Life of Meaning

When What You Don’t Say Matters Most

February 27, 2021 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

“Among my most prized possessions are words that I have never spoken.”
Orson Scott Card

I once read “sometimes you need to be quiet to make real noise.” Such a sentiment appears to have lost popularity today. But, in research for this post I discovered that some of our favorite celebrities refer to themselves as quiet, shy and introverted, such as Johnny Depp, Lady Gaga, Johnny Carson, and the inimitable Audrey Hepburn.
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“Choices” Make Us Unique

February 20, 2021 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

Our lives are a sum total of the choices we have made.” Wayne Dyer

I wrote recently, “we constantly face an infinite possibility of thought” and it is our responsibility to choose one of those thoughts in order to actualize it.
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What You Believe Determines What You Believe

February 14, 2021 by Charlie Hedges − 2 Comments

It is wonderful to know that [my] future is somehow dependent on my decision in every moment.”

NOTE: This post is based on thoughts from Viktor Frankl, Yes To Life.

Frankl says, “… every single moment contains possibilities—and I can only choose one of them to actualize it.”

The Infinite Possibility of Thought

As my son and I discussed the “infinite possibility of thought” and the role of “belief” in that equation, my mind was set off to endless pondering. Although Frankl doesn’t use the word “belief” it was our conclusion that truth is simply a matter of whatever one chooses to believe.
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A Well-Chosen Life

February 6, 2021 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” Jimmy Dean

It is quite difficult, nearly impossible, to predetermine an exact destination in your life. But, you can most certainly “feel” a direction, a course that leads to places unknown, places well suited for you.
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Taking Sides

January 23, 2021 by Charlie Hedges − 2 Comments

Although he’s regularly asked to do so, God does not take sides in American politics.” George J. Mitchell, Senate Majority Leader 1989-1995, Democrat

Personally, I believe that “truth” is by nature quite fluid. However, I also know that my belief in the fluidity of truth is not such a popular opinion. We like to be “right.” We like to “win.” But the results can be devastating.
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An Invitation to “Grace” Land

January 16, 2021 by Charlie Hedges − 4 Comments

“…the perfection of virtue is born in struggle.” Meister Eckhart

I guess it would be superfluous to say that, in January 2021, America finds herself deep in the muck of national despair and disillusionment. The triple threat of pandemic, economy, and politics has ignited vitriol, violence, and despair.
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It’s About Navigation, Not Domination

January 2, 2021 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

Your ability to adapt to failure and navigate your way out of it, absolutely 100 percent makes you who you are. Viola Davis

When I was in graduate school I took a class on “Qohelet” (more commonly known as the Book of Ecclesiastes). Believed to be written by King Solomon, the book holds place as one of my favorites in the Bible. It is indeed a profound book on the wisdom of everyday living.
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The Dignity We Deserve

December 6, 2020 by Charlie Hedges − 2 Comments

“[All our motivations] start with the desire to be seen, to be treated with respect, to receive the dignity we each deserve.” Seth Godin

“I see you!”

Wikipedia describes the word Sawubona as an African Zulu greeting meaning “I see you.” It has a long oral history and it means much more that our traditional “hello.”
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