Raising Hell, Storming Heaven

Plans are necessary for the long haul. To varying degrees, we can plan our careers, where we might live, our diet, our physical training, and our studies, etc. But, as Mike Tyson has famously said, “everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” When that happens in life it’s necessary to go rogue, internally: to overhaul our psyches, and break our habits and burn our maps that have laid out what is and, more importantly, what is not possible for us. Continue reading “Raising Hell, Storming Heaven”

Forming The Habit of Self-Development

Becoming aware of our weaknesses, or finding someone or something that we’d like to be more like, we make promises to ourselves that — once conditions are right — we will work on changing. It will be next month when things die down. Or once I’ve saved up for the best equipment. Or it will be at the beginning of the new year. And so on.

These timeframes won’t help you. Things won’t quiet down. Unless we’re already accomplished, we probably don’t need the most expensive equipment for that field. And New Years come and go with most people quitting their “new year’s resolutions” by the end of January. Continue reading “Forming The Habit of Self-Development”

Remembering the Sacred While Celebrating the Season

“If anyone wants to hold the end of a chain which really goes back to the heathen mysteries,” says G. K.Chesterton in his book Heretics, “he had better take hold of a festoon of flowers at Easter or a string of sausages at Christmas.” Why?

According to Chesterton — himself a convert to Roman Catholicism — everything from from science to the French Revolution is “of Christian origin.” However, he says, “there is one thing, and one thing only, in existence at the present day which can in any sense accurately be said to be of pagan origin, and that is Christianity” — or, rather, Christian ritual and aesthetics. Continue reading “Remembering the Sacred While Celebrating the Season”