#223 Terry Hershey: Awe-FULL or Awful

January 18, 2022 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

Show Notes 

When I began The Next Chapter with Charlie back in 2014, I came up with the descriptor which is,The Next Chapter: In Search of Meaning, Adventure, and Awe.

Since that time, I have written and podcasted a boatload about the Meaning of Life, but not as much on Adventure, and even less on Awe. And yet, Awe is one of my personal favorite joys in life. I love art, architecture, nature, and what Terry Hershey calls “giddy” human responses to life and the wonder of life.

Today, Terry and I explore the nature of Awe, as well as our unfortunate proclivity to allow obstacles to get in the way.

So, let’s bring on Terry Hershey to help us navigate that tension between Awe-FULL as opposed to awful.

Visit Terry at www.terryhershey.com .

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3 Essential Needs of the Soul

January 15, 2022 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

The human soul… simply wants to be witnessed — to be seen, heard, and companioned exactly as it is.” Parker Palmer

It was more than two decades ago that a therapist explained to me about what he understood as 3 fundamental human needs: to be heard, to be cared for, and to be accepted (by someone or some thing significant).
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#222 Nick Jordan: The True Value of Life… Thoughts from Impending Death

January 13, 2022 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

Show Notes 

Today is an unusually important show. My friend and CEO of Wells of Life, Nick Jordan, spent all of 2021 battling with Stage 4 colon and lung cancer. The odds of survival were not good. But let’s come to the end of the story right away.

After 2 surgeries, 4 months of chemotherapy, 75 radiation treatments, 2 days of fasting before every chemo session, and a bout with Shingles he was declared cancer free in late December 2021.

During the months of chemotherapy, radiation, and times of surgery, Nick had only his faith, his family, and his friends to lean on. And truthfully, all three were desperately needed because the reality of impending death makes you realize the shortness of life, therefore forcing you to re-evaluate everything you do and believe.

In Psalm 90, Moses writes, “Lord, teach us how short our lives really are so that we may be wise.” We have much to learn from someone who has been close to death.

Today, let’s discover the value of life from the perspective of very recent cancer survivor.

You can contact Nick at…

You can find the Caring Bridge website by clicking here: Caring Bridge

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On “Being” the Good News

January 8, 2022 by Charlie Hedges − 2 Comments

Your life is your theology and your sermon. Don’t preach the good news but be the good news… Preach as you go! Preach the gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words.” St Francis of Assisi

In October 2020 Pam and I vacationed in Spain and Italy, praying with St Teresa of Avila and St Francis of Assisi. One thing is common to both mystics, each of them lived the message of Jesus. Although both were indeed theologically brilliant, it was their Jesus-like actions that persuaded others to join them. Humility, poverty, and love were their hallmarks.
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#221 Dena Crowder 2022: Starting The Year Right

January 4, 2022 by Charlie Hedges − 2 Comments

 Show Notes 

NOTE: It is with a bit of hesitancy that I publish this show. I get scary vulnerable. Oh well. I like the result… so, here you go.


I am what you might call an “ideological planner.” When I do personal annual planning, my purpose is about understanding and growing my inner life. I like to work more on who to be than what to do. That’s because what I do is dictated by my character and inner drivers.

Today I feel fortunate to have a guest who is an expert on planning the inner life. In fact, she has been my personal coach and continues to guide my thinking about life, the universe, and everything. Dena Crowder offers brilliant insights into who I am and who I am created to be.

On this show today, Dena will show me how to define my theme for 2022. And we will explain what that “annual theme” means in the show.

Dena is certainly one of my favorite people. Check out her mission:

Dena Crowder helps gifted leaders and creatives answer their Higher Calling and shift the status quo.  Over the years, she has helped thousands of people activate their inner power so that they can start or enhance existing businesses, align their personalities with their souls, and take their place in the spotlight.  Dena is on a mission to dethrone power based on fear and scarcity and to return Living Power to its rightful place in our world.

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