#261 Pat Wetzel: Stumbled Into Soaring

December 6, 2022 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

Show Notes 

Our guest today, Pat Wetzel, is an award-winning author, blogger, and photographer. Pretty “artsy” stuff, right. Well, Pat also holds a degree from the Wharton Business School in finance and worked in New York doing strategic planning and corporate investment analysis, among many other business services.

More recently, she has been involved with a number of startups, including her current one, CancerRoadTrip. In 2009 Pat was diagnosed with incurable cancer. And then after several years of chemo, radiation, and surgery Pat now enjoys a life in remission.

Pat is also a fellow podcaster, with her award-winning show “Bump in the Road,” something we all have experienced.

Pat Wetzel is very intentional about the way she lives her life. With intellect, humor, and incredible stories Pat is with us today to share her journey into how she “Stumbled Into Soaring.”

Important Links

Check out more on Pat’s very insightful podcast at Bump In The Road.

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Windows to Your Soul

December 3, 2022 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

By trying to handle all suffering through willpower, denial, medication, or even therapy, we have forgotten something that should be so obvious: We do not handle suffering: suffering handles us.Richard Rohr

The deepest and most impactful learnings in life come neither from books nor gurus.

I have discovered that, every now and then, I sense very clear view of my most hidden, secret, sometimes painful, and sometimes embarrassing self. I call these times Windows to the Soul.
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3 Simple Questions for a Good Life

November 27, 2022 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

At the end of our life we all ask, “Did I live? Did I love? Did I matter?Brendon Burchard

Do you find the plethora of “life’s axioms” or suggestions for “living a life that matters” becoming just a bit tiring? For me, there comes a point where the last thing I want is advice.

Executive Coach or Partner in Thought

For the last a couple decades I have found my coaching process has become more one of making suggestions for consideration, than a litany of advice regarding next steps. I guess that is one reason I changed my title from Executive Coach to Partner in Thought.

Perhaps that is also why I am so fond of Brendon Burchard’s three questions: Did I live? Did I love? Did I matter? His questions are so simple yet so powerful they really don’t require a lot of writing. But they do demand consideration.
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#260 Terry Hershey: What Makes You Come Alive?

November 22, 2022 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

Show Notes 

In his latest weekly blog found in Sabbath Moment, Terry Hershey explores the words of theologian/philosopher Howard Thurman by delving into Thurman’s question, “What makes you come alive?”

Thurman’s actual words are, “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

I liked the topic so much I invited Terry on the show to discuss it. So. The question is: What makes YOU come alive? Several things make us feel alive, but rarely do we address the question itself.

Today, Terry and I will ponder together what that question means for us personally.

Now, if you’re a frequent listener of the show then you’re already familiar with Terry Hershey, who is a regular guest. If you don’t know him, Terry is a prolific writer, conference keynote speaker, renowned landscape architect, and spiritual advisor.

Important Links

Click here for a link to get a copy Terry’s latest book, Stand Still.

Check out more about Terry on his website at www.terryhershey.com

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The Spirituality of Letting Go

November 19, 2022 by Charlie Hedges − 4 Comments

Spirituality is always about letting go.” Richard Rohr

As I have written several times in the past few years, my personal spirituality is now based on lessons I have learned from the mystics like Teresa of Avila, Julian of Norwich, and John of the Cross. And very prominently by contemporary teacher, Richard Rohr.

First Things

It is from these teachers I have discovered that deep spirituality begins with me and my willingness to explore my own predilections, biases, and beliefs. In doing so, I inevitably encounter my own idols—things I choose to hold on to very dearly.

Idolatry, it seems to me, is the primary issue of concern in the Old Testament. God’s people look to a myriad of “things” to worship instead of God—the worship of false idols is of special interest in the mind of God. But what exactly are false idols? Especially, what are the false idols today? And even more important, what are My idols?

False Idols

In the OT false idols were actual idols representing other gods. For us, however, “other gods” are most often the things we have come to adore and follow. In my mind, human nature is built to worship. For that reason, idolatry runs its wicked course through all we do and love in life—sports teams, musicians, political leaders, “successful” people… the list is never-ending and is most certainly particular to each individual.

With that in mind, Richard Rohr prompts us to “let go.” “Spirituality is always about letting go.” That is, letting go of the ties that bind us. And those “ties” are usually the idols we have come to worship.

The Idol of Me

It is at this point the message of the mystics always leads to personal reflection and the uncomfortable realization that the idol I must eventually wrestle with is the “Idol of Me.” This tedious obsession with myself can easily be recognized by my overpowering hunger for power, prestige, and possessions.

And so Richard, with the influence of the community of mystics, guides us to turn to our own individualized idol of the “self.” The Letting Go begins with letting go of our own egoic needs for attention and acquisitions. These egoic needs are always the first and primary roadblock to spirituality.

When Letting Go Becomes Personal

I think it is at this point that the mystics go “from preaching to meddling.” It is at this point the message becomes far too personal. In a world that preaches the problem is typically found “out there” somewhere, the likes of Richard Rohr stir our hearts to look deeply into our own core of needs and beliefs.

My true spirituality can only rise after I come to the place where I can begin to let go… of Me.

Letting Go

Begins with Letting Go of Me

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