Life of Awe

Robust Waiting

May 5, 2024 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

“… the miracle I shall see fully only later is unfolding already.” Steve Garnaas-Holmes

Still unfolding. Those are key words in the lexicon of life in the Realm of the Divine. There, but not quite, always unfolding, always coming to fruition but never fully there because fully there is not part of the way of the God who is unceasingly building into my potential.
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Loitering in the Moment

April 8, 2024 by Charlie Hedges − 2 Comments

Loitering laws prohibit lingering in a public area without a purpose.” From some legal document somewhere

Once on a podcast, my friend Terry Hershey suggested an antidote to our hectic and demanding days is to spend a bit of time “Loitering in the Moment.” No agenda or objectives; no one with demands on our time; no to-do lists; no place we “have to be.” In other words, “No purpose other than to just loiter.”
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Don’t Die with Your Music Still Inside You

March 9, 2024 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

How can you live fully and wholeheartedly if you are still learning to be comfortable in your own skin?Terry Hershey

For Serena Dyer (daughter of Wayne Dyer) her father’s words, “Don’t die with your music still in you” has been the most important of her dad’s principles for Serena. To her, it means that you don’t allow yourself to live any life other than the one you were born to live.
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Transfigured: Beyond Flatland

February 24, 2024 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

Jesus was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white.” From the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke

Just this morning I was told about a fascinating novella written in 1884 titled Flatland. I found a brief description of the book…

Edwin Abbott Abbott’s Flatland is the story of a two-dimensional universe as told by one of its inhabitants, A-Square, who is introduced to the mysteries of three-dimensional space…

As I pondered its thesis it quickly occurred to me that this book is indeed an allegory of life in America today. In many ways we live in a two-dimensional world of black/white and good/bad. Our choices are all too frequently binary when the truth is, there are almost infinitely more choices.
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We’re in the World Series!

October 25, 2023 by Charlie Hedges − 13 Comments

You don’t just accidentally show up in the World Series.” Derek Jeter

Okay. I have been tardy (and erratic) posting blogs and podcasts recently. Forgive me. But I have a legitimate excuse: Playoff baseball has led our family to The World Series.

Yes, my son, Austin Hedges, is headed for the World Series playing with the Texas Rangers.

Born to Play

Since Austin was five years old he has held onto two life goals: to be a professional baseball player and to win a World Series ring. I am not exaggerating. Austin’s only life goal since very young has been to play baseball as a career.

At around eight years old his mom asked him what he wanted to do when he grew up. His response was, “I am going to play professional baseball.” Knowing the odds were micro-minimal, Pam asked him what his alternative might be. His response was adamant, “Mom, you don’t understand… I will play professional baseball.”

She wisely decided not to undermine his goals and told him that he would have our support on his journey. And we just decided to watch what came to pass.

And then he was drafted by the San Diego Padres directly out of high school. Yikes. A kid with a dream come true.

Austin’s Next Chapter Dream

And now, after many ups and downs in the sport, here he is: Going to the World Series with the Rangers. I’m sure you can imagine our joy. He isn’t getting a lot of “play time,” but his role with the team is a bit unusual. He has become one of the strongest leaders in the clubhouse.

His goal when he was traded to the Rangers in early August: To be the best teammate possible to help the team win. And that is what he does.

Now… we await the Next Chapter for the Rangers and Austin.

Crazy fun!

Winning: Nothing is Better

Losing: Nothing is Worse

 

Autumn: A Season of Serenity

October 15, 2023 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

“When Colette reflected on how her mother entered the autumn of her own life, she wrote… “with such serenity” and with “the gaiety of those who have nothing more to lose and so excel at giving.”Maria Popova on how Colette considered the sensorial and symbolic rewards of Autumn.

I am in the Autumn of my life. As such, I have found both comfort and truth in Colette’s observation of her mother entering the Autumn phase with serenity and grace. Transitions between life’s seasons flow so gently and gradually that we don’t know we don’t know it has occurred until it is already over. For me, Summer slid into Fall somewhere between 65 and 74 years old.
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Cruising in Peace

August 13, 2023 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

It’s out there at sea that you are really yourself.” Vito Dumas

Pam and I are traveling on our first cruise. One week along the southern coast of Alaska. I sit now in my frequently visited reading room on the ship (see image above). With a 450-person capacity, I’m told this ship is on the smaller side of cruisers.
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The Wisdom of Ignorance

June 4, 2023 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

There is great wisdom in ignorance.” Rick Rubin With Krista Tippett

I first noticed it forty years ago.

Only two years into the Christian faith I entered seminary in Portland, Oregon. Although, at 32 years old, I was most certainly the oldest student in my class, I was also the youngest in the Christian faith.
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God Is Personality

February 18, 2023 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

God is mystery.The Christian Mystics

Truly, we do not know exactly “how” God acts and we do not know God in the fullest because the mystery is just that: mystery. It is good that God cannot be defined, because if we could define God, he would no longer be God but merely a human invention.

And yet, we need some definition in order to trust and believe. So, we have the Person of the Christ as the human model of God and we have contemplation and prayer to guide us in some kind of ontological understanding of the Other, the Divine.
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From The Archive: The Fall of Your Life

November 13, 2022 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

It is only the farmer who faithfully plants seeds in the Spring, who reaps a harvest in the Fall. B. C. Forbes

Although it may seem counterintuitive but you need a Fall in your life. Although I do believe times of despair and falling are indeed essential, that is not the topic today. Today I am arguing for the reintroduction of the season of Fall in your life.
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