy this candid interview as much as I enjoyed participating in it.


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When Were You Most Happy?

July 17, 2021 by Charlie Hedges − 2 Comments

True happiness is… to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future [or the past].” Seneca the Younger

In a writing curriculum that I am part of I was recently asked to describe, “The time in my life that I was most happy.”

Bad Question

In truth, I don’t even like the question. The response seems to assume that at some point my life was the very best it could ever be. After 70 years I have learned that is a dumb question. That’s because, for me, the answer will always be “right now is the time I am most happy with my life.” Even though today I am facing serious personal struggles, today is still the time in my life I am most happy.”
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#199 Christina Dylag: The Freshest of Fresh Thoughts

July 13, 2021 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

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Hi All. Charlie Hedges here. Today’s show is sort of a potpourri of life learnings with Christina Dylag. Christina is the author of a new book, Tiny Little Boxes, which is a very delightful journey into the thoughts of a brilliant young woman.

The subtitle of Tiny Little Boxes reveals a bit of Christina’s unique and provocative thinking. It reads: “How to Cope with Existential Dread by Way of Ice Cream and Other Things.”

In this episode Christina and I chat about the Velveteen Rabbit, a very unique cocktail lounge she and her sister started in Las Vegas, Nevada. But mostly we engage in a discussion on her witty and friendly philosophical ponderings about life, the universe and everything (to quote Douglas Adams).

This is such a fun show. Be prepared to chuckle and to think about life through the fresh eyes Christina Dylag.

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From the Archives: Austin Hedges – A Look at the Life of a Professional Athlete

July 6, 2021 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

Today we are reaching back to a guest we had on the show about one year ago, my son Austin Hedges. Austin is a professional baseball catcher for the Cleveland Indians. After nearly a decade of playing since graduating high school for the San Diego Padres, he was traded in late August to the Cleveland Indians.

What I hope to chat about today has to do with both the inner emotional roller coaster ride, of ups and downs, family life, professional life and the place of dreams in the most competitive of environments.

This show will be a “behind the scene” view of what it is like to be both hero as well as unappreciated. Fans are fickle and they frequently feel the right to express their opinions: many positive and some not so positive.

In addition I want to get into “life during the season” and “life during the off-season.”

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