Category Archives: Inspiration

You Can Do Hard Things

When my oldest son was perhaps only four years old, he’d sometimes complain about how I’d asked him to do something “too hard.” To his four-year-old sensibilities, my request for him to put his toys away or to please put his pants on before going out in public must have ... Continue Reading ›

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What Does Awesomeness Smell Like?

The other day, I noticed that my seven-year-old was smelling his wrist…. Here’s how our surprisingly enlightening dialogue went: Me: “What are you doing, silly?” Son: “Smell this.” (Offers me his arm) Me (relieved): “I don’t smell anything.” Son: “Dad, it’s the smell ... Continue Reading ›

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Fatherhood Fraud or Bona Fide Dad?

Grouchy Dad A few days ago my family returned from a vacation to California. Our boys are old enough now that they’re out of diapers, don’t need us to plan our schedules around nap-time, and only fight with each other, run into the street, or climb on things they’re not ... Continue Reading ›

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Wonder, Mortality, & Small Awakenings

I woke up in the hospital. The doctor told me I’d been in a serious car accident (“they cut off the top of the car to get you out...”), and that I’d lost a dangerous amount of blood internally—he told me that he couldn’t predict how things would turn out. My life wavered ... Continue Reading ›

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Relax—I’ve Got You

Wrestling with Elephants We can fight so hard with our challenges. We feel an urgency to crack the code to our dilemmas, once and for all. Our rigorous efforts have an important place—yet, sometimes we rely so much on our own tenacity that we cut ourselves off from other ... Continue Reading ›

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Expanding Your Open, Broken Heart

As I explored in my previous post, opening yourself to resonate with another’s pain is a risky endeavor—when you stop avoiding or fixing, and really open your heart to someone’s pain, you’re going to feel it. You’re going to hurt too. But as you courageously open yourself ... Continue Reading ›

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Reawaken

The burdens of life press in on me. The responsibilities of parenting and marriage, work and finances can keep me running from one task to another, leaving me exhausted and distracted. A short time ago, my children rescued me from the dreary landscape of obligation, and ... Continue Reading ›

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