Life of Meaning

Feeling God Informs Knowing God

July 6, 2024 by Charlie Hedges − 4 Comments

… people who do not feel deeply finally do not knowdeeply either.” Richard Rohr

My image of God lacks imagination.

Of all that the Image of God might truthfully represent, I continue to imagine, before anything else, a God of judgment. You know… that God who is mostly interested in keeping score with his long list of things naughty or nice.
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Adopt a Perspective That’s Useful to You

June 28, 2024 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

Doubt everything. No beliefs are true. Adopt what works for you now.” Useful, Not True, Derek Sivers

Thought Review

This blog is a “thought review” on a not yet published book by Derek Sivers titled, Useful, Not True. That’s because I have on listened to the first 25 minutes of a 100-minute book. His six chapter titles will give you an idea of where he is heading in this handbook for thought: (1) Almost nothing people say is true, (2) Your thoughts aren’t true, (3) Ideas can be useful, not true, (4) Find better perspectives, and (5) Adopt what works for you now.
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The Best is Birthed by the Least

June 15, 2024 by Charlie Hedges − 2 Comments

We all kneel as closely to the ground as we can, with ears alert, listening for something we cannot name.” The Solace of Fierce Landscapes, Belden C. Lane

For a few years now I have rather successfully resisted my American temptation toward setting goals. I really no longer live by goals as much as I do by aims, hopes, and intentions—less focus on predetermined activities than on simply fondling a life well-lived.
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Safe Places

June 8, 2024 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

Recently in his post Sabbath Moment, Terry Hershey wrote on the idea of Storm Homes, places in lands of tumultuous weather where people, especially children, can gather when an unexpected storm threatens. Storm Homes can save lives and prevent harm. Everyone in these turbulent zones is familiar with the location of Storm Homes. In fact, many individual homes contain within them some kind of Safe Place to protect families from danger.
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Your True Work is Rarely Your Job

June 1, 2024 by Charlie Hedges − 2 Comments

A man is never out of work if he gives a damn. It’s just that sometimes he doesn’t get paid… A man’s work is what he is supposed to do.” William Least Heat Moon

I came across a few quotes from William Least Heat Moon in Belden C. Lane’s brilliant book The Solace of Fierce Landscapes. Least Heat Moon’s understanding on the difference between one’s work and one’s job resonated with my occupations as a retired man.
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Originality is Birthed in the Ordinary

May 25, 2024 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

Be regular and ordinary in your life…, so that you may be violent and original in your work.” Gustave Flaubert Novelist (1821-1880)

I am a creative. I write and think oddly. I live not in resonance with the norm. And that is not a choice, it is an intrinsic way of being. It is who I am by nature.

The Odd Man

The funny thing is… those who do not know me well may be surprised by my idiosyncrasies (or not). For, I can hold my own in public and at public events. My preference, however, is to do what I am doing right now. Sit at my computer and compose that which makes little sense to anyone except me. Yet to me it makes all the sense in the world.
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When Hopeful is Not Helpful, Then What?

May 18, 2024 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

I don’t want you to feel hopeful, I want you to feel panic and do something about it!” Unknown Gen Z Person (born between 1995-2009)

Throughout the history of the world there have been dozens of times that people have declared “the end of the world is at hand.” This is even more evident when you consider the predictions of apocalyptic biblical “end times.”

Although it is certainly above my paygrade to forecast “end of the world,” without any doubt a nuclear war, a catastrophic pandemic, or world altering global climate change could radically alter the world as we know it.
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Wonder and the Divine

May 11, 2024 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

Wonder is the only adequate category by which theologians properly begin and end their work.” Belden C. Lane, The Solace of Fierce Landscapes

“… language is simply not enough to understand [the wonder of God],” argues Belden Lane. In order to comprehend “wonder of God” we must move into the realm of the ineffable, the negative way of using no words or images. We must stand alone in the desert of the mind, allowing ourselves to be “taken” afresh by the Spirit into lands inexplicable. Lands which are in truth more real than the ones we observe or describe because what we observe is only a reflection of that which is most Real—the land of the Divine.
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#314 Lata Hamilton: Change is Only Just Beginning

May 8, 2024 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

Show Notes 

Our guest today, Lata Hamilton, is an inspiring Change Leadership and Confidence Expert, and the creator of “the Leading Successful Change Program” for Businesses, largely in Australia, although she has several international clients as well.

In conversation with Lata, I came to realize that changes in business can only occur when individual people in the company change first. Change, therefore, is as much personal as it is corporate.  

As a millennial, Lata embraces corporate as well as personal change from a grand perspective. Today’s show is a potpourri of new and fresh ideas, all of which will demand change.  

I can’t wait for our chat on these very important ideas. 


Please check out the links below for more information on our show guest, Lata Hamilton.

Consultant, Coach, Speaker, Blogger, Author

Creator of “Leading Successful Change”



LinkedIn: Lata Hamilton




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Becoming Fully Human

April 20, 2024 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

At the head of all virtues … you will find human-heartedness (jen), which is not so much benevolence, as often translated, but being fully and honestly human.” Alan Watts

It is not uncommon in many religious circles to place outrage at the foul nature of the human condition. I understand the notion. However, for me, it is quite apparent that that idea is only true when referring to the broken human condition. The one that is centered on the aggrandizement of the self or the selfish ego. We find this kind of personal desire thriving among all people of all cultures and traditions.
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