Life of Adventure

The Way of the Chrysalis

April 27, 2024 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

All that is, is becoming. Though metamorphosis upsets the balance and shocks the multitudes, life keeps tipping toward grace… everything is a chrysalis. Even you.” Steve Garnaas-Holmes

Richard Rohr is quite fond of speaking about a grand truth of life which he labels as a system of order, disorder, and reorder. Like a chrysalis, life is always evolving. Always moving, bit by bit, even further toward grace, no matter the current condition or the change. What is evident in the external world is only grist for the leanings of our interior world.
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Love Stories

September 9, 2023 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

See the Bible not as a repository of abstract doctrines but as a source of timely narratives that continue to shape our world today.” Center for Action and Contemplation

For centuries theologians have debated what it is exactly that Christians must believe in order to call themselves Christians. Typically, “right doctrine” has risen to head of the class. Do you believe in what is written in either the Apostle’s or Nicene Creeds? If so, you too have risen to head of the class. If not… oops… it may be the Highway to Hell.
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CHOOSING to Deal with Inconvenience

January 7, 2023 by Charlie Hedges − 2 Comments

Hell hath no fury like an inconvenienced American.” Unknown

I laughed uproariously when Terry Hershey told me the quote above after about one year of Covid and the quarantines. The reason it is so funny is that it is so true. We Americans do not do well with being inconvenienced.
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The Tyranny of Hurry

June 4, 2022 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

Never do today what you can put off until tomorrow.” Charlie

I am not at all suggesting that you put off that which absolutely must be done today. I virtually never miss a real deadline. I deliver! Although, in truth, there are indeed a very few things that absolutely must be done today. In the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory, I rank among those more prone to relying on “guidelines” rather than “deadlines.
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Creativity Demands “Finding My Spot”

May 29, 2022 by Charlie Hedges − 2 Comments

Nothing sublimely artistic has ever arisen out of mere art … There must always be a rich moral soil for any artistic growth.” G.K. Chesterton 

Oh, to find the comfort zone of feeling settled in a new venue.

So here I am in my nearly year-long wait to return for three weeks to the untainted city of Lisbon, Portugal. I say “untainted” because it has yet to fall prey to the influences of the West, especially the “US West.” The architecture is magnificent without needing to be “restored,” still with the beauty of age and creativity and the influences of several historical cultures, largely from the Moors.
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The Fallacy of Beginnings and Endings

May 7, 2022 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

NOTE: From the archives. February 2019. Fun view from the past. 

Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that’s troublesomeIsaac Asimov

It occurred to me when I was reading a book. The author was writing about “beginnings and endings.” That was when I stopped reading and began pondering the very idea of beginnings and endings, as well as starts and finishes. We are taught to “complete everything you start.” And then to move on to your next project or opportunity to begin a new thing that will have its own ending. But life doesn’t work that way, does it?
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The Value of Discomfort

November 13, 2021 by Charlie Hedges − 2 Comments

There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long-range risks of comfortable inaction.” John F. Kennedy

I went to a Gala—a significant fundraising event.

Men in stylish suits and woman dressed in high fashion. Dozens of enviable yachts adorned the view of one window of the ballroom and the rest decorated for the fine tastes of the elite. Although the room smelled a bit of big money it also carried the surreptitious odor of insecurity.
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The End Is the Beginning

May 30, 2020 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

“What we call the beginning is often the end / And to make an end is to make a beginning. / The end is where we start from.T.S Eliot, Little Gidding, from Four Quartets

Shuttered at home has initiated an expanded breadth of my reading list to books I had little interest in reading previously. Among those books included the poetry of T.S. Eliot, two of whose books are considered literary classics, The Wasteland and Four Quartets.

One of the beauties of great literature is that relevance is not limited to designated times of personal history. They are indeed eternal in their applicability.
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Navigating with No Map

May 16, 2020 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

Take Google Maps or Waze. On the one hand, they amplify human ability – you are able to reach your destination faster and more easily. But at the same time, you are shifting the authority to the algorithm and losing your ability to find your own way. Yuval Noah Harari

Okay, I confess. I am addicted… to maps. Yes, I am addicted to maps in my car. I even use Waze when I know where I’m going. Although I may not require directions, I like to know the time it will take to reach my destination.

Obviously, maps offer more than direction. Essentials like predictability, serenity and confidence are common features associated with maps. And when I say “essential,” I mean it.
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Thoughts in Quarantine: What Do You Miss Most?

April 25, 2020 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

That which you miss most, may indicate that which you love most.

Isn’t there some saying like, “You never know what you have until you don’t have it any more?” If not, there should be, because I have only recently, after six weeks of quarantine, begun to think about “what I’d like to do, but can’t.”
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