Accepting grief as a part of life

Accepting grief as a part of life

Flashback I’m working at a large law firm in Atlanta. Close to a thousand lawyers worldwide, nice enough people, entirely focused on business. Billing well north of $300 an hour each, we faced Serious Problems on behalf of our clients and we were expected to design...
Letting Go Gracefully?

Letting Go Gracefully?

I’m tired of letting go of the things “not meant for me.” I chose to let go of someone in the last few days, a relationship that mattered to me. Why? That’s irrelevant. It was necessary. It is painful. I was browsing Facebook (thinking, foolishly, that perhaps my...
Ministry of Presence

Ministry of Presence

I didn’t know the boy who had been killed in a car accident returning to college after Thanksgiving break. I don’t even remember his first name. And yet, the afternoon his death was announced in school, I found myself sitting with his mother and holding her hand. His...
Passing for Proper

Passing for Proper

At the end of a school day early in my seventh-grade year, I walked out of the air-conditioned building into the hot sun.  Directly in front of me were lines of nearly identical station wagons, moms and daughters all looking as if they’d been formed in the same...
Acknowledging Reality

Acknowledging Reality

The wind whispered to me… Acknowledging what’s real can be complicated. Not because the situation is complicated. Maybe it is, but generally the reality of it is not. Not because we don’t know what’s real. I’ve found that I usually do know what’s going on, even when I...